Construction of a RACKAfracka Cartoon

This is the start of a RACKAfracka cartoon. This particular sketch came to me when I was out for coffee. But the real origin was while I was at work I was talking to my buddy Sam about the American saying, “Proof is in the Pudding”. We thought of a different treatment of this joke…but while I was at the cafe I thought of this solution. I rushed to sketch it down not really worring about detail. My goal was to get the idea down as fast as I can. Many times when drawing really fast you come up with stuff that is funnier. I love that the vat is so big that there is a ladder, plus the proof is just a arm hanging out of the pudding.

Vat of Pudding rough

Once I decided that it was a go on this cartoon, I do another sketch in my bigger sketch book. This sketch book I explore different design elements to the drawing and it’s basic composition. Many times it doesn’t change between the thumbnail sketch above but in this case I worked out that I wanted a real body on the ground and there would be a baseball bat as a possible weapon. These elements help tell a story even though I have no idea why someone would have a baseball bat at a pudding factory.

sketch of vat
Finally, I have plotted out most everything and I then do one more pencil drawing on Smooth Bristol board with an HB pencil. This is where I build more of the characters and thier costumes. My cops are a little old fashion but I figured this was the type of crime that needed cops from the past, after all who still mixes pudding in a vat like that? Actually I don’t know really how they make pudding in mass quantites. I love the “Sarg” in this drawing. He’s acting like he has seen it all before like saying, “Man…not again. Not in the pudding factory.” I like that there is a faucet coming out of the vat. As if that is a solution to empty the vat. Actually that brings up another point…once the pudding is made how do they get it out of there and put it into small packages? I don’t know much about factories but you still get the idea.
Pencil sketch of Vat

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