Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Pebbles and Bamm Bamm paintings

Part of the purpose of this blog is to eventually be an encyclopedia of cartoony cartoons and techniques.
Little by little I'm amassing as much fun stuff as I can in the hopes that it will be useful to other folks who like cartooniness.
Some of the posts take a long time to put together. I think I will put some up like this, that just show really fun art. I'll always put a label or more to go with it, so you can click them to see if I have already said anything about the subject.
For example, this would be in the category of "character painting", which I've already talked about.
To me, really nice paintings like this speak for themselves, but you can click the label to read theories about it.

These paintings are by Norm McGary.
And drawn by Hawley Pratt.

More paintings to come...

26 comments:

Lluis said...

"Little by little I'm amassing as much fun stuff as I can in the hopes that it will be useful to other folks who like cartooniness."

It sure is usefull!!! and you really make it interesting all the time, showing all the different aspects of cartooniness, explaining the difficult into simple to understand explenations... it always makes a good read!
thank you so much!!!

M. R Darbyshire said...

Hawley Pratt and Norm McGary
:)

patrick said...

wow, these are all beautiful!

Joseff!!1 said...

The colors are amazing John, awesome the one that Bam Bam is lifting the rock. So, this is a golden book, or some kind separate art book? Oh and thanks for the art compilations posts, quite entertaining for the eye.

COLLIN. said...

I don't know if you've been asked this before, I don't usually read the comments, but have you ever or would you ever teach a college class on this stuff? (Just curious.)

Even for an artist who doesn't plan on doing cartoons, a whole lot of the stuff you know a whole lot about would be very helpful. Yea, even "college course helpful."

Whitney Pollett said...

How do you paint the spongy looking backgrounds you often see in Golden Books??
Fred is holding a rock that has tons of texture too! I know you have techniques!! How is it done??

Whitney Pollett said...

And by Fred, I mean Bam Bam.

Whitney Pollett said...

Bamm Bamm (sp) oy, it's late for me. :)

Professor_chai said...

Those are beautiful! I really enjoy the strong compositions and thin colored outlines. I'd have such a hard time forcing myself not to cram in a bunch of unnecessary objects into the backgrounds!

~Becky

jeremy said...

I am marveling at the club in the top painting of Bam-Bam. It is so tastefully modeled -- the tones give a real sense of realism combined with cartoony shapes and squiggles -- a perfect balance that doesn't compete with the flatter parts of the painting. The club is so convincing, but with such a strange but fun color for a piece of wood -- giving it a quality that borders on plastic and metallic (I guess it's the highlight) -- it's both real and unreal which is what makes it amazing to me. That is the best Bam-Bam art I've ever seen.

Matt said...

I love the color and texture in that rock in the 2nd Bam Bam painting (the drawing is awesome, too.) I know you've covered texture painting before, but I'd like to get your take on how that was achieved in this. It looks pretty complex, but I'm sure there's a simple process behind it.

HemlockMan said...

Some of us don't know anything at all about technique, so it's good to have the click-able details.

Kali Fontecchio said...

Hey Whitney!

I think they use those really big yellow sponges that are super porous, among other tricks.

Whitney Pollett said...

I knew you'd know Kali!!! I was just going to ask you! Hey are you going to the senior show tonight?? I'm very excite!! :D

Kali Fontecchio said...

"Hey are you going to the senior show tonight??"

I think I'm going tomorrow night!

Sorry Johnnie for being off topic!

Niki said...

I'm actually pretty angry about this being here. Not because I hate it or anything. but it took me 5 years to find this wonderful place! or even a place that's at a 2% closeness to it! Nobody good gives out animation "secrets" so I was estatic when I found somebody excellent just giving them away.

Advertise your blog more please, so that others don't have to go through my torment!

Luis said...

Jk I'm studing a cartoon animation here in argentina, and I chek your blog daily. Here I found solutions and inspiration to my own cartoon style.

The label and tag organisation seems quite usefull.

ted said...

These paintings are beautiful! Do you actually own the originals John? Or are you finding these online? Where does a body purchase these?? Seeing the actual brushstrokes of a great illustrator teaches so much. I'd love to try and buy some of these.

Geneva said...

These paintings are like candy! I can only marvel at their careful, clean nature.

Raff said...

>> Part of the purpose of this blog is to eventually be an encyclopedia of cartoony cartoons and techniques. <<

Brilliant, much needed and we shall all descend upon it like a rat upon cheese.

Benjamin Anders said...

That first one of Bamm Bamm is really cute. Are these done in gouache?

Bec said...

Those first two of Bamm Bamm are beautiful!! Also really love the elephant in that last image. Posts like these are very welcome indeed....

Ivan D said...

Anyone else notice that in all the drawings they only have three toes except one drawing of of one of Pebbles feet.

Everyone knows about four fingered (including thumb) cartoon hands, but I've never noticed the three toe thing before.

Bedrock Son said...

Hello!

all this stuff is gone on E-bay for almost nothing , it'quite a shame to see this pop culture sold for so few (750 $ if I remember) and a country which don't care at all for what has finally been a great part of his real look of that last century :
it's almost the same thing in France for our Pop culture: muséeums are made for crooks and their fabulous "instalations" like they say : not for the so vulgous cartoons for kids .
here nobody at all knows hawley Pratt, White or Mel Crawford ....

Bedrock Son said...

Hello!

all this stuff is gone on E-bay for almost nothing , it'quite a shame to see this pop culture sold for so few (750 $ if I remember) and a country which don't care at all for what has finally been a great part of his real look of that last century :
it's almost the same thing in France for our Pop culture: muséeums are made for crooks and their fabulous "instalations" like they say : not for the so vulgous cartoons for kids .
here nobody at all knows hawley Pratt, White or Mel Crawford ....

Amanda said...

Nice paintings. Hawley Pratt was a layout guy, so i'm assuming he penciled the pics and Norman Mcgary colored it.


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