I just got Bill Blackbeard’s Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics. I wish I’d found this book when I was in art school way back. Nevertheless, I have it now and I’m loving it.
This brings me to day two of studies from master works by great comic artists of the past. Today: Fred Opper. Blackbeard’s book has all too few of these precious jewels and I hope to find more soon. This little sketch was made right after reading one of Opper’s strips called Maud.
With any of these studies – even ones that i’ll be posting later, my intention isn’t to reproduce the original work – or even to find a new way of drawing it… It’s basically just a good excuse for looking longer, trying to learn as much as possible, and keeping my pen on the paper.