Monday, January 10, 2011

Russian Space Stamps



Airbrush shadow behind chicken = approval.





My Mom and Dad collect stamps and I used to pour through their books looking for color ideas and paint techniques.
I used to love the clever ways the artists figured out how to take advantage of limited color printing techniques. I really like the Russian space stamps.

I always knew Santa was an Alien commie spy.




28 comments:

Steven M. said...

I wish stamps today had these great colors.

Amazing what you can come up with using a limited palate of colors.

mr paal said...

AMAZING!!! Love the pink constructivist one...got any more?

Zartok-35 said...

The Russians make Santa look a bit like David the gnome.

Nate said...

i like the ones where the stamps themselves are set into larger pieces of art. like the one where the two planetoids are within kissing distance.

did we ever do this in the decadent west?

Réjean Houle Junior said...

Nice! They look like propaganda posters. I like the contrast of colors and shapes.

SoleilSmile said...

Love it. I dig the rendering style of that era.

zmerrill said...

These are some nice stamps, especially their colors even if these may not be George Liquor-approved.

Speaking of colors, which color model do you recommend using for cartoons, the RGB (light spectrum) or RYB (traditional painting) model?

Zachary H. said...

Hey John, thought you might like these, some classic Hanna Barbara from my personal collection.

http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i430/thezacharyHcollection/huck.jpg

http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i430/thezacharyHcollection/yogi.jpg

Trey Brown said...

these artists are very aware of two pivotal coloring rules. 1. draw from the color wheels natural triads to create a mood. 2. balance your primary or tertiary colors with neutrals like brown black white or grey.

Mykal said...

Say what you will about those commie bastards, they had awesome graphic design. Prior to this atomic age majesty, their WWII stuff still define a level of heroic, iconic work that is jaw dropping.

slops said...

Man o man do you have good taste, John K!

It's like shopping at a healthy supermarket where all the stuff with the bad ingredients has been already filtered out for you... Everything you post is just top notch...

Paul B said...

Hi John!
Thanks for your comment on my blog!

I don't have your email.

Yes! I think I can animate.
Here's a short that I animate with some friends for the exposition of the painter Marcela trujillo

Maliki vs Trukillo

And this is my Reel:
Paul Badilla Reel

It's full of crap but... that's life!

I would like to help you in any step of the production area (Inbeteween, Animation, Color, Inking, etc...)

I hope I can help, would be an honor.

Your pal, Paul.

Paul B said...

my mail is chaggy86@gmail.com

Paul B said...

Oh, I forgot, now I'm working on another animation for another exposition for Marcela Trujillo. She likes to run cartoons in her expositions.
I have time, don't worry.

patrick sevc said...

These are lovely!

keegan said...

I like the way the colors do not rape my eyes.

Lebon Bon Lebon said...

Agree, those Ruskies knew their composition to the T.

Elana Pritchard said...

Amazing. You sure can pick 'em.

GW said...

Here are some short sci-fi films from Vladimir Tarassov which people here may find interesting for the art style. They aren't translated.

A Mirror of Time
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PVXjfxZ18w

The Return
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx-aMkmv5i4

The Contract
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKwq-wrHboU

The Passage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhN9HamfbuY&feature=related

That stamp with the satellite set on the top right of that abstract globe with clouds flowing into oceans is brilliant. And I love that subtle fade of green space into the background and the fade of the inner frame into the outer on the lower right.

VioletStereo said...

That reminds me... I have another bag of stamps to send to your mom. :)

She-Thing said...

Pretty. I wish magnets and pins were made with these

Juz Capes said...

Just discovered a free animation book if anyone is interested...

Animation Insiders is a book dedicated to animation, experience and anecdotes from 13 talented animators.

Green said...

have you seen this Russian animations, John? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2S3-PFf1_M i've always loved it!

Vanoni! said...

>>>I used to love the clever ways the artists figured out how to take advantage of limited color printing techniques.

When I was a kid I loved browsing used humor paperbacks (for their covers) at a local bookstore for the same reason.

Is limited EVER not better?

When artists are allowed an infinite number of possibilities for colors and shapes and tools. . .they just stop making creative decisions.

Vanoni! said...

I like how #2 and #11 are indicating motion.

Maxim Prodanov said...

Speaking of Russian animation, this is my absolute favotite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0qQqkYI-JY

Frank Forte said...

These are great! I wish I was a commie!

HemlockMan said...

A lot of graphics from totalitarian societies are uber-cool to look at. The Russians were really good at it because they had so many decades at being totalitarian. The Kraut Nazis and the Spinach-eating Fascists only had a decade and a half, tops.

Not too long after the Soviet Union collapsed I met this Russian emigre' at a science-fiction convention selling pamphlets from the Soviet space programs. There was cool stuff in them and lots of neat-o graphics, but the printing was absolutely crappy. The worst! All of that artistic skill at the mercy of really lousy, inferior, poorly made printing equipment.

It was sad.