Meet Professional Cartoonist - Gerard Piper
Occupation: Cartoonist and Animator
From Gerard: I actually remember thinking at age 6 that I wanted to draw for a living and make my career out of it. I couldn't think of anything more marvellous than to draw your own characters, be creative AND to entertain people.
How old were you when you first started drawing/cartooning?
As far back as I can remember....I drew pictures of houses with
yellow smiley faced suns like any other child, just that I never grew out
of it. I must say that I was a very average drawer as a child and didn't stand out in any way.....It's just been through daily practice that I've gotten better.
When did you realize your drawing/cartooning could be a career?
I actually remember thinking at age 6 that I wanted to draw for a living and
make my career out of it. I couldn't think of anything more marvellous than to draw your own characters, be creative AND to entertain people.(I'm sure it is vocational).
Did you take special classes to learn to draw/cartoon?
I never did..... The pure love of drawing each day was enough for me to
progress. (I do wish to learn to paint still, and take anatomy life drawing classes soon....Just to improve overall).
Let me say that if you wish to be good at ANYTHING, then there's no substitute for practice..... If you wish to be a good golfer, then swing a club for at least 30 minutes a day. If you wish to play the piano well, then practice for at least thirty minutes a day. Watch how the professionals do it and learn from them too. If you get discouraged then use that to be determined to get better. And remember, there are days that I DON'T want to draw, but still do. There are days that I'm tired of drawing, but still do. This is only natural....Persevere and practice!!
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