Adventure Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood Shares Her Experience
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Lucy Bellwood does not have a background in maritime exploration, yet she recently found herself aboard one of the nation’s biggest research vessels “The Falkor.” It is there that she became a self-proclaimed “adventure cartoonist,” an artist primarily dedicated to drawing adventures. She has traveled across the ocean from Guam to Honolulu, all the while documenting the exciting journey through her cartoons.
On Monday, January 23, Bellwood gave a presentation during lunch. She talked about her experience as a cartoonist, gave some background information about comics and their different forms, as well as offered some valuable advice to aspiring artists.
“You can make comics all the time, every day. Comics don’t always have to be book shaped,” said Bellwood. During her presentation, Lucy showed students how to easily make an easy comic page layout by folding a plain piece of paper. Bellwood says there are many different forms of cartoons and that each of them has their own pros and cons. Webcomics have recently become a very common medium for cartoons. While publishing comics on the internet can be beneficial because it gives many more artists a chance to show off their work, Bellwood adds, “it is also a bit limiting because there are a lot of really good people out there.” On the other hand, classic hard-copy comics are still a great option for artists, aspiring and experienced alike.
Lucy also addressed some of her struggles as a cartoonist. She explained to students that although she has experienced success as an artist, there are still times when she has to deal with her internal voice that says, “you’re not good enough” or “you’re not a real artist.” She gave students the valuable advice that the voice doesn’t go away; rather, you develop the essential skills over time to trust your own ability.
While an artist dedicated to illustrating adventures is not the most common occupation, Bellwood learned many valuable things through her experiences and successes. During her presentation, she reiterated that through a lot of time and practice, artists can reach their goals. The best piece of advice she would give to an aspiring cartoonist is, “Draw from life, draw from life all the time.”