Sunday, June 29, 2008

Editorial Cartooning

Traditional art educators often look down their noses at cartooning because it is not art, but when we add visual culture, design and visual communication to our curricula it opens up visual learning opportunities we have been overlooking even though they are right under our upturned noses.

Political cartoonists, and even many comic strip artists, often have tremendous drawing skills that demonstrate drawing techniques we want students to know and be able to do. Some of them win Pulitzer Prizes for their political insights and drawing ability.

Look, for example, at this cartoon by Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist David Horsey who draws for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Look at the attention to detail, figure drawing ability, perspective and composition. There is much to be learned from the observational skills and drawing ability of cartoonists like Horsey, Walt Kelly, Jim Borgman, Bill Watterson, Wiley Miller, Oliphant and many others who occasionally have fun showing off their drawing skills and provide wonderful opportunities for us to learn from the masters.

Click on the heading above to see"The Best Political Cartoons of the Year 2008."

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