So, this is Soakie The Mermaid. I think as an exercise I achieved some of the things I was hoping to. I’ve come up with some silly story ideas and settings for her to fit into, but I’m not convinced she’s right for the “ageing assignment” we have to do. I have become quite attached to the character, but I’m concerned she as ended up looking too generic. Though that’s potentially quite interesting given the strong personality that has been emerging… more in my head than on paper. Soakie has been through a few changes, and at the very least I’ve resolved that her hair colour is a deep green, like sushi nori. There’s plenty more refining to do!
Steve told me to look up the veteran cartoonist Jules Feiffer. His strips and illustrations ran in The Village Voice, The New York Times, Playboy, LA Times and of course The New Yorker. He’s really good at people dancing, and looking generally quite nifty. I like his resolute, monochromatic, inky lines.
Vincent has worked extensively as a character designer and animator at some of the most prestigious studios: Richard Williams’ in the 1980’s, later at both Disney and Warner Brothers, and also Cartoon Network.
His experience shows in his character designs that are adroit and full of vitality. He is also an excellent layout artist and caricaturist. His master-classes in character design for animation at Saint Martins offer students the opportunity to glean some of his knowledge. His students are impressed by the speed at which he deftly creates original characters, and offers valuable tips to significantly improve their own designs. A distinctive teacher and a brilliant draughtsman.
Look out for news of his comic Kit and Marlowe currently in the pipeline!
Today’s lecture included a section on Mansfield’s comic prowess and her cartoon persona. Kenneth Anger and John Waters are fans… and I agree that much more should be made of the wisdom and wit of the actresses who simultaneously embody and exploit that blonde-bombshell archetype.