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So Youre a Cartoonist - DrawMe by TomPreston So Youre a Cartoonist - DrawMe by TomPreston
This is a series I call “So You’re a Cartoonist?” which deals with all of the typical questions or remarks I receive whenever I tell people that I draw cartoons for a living.

I get this ALL the time. Without fail this is one of the MOST asked questions I get when I tell people I’m a cartoonist. “Can you draw me?” Well, yeah I can... but it’s very time consuming, difficult for me to do, and isn’t something I can just whip up on a moment’s notice. What’s worse is that NOBODY understands why I can’t do it on a whim. When you meet an architect do you give them a giant blue-print and say “design me a building” just to see them work?

As an added bonus of irony, I designed the guy asking to be drawn to look very simplistic, generic, and easy to draw.
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Dear lord, if I could count the times this has happened to me. This comic explains pretty much why I personally dislike telling people I draw. At least once a week, I'll have someone I know ask me to draw them. An artist is always happy to hear that you like their work enough that you'd like a little piece of your own but don't get uppity when they tell you it'll take some time or just flat-out refuse to do it. Tom's expression in the last panel is one I'm all too familiar with. Drawing isn't an instant thing. It takes time and effort. All in all, this comic hits me at a personal level and I love it for that.
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I can relate to this! It's so horrendous getting people who don't even bother to take an interest in your work, they just jump in and ask "OH DRAW ME." Like we can do it on a moment's whim. This portrays the message very well and shows the struggle that a lot of artists go through. Especially for cartoonists, since most of their drawings are simple until cleaned up (don't know how you do it though)
But onto the actual picture, your style is awesome. It reminds me of Jim Davis so much (and I read where he is a major source of inspiration in one of your other comics) and it's most awesome. I could see a series like this in the Sunday paper funnies section. Excellent work (:
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DazedDaisiesO-o Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been here quite a few times...
Tiaropsis Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014   General Artist
Haha thought that was the yellow kid at first
papajack1 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Writers get the same problem...
dogman0 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student Filmographer
I HATE when that happens... only thing is that I actually Try and because it doesn't turn out right, because of time, they tell me off.
DragonAllons-y Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Before high school ended for the summer, I would get people from different classes of mine that ask me to draw them, but I don't how to draw a real life drawing, so I would tell them that I can't draw them in real life and even with that they would sometimes ask me to draw in a real life drawing, but thank goodness for summer I won't see them again. Lovely drawing you did :)
AnimeOtaku4444 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I wonder why nobody ever asks people to 'write' them? *curious puppy head-tilt*
Seraphsword-Seraphs Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They don't. One reason why I love writing. XD
AnimeOtaku4444 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Lol! ^_^
Seraphsword-Seraphs Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*bows* THANK YOU, SIR/MADAM! IT SEEMS LIKE I HAVE DONE MY JOB WELL. (My best friend has influenced me way too much... o.O)
AnimeOtaku4444 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I know what you mean, me too! :-D
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