Hi there! Jerry Beck here. It’s a lazy weekend – and so I thought it would be a good time to hone my drawing skills. And who better to teach me? Preston Blair? No! Walter Lantz? Nah? Frank and Ollie, Richard Williams, Eric Goldberg – No-no-no!
I choose to learn from a real pioneer. A true legend in the field. Creator of many popular characters you’ve all heard of and love… Yes, that’s right: Mr. Paul Terry. Luckily Terry jotted down his animation secrets in a 24 page booklet – How To Draw Funny Cartoons!
Yes – it’s a real book. It was included in a Terrytoons “How To Draw Cartoons” set, marketed to children in the 1950s by game-maker, Gabriel & Sons. It seems to be drawn by either Bob Kawahara, Marty Taras and/or Art Bartsch… maybe… ?? Actually I’m not sure. Well, anyway… here it is. With luck, you’ll be drawing run cycles, sketching mustachioed villains in top hats or animating hundreds of mice running off into the distance… in no time.