If you’re an aspiring cartoonist and want to apply for a scholarship, check out the link to the new NCSF Scholarship tab. Pass the word along too… this is an annual program.
Scott Byers has been a creative mainstay in Austin, Texas since 1982, and is one of the most versatile and multi-talented artists around. We’re proud to have him be a part of the Texas Chapter. Click here to go to his NCS/Texas Chapter page. Welcome aboard Scott!
For all of the “wannabe” syndicated cartoonists following the NCS/Texas Cartoonists Chapter, you can learn a lot from Davy Jones‘ dedicated efforts in promoting his strip. Read his latest review here:
Good Stuff! Keep up the great work Davy.
Rick Brooks just joined the NCS/Texas Chapter, and we’re proud to have him as a member! Be sure to check out his Mr. Morris page on our site, and follow his work. Everyone can relate to being a student, and Rick’s strip brings back lots of memories. If you’ve ever been a teacher, you’ll enjoy his strip even more!
Bill Hinds and Davy Jones provided drawings and caricatures for the St. Jude Walk/Run to end childhood cancer event in Houston—rain and all! You know everyone enjoyed meeting these guys, and walking away with some real treasures of their own.
Way to go guys!!
Always willing to do more than his share of volunteering, Kevin Middleton sets up for a busy day of drawing caricatures for the
St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer event in Austin.
Art exhibit by Austin Area artists and cartoonists of TEXAS CARTOONISTS – National Cartoonists Society Texas Chapter.
Hampton Branch Library at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin, TX 78749 September 1st – November 30th
Kevin Middleton hanging some of his “Fun Maps” at the Hampton Branch Library.
The Fun Art Manifesto
© 2008 Theresa Bayer
Somewhere between the noble realm of Fine Art and the mighty realm of Illustration, lies a curious little field that is coming to be known as Fun Art.
Although Fun Art is neither fine art nor illustration it has elements of both. It doesn’t seem to have an official history, although it’s probably been around as long as there have been artists. Fun Art may have a future, but no one is betting on it. Fun Art is simply Now.
Like fine art, Fun Art is all about being individual, having something interesting to say, and saying it in your own voice. Unlike fine art, Fun Art does not take itself seriously. There are no weighty ponderings about symbolism or realism or abstract outsiderism or any other kind of ism. There are no isms in Fun Art, yet Fun Art embraces all isms. Fun Art is a prism of isms, but not a prisoner of isms.
Like illustration, Fun Art is highly accessible, can easily be read and absorbed and has the same immediate visual and popular appeal that good illustration has. It can be cute or corny or even commercially appealing and that’s OK. Unlike illustration, Fun Art can stand alone and without a story or product to enhance– although it can also be narrative.
Fun Art is joyful, even when veers toward dark and edgy. There is a zingy energy to it that doesn’t depend on gravitas; its finest examples express a genuineness that goes beyond any commercial concern, even if the subject matter happens to be highly salable. You might call some of it a glorified doodle, but that’s OK too, because
there is glory to be found in doodling.
Fun Art has its own set of challenges. Just because it’s humorous or easy on the eyes does not necessarily mean it’s easy to make. Fun Art is of the imagination, and drawing straight from the imagination is a tall order. Foreshortening, perspective, lighting, composition, and fascinating little details are difficult enough when drawing from life. Doing all this from the imagination can be brain wracking indeed–some form of reference is always a help and can inspire an artist greater heights of creative fancy. Any art that is worth looking at is something an artist has put a lot of work into, and Fun Art is no exception. Composition, color, expression, freshness, detail, and originality are every bit as important in Fun Art as they are in fine art and in illustration.
What deep insights can possibly be had out of Fun Art? None whatsoever, unless by now you’re alive to the notion that joy and humor are meaningful enough to take seriously–in a lighthearted sort of way of course. No angst, no snobbery, no credentials in Fun Art. All it requires is daily practice and a passion for wackiness.
Now that’s fun!