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Part Three: Two-Dimensional Scenic Paint... > 9 Scenery Cartooning and Layout - Pg. 237

CHAPTER 9 S C E N E R Y C A R T O O N I N G A N D L A Y O U T Drawing the cartoon is the next step in scenic painting after priming. A cartoon is the line drawing of an image representing the visible edges or intersecting planes of objects, sometimes known as a contour drawing. Cartooning is a significant interpretive and artistic part of the scenic artist's work: as the image is being enlarged, many decisions have to be made about detail and motif. The cartoon serves as a guide for placement of shade, shadow, and color. Cartooning precedes painting, in most cases, and gives the scenic artist a reference for the painting on the surface of scenery. Cartooning usually is done after the scenery is stretched and primed and may be drawn freehand or mechanically drafted. Cartoons also may be drawn onto paper and then transferred to color values shift and guidelines are drawn to establish the direction of washes. To paint well, you must also learn to draw well. Cartooning is not something to be rushed through so the "real work" of painting can begin. It is the first point at which the scenic artist begins to interpret the scenic designer's intent onto the scenery. The cartoon forms the foundation for all work to follow. There are many instances in scenic art when the cartooning process takes as much time and effort as painting. For example, a scenic element might depict a complex line drawing of an Italian Renaissance street scene that is painted with thin color washes. In this case, the cartooning may constitute the majority of the work. Effort taken to