Monday, October 20, 2014

THOUGHT

I'm finding a lot of people don't look at the art closely anymore; it's who did it that counts. If it's not a work of "somebody", it's not worth looking at.

Society makes the assumption that if an artist is REALLY good he'll make the history books thru sheer merit. Bull. Who knows how many Van Goghs there were in his time who people STILL refuse to observe and treasure?


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Cartoon from "HOT DOG", 1930.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I HAD A DREAM...

Had a dream I was seeing a newly discovered Laurel & Hardy short from 1936. Stan tells Ollie he wants to become a songwriter. Ollie puts him down. Fade out. Fade in some time later, and Ollie is a chauffer driving the wealthy Stan, who’s lounging in the back seat. Sharing the front seat is Finlayson, Stan’s lawyer. They stop at a big department store. From then on, my dream becomes cloudy, but there’s an “I’ll hurt you, you hurt me” match being played by two good looking female customers. They are doing pleasant things such as twisting and cracking each others’ wrists. The ending had Ollie losing Stan’s fortune with a bad investment.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pages from A GUIDE TO BETTER FIGURE DRAWING by Cecile Hardy





Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MORE CHARLES X. CARLSON

Drawing with blood, guts, heart and balls!










Sunday, October 12, 2014

THINGS I MISS #348:

Virile drawing manuals; as tough & gritty as the charcoal pencil itself. Many members of today's neutered (or simply raging) society consider this quality "scary".






From SIMPLIFIED FIGURE DRAWING by Charles X. Carlson, 1952.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

ART WALK

Last nite, had a table in the "Graphic Artists and Their Art" section at the Pasadena Central Library. It was part of the "Art Walk", a night of bus shuttles to various museums around town. It was a crowded house but a rocky start; only two of us cartoonists showed, and it was only when we demanded a table in the main lobby that we got traffic, but not much at first. (I got the vibe pretty quickly and put the HUGOs away.) The other artist got fed up and left early. I nearly did too, but ...then it started going well. A lot of impressed people (non-comics peoples' reaction are always fresher and more open), good conversation, sold a pair of GRAPHIC CLASSICS volumes ($32 big bucks, buddy!). Giving the prices broke my heart; moms will NOT shell out $6 for a 32 page magazine for their kid; people are really impressed (almost amazed) to find someone drawing with their own hands, and many regard it as BETTER, and many prefer the word "comic" to "graphic novel". Though they're supposed to be "mainstream", "graphic novels" are a hard sell to civilians.

Friday, September 19, 2014

THOUGHT

Business today is all about eliminating the little man.

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