Style & Arts: Studio Style & Arts

October 7, 2007

The Idea: Dawdle, Doodle, Deadline

Richard Thompson, a Washington-based cartoonist, has been a regular contributor to The Post for some 20 years. Every Saturday, you can find "Richard's Poor Almanack" in Style. Thompson is also the creator of a recently nationally syndicated comic strip, "Cul de Sac," which originated in The Washington Post Magazine. In "Drawing a Funny Cartoon," he reveals his creative process, which is based on endless doodling, staring vacantly into the middle distance and fear of an impending deadline. The part about Toulouse-Lautrec on a flying pig is pretty much true.

CARTOON: Richard Thompson - The Washington Post; WEB EDITOR: Julia Beizer - washingtonpost.com

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