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2009 Mental Health Humor’s Chato Stewart Review the Year’s Cartoons.

Posted Dec 31 2009 8:33pm

Chato B Stewart of Mental health Humor As 2009 ends with this beautiful Blue Moon, I say welcome to 2010… I still can’t…can you? believe it - 2010!  What a year!  This has been what I like to call my re-group year.  Sooo many hurdles and obstacles in my way! At times, I felt I was going to give up…  Well, I did a few times, but you know what, we all feel that way from time to time.  The point is  - I never gave up hope!  Even when I wanted to, my wife stepped in an carried me along.  I’m fortunate to have her and when I’m balanced, I tell myself that over and over again… Oh, and I tell her to…  I LOVE YOU BABY!

This year I wanted to teach myself how to draw caricatures.  Let me show you the caricatures in chronological order so you can see my progress.

I started with Michael J. Fox in full color pastels.

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Then after a few peers told me they liked it,  I thought why not draw them. I feel bad for them but since they told me to do my best, even if it looks bad, they don’t care.

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They came out better then I thought and they did like the caricatures.  So, I kept going. My color work with pastels was weak -  so, I did some black and white drawings.

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Once I was happy with them, I started to play with the digital coloring.   I held my Words Of The Wisdomless Contest and gave away caricatures to the winners from my FaceBook friends.

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I loved the way they came out.  I did some research on adding depth to the work.  One cartoonist told me one very simple but effective suggestion.  (Add shadow and keep some white.)  With my next three toons, I made application and it made such a huge difference.  Check it out! What do you think?

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On my next four, I started out doing them all in pencil.  I was happy with them but with out black ink the images got lost.  I went back and inked them and scanned them and they are by far my best work to date.

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This is my Favorite and I think it looks just like him!

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My focus this year was also my networking on Facebook.  If you have an account there, make sure you friend me and join my Fan Page… LOL.  I mean join the fan page, I am going to make.

Actually, caricatures were not the only thing I’ve been working on this year.  I also started writing my own “silly” mental health quotes I call my “Words Of The Wisdomless.”

Here is an example -  today’s quote:

Words Of The Wisdomless: -

“If I could sum up 2009 in one word, I’m sure it would be a 4 letter one… hope!”

- by Chato B.  Stewart

This year our blog and Cartoon-A-Thon  site has reached over 200,000 unique visitors! With 30,000 peers visiting the cartoon-a-thon page for Mental Health Month.  It’s because of you, my peers, I continue to draw the cartoons.  You have told me time and time again about the small joy they bring you.  To me, that alone makes it a success. Thank You Peers!

I also had the privilege of WINNING the 2009 Facing Us Video Contest.  The cartoons were used in the video to tell my story.   I posted part of it here a while back, but the video that won the contest is a bit different.  Once they post the video on their site, I will embed it here for every one.

Yes, Yes, I did draw some Mental Health Humor cartoons, too.  It was nice not to have the deadline to come up with a cartoon every day.  I think it made for better content… I.E. the cartoons did not suck.  As I leave you this year of Two Thousand Nine, I want to reinforce the need to… “live life like a cartoon and always bring an eraser!”


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