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Shop Talk: A question about filing, cartoon storage & art inventory

Today’s question comes from Mel Wilson. Mel writes:

How do you label and store all your cartoons? Also how to you keep track of them all? Do you have flat files, or do you scan them and have a digital inventory?

Thanks for the question, Mel. The answer is: It depends!

For digital cartoons, I store them according to date and topic, sometimes caption.
For example, I date each cartoon according to: year/month/date (space)-(space)topic/caption
So a cartoon about space monkeys would be 20190122 - Space Monkeys Hiccup.jpg

I save all the high res jpg files in a folder called “Cartoons” with a folder for each year (2017, 2018 etc.) My entire hard drive is synced to Dropbox.
I also have another folder called xPSD where all the high res 600dpi PSD files are kept, and that, too, is synced to dropbox, but using Dropbox Smart Sync, it is only ever in the cloud to save hard disk space. When I need them, I download them individually.

For hard copy drawings, I have various labelled drawers. For sketches that might be something, I store them in “sketches”, for finished artwork that has been published, (and is for sale on the store) I put it in “Published”. I also have one just for my New Yorker cartoons.

How are they organised? …well. They aren’t. I just pick up the pile and shuffle through until I find the one I’m looking for. It’s not a fool-proof system, but it works for this fool.

If you do have a massive archive of art, or you need to index and create an inventory for your art, I highly recommend ArtworkArchive. Their blog/newsletter alone is a brilliant source of information for artists.

Got a question? Hit me up in the contact page or in the comments section below.

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New Original Art: Stella

Ink & Wash on 300gsm board. Frame not included.

Ink & Wash on 300gsm board. Frame not included.

Show Poster: Picture This!

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This week's show poster was for an awesome show called Picture This! It's a great show that combines my two loves; Comedy and Cartooning.

A comedian gets up on stage to perform, and has a giant projector screen behind them, where an animator/cartoonist's drawings are projected live on stage based on what the comic is talking about.   I've done the last couple of shows as a cartoonist, but I also had the pleasure of being part of Picture This! in its infancy when it came to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival back in 2013. I would finish up my solo show every night then come up to the Tuxedo Cat and draw live for Picture This with epic comedy guests. It's a lot of fun to be part of- and even more fun to watch.   It's now a super-popular show all over the country that sells out every month. I'd highly recommend you check it out! Book your tickets at www.littlefield.com

 

 

 

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Comedy Podcast Artwork

This month I was commissioned to draw a whole bunch of funny buggers for their podcast artwork. The first is for an incredibly funny new show on the Riotcast network, live from the Comedy Cellar in New York with Lenny Marcus and Kevin Brennan called "Misery Loves Company". It's a hilarious show where Kevin basically has a melt-down and Lenny (and regular guest Liz, the manager of the Comedy Cellar) talk him off the ledge. There's a running joke about being star f*ckers, hence the theme. Their fans are now called starf*ckers. It's a great listen -if you want to hear the episode where the above artwork is presented to Kevin on his birthday, with special guests Dave Attell and Nick Griffin download/listen here.

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MLC

The second is for a brand new podcast from Nick Simmons, Tristan Rega and Marcus Van called "Pleasantly Distasteful".

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tristanrega

Marcus wasn't happy with the orange colour of his shirt so I provided a few alternative options...

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Got a podcast that needs some artwork? Let me know.

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