Well it's New Year's Eve and it seem just a bit churlish not to put up a posting wishing you all the best for 2010. So here goes with another holiday themed blog with none other than Winsor McCay as MC.
Winsor McCay was a pioneer in both the fields of animation and comic strip. His work even in a world grown accustomed to fantasy made reality, has an ability to connect with the subconscious and his ironic sense of humor is still as relevant today as it was at the turn of the last century.
The sample I've chosen for you is a really charming page from McCay's best known strip "Little Nemo in Slumberland". Here you can see his mastery of form and appreciation of outline (a vital ingredient of successful cartooning). McCay's draughtsmanship which he had been steadily developing since the age of six was such that not only could he draw an anatomically correct outline which he would then infill with great speed and brio but his powers of observation and recall were so well honed that he could also supply all the correct reference necessary for adding credibility to his artwork - an indispensable accomplishment for anyone working within the deadline driven world of newspaper cartooning.
Plush Forest Animals, c.1938
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