THE CARTOONIST STUDIO: What time do you wake up?
BRIAN CRANE: I'm a fairly early riser. Usually somewhere between 5:30 and 7 a.m.
TCS: What’s for breakfast?
BC: Oatmeal with raisins, blueberries and brown sugar.
TCS: What do you do first? Write? Draw? Answer emails?
BC: Take a nap. Quite often after eating breakfast and reading the paper, I'll lie down on the sofa in my studio and take a little nap. It's good being your own boss. Then if the weather is nice I'll putter around in my garden or take a walk. After that I'll do miscellaneous busy work like answering emails and fan letters. As you can probably tell, most of my morning consists of trying to avoid doing any actual work. Finally around 10:30 or 11 I'll force myself to sit down at my laptop and try some writing. If nothing creative is forthcoming I'll go out in the garden again or take another walk. Trying to come up with an idea I'm happy with is like pulling teeth for me. It's agony. That's why I put it off. Usually by about 2 or 3 p.m I'll have an idea that I like enough to go ahead with. Then I'll sit down and start drawing. I'm usually finished by 5 or 6. If I'm behind on deadlines I might work until 8 or 9.
TCS: Describe your method of creating a cartoon.
BC: Lately I've been using Canson 100 lb. smooth bristol. I do my roughs with 2B lead in a mechanical pencil. I ink my drawings with Higgins waterproof India ink. I use a Speedball B6 nib for lettering and a Hunt 22B nib for drawing.
TCS: Computer Usage?
BC: After I finish inking my strip I scan it in Photoshop. I have a guy who colors my Sunday strips for me.
TCS: What’s for lunch?
BC: If my wife is home she usually fixes something nice for me, like an egg and onion sandwich or maybe a toasted tuna. If she's not home I may go out to lunch with friends. If I stay home it's probably going to be peanut butter and jelly. Yes, I admit. I am a lazy bum.
TCS: What’s your afternoon schedule?
BC: I think I already answered that in one of the previous questions.
TCS: Work after dinner?
BC: Yes, more often than I'd like. That's the trouble with working at home. It's always a temptation to sneak back into the studio and fiddle with things a little more.
TCS: Any unusual habits or hobbies--cartoon related or not?
BC: I'm addicted to the crossword puzzle app on my iPhone.