Sunday, September 09, 2007

More Colan Funny Pages

Like I said before, I sure envy "realistic" artists that actually draw really well, like Gene Colan.His poses are solid yet wacky at the same time.

The few times I've had the opportunity to use artists like this, they had an easier time adapting to more cartoony styles that I needed for animation. Plus they could draw things from any angle and had good senses of composition.


Here's a little known Marvel artist: Marie Severin.

She was the one who I think designED Marvel's color style, which was quite different than the other comic brands at the time.
She used a lot of subtle colors and greys. She created a real mood for the Marvel artists and stories.

She also drew really well! She was probably their best "cartoony artist":

Marie could make expressions even with characters who had masks covering their faces!

She did a lot of stories for Not Brand Ecchh. She drew very solid anatomy, funny poses and could even caricature the other Marvel artists' style!

I especially loved the way she caricatured Ditko.
Ditko created the rubbery bent legs and distorted poses that so many other Spiderman artists followed after.

My idea of a really great creative studio is to mix animation artists and cartoonists with some of these solid draftsmen from related fields of cartooning.

The different approaches-if encouraged - allow all the artists to grow and create things they would not have thought of in their own inbred environments.

Jim Smith, Vincent Waller and Bob Camp helped us more cartoony-animation artists aim higher with our skills and allowed us to break out of many animation cliches.