I began to draw a comic a few months ago. In a sketchbook. I drew four panels with a pencil. And then... nothing. No ideas came. I just stared at the page, into the crosshairs between the panels, and gradually the edges blurred, like I was looking down a tunnel.
Before drawing a Think vs Say cartoon in pen, I draw it in pencil first on a scrap piece of paper. The pencil sketch is called a thumbnail. It's a small drawing, intended for my eyes only, where I work out the general layout of the cartoon, and the words (dialogue) I'm going to use. Here's an example:
Oojo and Bink is a webcomic that I draw about an alien prince and his closest aide exiled on planet Earth. This is what the characters look like now:
Oojo and Bink haven't always looked like this.
When I was developing the characters several years ago, I doodled them on paper in different shapes, sizes and patterns.
Richard Pettitt, cartoonist.