1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is D. M. Rolfe. By day I create advertisements, brochures, posters for a big London advertising agency. By night I create cartoons. My passion is thinking up gags and creating cartoons which I then try to sell. I regularly contribute gags to Private Eye magazine and every once in a while I sell a cartoon. However, it’s my life’s ambition to get published in the New Yorker magazine.
I have no formal art education hence the funny noses I draw. But I did attend art college where I studied typography.
2. What’s your hardware setup?
Very basic. I use an old Apple MacBook and an Epson XXXXX to scan all my work. If I need to adjust or correct an image I will use Photoshop and my Wacom Bamboo tablet. That’s it! I do have a lightbox, is that classed as hardware?
3. What’s your workspace look like?
On the other wall behind I have lots of cartoon books. i tend to keep my latest reads on my desk. Which at the moment are Bob Mankoff and Gahan Wilson.
4. What tools do you use to make your cartoons?
I usually work in black and white with grey washes. My line work is all drawn with Sakura Pigma Micron pens. I usually prefer an 08. I draw all my cartoon roughs on layout paper and then use a lightbox to create the finished cartoon on cartridge paper. The washes are all added using Dr Marten’s liquid watercolour and a synthetic brush. One the rare occasion I work in colour I will add colour in Photoshop with my Wacom tablet.
Finally… my robot.
I wanted to try and think up something quintessentially British!
Introducing… Sir Lancebot!
Trakoclock asked:Hey, if you don’t mind sharing, I’ve always wondered how you got that soft celling look on your characters in your comic. Any tips? I’m currently working on my own comic and I kind of want to go for a less harsh form of cell shading. Thanks!
A couple people have asked about the way I color things and I’ve been meaning to post a tutorial on it :]. I’ve never been too good at describing my process, but I hope this helps!
a promo thingie i did