My friend Maki painted this Birthday card for me!
and my sister gave me this book!
Yesterdays lecture on UPA was ferociously inspiring, I can’t stop thinking about Rooty Toot Toot! Although I was familiar with the style, and the Cartoon Modern book I didn’t really know anything about UPA as an animation studio. It’s fascinating how influential the work was on subsequent cartoons, but also on graphics and illustration of the time. I was particularly captivated by how they made the characters and objects transparent and the colours of people’s clothing or buildings didn’t need to be contained by their lines. It reminded me of screen printing and the brilliant effects you can get when you introduce line drawings onto flat background, or when the registration is off (which if you are me happens every time!) This style does still seem refreshing and modern even though it has been appropriated rather exhaustively. Some of the imitations are swell too.
For a more analytical and authoritative account here’s John K’s : Stylized Spumco
I meant to mention that I dipped into The Tempest around the same time I started drawing pictures of Soakie. I’m not entirely sure which happened first, it just seemed to flow nicely. The cover illustration is by the eminent Milton Glaser.
Do you know Brenda Starr? Dale Messick’s comic strip reporter. Hey, I just noticed how her beads only go over one shoulder! Though that’s not why I included her, I just stumbled across her and thought it would be worth looking into Brenda’s brand of heroine from the comic-strip melodrama.