Aby-a-Day – November 4: Homework “Drawing in Action” (Cartoon Tuesday)

Recently, I started a self-driven comic course using Drawing Words and Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden as my textbook.

Even though I’ve been drawing cartoons my whole life, and I have a BA in Two-Dimensional Art from CSU Sacramento, I can always learn more. And none of my classes I took in college were focused solely on cartooning (quite the contrary, most of the time). The nice thing about this book is that is is an actual 15-unit course with homework assignments. I thought that I would share my homework as part of Cartoon Tuesday in hopes that it would motivate me to do them.

The first assignment is “Drawing in Action” and the instructions are as follows:

Draw a 5″ x 7″ panel border and create a drawing that contains the following elements:

  • two characters
  • one or more props (objects)
  • an action and its result
  • the reaction of one or both characters shown in facial expressions or bodily gestures.

Do not include any text.


So, here we have Angel knocking a bowl of dry food off the kitchen counter, raining crunchies down upon Jacoby’s head. What do you think?

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)