Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Caricature Comic Connection! Character Design Ebook is out!

Its finally here, caricature /comic fans! the companion Ebook To my lecture at the April 20th Big City  Drink and Draw session held at Jack Demspeys.  This 33 page Ebook covers with words and pictures the concepts spoken about in the lecture on how to use caricature to create compelling comic characters for graphic novels and comics.The book covers different storytelling methods you can use to overcome writers block, as well as step by step instruction of how to draw live in public settings. ( The art of DIPP. Drawing In Public Places) Of course the hook is jammed packed with lots of great art done live on the Subways of New York City, and other public venues. A must have book for any comic /caricature enthusiast interested in adding more power to their character designs.Buy your copy for only $5.00!


In his new E-Book, "The Caricature/Comix Connection," Elgin Bolling
a.k.a "The Subwaysurfer" shares with the reader his unique insights
into the arts of caricature and cartooning. Based on his many years of
experience drawing live in New York City, from underground subways to
black-tie galas in high-rise penthouses, Bolling shares his extensive
knowledge of this enigmatic subject, with abundant wit and humor. Here
you'll learn his practical solutions and original theories that will
have you thinking like a caricaturist. All presented here in a highly
entertaining format, and backed up with numerous caricatures,
cartoons, and illustrations. Prepare to have some fun! Highly
recommended for both the novice and the seasoned professional. No
matter what you might have already read on the subjects of caricature
and cartooning, you can't afford to miss the mind of The Subwaysurfer!

Chris Collins
Graphic Designer and Photoshop Educator

When Somebody Believes in you

I love my life as a professional artist. It offers me a lot of rewards. Most people dread coming to work, dealing with the grind, the calls, the same old routine. For me, every work day is a new challenge. Whether I am doing a character design for a film,  drawing avatars for the next great internet mogul, or laughing with corporate execs in plush NYC Penthouses, my art has taken me places far beyond my expectations, and I look forward to even higher heights.
But it wast always that way.
Like most artists,I was  just the lonely nerdy kid who "could draw" People took me for granted, used my talent when it was convenient for them, and pretty much disposed of me  when it was time to play their reindeer games.I might have even given it up at one point if not for my cousin John.  Cousin John affirmed me a LOT as a kid. His door was always open and while he had children of his own, he always made me feel welcome and treated me like a son. John was fascinated watching me draw and encouraged me my whole life, pushing me to do better, and better.I think abotu John often but neglected visiting him  due to the distance separating us. One day a few weeks back I was working a gig near his Brooklyn home , and inspire of a torrential downpour I made the trip to his house. John was glad to see me as always, and we spoke for hours just as easily as we had always done. It was like I never left.Following a pause in our conversation, John pointed to two pictures on the wall, stating that he still had my masterpieces. To my shock John had framed two black and white pieces that Id  drawn well over twenty years ago when I was still searching for an art identity. He framed them because , he said, he knew the value of them, and said they were his favorite pictures. He then took them out of the frames made two photocopies for me, and sent me on my way with a present so valuable that I dont  have words to describe it  He Believed in me. Even before I believed in myself. Thanks John.