Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bud Blake

Bud Blake's style and characters look deceptively simple.
But he can obviously draw really well. Try to take those simply designed characters and draw them on a down shot, walking! I always hated drawing down shots in cartoons-and they are impossible to animate. Bud makes at least the drawing part look easy.
He draws great perspective and composition and would make a killer layout artist if he wasn't a successful cartoon illustrator and comic strip artist. What a beautiful drawing above!

MORE BUD BLAKE WATER COLORS

23 comments:

Kali Fontecchio said...

Never seen these before but they're very nice!

Scrawnypumpkinseed said...

Not bad at all! Down shots and perspectives are tricky. Another great artist you've found here John!

'sharpyoungbull' said...

John, have you checked out The New Yorker covers on coverbrowser? Each one of them just kills me. They're kind of along the same patriotic, day-in-the-life line.

RooniMan said...

Awesome!

David Gale said...

I find the colours really tasty, especially in the last one.

Amblagar Studio said...

yep, seems simple but ain´t simple at all

Amblagar Studio said...

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search for: "tangled news disney"

mike f. said...

I always thought his syndicated comic strip was grossly underrated. Overshadowed for most of its run by Peanuts and Dennis the Menace (both of which had 15-year head starts), almost no one ever talks about Bud Blake's Tiger.

It had no snob appeal and no pretensions. (I'm sure it never once registered on Mike Barrier's radar screen. Isn't that the font of all cartoon knowledge? Anything he doesn't personally approve of must automatically be worthless, right?)

It was just beautifully done. Charming, visually appealing and professional in a way that modern garbage like Dilbert and Cathy can't even come close to. It may not have sold as many greeting cards as Ziggy and Garfield, but I'd take Tiger over that lot every time.

seckscab said...

Indistinguishable from Charles Addams, only with color.

kurtwil said...

Yes, nicely drawn and staged work in this post. Really helps me appreciate different drawing styles!.

BTW, JK, you mentioned how difficult it is to animate down-view walk shots. I wonder if any 2D animators here use software like Poser as a rough guide? It lets one position a 3D "artist dummy" or equivalent at any angle to the camera, assign a basic walk cycle at whatever speed you want. After observing the "walk" to figure out the basic overlaps as very rough guides, it should be easier figuring out the real "toony walk" the character needs.

Of course, one could grab a video camera, climb a ladder or tree and shoot friends walking as ruff guides. :-)

Mike said...

Reminds me of the cartoon version of Norman Rockwell with how he draws life, the colors and perspective. People say this isn't easy, but you can tell that this came really naturally to Bud

Mike said...

Hey John,

Can you do me the biggest honor ever bestowed on me and critique this really quick. I started drawing at a young age and Ren & Stimpy's art made me look at things differently. You can probably see elements of the different styles of toons that influenced me all in this one picture.

http://s81.photobucket.com/albums/j240/mudbeed/?action=view&current=SuperHappyFuntime.jpg

Kingfish said...

Love it John! These last few posts have been incredible. Love the illustration posts!!!

Niki said...

I actually saw these the other day! On Ger's site! I bookmarked the page because I want to study those!

Elana Pritchard said...

As we all now know, simplicity is much harder to achieve than a jumbled mess! Beautiful!


p.s. we are doing Cartoon Critique again.

cartoon critique

Tony DiStefano said...

There seems to be a litle Hank Ketcham in his work.Maybe not as loose but close.

Paul B said...

yeah! there's a nice cheating down shot in Ren Seeks Help!

miha.rinne said...

love all the stuff you post John, but now is the first time I'm able to comment.

I've been following your blog for few years, and I've started my own doodling blog here recently.

Anyway, this blog has reminded me how beautiful traditionally done cartoon art can be. It practically made ditch my wacom and go back to pen and paper again :)

Martin Juneau said...

Us, youngs modern artists have a lot to learn about downshots cameras, perspective and composition if we have the bad tedency to draw flat or in angle. (Like i do badly)

These drawings is very appealing and very well done. They have a lot of hearts putting in this pictures. They beat a lot of everything was made today and since the last 30 years. Which years this drawings was made? Sounds like made in the 1950's.

Great stuff!

Jesse C said...

oh man I am getting like a crazy deja vu flashback looking at these. I think my elementary school or library (Baltimore suburbs) must have had these blown up as posters or something. The pool and parade ones are so familiar! thanks for sharing John!

pappy d said...

The longer I stare at these, the better they look.

Pouch Junior said...

wow iil 's realy cool

rodineisilveira said...

Bud Blake is also very reminded for his famous creation: Tiger, whose comic strip, created in 1965, is world-wide distributed by King Features (http://www.kingfeatures.com) in several newspapers.