It's high time I properly introduced myself!
Milton Knight was born
in 1962 inI've never formed a barrier between fine art and cartooning. The art of expression was always the most important one to me, and growing up, I treasured Chinese watercolors, Breugel, Charlie Brown and Terrytoons equally. My very young childhood was during the era of "pop art", when fine artists were freely inspired by comics and other popular culture; I remember being captivated by these works during trips to museums and galleries in
Started drawing, painting, creating my own attempts at comic books and
animation at age two. Always enthused about drawing and creating characters, so
much that it became a life force. Mineola, N.Y.
Wrote and drew comic books and comic strips, illustrated, designed record covers, posters, candy and T-shirts, and exhibited paintings. My work has appeared in Heavy Metal, High Times, National Lampoon and Nickelodeon Magazine, and my comics titles include Hugo, Midnite the Rebel Skunk and Slug and Ginger. Came to the West Coast in 1991, working in animation as a designer, animator, and breaking in as a director on Felix the Cat.
I continue work on a stream of independent projects; animation, writing, more comics. My interest in every type of art I make is not in recapturing or approximating reality, but in creating new forms and abstractions and giving them their own unique life. www.miltonknight.net
1978-1979: Completed courses in drawing and painting, BOCES Nassau County Cultural Arts Center. (Syosset, N.Y.)
1979-Present: Illustrator/Cartoonist for national magazines and newspapers. (The Village Voice, The Electric Company Magazine, High Times, National Lampoon, Heavy Metal, etc.)
Create and design theatrical posters, greeting cards, candy, t-shirts, etc. 1982: First independent comic book published. (Hugo, Fantagraphics Books) Continue to create & publish to present. (Midnite the Rebel Skunk, Slug & Ginger, Hinkley)
Licensed comics characters handled include Richie Rich, Mighty Mouse, Betty Boop, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
1991-Present: Work in animated films.
Design, layout, animation on COOL WORLD (Ralph
Story, storyboard, character, background & prop design, layout, animation on THE ADVENTURES OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (DIC Entertainment)
Development art, storyboard, character, prop, background& color design for Disney TV, MGM TV, Warner Bros. Animation, Saban, Rhythm & Hues, HBO,etc.
Directed four shorts on THE TWISTED TALES OF FELIX THE CAT (Film Roman) Directed, animated theatrical& TV safety spot for California Dept. of Water Resources. (Baer Animation) 1984: Gave seminar on cartooning at School of Visual Arts (N.Y.C.) as guest of teacher. Also gave private instruction in cartooning. 1995: Lectured to Asian animation crew on procedures of animation (Film Roman Studio)
2000: Instructed children in film animation at Animation Creations. (Sherman Oaks) 1989-Present: Exhibiting paintings at galleries including Psychedelic Solution Gallery (N.Y.), Colonnade Gallery & Studio (Pasadena, Ca.), Gallery Figueroa (L.A.), Gallery Bink (Portland, OR.)
Adaptations of stories from classic authors for GRAPHIC CLASSICS since 2002.
Ongoing work on acrylic paintings.
Secret project work-in-progress.
AWARD:1995: Awarded Certificate of Merit for Service to the Art, Craft, and Industry of Animation, by the International Animated Film Society.
Next time, I'll share some of my early drawings.
Our cartoon for today is: The Banker's Daughter-Terrytoon 1933.