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Monday, September 10, 2007

Excellence in cartooning

Simple, not requiring any great art skillz, but it gets the job done:




(click on the image for a more legible version, and to access the host site)

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At 9/10/2007 11:56:00 AM, Blogger John said...

Ah crap... after posting this... I went back to finish Walter's blog and realized he linked to the exact same image! I'm blog poaching now!

Sorry Walaka. I liked the first cartoon you linked too enough to surf around that site and thought this one was excellent.

 
At 9/10/2007 12:32:00 PM, Blogger Walaka said...

"s cool, dude - great minds and all.

I would disagree with "not requiring any great art skillz" though - this is actually cartooning at its finest: a few simple lines and colors, but you know exactly what you are looking at. And that is the difference between cartooning and drawing.

 
At 9/11/2007 02:27:00 PM, Blogger John said...

I guess by "art skillz", I meant shading, linework, understanding anatomy, color and compositional balance, numbchuck skillz, bo staff skillz, etc.

I do think that this piece is graphically effective. But I don't think the artist has good art skills (judging also on the other work posted at the website.) I admire that the artist is able to be funny and effective with the cartoons despite the limited artistic range. Similarly, I think Bob Dylan is an effective singer without having good "singing skills". His genius lay more in his writing skills.

I disagree that "cartooning at its finest" is stripped down to a few simple lines, or that a few simple lines cannot convey excellent art skillz. Bill Waterson conveyed an outstanding sense of nature, anatomy and physics with his few simple lines. I never looked at a Calvin and Hobbes strip and thought... Too many lines... overwrought! I just thought... wow, that guy's a freakin' genius and I'm jealous as hell.

Could just be a difference in aesthetic taste however.

 
At 9/19/2007 09:34:00 PM, Blogger Walaka said...

No, I think you misunderstood my post, but we'll talk in person.

 

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