Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Randomness

Thank you to everybody that stopped by and left a nice comment!

I have more stuff in the same vein as the thumbnails, but I'm going to throw up something different today. T.Hee (the disney artist) had a theory that you should drive a different way to work every day. The idea was that you would see something different and spark your mind in a new way, making your work better. So I'd like to do that here as well. It'll make my life easier if I just post whatever I can find instead of doing things in a logical way, and no matter who you are and what you're working on hopefully these random thoughts will spark your mind and help your work!

well, you can't get more random than this! Truly a bizarre page. I have no idea where it came from or who drew it. Have any of you seen it before, and can you tell us where it came from? I remember someone saw it in a binder of stuff I had and it kind of blew their mind. It's so simple and so true, and yet I never would have thought about eyelids this way.

18 comments:

spock foolish said...

Mark, this is a page from "The Big Yellow Drawing Book" by cartoonist Dan O'Neill, published in 1974. He drew a psychedelic comic strip for the SF Chronicle in the late 60's-early 70's called "Odd Bodkins".

I grew up near SF and was a huge fan of his strip. A family friend knew O'Neill, and I was lucky enough at the tender age of 12 to recieve an autographed copy as a present. Clear, consise, and full of humor, it was a huge influence on my emerging cartooning skills, and the lessons in that book have stayed with me to this day.

O'Neill was also one of the artists, along with Bobby London and others, who created the famous underground comix classic, "Mickey Mouse and The Air Pirates" . Disney sued their collective asses off for it and the saga became a remarkable and fascinating 1st amendment case that pretty much bankrupted O'Neill.

barry johnson said...

Simple, but great observations.
:) <-------- no eyelids

RoboTaeKwon-Z said...

Spock comes through with the info!! I wish I'd had that book when I was a kid.
It is simple, too simple! It is the simple things that are always very hard to learn and remember.

Cholki said...

Hmmm Cathy seems more sofisticated now. No no no let me look the strip again. Naw she still sucks.

Anonymous said...

Cholki, O'Neill's book was intended for kids. So the lessons begin at a very simple, almost doodle-like level, and grow progessively more complex. Don't blame O'Neill for Cathy. His draftsmanship is actually top-notch.

spock foolish said...

Uh, that was me before. Forgot to sign my post. D'oh.

Cholki said...

Thanks Mark the info is golden. I would also add that the the line weight of the eyelid also pluses an emotion. Hey Spock I kid...I kid.I would love to see the infamous issue of The Air Pirates.

chickennuggets said...

wait a minute...if anger becomes cruelty, upset becomes tired, embarrassed becomes sheepish, and barry johnson has a blog, then why doesn't he tell us where it is??!!!

RoboTaeKwon-Z said...

Spock!!! I miss your comments on phloo!
E-mail me when you get a chance!

Skribbl said...

One more addition to this fun post:

The expression "sleepy becomes "lustful!!"

Chicken Nuggets: If you were ever to lay eyes on Barry's Blog, your head would explode!! (much like the way the Nazi's did in Indiana Jones)

Please Barry! I want my head to explode!!

Great fun posts! Mark, I wish I took your class at CalArts!

mark kennedy said...

Wow! Thank you spock for the info. I knew someone would be able to say where it came from. But that was quick! I wish I had a prize to award.
Maybe I will try to find that book - sounds like good stuff to post here.
Good point, cholki, that's very true.Thank you chicken nuggets for saying what needs to be said.

Barry! Just start another blog and let us know where it is. Keep the secret one secret. Please?!?!?! Share your knowledge with us!!!!!

mark kennedy said...

Skribbl-
Back at you. I wish I took your class!

countfunkula1 said...

I took skribbl's class. I still have the nightmares. ;) BTW, I really do dig this page. Simple yes, but clear? Hell yeah. Maybe Cathy wasn't funny, but clear is clear. Those goofy little doodles read.

spock foolish said...

Dan O'Neill's Big Yellow Drawing Book back in print!

Go here:http://www.kidsart.com/store/bydb.html

Clay Kaytis said...

I've had this page on my wall for years. I found it at the copy machine one day and I've always wondered who made it. Thanks Spock. Great site so far Mark! Thanks for doing it.

mark kennedy said...

Hey count!.....I hear you. Wink wink.

Hey spock, thanks for the info. I'm going to get it, and post more maybe.

Hey Clay-thanks for the comment. Love your site, thanks for all the great stuff!

The Big Yellow Drawing Book said...

The Big Yellow Drawing Book is still in print. It is available online through Amazon.com or on Dan O'Neill's website- danoneillcomics.com It's for anyone ages 8-80.

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