Cartoons, comics and funnies; I’ve loved them for almost as long as I can remember.
Greetings! Today I would like to share with you a couple of the cartoon characters I’ve drawn in the past few years.
To explain, from time to time I create cartoons, usually for special occasions and with specific people in mind. And, yet, other times I draw them just for fun, usually with a ball point pen.
Cartoons, Comics, Funnies & Animated Films.
Before I continue, a word or two about the definitions of cartoon, comics and funnies…because the words are used interchangeably. Put another way, sometimes I get confused about the terms.
- Cartoon. Usually a single panel or perhaps less than four panels. This word has been around a few centuries. Many of my preparatory drawings, for example, are cartoons. That is to say, they’re single panel drawings.
- Comics. Refers to multiple panels, or drawings in sequence. So, the above mentioned four panel series of drawings are a comic strip, cartoon strip or sometimes referred to as comics.
- Funnies. What we used to call the comic strips in newspapers. Many were funny, though not all.
- Animated film or movies. What I used to call cartoons when growing up. Perhaps because cartoonists were used to draw the animated films, or because of the visual similarities, animated films (animation) were often called cartoons. I certainly call them cartoons!
Favorites. Or Rather, Influences?
I imagine that I am like many people. That is to say, I grew up reading comics in the newspapers or in comic books. My parents had a few of the classics in the house including Peanuts, Pogo and Krazy Kat books in their library.
In the 1960s and 1970s my parents subscribed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Silver City Daily Press. I devoured the comics pages. Weekend editions were prized for the color comic pages. I can remember Doonesbury hitting the newspapers in the 1970s. I thought his drawings were rough at the beginning; I liked it!
Back to Today.
Oh, what’s the point? I love cartoons, comics, funnies and animation. So, its not surprising that I like to draw my own characters.
What do you think? Do you suppose that its any surprise that I like create simplified figures in my paintings?
So, today’s figures are of an Oregon Cowboy and his grandfather “Hey Dude” (a personal favorite). At least, they are related in my mind!
I hope you enjoy my characters and paintings for #30paintingsin30days!
References And Related Articles:
James Gurney, The Other Abstract Art Movement.
Wikipedia for definitions and background on the terms comic, cartoon, funnies and animated film.
Mel Birnkrant, Reflections In A Pie-Cut Eye, Part II.