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Archive for the ‘Art in Cartoons’ Category

Vintage ABA art for the Virginia Squires

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Back in the late 1960s, when the American Basketball Association (ABA) was formed (1967, to be more-specific), they wanted to differentiate their league from the NBA in multiple ways, starting first with the basketball, which was red, white and blue. It seems their visual flair extended beyond the basketball, as I happened upon these vintage art works for the Virginia Squires.

Clockwise, from top left: inaugural program guide for the Virginia Squires, autographed by Julius Erving; program cover illustration by Jack Hughes for a Squires/Nets game; promotional illustration for the Squires featuring Dr. J; program cover illustration by Jack Hughes for a Squires/Colonels game.

Virginia Squires program cover art

Art in an unexpected place: ESPN’s website

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

I’m a guy who loves art and sports, so I spend as much time reading sports news as I do art news. As I was reading ESPN.com today, I was caught off guard by a funky illustration of Carmelo Anthony on the home page for an article about the dysfunction of the New York Knicks’ organization, titled “False Prophets” and written by Ian Begley.

While I enjoyed the article (in a painful sort of way, since my beloved Knicks are horrible this year – and most years), it was the illustrations by Van Orton Design which I thought really made a strong impression. Van Orton Design is a pair of illustrators, designers and musicians who are from Italy, and this was my first exposure to their work. It was a fresh, distinct look for a sports article, which I appreciated very much.

It seems they sell prints of their work here and here … I may have to do some shopping and add a few to my own collection!

illustrations by Van Orton Design

Renaissance Painters? Or Ninja Turtles?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Just saw a Jimmy Kimmel segment where his staff reporter asks a guy, “name 3 Renaissance painters,” to which the guy says, “I don’t have the answer to that question.” Then he’s asked, “name 3 Ninja Turtles,” and the guy lights up, all excited, and quickly says “Oh! Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo!” (and let’s not forget Leonardo, to round out the group)

Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo

Snacks at the Rio Grande Gorge courtesy of the Incredible Hulk

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

This multicolored bus with the Incredible Hulk painted on the back was parked on the west side of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, just about 10 miles northwest of Taos, New Mexico. The bus was fully stocked with snacks and drinks for sale to the visitors to this incredible location – more on that later – and more pictures from our sister site The Arts Adventurer, while traveling in New Mexico, can be found here.

The Incredible Hulk painted on the back of a bus parked at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Easter Island and Stonehenge explained … finally!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Two of Earth’s long-standing mysteries – Easter Island and Stonehenge – have finally been explained, due to an x-ray view of the earth. Glad we got that cleared up!

Easter Island Heads and Stonehenge

Fresh Meat: SVA Student Comics Fair on May 2nd

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

When I was in NYC visiting art galleries last Friday, I picked up a copy of the Village Voice, and realized that while I used to read the Voice all the time when I lived in NYC, I hadn’t really read it much in the 10+ years since I’ve moved to the suburbs. As I was browsing the pages, I happened upon an ad that caught my attention – the headline was “Fresh Meat.”

“Fresh Meat” is an annual Comics Fair organized by the students at SVA (School of Visual Arts, in NYC). It takes place this year on May 2nd, from 6-9pm, and will be located at 271 East 23rd Street. This comics fair allows SVA students to have the opportunity to exhibit their self-published comics and prints, and is considered to be a premier event to meet the rising talent in the next generation of cartoonists. For more information, check out the Fresh Meat site here.

Fresh Meat is the name of an SVA NYC Student Comics Fair, held on May 2

If Théodore Géricault had watched a lot of cartoons …

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

… then he might have painted his masterpiece “Raft of the Medusa” like this. This version is by the Chinese artist Zhang Gong, and is on display right now at the Klein Sun Gallery at 525 West 22nd Street in NYC. Scroll down to see the original painting by Géricault. For more on Zhang Gong, check out his website here.

Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Spiderman and other comic characters

Gericault's masterpiece painting titled the Raft of the Medusa

Christian Marclay to Batman: Whap!

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

The current exhibition at the Paula Cooper Gallery in NYC features new paintings and works on paper by Christian Marclay. The exhibition, which is on view at the 534 West 21st Street gallery, runs through January 18, 2014.

As you can see from the example below, the paintings are somewhat abstract expressionist in style but include onomatopoeias (which are words that are formed to replicate the sound being made) that evoke the sound of painting actions, such as “sploosh” and “slurp.” (scroll down for more)

onomatopoeias in paintings by Christian Marclay

Marclay acknowledges that the visual representation of these words are inspired by comic books, although the first thing that they brought to mind for me was the way these types of words were used in the old Adam West “Batman” tv show. We found an Argentinian fan site that has gone through the trouble of cataloging all of the sounds used on the show and which episode they were in – now that’s the work of a true fan! Some of our favorites include: “aiieee,” “cr-r-a-a-ck,” “qunckkk,” and the somewhat mysterious “flrbbbbb,” used in 4 different episodes! Below are some visuals to share with you …

onomatopoeia from the Adam West Batman tv show

A Live Painting Experience by Misha Tyutyunik

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

I was introduced to the work of Misha Tyutyunik at the Fountain Art Fair this past spring. In his artist statement, Misha describes that “the content and subject matter of my paintings is largely dictated by current events and social/political constructs, the individuals that we make figureheads to represent us, and how they later become the ones to take the brunt of our blame.” Below left we have “Mourning,” from 2011, featuring Batman and President Obama, and below right we have “The Iron Curtain,” from 2012, featuring Iron Man and Joseph Stalin.

paintings by Misha Tyutyunik

I see from Tyutyunik’s website that he also does what he describes as “live painting experiences,” where he paints at specific locations in the midst of other people, as opposed to being alone in the studio. Here’s one below, where he’s creating a mural of Louis Armstrong at Sing Sing Karaoke in NYC. I’ve always thought that it’s interesting to watch an artist at work, to see how one approaches the creation of the image, and watching it unfold.

Dave Devries and The Monster Engine

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

I happened upon an interesting project this morning: “The Monster Engine,” by artist Dave Devries. Devries is a professional illustrator who has done work for Marvel and DC Comics, Dreamworks, Lucasfilm, Universal Studios, and Sega, among others. The Monster Engine, however, is a project that takes kids’ drawings and turns them into realistic adaptations. Devries writes: “It began at the Jersey Shore in 1998, where my niece Jessica often filled my sketchbook with doodles. While I stared at them, I wondered if color, texture and shading could be applied for a 3D effect. As a painter, I made cartoons look three dimensional every day for the likes of Marvel and DC comics, so why couldn’t I apply those same techniques to a kid’s drawing? That was it… no research, no years of toil, just the curiosity of seeing Jessica’s drawings come to life.” For more info, check out The Monster Engine website.

The Monster Engine takes kids' drawings and makes them realistic

comic book artist Dave Devries created The Monster Engine project

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