Do you have a certain type of art style that you just love? A certain artist that you like to draw like but doubt you will ever meet? I have many artists that I admire and look for them wherever they may be published. Many have become my mentors and don’t even know it. So how can someone mentor you that has never met you?
Simple, they mentor from afar. Here is how I do it. Artist Tom Richmond is famous in the cartoon and caricature world as an artist for Mad Magazine. I have always admired his style from earlier days, so I follow his blog posts, I visit his website regularly to see new work, I buy Mad Magazine, and study his illustrations to see how he handles different subject matter. I met Tom at a convention a few years ago, and he recently released a book on caricature which I bought for my library. I had it signed and am in the process of reading it and going through the lessons. I have a number of artists that mentor me such as Norman Rockwell, Frank Frazetta, and Jack Kirby. They don’t know me but they have been teaching me their whole lives. Create your mentorship by studying from afar, the connection will show up through your art.
About the Author
Bruce Outridge is an illustrator and cartoonist from Canada. He is the creator of the Pride Junkie Comic Series, the Drawing with Bruce Video Series. More information can be found on his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com