Monday, October 20, 2008

Contrasting 2 40s Animation Drawing Styles

http://pappysgoldenage.blogspot.com/2008/10/number-397-harvey-eisenbergs-two.html
I agree with Pappy who says "When I think of Eisenberg I think of his great composition from panel to panel and page to page, but also his action-filled artwork. His characters run low to the ground, and they always seem to be in some sort of motion."

http://allthingsger.blogspot.com/search/label/Walt%20Kelly
By contrast, Kelly's poses, compositions and angles are less dynamic, but he brings other things.

Both Eisenberg and Kelly have the same background fundamentals. They were trained in the pear and spheres school of animation design.

I love both these artists, and it's fun to figure out where they vary from each other, starting with the same foundation.

more later...

5 comments:

Jack Ruttan said...

That's not a very good Pogo page. Where are the lush backgrounds?

trevor said...

What animation did Kelly do, and why wasn't he more involved in Chuck's take on the animated version of Pogo?

I expected better from both of those cats.

- trevor.

HemlockMan said...

Yeah, the Kelly piece certainly does look sedate in relation to the other manic page. Of course Kelly was something of a philosopher (in a candy-ass lukewarm liberal kind of way), so I would expect his strip to be lazy and sedate. He did set it in the Okefenokee Swamp, after all. (Even if it's a fantastical version of it.)

Peter said...

Eisenberg tends to "break the picture plain", meaning he usually puts a bush or rock in the corner of the frame to create more depth in the composition...Kelly rarely does this.

This would come from Eisenberg's years of doing high quality Layouts for MGM, while Kelly was an animator so he focused on the poses and probably "built" his BGs around his poses.

Also, I suspect Jones was influenced by Kelly when he was doing his Sniffles cartoons...it seems more likely Jones picked up a Dell comic than it would be for Kelly to be aware of Jones' cartoons. Either way it's REALLY INTERESTING to see the similarities to Jones' early work here!

Hans Flagon said...

I wonder about any direct influence between Jones and Kelly beyond their similar backgrounds in Animation. I haven't given it much thought, and the only thought I gave the Pogo TV special was that Danny Kay was hawking Pogo soap dishes in the commercial breaks (memories of when it originally aired)

Nice to be reminded that some of those T & J comic books WERE as well drafted as they were (at least in comparison to other Gold Key/ Dell products) Seems like the Mouseketeers angle was used a heck of a lot for the books, but I never saw an animated short using the concept.

Do you find any value in Kim Deitch's take on Tom and Jerry? I find a lot about it that I cannot stand on the surface, yet somehow, perhaps because of that WTF crudeness, I find some of them among the funniest of the Tom and Jerry cartoons. Dickey Moe!