Sunday, May 06, 2007

Joe Blog's Interview #114 The Cartoonist

Name : Royston Robertson
Age : 39 (genuinely, not in an I'm over 40 and don't want to admit it way ...)
Location : Broadstairs, Kent, UK
Vocation : Full-time freelance cartoonist
Philosophy : is the name of the second track on the Ben Folds Five debut album. It's brilliant.

Sum up what your blog is about.
Back To The Drawing Board – Cartoons and thoughts by Royston Robertson, UK freelance cartoonist.

Why are you doing your blog?
To promote my work, give it another outlet on the web, and so I can talk a little about the process of cartooning.

What's the funniest entry on your site?
I couldn't really comment on that – hopefully one of the cartoons,

What is your writing style?
The key thing I bear in mind is to try to be brief with my entries! There are far to many over-wordy blogs and not enough hours in the day to read them.

What do people commonly say about your site?
That they like the insight into how I come up with gags, the stories behind each cartoon, how it was developed etc.

What would you be doing if you weren't doing your blog?
Drawing more cartoons, ideally.

Why should someone visit your site?
For a laugh.

What did you learn from your first love?
Wow, this suddenly got personal!

Are there any blogs, you enjoy reading?
Mainly cartoonists : Mark Anderson, Mike Lynch, Wilbur Dawbarn, Rod McKie, Drawn!, Chewing Pencils, Matt Buck, and Linkmachinego, which is not about cartooning but always has lots of interesting links.

Tell us about the process you go through creating a comic.
For gag cartooning, it goes like this: Think up the idea. Pencil the drawing. Put pencil drawing on lightbox. Ink on a piece of paper over the top (keeps it looser than inking the pencil lines, I find). Scan. Make any adjustments on screen. Add colour or tone if needed. Add caption plus name and contact details. Hope that it sells …

What is your favourite sketch you have done?
The most recent one. No, forget that, the one I got paid the most for ;-)

Now it's your turn! Ask me one question, anything you like.
Is Joe Blogs your God-given name?

Joe Blogs : Maybe, but I know drawing isn't my God given talent. Check out Royston's Blog, he has been commissioned by a multitude of publications, including Readers Digest, and Private Eye.

Your Site Address : Blog : Back To The Drawing Board Website : Royston Robertson