Friday, July 31, 2009

Spooky and The First Nations

Howie Post was Harvey Comics' top "cute artist".
He was also the most cartoony. He combined those 2 elements with style and design ability.
Here we have a cute kid Indian fella.

And here we have some really fun designy grown up first nations. I love the groupings of them!

Here's a cool designy trick: the nose continues its curve right into the upper lip without a break.

Here's the whole story from 1959, chock full of great drawings.
Howie did the best shacks and trees too.

Next Howie Post article: Howie's girls.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Jetsons Scribbles

I scribbled these yesterday at breakfast. Sorry for the crummyness.
I'm working on posting some old story ideas I pitched way back when I worked on the show and artists weren't allowed to write stories.

They'll be on the HB site.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

wanna read some Jetsons story ideas?

New HB Post

click this:



Here's the weirdest scene cut I've seen.

Before the cut Clampett anticipates that something weird is going to happen by having the bonds bag throb and shrink into infinity.
Then the hammock rolls up.

The walls begin to quiver

and then morph into a completely different scene, but Hook is still there

The WAY it morphs is really controlled and fun too - it isn't just inbetweened from one background to another as in many independent stoner animated films you see in animation festivals.

and then Hook's take when he discovers he is in a different place is amazing

The 40s was a great time for experimentation and especially in the Clampett unit. Clampett would come up with crazy ideas out of nowhere and just try them - but them execute them so skillfully that they cause a really arresting visual effect that adds to the entertainment.

This scene leads to another series of genius cuts and accents that show just what a director can do in animation if he has skill, boldness and imagination. Almost any other director would have been just too cautious and conservative to take things to this level of imagination in so short a sequence. I'll post that later

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

a couple more

Sorry I haven't put up any meaty posts, but I'm still recuperating from 4 straight days at the con.