Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Charles Schulz Quote on How He Draws the Peanuts Comic Strip

"I draw on a big white sheet printed with four empty blocks—only they're much bigger than the ones that appear in your newspaper. Each block is five and a half inches by six and a half inches. First, you do the lettering so you know how much space you'll have left for the figures. You do preliminary sketching in pencil for the position—otherwise, you'd be bound to make a mistake somewhere and get a character too far to the left or right and have to start over. Then you do it in ink."
—Charles M. Schulz⁠
Charles M. Schulz at his drafting table looking at an unfinished daily strip at his studio/residence at the Coffee Grounds in Sebastopol, California, 1969. Photo: Tom Vano, © Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

1 comment:

sarusa said...

The size of the originals really drives home how shaky his hands were in later years, for the lines to be so shaky even after reduced 100x. But by golly he kept working right up to the end.