Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Colossus of Pen and Ink

I was infinitely lucky. In my childhood a weekly magazine published "Rip Kirby" and another "Flash Gordon". Week after week I was regaled with beauties of these kind.
Alex Raymond (1909-1956) was possibly the most elegant cartoonist ever lived. His work could be compared favourably with the work of John Singer Sargent or Giovanni Boldini.
When I was a young art student there were the "Pro Cannif" (Pratt, Breccia) and the "Pro Raymond" ( Alfredo Del Castillo, Daniel Haupt)...I could never quarrel with anybody because I admire them both, but I may have to admit that even if Cannif was one of the greatest comics narrator ever, Raymond was the superior draughtsman.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Beautiful Book

Monday, November 16, 2009

André François in Animation

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A rare incursion of the great French artist André François in the world of animation.
Above. Frames from a series of commercials for Jack-in-the-Box Drive-in-Restaurants.
Designer, André François
Agency, Doyle, Dane & Bernbach, Inc. L.A.
Production House, Jenkyns, Shean & Elliot, Inc. Los Angeles

Frames from a telelevision commercial for The American Gas Association.
Design by André François
Agency JWT, New York
Production House, American Gas Association, New York (?)

Friday, November 06, 2009

A. Mutt

By Bud Fisher. I LOVE this drawing!