Sunday, March 09, 2008

Cartoon Paintings




20 comments:

Weirdo said...

Cool stuff. Where do you find these things?

Ted said...

The characters are largely disappointing to me; other than Donald's nephews and the crocodile (and Boo Boo, I guess), the props and backgrounds in these are way more aesthetically pleasing than the main characters...

The Horns and the Hawk said...

it's understandable why mickey would be smiling as he's hunting indian donald, but why is the duck smiling?

it's almost surreal to see mickey with a gun. i know it used to happen semi-frequently, but the nancies that run cartoons have pretty much forbid that with the cute stuff.

Jono Doiron said...

Great work. Especially the level of control on the Hanna Barbera one.

Larry Levine said...

These images bring back a lot of memories. The 1960's was a great decade to be a little squirt obsessed with animated cartoons.

As a kid I would study the line drawings in the unused Whitman coloring books--there was no John K blog to learn from 40 years ago.

Timefishblue said...

I can't get enough cartoon paintings

Tony DiStefano said...

I feel like a kid again whenever I see this type of Hanna Barbera artwork.

littlearse said...

whatever happened to all those beautiful painted stills that were done on Ren and Stimpy? some of those were gorgeous! did you keep any john?

DonB said...

>> it's almost surreal to see
>> mickey with a gun...

I remember seeing an old "Walt Disney Presents" show once, where they show Frontierland at Disneyland. At the fort, they give out cap guns to all the kids. Then they stage an Indian attack and have the kids shoot at the Indians that try to attack the fort. I don't think something like that would go over too well today.

Trevour said...

If only billboards were in this style... they could be advertising expired milk or discount jugs of turpentine, and I'd be rushing to the store right now.

Emmett said...

Mr. K,

porbably off topic, but can you post some of the pages from that Hanna Barbera book.

Or maybe some more HB golden book images? Just a suggestion.

Emmanuel said...

Paintings in cartoons & cartoons in paintings. I like that.

I remember the close-ups in your cartoons, how a single detailed painting can pull a new gag, or turn the intensity way up...

I'm sure you can elaborate on this topic!

Larry Levine said...

The old H-B records also had great cartoon paintings. LPs like "The Flintstones Sing Mary Poppins" & "Doggie Daddy Reads Augie Doggy Pinocchio" had beautiful detailed art.

Booo Tooons Ltd. said...

Beautiful colors and choices... staging's real easy to understand, the characters are rounded but still somewhat flat... lovely.

Only, I gotta agree with Ted, the characters are looking pretty mushy, except the Donald book. So Bugs looks kinda eeeesshh! but Elmer at least looks like Robert McKimson drew him some time in 1969.

Say, where can a fella purchase these books? I hate the selection of Little Golden's on eBay... they're only like ten years old.

But thanks for the paintings!

- trevor.

PCUnfunny said...

I like all the character designs. They are still very appealing, even the Bugs one.

Jorge Garrido said...

Hi, John,

These are neato! I love the textures. Being colour-blind, I can't tell what they really look like but they sure seem appealing to me!

I have a big folder on my computer full of great cartoon character paintings from comic books and Golden Books. Would you like me to share them with you?

You biggest fan,

Jorge Garrido

Jorge Garrido said...

Oh, and apologies to Kali for not making this comment long enough to get you hopping mad. She enjoys that, apparently.

:P

Fuzzhound Lluis said...

Beautiful paintings!! I hadn't seen this post, beautifull, clean crisp colours!!

DrSpecter said...
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DrSpecter said...

[Sorry about the deletion-- it had a bad link in it. Here it is again with a good link]

Bringing the topic full circle, about my favorite modern painter is Glenn Barr, who used to work for you on Ren & Stimpy. I wish more modern cartoons looked like his stuff. Here's one of Betty:

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/events/glenn-barrs-haunted-paradise