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If you would like to draw your own cartoons you will like our how to article. It will give you some simple steps to good cartoon making.

SIT DOWN AND LAUGH FOR AWHILE.

Now then if you like the juicy facts and are curious to know about cartoons then you can know about the wonders of the motion capture suit with our factual description article.

If you need advice about cartoon based questions? Then check out our advice column.

Now then if you would like to know a little bit about other famous cartoonists like DAV Pilkey then you will enjoy our interview article.

If you want to learn the history of the comic book then go to the history of article.

If you like to look at memory lane then you will enjoy our memorable experience article.

Now if you want to learn about our editor then go check out our editor’s page that will show you more about the editor.


Summer 2011

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5 interview see an interview with one of the best child authors around DAV pilky. By Ben swan

1 editor’s pages learn more about the editor and his life. By Ben swan

6 history

see how the comic book evolved over time to now.

By Ben swan

2 instructions

you can draw cartoons all day long

with this article helping you out. By Ben swan

7 memories see one of my most cherished memories to do with cartoons.

3 description

if you want to know more about how

animated movies in the motion capture suit then read this article. By Ben swan

8 advice column if you need advice to do with what we do here then try this.

4 welcome to welcome to the article that tells you

9 letter to editor if you want to ask me questions about

were Pixar studios are. By Ben swan

cartoons then go here.


editor’s note Hello there my fellow readers. The theme of my magazine is cartoons. They come in all shapes and sizes from TV to books to art. The title of my magazine is Cartoon Illustrated.

CARTOONS

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As this is my first edition of CARTOON ILLUSTRATED I thought I might tell you a little bit about myself. For starters my name is Benjamin Peter Swan; I was born on September 28th 1974 in Buckinghamshire, England with my twin brother Thomas, who is now in the video game industry. Until the age of 6 I lived in Buckinghamshire and attended Jordan’s Village Infant School. Then my family and I immigrated to Canada. Here I live in West Vancouver and attended Eagle Harbour and Caulfield schools. In my early years I was fascinated by cartoons such as Wile Coyote and Road Runner and would spend time doodling my own characters. At aged eight I won my first cartoon competition with my character “Cuckoo Crazy and his side kick Sid”. This inspired me to write graphic novels about my imaginary superhero. From this I won a scholarship to study in the famous college of cartoon design, Cartoon Castle in the wilds of Tipperary in Ireland. Here I was able to study my famous authors Jeff Smith and Dave Pilkiy and the workings of The Simpsons. I graduated with the honour of best illustrator and this earned me a top job with Cartoon Co. However I really wanted to bring back my childhood character of Cuckoo Crazy and this led me to publishing my own magazine which had led to what I am doing today. I hope you will enjoy the content as much as I do. Enjoy the issue, Ben Swan

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How to create a cartoon character (with no imagination)

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Brainstorm what you would like to do best. If you can’t decide try choosing one of these 3 categories: monster, super human, victim. Your character should have head, a body, arms and legs. Start with the head. It should be a circle but not completely round . Then you start the face. Now the face is the heart of your character so if your character is angry give him evil eyes and a snarl on his mouth. Now the body can be shaped however you want it to be but it has to reflect your character in some shape or form.

4. Now we must start on the legs. They too must reflect your character’s personality. If your character is happy then that person’s legs would be jumping around with joy. 5. Once the legs are done you can start on arms if your character is strong then you can give him big muscles and fat fingers.

DANGER! Not having the artistic skills for the task may result in extreme frustration. 6. Now that we are all done we can start on the accessories go nuts but it should have something to do with your character. Now here are a few ideas: shoes- skate shoes, runners, bare foot, Head gear, tuque, and helmet Other baseball bat, shovel, candy bar.

Set up 1. Now the key to a good is a good cartoon is a good pencil but any pencil from the dollar store for 10 cents but if you want to be more fancy go and order a special pencil from one of those sites.


HOW TO CREATE A CARTOON CHARACTER ( WITH NO IMAGANATION)

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3.

Brainstorm what you would like to do best. If you can’t decide try choosing one of these 3 categories: monster, super human, victim. Your character should have head, a body, arms and legs. Start with the head. It should be a circle but not completely round . Then you start the face. Now the face is the heart of your character so if your character is angry give him evil eyes and a snarl on his mouth. Now the body can be shaped however you want it to be but it has to reflect your character in some shape or form.

4. Now we must start on the legs. They too must reflect your character’s personality. If your character is happy then that person’s legs would be jumping around with joy. 5. Once the legs are done you can start on arms if your character is strong then you can give him big muscles and fat fingers.

DANGER! Not having the artistic skills for the task may result in extreme frustration. 6. Now that we are all done we can start on the accessories go nuts but it should have something to do with your character. Now here are a few ideas: Shoes- skate shoes, runners, bare foot, Head gear, tuque, and helmet Other baseball bat, shovel, candy bar.

Set up 1. Now the key to a good is a good cartoon is a good pencil but any pencil from the dollar store for 10 cents but if you want to be more fancy go and order a special pencil from one of those sites.


Gear

IN DEPTH

This is the sensors that are carefully covered by hand in reflective tape so the cameras in the motion capture studio can see the person

This is a black silk material used in a filming and hides the actor from the cameras soonly the sensors are picked up.

Everything you need to know about the 3d Motion capture suit The 3d motion capture suit is a piece of computer

The process can be quicker and this can

The capture suit equipment 3d that is motion used for movies, cartoons and reduce costs, but the cost of the software medical use age. Motion capture is a process of the equipment and people needed can benefits from its 2d sibling recording movement into a digital form. It is used in military entertainment, sports and medicine. In filmmaking the process records the actor’s actions and uses the information to animate digital characters in 2D or 3D computer animation. In the motion capture session the movements are captured by the actor wearing a motion capture suit. The suit is made out of black stretchy material. This hides the actor from the camera. On this suit there are reflective tapes sensors that look like little glowing ping pong balls which are covered in reflective tape. From this movement is picked up by several cameras. These movements are picked up several times per seconds and mapped to a 3D model so the model performs the same actions as the actor.

make it difficult if the budget is small. Video games often use motion capture to capture in games characters and in movies for reproducing completely computer generated characters such as jar Jar Binks in Star Wars and the Navi in Avatar. Motion capture has been used since the 1970,s for biomechanics. Now it is used for these other applications.


The whole Pixar gang together

In praise of

Pixar animation studios Where movies are created. By Benjamin Peter swan Photography by Thomas swan

Ahh the evil shark Sid

Buzz is introduced to the world

Mike and sully of to work.

Here are lots of great movies out there but some of the best are made by Pixar studios. Some of them are bugs life, toy story, finding nemo, monsters Inc and wall’e. This wonderful place is located in Emeryville, California, United States. This is a place where movie stars like tom hanks go to play woody in toy story. Here’s some info about how Pixar became one of the most successful animation studios in the world. Pixar began in 1979 as the Graphics Group, part of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm before it was acquired by Apple cofounder Steve Jobs in 1986. The Walt Disney Company bought Pixar in 2006. Since then Pixar has made a variety of different movies to make it to the to the top. Here are all the movies they have made so far. Toy Story in 1995. It was followed by A Bug's Life in 1998, Toy Story 2 in 1999, Monsters, Inc. in 2001, Finding Nemo in 2003, The Incredibles in 2004, Cars in 2006,

Ratatouille in 2007, WALL-E in 2008, Up in 2009 and Toy Story 3. There newest movie is mega mind. I think these movies are so interesting because the way they personificate the characters and give them human qualities. For example in Cars they give Lightning McQueen a face, they give humor and emotions and the audience an emotional attachment to the characters. Another cool thing about Cars is that they named the car after his speed by calling him Lightening McQueen suggesting he is as fast as lightening. In April 2010 Pixar its first studio outside of the USA in Vancouver.

So if you like a good movie as I do the place to take your kids is Pixar studios.


THE GREAT CARTOONIST DAV PILKEY TRANSLATES HIS SCHOOLBOY SCRIBBLES INTO AUTHOR STARDOM. Dav Pilkey world famous author of children’s books reveals to us how the struggles he faced as a child became his strength. He now uses his unique sense of humor and artistic skills to bring fun and laughter to kids with his collection of books and his fun website. www.pilkey.com His collection includes the hilarious Captain Underpants series which he first wrote while still in elementary school while sitting in the hallway for being silly and disruptive. The reason for this was that he had attention deficit disorder and severe hyper activity. And it got worse through the years; once he got in to high school the teachers discouraged him even more.

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DAV pilkey

But once he got in to college he went to a fresh man English class his professor told him to take up writing and he wrote his first children’s book world war won. When he entered it in a contest he won and got it published. And it carried on from there. Now he is one of the most famous child authors of all time and is married to his lovely wife sayuri (pronounced sy-you-dee).


When and where were you born? I was born on March 4th 1966 in Cleveland Ohio, USA. Did you have any brothers or sisters? Yes I had one sister called Cindy; she was a highly skilled professional tattletale. How do you pronounce your first name? Most people pronounce it "Dave" (rhymes with "rave"), but "Dav" (rhymes with "have") is also correct. Why do you spell your first name wrong? Back in 1983 I was a waiter at Pizza Hut. One day they were making a name tag for me, but the label-maker was broken. Instead of printing "Dave", it printed "Dav". The name stuck! Did you get good grades in school? No. I had a pretty tough time in school. I've always had reading problems, and I didn't learn the same way that most of the kids in my class learned (being severely hyperactive didn't help much, either). I was discouraged a lot, and sometimes I felt like a total failure. But I had a lot of encouragement and support from my parents. They helped me get through the hard times. It's good to know that even if you're not successful in school, you can still be successful in life. (Thomas Edison was terrible at school, but he turned out o.k.!) What did you like to do out of school? I liked to stay indoors and draw animal’s monsters and superhero guys.

How did you get your start writing and illustrating books? When I was 19 years old, I wrote a book called World War Won and entered it in Landmark Editions’ National Written and Illustrated by... Awards Contest for Students. My book won first prize for my age group and it got published. How do you get ideas for your books? I never try to think up a story, stories just come to me. I live a very simple life, and often spend several hours each day just daydreaming. It is usually during these times that my ideas come to me. When did you first think up Captain Underpants? I first started thinking up Captain Underpants adventures when I was at school in grade 1. My teacher did not appreciate my sense of humor so she sent me into the hall, and while I was there I thought up and drew pictures for stories.


How long does it take you to make a book? It depends on the book, When the cats dream and the Paperboy each took 15 minutes write Twas the night before thanksgiving took almost a whole year (partially due to the fact that the first draft of the book was eaten by a herd of cows). Rhyming books usually take more time to write than non rhyming books. Most of my picture books take between 1 and 3 months to illustrate. What other books have you written besides Captain Underpants? Well I have written Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot series, The dumb Bunnies series, Big Dog and little Dog series, Dragon series and Dogzilla, Kat Kong. What comes first the pictures or the stories? Usually the title, then the story, then the pictures.

How did you make the pictures in Kat Kong and Dogzilla? The pictures in Kat Kong and Dogzilla were made by combining actual photos of my pets with painted backgrounds. First, I took lots of pictures of my cat blueberry, my dog Leia and my pet mice, and then I carefully cut the animals out of the photos. The cutouts of the animals were then pasted onto backgrounds which I had painted. What is your latest book? My latest book is ook and gluk: kung fu cavemen from the future. Do you have a website? Yes I do, it has a bunch of groovy games and all about the books, but not recommended for grownups, small animals or a houseplant, far too silly!!


History of The introduction Hello there ladies and gentlemen in this captivating article you can see the history about the books that you craved when you were young the books you wished to be inside of the comic book! You will learn about the earliest form and how it changed over time to the super hero comics that we know now some important people and some problems on the way.

Earliest form The first comic book was a hard cover called the adventures of Obadiah old buck in 1842. Making it the first known American proto-type comic books. In the platinum age that’s when they used the term comic book.

How it changed over time Well there are 6 ages the platinum, golden, silver, bronze, copper and modern (bronze to modern are basically the same age). Platinum age just used the term comic book and it was only a proto type hard cover. Then the golden age got people into lots of manufacturing and when the arc type of the superhuman would be born. The silver age had the first successful awakening of the sleeping super hero form and marvel comics got rich by making superheroes such as spider man and wolverine. The bronze and modern age is when the comic book came to be what we know today lots of super heroes and sci-fi action and lots of graphic novels and the birth of the marvel age (it is not really an age it’s just when marvel ruled the comic book world)

BIBLIOGRAPHY http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_book http://www.jetgirlart.com/?p=1723

The comic book

Important people The platinum age: Rodolphe Topffer made the 1st comic book Obadiah Old Buck. Golden: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster thought up superman that turned the comic book in to a major industry. Silver: Stan lee and jack Kirby made the fantastic four and Steve ditko made Spiderman the two main super heroes in this age. Bronze to now: Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams made the green lantern/arrow and frank millers batman graphic novel are the super heroes that sent that age skyrocketing.

Problems There are too many variations on the same theme and too many spinoffs. The characters are old, some from the 1930 and not revamped for years. New characters with new powers are needed. The storylines are always too similar, the hero beats the bad guys, gets captured, friends rescue the hero and they all save the day. New ideas are needed.

CONCLUSION

This concludes the history of one of the greatest forms of entertainment of the last century........ THE COMIC BOOK!!


My memorable experience

By Ben swan

he day i saw the contest in the paper I knew it would be remembered, i was about 6 my mom told me that i could win a book just by drawing a good cartoon now i loved books and cartoons so when mom showed me the contest i thought ‘’ well my brother already won a book in another contest so why can’t i ? ’’ so i got to work. I could of drawn anything but i liked meta humans then, so i got to work . I worked for about half an hour and then all the gruling work was done and i was left with the greatest super hero ever. His name was cuckoo crazy ( now i know the name was not thought through but come on i was only 6 ), he fought justice with crazy stunts and annoying chatting. But i knew that it was not complete so i thought again ‘’ what does every super guy need ‘’?. And then it hit me ‘’ a sidekick ! I need a sidekick so again i got to work. And after about 5-10 miniutes i was done, and i had created sidekick sid ( again please exsuse the name ) and then i gave it to my mom and she sent it of to the people who ran the contest . I waited for weeks and when the results finally arrived the suspense was killing me, when she opened the

box ( that a good

sign) it had letter saying that i had come first place! I ran around yelling with joy and also inside was this book an that was a great memorable experince.


Advice column What t type

For my awesome readers.

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Since i am having some problems in drawing i ask how you would draw a good cartoon head?

Well if you want to know then draw a round head and if it is hard then use a template. Then the rest should come out of your imagination. 2. When my kid’s birthday comes

up what cartoon do you suggest for a 9 yr olds cake? Well I would say the Simpsons I mean they are very funny and they look awesome but there is some language so you may want to watch it first.

3. When drawing what’s the

most important thing to remember? Well the best thing is originality or the parts of your character must reflect his/her personality.

4. since I want to make a flip cartoon you know the one where you flip the page back and forth and the cartoon moves but I need something easy what do you suggest? You should do a stickman waving because it is very easy to draw and remember to keep the movements small.

5. Since I am good at drawing people but me want something new what do you recommend? Why don’t you start on vehicle cartoons? Eg cars with a happy face.

9. When my graduation comes up I need a self portrait how can you do it? Well take a picture of yourself and then tape it to a window then trace your head and then you have a self portrait

6. Since I want to take up a hobby what do you think I should take up animation or drawing? I think animation because you can make your creations come alive.

7. Since I like mysteries what cartoon do you suggest? Well I suggest Scooby doo because it is funny and you must figure out the mystery yourself.

8.since I need an idea for a movie and I need your opinion and it needs to be knew what do you suggest . Well they have never done a movie about stick men before try that.

10. When I start drawing what type of pencil should I use? I use mechanical because you never have to sharpen them but keep some lead with you at all times.


Let’s get cartooning

Mailbag

I really enjoyed your article, the one teaching people how to draw cartoon characters. When I was younger I watched Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show all the time. I always wondered how in the world they came up with all those different characters or even knew how to draw them. I’ve tried drawing those cartoons, or even my own, but unfortunately, I can’t. There are so many different features, and as for making my own cartoons, that one is even harder. I can’t get them to have all different personalities, or features that make them funny or have a kind of emotion on themselves. But with this article, it makes it so much easier. Good job. From macyn. Writers note: I appreciate the letter macyn I didn’t even learn myself when I lived in England my cousin taught me and he is a great cartoonist so I guess it just takes time to learn. From Ben

Capture the cartoon! The motion capture suit is unbelievable science has come so far in the past couple years. I’m so glad that you chose to do and article about it because it is so interesting. This suit is out of the ordinary. To be able to animate yourself in to 2D or 3D is just unthinkable. It’s a step ahead of our generation I think the suit article fits perfectly in to your magazine. I always love reading this magazine however in this issue I noticed the fonts keep changing and if they were all the same it would be nice. However that is the only downer that I have noticed since I started reading the magazine so keep up the good work and keep supplying me with new issues! From carter. Writers note: I am glad you like my article carter i am sorry about the changing fonts I guess it didn’t occur to me. From Ben swan.

Welcome to Pixar! I liked your welcome to article about Pixar studios. I had no clue that there was a Pixar studio in Vancouver. It is true that Pixar has made some very good movies. I do though have a few complaints about your welcome to Pixar animation studio. One of them is that I think that you should have explained a bit about what it is like inside a Pixar studio. I also would like to know where all of the studios are. Are they all around the world or are they just in the USA and Vancouver. It looks like you stretched out your pictures because they look a bit awkward. But it does look like you know a lot about Pixar studios. You really showed off your knowledge about it. From Judson Stanton, maker of Out of the Park magazine.

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Writers note: Thank you for that letter Judson in answer to some of your complaints it’s not that I didn’t want to find out more about Pixar it’s just that most of the info was about the movies they made. From Ben swan.

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