Thursday, December 18, 2014

PROGRESSION IN ABSTRACTIONS: FRANTISEK KUPKA





Now for one of my favorites. Born in what is now the Czech Republic in 1871, Kupka began his education and career in Vienna, starting out with paintings ably rendered in a traditional style.

In 1906, Kupka set to work as an illustrator for popular and political periodicals in Paris. His paintings became more caricatural, witty, and stylized.













Influenced by the Futurist movement gaining ground in painting, and experimenting in the relationships between art, motion and music, Kupka's stylization progressed...












 ...and, by 1910 blossomed into the pure abstraction he worked in until his death in 1957.

"Music". Image from en.wahooart.com































Enjoy his art. It's been a big inspiration to me.
Milt

The images posted here have been saved over the internet at such varying times, I have forgotten most of their sources. If you're one of them, notify me. I will either give credit, or remove it if you wish.-MK

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MERRIE MELODIES IN ITALIANO

Image from http://www.maramaoband.it

The team of Ines Talamo & Crivel, vocalists I linked to in a previous post, but hadn't heard of until a few days ago, made quite a quantity of recordings of songs composed by Harry Warren (lyrics) & Al Dubin (music) for Warner Bros. musicals. With new lyrics for the Italian translations, the evocative classical singing style make these 78s interesting and exciting.

Image from alfredeaker.wordpress.com

"Shanghai Lil", originally sung and danced by James Cagney and Ruby Keeler (Mrs. Al Jolson) in FOOTLIGHT PARADE (1933).


Image from moviespictures.org

"About a Quarter to Nine" and "Latin from Manhattan", both featured by Al Jolson in GO INTO YOUR DANCE (1935).




Enjoy,
Milt


Monday, December 15, 2014

PALS IN THE DISTANCE

Background characters for an illustration. They will be reproduced at about 3.5 inches high.





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Friday, December 12, 2014

A PIONEER OF THE POSTER
























Dudley Hardy (1867-1922) was a pioneer of the British poster at the turn of the twentieth century, a time when the art was emerging as the prime force in an advertising revolution.






















Hardy did not only poster designs, but paintings, and was esteemed as a ‘black-and-white’ artist, when ink drawing for reproduction was often seen as an ability separate from, but on an equal footing with painting. 


























In Hardy’s time, expertise and imagination were professional pluses, rather than treated with disdain in the face of computer prowess or the ability to copy ‘on-model’, Simpsons-style. As one may deduce from his portrait with the giant canvas, it was often very physical work.

His art is inherently attractive, straightforward and virile. He's a testament to what the artist is capable of once he's got the chance.











Best,
Milt

Thursday, December 11, 2014

BUZZIN' THE BERKELEY






Today, three distinctive (some would call them 'weird') recordings of songs by Warren & Dubin for the  Vitaphone musical GOLDDIGGERS OF 1933. All numbers were choreographed by Busby Berkeley, and all were famously used in the studio's "Merrie Melodies" cartoons.






"Shuffle Off to Buffalo" debuted in 42nd STREET; in German, the song is respun into a love song, "Marikka".


"Pettin' in the Park", sung by a robust (and uniquely, black) quartet.

http://youtu.be/k1lF8FhOzJ4
In Italian, "We're in the Money", a sparkling performance by a classically trained duet.
http://youtu.be/k1lF8FhOzJ4

Spectacularly Yours,
Milt



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ANIMATOR'S BEEF

When receiving emailed want ads from the Animators' Guild, I just kind of laugh. They're pointless cattle calls before friends are hired. No rejection letters are sent out any more, leaving one dangling. And would you believe that, besides knowing the latest software, they require one to have a degree or a doctorate to make the shit they do? Just another method of eliminating the elderly.

JAPANESE CARTOON MUSIC MYSTERY RECORD

In a record store yesterday, I happened upon this 45, which sounds like music for a 1960s Japanese comedy cartoon. According to Charles A. Brubaker, the label says "Warabe Uta Melody", which means "Nursery Rhyme Melody".I'm hoping someone out there recognizes the music.


Side 1: "Baa Baa Black Sheep" theme.


Side 2: Chase theme.

Arigato,
Milt

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A WORD FROM OUR JESTER

"H'lo, folks! Merely a message to jog yer noggins about my two HUGO comics unleashed by The Comix Company! (For readers over 18 only.)

"Th' first is THE LADY IN QUESTION! Hearty laffs and mind-bending adventures as I get is drawn into Satan's web, leaving m'rescue to m'lady love, the Princess Trish!"









"It's digest sized, 28 b/w pages wit' color covers. $4 plus $2.00 postage. Message the head egg (Milton to you) privately for payment info (check or Paypal).

"The second book is BOUGHT & SOLD; OR HOW TO MAKE A CAT SCHIZOPHRENIC, in which I reflects upon my shivery past, and my tale gets told."









  
"This comic is also digest sized, 28 b/w pages wit' color covers. $4 plus $2.00 postage.
"Message th' Miltster privately for payment info (check or Paypal)."

Thanks, Hyoog! Here's to your surprise and delight, 
Milt  

COPYRIGHT 2014 BY MILTON KNIGHT

Sunday, December 7, 2014

"DON'T LEAVE ME, COP."






Clip. A peculiar mix of tragedy & comedy from Down Under. http://aso.gov.au/titles/features/harmony-row/clip2/


Saturday, December 6, 2014

PERSPECTIVES IN PERCUSSION

Music is as life's blood to me. Yes folks, this is some of the stuff I listen to. It's a special pleasure to rip discs and do some heavy duty listening in 80 minute chunks.





















As far as I'm concerned, if you're into Retro Space Age Cocktail stuff, the PERSPECTIVES IN PERCUSSION records are must-haves! Conducted by Skip Martin, the second volume, a hand-me-down from an aunt, introduced me to the genre at about age 10.  There are other numbers on YT.








Thursday, December 4, 2014

THOUGHTS ON ANIMATION TODAY #247








It's not so much that CG stinks as what is being done with it.

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Computers have made drawn animation easier than it's ever been. Hollywood, however, is in a concentrated effort to eliminate all the creative labor it can. Thus, "animation" made by pushing buttons, in mostly foreign countries.

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I've heard that Hollywood studios have even dabbled in sending the job of cartoon WRITING to India, and that it hasn't worked out. Yet.

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The animation studios are bent on hiring inexperienced kids because they theoretically cost less. But in many cases their storyboards must be followed up by older artists to correct them. Stupid.



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

THE CACTUS COUNTY COWBOYS

Tonight I was at a concert of Will Ryan (notable voice artist, Disney, etc.) and his Cactus County Cowboys, a great little L.A. group that plays Western pop classics, old movie tunes, and new original songs. In the Lautrec tradition, I made sketches at their performance!


























Will & Co. play some pretty high class functions! For a great time when in the L.A. area, check out their Facebook page and keep up with the latest developments. You'll be dern gladja did!!

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Monday, December 1, 2014

IT'S BEEN A FEW DAYS...

Not a lot to report. Finished a quota of work this week, did research today for the next. That's good news; I've no complaints.

So today ('til I get some better ideas): A few more womanly sketches.

































Wantonly Yours, MK

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