Hope everyone out there had a good thanksgiving!
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If you are not aware of Jim Woodring then do some browsing and you’ll be greatly rewarded. He is, arguably one of the top 3 greatest cartoonists of the past 50 years…or more. I hesitate to pigeon-hole him with the classification of simply “cartoonist” because he’s much more than that. A visionary artist who has created a world both terrifying and hilarious, a painter and draftsman. His technique is breathtaking. I’ve admired his work for years, I’m a big fan. So, last year when he asked me to help him get into the National Cartoonist’s Society, I felt somewhat disoriented to say the least. You see, to enter the Society you must be recommended by two current members, so I found myself joining the great Bobby London to write letters of recommendation for my hero. Weird, I know. Because of this honor I’ve had some very warm correspondence with Jim. He’s a funny, generous guy with a big heart. I’ve found that the greater the cartoonist, the less pompous. Jack Davis and Al Jaffee treated me like a colleague and friend last year in Savannah and Sergio Aragones was a prince of a man. I love being a cartoonist. I do, though, wish I was better at it! So, last week as I was struggling with my inking technique I figured who better to ask than the master himself? I knew that Jim was a big advocate for the classic dip pen. I have a nice holder given to me […]
For those of you browsing the galleries using a mobile device such as an iPad (as I am now) there is a slight hitch with the taller images. They tend to slide up and off the top of the screen a bit. I’ve got a ticket in at the plug-in’s developer: Easymedia. They’ve had excellent tech support thus far and I recommend them should you need a slideshow for your blog. It’s tricky designing these things for the myriad of browsers and platforms out there. I’ve had some luck turning the iPad to its vertical position and scrolling down to let the image follow. Also, switching from slide to slide helps. I’m hoping the issue gets fixed soon!
Well, I got the new galleries up on the Artwork tab. E-gads!! I’m exhausted. Be sure to check out the beginnings of my Fine Art page. Right now it only includes acrylics.
Well, I’ve been putting together my new image galleries now that the website has moved. You can check them out under the “Artwork” tab. I wanted to be very comprehensive but that means a lot of work, probably more than I should put up…but I figure I can start to cull after looking at it for a while. I’m trying to get this gallery tool to work for me so I can make browsing easier and keep the images organized. I’ll let you know when it’s all finished!
Extra! Extra! Get you a copy! The latest issue of MAD is out, my friends. #524 hit the stands this week with another mind-blowingly excellent cover by Mark Fredrickson. I also had a good laugh at Tom Richmond and Desmond Devlin’s Superman parody and Tom Bunk’s Duck Dynasty spread. I think it’s one of my favorite issues as of late. I was also pleased to learn that one of the great potters up the road in Seagrove who has shown work at the Smithsonian actually is a subscriber! See? It’s a classy rag! I was enlisted to do a piece for this issue about flying cars…or why we don’t have them yet. Kenny Keil wrote the gags and I drew the cars. As usual, when I get an assignment that involves a number of elements thrown around on one page, I lay it all out in a thumbnail and then draw the rest on separate pages so I can put them togethert in Photoshop. This allows me to add detail by working large without ending up with a HUGE illustration board that I have to scan in! The drawback is that I don’t end up with a single, original illustration that I can sell. Here’s the rough I sent in to Ryan Flanders, the Associate Art Director. It gave him an initial layout to go by and had one car in pretty tight detail. It was approved and so I went to work drawing the actual elements: This is all […]
As I was adding the Portfolio page to the blog yesterday I was amused to look at some of the logo work I’d done in the past. I haven’t done any in a while and it was a little strange to see some of those old designs and remember the process of creating them. I typically work digitally from the get-go with logos if they’re going to be real graphic. If there’s a character involved that’s a different story. See this. One that stands out as a particularly difficult logo was the Randolph County Public Library’s update to the 21st century. Initially I was told that they wanted something fairly modern but also containing a local reference. Also “think movement of information” was a term I think I heard. Well, we have two rivers here in the county: The Deep River and the Uwharrie. I began with this idea, rivers of knowledge and all that. It was a starting place at least.See the “R C”? yeah…sorta lame but it gives the client a place to begin the thought process. I think they liked the rivers but wanted something more modern. I came up with this next: I know…three rivers. It just didn’t look right with two. I also was given a color palette. I like to start in black and white usually. A logo should look good in black and white. Here’s another try in color.Bird/Book shape? Nah. “Let’s try some straight book ideas” so here goes: Okay, so we’re […]
Well, I’m pitching an idea to MAD this week. “Weapons of mASS Destruction” I hope they go for it, I’d love to tell someone I got paid to draw farts. I was looking back at some older MAD stuff and for some reason, I like this one a lot. I didn’t write the text and it’s just *meh* in my opinion but I like the green in the background and the dude’s tortured face. I also found this gem. Kurtzman’s Mad Logo with the girls chasing the centaurs: Great Stuff. Wanna see something Really Cool?? Here’s the original paste-up! Zowie!!
I was going through some old drawers the other day and found an old matchbook that brought back a lot of memories. You see, in a past life I was a young Jarhead exiled to the far reaches of Northern Okinawa and living on a small base called Camp Hansen. Just outside the gate was the little town of Kin or Kinville as we called it. There were three things you could do in Kinville: Get some great yakisoba, Get drunk and ROCK OUT. Kinville had a number of bars and among them some “rock houses”. These bars had enormous sound systems and a big screen TV so you could punish your eardrums, drown your liver and watch Mad Max 100 times without ever once hearing the soundtrack. You would either stumble in carrying your own albums under your arm (yes kids…albums!) or choose from the vast collection at the bar. The Rock Houses competed for customers by promising the loudest, earth-shattering audio in the town. You were not disappointed in these places. They were mind-numbingly, teeth looseningly loud. My favorite was the Club Look. They were nice folks , the stereo was awesome and they played old surf movies as opposed to Mad Max! So, having these memories flood back, I went up to my closet and dug out my old photo album: Looking through the album was strange I remembered so many faces but so few names. But…let’s stick to the subject: Kinville and it’s bars! Here we […]