Saturday, November 14, 2009

Gross Props and BGs

Milt Gross draws my favorite backgrounds. They make no logical sense and don't follow perspective, but somehow they aren't wonky.
I have no idea how he does this, but I wish I could do it.

http://comicrazys.com/2009/11/08/pete-the-pooch-hi-jinx-6-1948-milt-gross/

15 comments:

Amanda H. said...

I finished my second study.
http://voodoochild9.blogspot.com/2009/11/study-part-2.html
I'm going to work on Lesson 2 about squash and stretch.

Severin said...

I wonder whether Milt Gross pencilled first or drew straight into pen? For that matter, I'm curious to know what kind of pen he used to get such freestyle lines.

RooniMan said...

I'm wondering the same thing.

How DOES he do it?

SoleilSmile said...

Hey, I recognize this pooch from Big House Blues.

An homage?

:)

Lohen said...

Gross is a Master in composition!

By the way, I did some layouts from your sketches, If you have time, take a look!

Tato and son Layout poses

Thanks!

mr paal said...

Love the last panel! He gets the feeling just right without, as you say, making it wonky.

Sorry to be off topic, but on another note, i'm finding the Kaspar exercise pretty tricky...can anyone offer me any insight?

kaspar studies

Thanks a lot,

Paul.

Sean Wiig said...

Isn't it strange that corner of the drawer closest to us is the smallest, and the farther away edges are wider? It looks pretty solid anyways.

LeoBro said...

Is this approach to Kaspar more like it?

thanks!

Paul B said...

really funny an awesome story

Milt Gross must be a really funny man

love his drawings, so full of life

Jeffrey said...

OT: John, I've seen you write about Kirby style before. I thought you may enjoy these Kirby-esque comic covers for Tarontino's "Inglorious Basterds". I'd be curious to see how well you think the artist mimicked King Kirby's style.


Link here

Bryce Johansen said...

I'm going to guess that it's because the props are based on good solid construction but the composition isn't restricted to match any real perceptive.

thomas said...

Thanks for the link.

I'd speculate that he worked in an improvisational way.
kind of reminds me of the Marx Bros., in its looseness.
I think the looseness, relates to its subversiveness, like the Marx Bros.

Great props and backgrounds, They're jut as animated as everything else.

James D said...

Hey John, when was the last time you talked to Jack Black? You should try to talk to him about doing more animation since he's mega rich and all

Neutrinoide said...

Milt Gross draws my favorite backgrounds. They make no logical sense and don't follow perspective, but somehow they aren't wonky.

Really? are you sure? I have hard time to read what is going on.

drawingtherightway said...

Maybe Gross's backgrounds and props were a bunch of lucky accidents!