Monday, January 19, 2009

random fun

Corbett sent me this picture of a store across the street from George Liquor. I imagine Fred Market is George Liquor's arch rival.
I love these early designs of the Flintstones. That has to have been done by one of the layout artists- probably Dick Bickenbach.
Mary Blair, of course. Don't try to steal this style. No one but she can do it. She has enough bad imitations already.

More Don Martin later and maybe a couple more critiques.

18 comments:

Kali Fontecchio said...

OOoooh I love the one holding ice cream- I want all these outfits actually! Drooooool.

M. R Darbyshire said...

HA!!

Tell me you're gonna use that Fred Market in the new shorts!

Niki said...

Dang it. I been doing some Mary Blair imitations! Mine is gonna be all wonky? I hope not! I guess I can try and do Playboy artists... and then one finely composed Mary Blair before I die...

Simon W-H said...

Ha, ha...that Flintstone drawing has so much charm. You can't look at it and not smile..unless you're a really grumpy person.

smackmonkey said...

As businesses George Liquor and Fred Market probably keep trying to undercut each other on prices for thing like cigarettes and pork rinds. Kinda like an old fashioned gas war.

As characters I'd expect a bit of rivalry as well. Like who's brand of smokes is more refreshing or who is more manly and can huff the most packs per day. Didn't cigarette packs used to come with coupons that you could redeem for swag like embossed naugahide cigarette cases or a bass boat?

Trevor Thompson said...

Don't try to steal this style. No one but her can do it. She has enough bad imitations already.

May be the only way you could compare her with Jackson Pollack.

- trevor.

Barbara said...

"She has enough bad imitations already"

Sounds like you have a lot of confidence in your readers.

lastangelman said...

Well, I wouldn't want to steal Mary Blair's style but it's safe to parody, right?

Ever notice that no one has ever tried to copy Don Martin. Too unique.

Nicolas Martinez said...

Hi John. Here's my shot at the comic book cover lesson if you want to critique it.

And I wonder how Fred Market will differ from Victor Lugnuts and Victor Produce?

M. R Darbyshire said...

I tried the Eisenberg T&J cover you posted a while back:

http://mrdarbyshire.blogspot.com/2009/01/tom-jerry-copy.html

It was the most complex drawing I've done using drawing principles.

JohnK said...

I'm gonna critique it tomorrow. Thanks!

Niki said...

Well here's to being a little more randomness I tried copying Bugs. I already know I screwed it up, the paper I used wasn't even the right size, Bugs is too tall etc. But that's what you get with a first try.




I'll imitate Richard Scary cause I like his last name.

patrick said...

Hey John, I also did a T&J comic cover construction lesson. It's Here if you'd like to critique it, thanks!

Hans Flagon said...

There was some wonky huge roadside icecream stand restaurant that had ice cream eating kids that I just now realize may have some genetic relation to Mary Blair. I just never think of the third hand copy as possibly being Blair related anymore than I would relate all the derivatives of Keene paintings to that school.

Nikis mention of Playboy artists made me think of Gahan Wilson for some reason; damn he must be getting up there in years. Who is older he or Al Jaffee?

Jack Ruttan said...

I think Cracked or another of those imitation Mads had an ersatz Don Martin, -- until the got the real one.

Kelly Toon said...

Here is my take at the last cover. It's not a complete copy, but if you have anything to say about it I'm all ears.

Donald Duck in the Land of the Totem Poles.

perspex said...

anybody who would try to out-do Mary Blair is CRAZY!

Hans Flagon said...

In my Teens, Back when Star Wars was only one movie, I did a "Don Martin" parody version of the Hildebrandts Movie Poster, which I tossed into the (what later became) DragonCon art contest. The Coloring was atrocious, but I could have sold that at auction and paid for my trip, judging from the people that would come up to me wanting to buy it.
Of course it was the concept that sold it, the execution was passable.

This was 70's Don Martin, watered down from his superior early sixties work, I'm sure I made Luke healthier and less middle aged than Don would have, and Robots and Women weren't really a hallmark of his style. (I did not give Leia a Fonebone face, Don did not draw too many beautiful women, character studies if so.

The least canonical Don Martin Styled character I remember coming from Don Martin, was in one of these Paperbacks John is scanning. I don't think he drew people that looked like the Mad Bomber that often. Glasses and Facial hair he did do, of course, such as Bill Gaines.

As far as attempts to lift styles however, imitating Mort Drucker or Norman Mingo has almost been part of the job application for certain parts of what MAD buys.