Saturday, January 18, 2014

The drafting table is going the way of the Dodo bird

Alan Gardner in The Daily Cartoonist.

Jim Borgman studio
The drawing desk of Jim Borgman.

The fine folks over at King Features posted photos of some of their talent’s studios. I love photos like these. What stands out to me is the lack of the drafting tables. You know, the old tilted tables where you’d also dip a brush into an ink bottle and try not to spill the bottle on said desk so it wouldn’t run down the desk, across the artwork and on to your lap? By my count – more than half of the cartoonists (seven out of thirteen) featured here are working on normal office desks and most of those within arms length of a computer to check Facebook, Twitter and the email from editors asking if they had any concept of deadlines. Sure, some might have a portable board (Jim Borgman, Mort Walker, but the ol’ stand alone drafting table is the minority in these photo samples.

Next thing you know, they’ll be drawing directly on those computers!


The drawing desk of Rina Piccolo.

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