In earlier installments of the Cartoon Vault I’ve covered the vogue of cartooning correspondence courses of the first half of the 20th century such as the Landon School of Illustration and Cartooning (see our February archives for more posts).
This time I’m highlighting David Rand’s Cartoonists' Exchange Course.
The Cartoonists' Exchange of Pleasant Hill, Ohio was the Cadillac of cartoon correspondence courses. Rand’s course offered seven books covering 34 lessons along with arts supplies, paper and a drawing board.
Cartoonists' Exchange was also home of the “marionette method” of cartooning and a few patented teaching aids never seen before (or since): The Position Finder, The Comic Character Creator and the Laugh Finder.
Here are some sample lessons:
|Hey kids! Let's all draw Hitler and Stalin!|
The “Marionette Method” was a big part of the curriculum.
Plus an incredible selection of cool stuff:
The Comic Character Creator
|The Laugh Finder|
|Dan A. Runyan-creator of the Laugh Finder|
|The "Art-Full" Wonder Box|
(As always click on thumbnails to enlarge)