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Frank Tashlin’s How to Create Cartoons.

I enjoyed the post James Gurney did on Frank Tashlin so much that I decided to share some more pages with all of you. Also to alert any of you who don’t read James’ wonderful art/illustration blog to this quite amusing book. Definitely check out the Gurney Journey post as it covers different pages than those shown here.

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These faces show the SCOT method Tashlin demonstrates in this book. SCOT means square, circle, oval, triangle which are the basic units that all the pictures are composed of.

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Notice how each figure has a little diagram next to it showing the arrangement of basic geometric shapes that comprise its composition.

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I liked the pages others had posted so much that I dug around until I found a post that contained scans of the entire book. The style is a bit dated, it is from 1952 after all, but it’s got a lot of still valuable information and the authors treatment of the subject matter holds true. On the other hand you (like me) could choose to look at it through nostalgia goggles which render it entirely wonderful.

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I found out earlier this week about the death of Patrick Woodroffe 1940-2014 (specifically May 10, 2014). I first found out who Patrick was when I bought his book Mythopoeikon for my Dad for Christmas. We both got a lot of enjoyment out of that book. Like Omni magazine, it opened new doors of perception for me.

It took me a few days to pull together the few books that I have about him and assemble these images for you. His work often has a luminous stained glass glow to it — lots of color and heavily saturated color at that. Be sure to click on them to view them larger. There is a massive amount of detail to appreciate.

Masked Ball

Masked Ball

Take some time and look at this one closely, this is one very wild party.

Cover art for Dangerous Visions volumes one and two

Cover art for Dangerous Visions volumes one and two

Better known as Dangerous Visions and Again Dangerous Visions, these were edited by Harlan Ellison and if you haven’t already read them put them on your to-read list.

Hortus Conclusus

Hortus Conclusus

Chez Nous

Chez Nous

Home of Tinker and Darner, the hole-eating Ducks. Free patching, mending and cobbling. Your holes are our bread and butter. no job too small.

I would love to have someplace like this to go and escape the ordinary.

Corn Fairy

Corn Fairy

Beware the Frumious Bandersnatch

Beware the Frumious Bandersnatch

Check out the tag hanging from his ear: Trust Me. I’ve only seen a couple of his paintings with an Alice theme; I would have loved it if he had done an illustrated Alice in Wonderland book.

Micky's New Home

Micky’s New Home

Micky and Friend

Micky and Friend

Ichtheological Metamorphosis

Ichtheological Metamorphosis

work in progress

work in progress

If you liked these pictures at all, and/or if you want to know more about Patrick Woodroffe; please go over to the Lines and Colors blog. It’s a great blog which I really should add to my blog roll because it’s a particular favorite of mine. Then you might want to do a Google image search — there’s lots of good stuff out there.

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