Monday, January 23, 2012

18840a Harvard Business Review cartoon - Roy Delgado

This drawing appeared in HBR magazine, February, 2005 on page 103.  Back then, the magazine had a double-page spread of cartoons somewhere in the middle of the magazine, it was a feature called Strategic Humor.

Lately, the feature has been reduced to only one page, probably for budgetary reasons.  They do continue to sprinkle a few other cartoons throughout the mag, thank God.  It is one of the very few decent markets left for magazine cartoonists, who seem to be left twisting in the wind . . .

The cartoons in the magazine have always had a " New Yorkerish" look and feel . . . and to my estimation ARE mostly New Yorker cartoonists consistently throughout. 


  1. Hey Roy,
    This is a great gag! As are most of the ones I see from you. Do you mind if I ask how you created the scratchy line effects and the grey shading? I would love to be able to get that look in some of my cartoons. I know you use Corel Draw. I use Photo Shop.
    Again, great gag!
    Gary Z.

  2. Hi Gary,
    Good question. Back then, more than hardly now, I experimented with this desired effect . . . I kinda borrowed it from Sam Gross, at least it LOOKED like he was doing it this way.
    I've played around with various methods, all related, however.
    Here it is . . . After I have a good black and white ink drawing print on the bond paper, the first thing I do is to go over all of the black ink lines with an HB pencil to " slightly " widen and soften the black lines.
    Then I establish in my mind where the light is coming from and using a very soft pencil ( 2B-6B, depending on the area you are shading, very lightly ) . . . THEN, What I did to get the desired effect is, believe it or not, mostly using my fingers to smudge the pencil shaded areas, AND smudge stumps ( These come in various sizes, available from Dick Blick ).
    Sometimes you have to shade it again, and smudge it again till you get the look you want.
    It takes experimenting a little. It is not hard.

    Now you have a finished drawing in half tones. And with the proliferation of computers and programs, I scan the finish in greyscale and I inspect the finished drawing on the monitor. before I print it, if the drawing needs it, I can play with it on the screen with the airbrush.

    Then I print a copy and sometimes I have to touch it up a little on the screen to make repairs or improve the piece.

    Hope this helps, Zell.
    Your partner in crime,
    Roy Delgado aka Peter Plum