Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Icky cartooning styles
There are a few styles of cartooning that I really hate, and one of them I've dubbed the "big perforated shoe" style.
Its earmarks are obsessive ornamentation (pinstripes, wingtip perforations, etc), ugly horizontal hatching on everything, and (often) "bigfoot cartoon" proportions (think yellow submarine).
Why in God's name did people start drawing like this? I can only speculate that artists were trying to rebel against the slick, stylish futurism of the 50s by being ignorant and folksy and old-timey.
The above image, btw, is by Jim Flora, who fucking rules when he's not working in the BPS style!