My comic artist amigo, Félix Diaz, just completed the second installment of his comic magazaine, ARGH! I posted the comic I submitted a couple months ago (scroll down, or view here). Outside of college, this is the first time I've had a comic in print. It's sure to be a hot commodity in Spain! If your curious about the magazine, and want to see the other featured artists, head on over to the great website Félix and Jorge have put together, at ARGH!
I randomly happened upon a series of illustration art from WWII, available through the British National Archives, called "The Art of War." In particular, I was drawn to a poster series of 'Firebomb Fritz.'
"Fritz is awakened" by Reginald Mount, 1942. Ink, inkwash & gouache on board.
As quoted from the National Archives site:
Advertiser's Weekly, discussing the earlier poster in September 1941, describe the new campaign on behalf of the Ministry of Home Security, intended to impress upon ‘the-man-in-the-street' his responsibility for fighting fire bombs (which caused some of the most expensive damage of the war). The use of the cartoon element was a novelty, with an animated incendiary bomb whose expression – comic, rather than terrifying – was intended to reassure people of the harmlessness of incendiaries if tackled in time, and believed to more effective than any number of slogans.
If you go to this section of the website you can view a bunch of selected artwork from the period, and even zoom in on it. Look for the 'previous' and 'next' buttons at the bottom of the page.
I recently stumbled upon something amazing. Pure animation eye-candy at its most grotesque and bizarre! Keith, my partner in art at FableVision, called me over to watch a clip on Youtube. It's a snippet—or better yet, a musical number—from the animated film Raggedy Ann and Andy: A Musical Adventure (1977). It stars a hideous gooey taffy monster called the Greedy, who is looking for a sweetheart. Keith told me he watched this as a kid. I guess I missed out in my childhood, but boy do I want to get a copy of it now so I can see the drawings in better quality. I captured a handful spectacular animation stills. Run on over to Youtube immediately (I'm too lazy to embed). You can see the Greedy clip at both of the following URLs:
This is a line-up of variations on basically the same character design. My favorite is (A), but the client liked (C), except they wanted him to have purple hair, a chin, and the same outfit as version (A). So I guess they weren't digging on his hairdo.