4. Just Draw with Lines!

Facing an empty page can be daunting, even for experienced visual artists. Artist James Romberger explains how one master cartoonist felt about the blank page.

“Mort Meskin [Golden Age comic book artist] was known to face an empty page with considerable trepidation, staring at it for hours in a total block. Eventually his studio mates figured out to go over and scribble a few random lines on his page, which he was then able to begin turning into a composition.

“According to Alex Toth [American comic book artist and animation designer], later in his career Meskin would shade the entire page with the flat side of a pencil lead, then begin to pick out white areas here and there with an eraser—in this way he was able to avoid ...

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