Jun 16, 2010

Intteresting Art Links

The excellent comic book and animation blog Comicrazys has an excellent gallery of preliminary sketches for Shrek, looking very different than the way he eventually turned out. There are sketches of Donkey, and even some of a two-headed witch that apparently was never used in the completed film. Good stuff here!


I am totally digging this Flickr gallery of vintage art supplies graphics. There  are pictures of packages for crayons and drawing sets. Some good retro graphics here.


I love this gallery of classic cartoon backgrounds harvested from TV, from the blog Comicrazys. This is good stuff! 


Cause And Effect
Ed Piskor's blog Wizzywig has an interesting post about comic panels that contain both cause and effect. While most actions are spread out into several panels (one panel is the action, the panels that follow are the results), some artists are able to have both cause and effect in the same panel. 


Another link to the fantastic comics and animation blog Comiccrazys: this time a model sheet for a character from an old Screwy Squirrel cartoon.

When you are creating a character you're going to be drawing a lot, it's a very good idea to have lots of design studies so you know how to draw that character in all sorts of poses and expressions. This is standard procedure for most animators and lots of cartoonists.                  LINK

Al Hirschfeld

Of all the caricature artists that have had their work published, there is arguably no one better than Al Hirschfeld. Hirschfeld caricatured all the great theater, movie and television stars of his time, until his death in 2003.

Hirschfeld's caricatures stood out because of their sheer simplicity; a simple line was could convey a whole body. His lines were elegant, accurate, and captured the essence of his subject. His caricatures were works of art and complimented his subjects. To be depicted by Hirschfeld was an honor and the highest form of flattery.

One distinctive trait of almost all of Hirschfeld's caricatures was the hiding of the name Nina in his drawings. Nina was his daughter and he hid her name in the hair, sleeves, coat patterns and backgrounds of all his work. When one looks at a Hirschfeld, one must also try to find the Nina, kind of a pre-cursor to Where's Waldo.

The superb blog Golden Age Comic Book Stories has a fantastic gallery of Hirschfeld's work HERE.

To learn more about Hirschfeld, click HERE.

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