Gary Panter's tips on drawing

Underground artist Gary Panter has become one of comics' most-loved treasures, and even 40 years into his career, he's still going strong. And now he's doing a little to give back.

The great website Unbored recently posted 10 tips for better drawing, provided by Panter himself. He's a renaissance man, working on everything from RAW magazine to designing sets for Pee-Wee's Playhouse as well as a series of graphic novels, including the recent Dal Tokyo. Here's how he starts:

"Get a book-size (or paperback-size)d sketchbook. Write your name and date on an early page and maybe think of a name for it — and if you want, write the book’s name there at the front. Make it into your little painful pal," Panter explains. "The pain goes away slowly page by page. Fill it up and do another one. It can be hard to get started. Don’t flunk yourself before you get the ball rolling."

And here's one of the 10 tips that even professional artists could learn from:

4. Most people (even your favorite artists) don’t like their drawings as much as they want to. Why? Because it is easy to imagine something better. This is only ambition, which is not a bad thing — but if you can accept what you are doing, of course you will progress quicker to a more satisfying level and also accidentally make perfectly charming drawings even if they embarrass you.

Read the entire list at Unbored.


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