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R. Crumb

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2015 by bigbabyhead

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R.Crumb or Robt. Crumb or Robert Crumb. My first exposure to his stuff was the Cheap Thrills album art for a great Janis Joplin record which my Mom owned. I had never seen art like that when I was 12 years old. I forgot about him but his work kept popping up throughout my life, even on blotter acid. The dude is just incredibly prolific and his style is all his own. Just look up robert crumb

Pepper Nouveau

Posted in Stanley Lau with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2013 by bigbabyhead

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A nice contrast of flat costume and dimensional flesh in Nouveau style sexy. This is a Stanley Lau Character “Pepper”.

His handle on deviantART is Artgerm. Very talented and apparently busy illustrator and concept designer from Singapore.

Anatomy of a New Yorker Cartoon

Posted in Robert Mankoff with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2013 by bigbabyhead


From the looks of it, I suppose I gotta upgrade in order to embed video. Until then, here’s one of Bob’s and here’s the link.

Bob Mankoff comics editor at the New Yorker on TED

Commie Pinko Comics

Posted in Burne Hogarth with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2013 by bigbabyhead









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I was doing some research On Burne Hogarth for the Illustration class and found out all this. I never owned his anatomy books but I have used them for sculpture reference because of the way he masses muscle form very cleanly, regardless of lighting direction, so it seems. His book Dynamic Anatomy is linked through Amazon and I would recommend it to art students interested in a serious study of human form.

What I also found out was that after his successful run in comics as the illustrator for Tarzan, he was instrumental in founding the School of Visual Arts in NYC with Silas Rhodes in 1947. SVA was set up as a trade school for returning veterans after WWII who were interested in entering the Advertising industry as artists and was budgeted largely by the G I Bill.

Just as the school was beginning, it ran into trouble that threatened its existence. In 1956 Mr. Rhodes and Mr. Hogarth were called before a Senate investigations subcommittee and asked whether they were members of the Communist Party. The committee was trying to determine whether Communist influence had tainted vocational schools that were supported largely by federal money.

The SVA is a very legit and accredited art school today largely because of the efforts of Hogarth and Silas. That whole story is at the NY Times obit of Mr. Rhodes here.
Hogarth enjoyed a long and successful career as a teacher and an artist who legitimized the comics trade as sequential art, at least in the eyes of the French. His website, with bio and a lot of images is here.