Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The ultimate Snow White DVD has come out, but if you don't want to spend the money on it, you can read the story right here for free. This is the Sunday comic strip adaptation that played in the funnies during the winter of 1937—38 for twenty weeks, drawn by Hank Porter.
A restored ultimate DVD has been released for Disney's Snow White, quite a breakthrough for animation when it first came out (understatement). It was a difficult undertaking (understatement) for the studio, inventing the processes and techniques on the fly. Three years earlier they made a Silly Symphony short—The Goddess of Spring—which was a dress rehearsal of sorts (understatement) for animating 'realistic' human figures. Here is a model sheet from that short:
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
One of my favorite artists of the high-tide years of Heavy Metal was/is Paul Kirchner. He brought an underground-comix flavor to Euro-comix surrealism. I don't know if Kirchner was a fan of Fred Schrier, but this beautifully drawn little 3-pager is Schrieresque, and I mean that as a sincere compliment.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
If I wasn't always scrambling to make a living, always facing deadlines, I'd have more images to any given post. As it is, I'm lucky to have time to post one image here or there, hopefully at least daily.
So here is one of my favorite 'pin-up' artists, Armando Drechsler, a German painter transplanted to Mexico in the 1920s. I've got more, but I've also got deadlines. Later.
Princesa Con Puma—1942
Friday, September 25, 2009
Just a reminder—and I know you know this—all artworks displayed on this 'blog are copyrighted by their respective creators. Commercial use of material from this site is absolutely NOT authorized. I am posting this material as a non-profit educational effort to help inspire higher standards of quality in the artistic community, and as stated in the title of this 'blog—an autobiographical examination of the artwork that has affected my life.
For some reason I receive more comments emailed to me than posted to the blog, and I received a number of them requesting to see more of George Barr's illustrative work for Jack Vance's The Dying Earth, published by Underwood/Miller in 1976.
Well, OK then.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696—1770), Venetian painter and printmaker, may have lived and worked in the REALLY old days, but his work is anything but moldy or dusty. Vibrant, alive and full of color, Tiepolo's paintings have been an inspiration for many a modern artist/illustrator. Roy Krenkel credited him (as well as many others, of course) as an influence in his work.