Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Ripples - George Clark

Here's a guy who has almost every cartoon skill wrapped up together: great composition
Each individual shape is fun and designy, yet it fits neatly within a complex group of shapes
Just the shape of this car and window is beautiful on its own. Then it is filled with a beautiful grouping of flowing organic yet constructed characters
His poses all work together. They don't seem just pasted next to each other like some of those modern flat cartoons I've been making fun of. This is all thought out to make each object part of a whole composed picture.
He is a master of negative shapes between the flowing poses. The spaces between are as pretty as the forms they separate.
And then, like some other rare comic strip artists' work, all the individual panels are composed against each other to make the whole age look planned and designed.
I suspect that George Clark was a big influence on Owen Fitzgerald - and therefore Mort Drucker. Look their stuff up for similar approaches to composition, flow and design.

next: later Clark and pretty girls


AShortt said...

Gawd I wish the papers still had strips like this, 'Mutts' is visually quite nice IMO but this stuff is beautiful.

Shawn Dickinson said...

I love his loose inking with the brush! Looks great!

Gad said...

wow! thank you so much for exposing to this cartoonist

cartoonretro said...

Hi John,
Clark was fantastic, and I agree that he was probably and influence on Owen. I have a bunch of George Clark on Cartoon Retro- here are some better scans to use for your article:


thomas said...

Each frame is an interesting space.;the POV shifts around a lot, but not arbitrarily.

The humor reminds me of Jack Benny.

David R said...

Where did all of this come from? Usually you post something from another blog I subscribe to, but this one seemed to come out of nowhere.

Good stuff by the way.

Britt said...

Here is my Preston Blair studies John. I was finally able to get a printer for these.

My Link


ThomasHjorthaab said...

Hey John!:)
How is it going with the book?
I'm looking forward to it:)

I've been working on construction alot lately, after your comments, so would you give me some constructive critique on my newest stuff? I'd appreciate it!



SoleilSmile said...

I love how these samples display looseness ( line of action), structure and composition. Normally all that detail would be a big ol' mess, but Clark makes it work. I also like the body language in the male characters.
Bring up more like this, will ya John?

Vincent Waller said...

Amazing work.

Chuck said...

John - I'm not an artist, and never will be, but I've learned enough from your blog to at least feel a sense of understanding, to grasp why the good stuff works and the bad stuff doesn't. This post is a perfect example of why I come here. The amount of time and effort you put into educating both aspiring artists and mooks like myself is much appreciated.

dan Jhonny Valentine said...

i think i have a lot to learn,yeaaahhhh ,THANKS-A-LOT,You are truly an animatios GRAND MASTER