Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Jack Cole's instant cartooning course

I've found Jack Cole's Instant Cartooning Course very useful on numerous occasions. It helped me a lot with hands (it shows you how to understand and get hands right with a pentagon-based system) and swiftly demystifies heads in profile.

Jack Cole was the creator of Plastic Man, he also produced many beautiful painted pictures for the then-newly launched Playboy. I took the scan above from "Jack Cole and Plastic Man" by Art Spiegelman and Chip Kidd, a fascinating overview of his often crazed, dynamic work.

Here is the text from the course - it's probably better just to buy the book but there are so many gems in here that it would be daft not to include it.


Becki said...

Hands, the bane of my life. Thank you for this!

Megazver said...

Buy it where? Your post is pretty much the only mention of the course I can find on the internet.

John A said...

You're looking at the course. I was referring to buying the Kidd/Spiegelman book.

Megazver said...

Right! My bad.

sleek said...

One of the "lost" greats...Plastic Man was up there with Superman for a while. My mom used to tell me how when she was a kid ('50's) The Fawcett Marvel Family books and Plastic man (and EC's) were the BIG books among kids, with Superman, Batman, Etc. being omnipresent but not as much liked.

...of course by the time I was a kid, all of those were gone, so it seemed like she was talking about another PLANET!

Healthy, practical advise from Mr. Cole there...and surprisingly humble from a man at the top of his field.

smbhax said...

Pentagrams!? 'Tis witchcraft, this comic business! :o

K said...

Irrelevantly... I loved your QC guest comic today.

I have never been able to get people's shoulders right in 3/4 profile, and some of the text you posted is giving me some hints about why!

Anonymous said...

This blog also has some great drawing (and animating) advice, such as this scan of advice intended for Disney comics artists:


John K., creator of Ren and Stimpy, also has a very useful blog or two:


And of course there is Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work, posted by many a drawing table:


Not to mention the various books of Burne Hogarth and Scott McCloud and the like!