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Scenic Art for the Theatre, 2nd Edition by Peter Beudert, Susan Crabtree

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Chapter 8

Cartooning, Layout, and Lettering

Drawing the cartoon is the next step in scenic painting after priming. A cartoon is the line drawing of an image representing the visible edges or intersecting planes of objects, sometimes known as a contour drawing. Cartooning is a significant interpretive and artistic part of the scenic artist’s work. This is because as the image is being enlarged, many decisions have to be made about detail and motif. The cartoon serves as a guide for placement of shade, shadow, and color. Cartooning precedes painting, in most cases, and gives the scenic artist a reference for the painting on the surface of scenery. Cartooning usually is done after the scenery is stretched and primed and may be drawn freehand or ...

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