Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Composition 13: Dick Shaw

Here are some beautiful cartoon panels drawn by Dick Shaw.
They have a unique combination of dynamic perspective, loose line style and intelligent composition.
He looks partly influenced by George Lichty - not only in the loose line style, but in the tricky angles the cartoons are staged with.
He might also be influenced by Toonerville Trolley. The staging is very similar.














These are from a newspaper called the Redwood Weekly Gazette which featured a comics page filled with strips drawn by animation cartoonists.

Here's one by an artist who must have been Freddie Moore's assistant.







HOW TO DO GOOD COMPOSITIONS IN CARTOONS

10 comments:

Luis María Benítez said...

Really beautiful, indeed.

Stephen Worth said...

Gus Jekel was Freddie Moore's assistant. They were best friends. For a while, Gus even lived in the trailer with Freddie on the Disney lot. Gus owned FilmFair, the first animation studio I worked for. He was a bitter sourpuss, but I liked him.

Rich T said...

The "tracks over the log" gag was done by Buster Keaton in "Our Hospitality, one of the best silent films of all time. Buster custom built a replica early train just for the film. Worth finding.

RooniMan said...

Such rich, crystal clear composition.

Elana Pritchard said...

Check out the train perspective!

thomas said...

Lots of "bird's eye view" POV.

Seems like that's not used often in animation.

AtomicTiki said...

That made a dark and gloomy day feel bright and fun, thanks for that!

kurtwil said...

Nice stuff, John!

Perhaps a future composition could show a few "bad" examples as contrast (though, perhaps watching some of Filmation/RubySpears 60's - 80's SatMorn animation would show plenty bad examples ??)

Roberto said...

More compositional gold! Check out those trains. No clutter or crap that we don't need to look at. Everything's easy to read.

Christer said...

The only one of those that actually made me smile a bit was the one with the mustaches. They may all be well drawn, but that doesn't help when they aren't funny.

Good writers and good visual artists need to get better at finding each other :l