Monday, December 22, 2014

RALPH'S RECOMMENDATION PLUS CUBBY!

Ralph Bakshi sent me a wildly nice email today. He said I could quote it here:

THERE IS A WONDERFULL STYLE OF CARTOONING THAT IS SO PURE AND GREAT IF ITS LOOKED AT A CERTAIN WAY MILTON KNIGHT IS THE PERFECT CARTOONIST TO SHOW IT TO YOU EXPLAIN IT AND USE IT AS AN ART FORM

Thank You, Ralph!!

And here's the cover art I did for Thunderbean's upcoming CUBBY BEAR Blu-Ray collection.



Feeling Good,
Milt

COPYRIGHT 2014 BY MILTON KNIGHT

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Hell is Other Artists...WHY?

I wrote the following as part of one of my lessons. I believe I put it as well as I can, and my student approved of my sharing it:

"...you seem straightforward and unselfish, but many artists aren’t. We get miserly with our compliments to others. It’s as if to offer one would wrench some vital organ from our own bodies, our own pride, even help advance another to the success we want for ourselves. It’s easier said than done, but realize how good you are (these are the equal to, or better than stuff I’ve seen in shows), and realize other artists are also just plain humans with as many problems as we have. It’s not imperative you have their approval, and pretty hopeless to try to extract it from them."

Image from www.youtube.com


The Song for today: "My Success", recorded by Bert Lown and his Orchestra in 1931.


And, I want to thank Don. Yowp for his generous links to my blog. 

http://yowpyowp.blogspot.com

http://tralfaz.blogspot.com/

Best Wishes,
Milt

TEXT COPYRIGHT 2014 BY MILTON KNIGHT

Friday, December 19, 2014

ONE LAST MELODIE

Image from old-fashioned-way.org


A selection I neglected to include in previous posts: "Sittin' on a Backyard Fence" from 42nd Street, here sung in Italian by Ines Talamo and Crivel.

Image from http://likelylooneymostlymerrie.blogspot.com

And a second rendition, this one by Dino Oliveri, whose orchestra went on to make 'easy listening' LPs issued in America in the 1950s & 1960s:


That's All, Folks (for now),
Milt

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 falutin' 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!!

COPYRIGHT 2014 BY MILTON KNIGHT