Recently I had the great honor of having my artwork selected to appear on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Every Friday they show one portrait of Colbert (dubbed Fan Art Friday) immediately after the monologue.
On Friday, May 17, 2019, my art appeared on the same stage as Mr. Colbert. I cannot adequately express how much of an honor it was to have my work share the same stage as one of my comedy heroes. Here is my iPhone video of the moment. (I haven’t been able to download a better resolution video of it; if you can help me find it online somewhere, please let me know.)
I’m separating these coloring pages because these are far and away LQ’s favorite characters. Scuffy and Tootle are each the star of their respective Little Golden Book. Both books are written by Gertrude Crampton and illustrated by Tibor Gergely. My undying gratitude goes out to them; they created characters that truly captured LQ’s heart and imagination.
A favorite activity for LQ and me is drawing at the dining room table. Lately she’s been into coloring pages. I found some online, but most of the characters she loves best do not have readily available coloring pages. I decided to remedy this situation by creating our own coloring pages.
I’m sharing them below in case you or a kid you love wants to spend some time coloring. I own none of these characters, so I am not selling them. Please take them as they are intended: loving tributes. LQ certainly enjoys coloring her favorite characters.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my little homage to Richard Thompson. He was (and still is) a cartoonist who deeply inspires me. The fact he is no longer around to make new work doesn’t lessen the impact he had on me, or really, the industry as a whole.
This was a unique Inktober for me. Instead of making one drawing per day, I made six strips (the equivalent of one week of newspaper strips). I drew them entirely digitally, making the “pencil” sketches on my iPad then using Photoshop and my Cintiq tablet for the finished, “inked” strips. It was a useful experiment, and I find the finished product fairly close to my traditionally inked pages. Maybe you can tell me if you find this approach appealing.
I hope to make more new work soon. In the meantime, this has been a fun diversion.