style 14.1

31 03 2020

during the first months in 1995 working on the style development for MULAN I was researching everything I could get from china, books about traditional art, photography of the environment and graphic novels. I call them graphic novels, because they are so different from the comic strips we are used to in our western world. CHEN-YI CHENG, who was responsible for the character design, and myself went through chinatown in L.A. and found after a while treasures of artwork.
below you will find one of these graphic novels, it must have been created by a real master! I wish I knew his name and could see some more of his work. maybe there is one of my chinese viewers who can help.

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28 03 2020

OLAF LEONARD GULBRANSSON, 1873 – 1958, was a Norwegian artist, painter and designer. he is probably best known for his caricatures and illustrations.
from 1890, he worked for many Norwegian magazines. in 1900 he studied at the Académie Colarossi in Paris, and moved in 1902 to Germany to work for the satirical magazine Simplicissimus in Munich after editor Albert Langen had been in contact with author Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson looking for Norwegian talent. with publicity increasing Gulbransson’s fame, and even though he lived in Germany between 1923 and 1927, he drew for the Norwegian Tidens tegn newspaper.
in 1929 he became Professor at the art academy in Munich. the art academy in Berlin arranged a special exhibition in 1933 to celebrate Gulbransson’s 60th birthday, which was shut down by the Nazi party after only two days.
Simplicissimus editors Franz Schoenberner and Thomas Theodor Heine have claimed that Gulbransson actively cooperated with the Nazis from 1933 on, and this co-operation was sharply criticized by the writer Klaus Mann. during World War II, after his own home country was occupied by the Germans, he produced caricatures against the Allies, in particular against Winston Churchill. in 1941 he was made an honorary member of the Society of Berlin Artists and in 1942 of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. on the occasion of his 70th birthday in 1943 he was awarded the Goethe Medal for Art and Science and was made Emeritus Professor of the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.
( from wikipedia )

see as well my earlier posts – here and here

© gulbransson, simplicissimus

more blix

27 03 2020

Ragnvald Blix, 1882 – 1958, was a Norwegian illustrator, caricaturist and magazine editor. he was particularly known for his anti-Nazi drawings World War II.
Ragnvald Blix was born in Oslo, the son of a theologian and Norwegian minister of the church. Blix was an entirely self-taught artist. he quickly gave up studying painting, he preferred to draw caricatures. when his older friend Olaf Gulbransson moved to Germany in 1902, Blix followed him as a cartoonist for the Tyrihans newspaper. an inheritance enabled him to travel through Europe in 1903. from 1904-08 he stayed in Paris and worked for the satirical magazine L’Assiette au Beurre, among others. In 1907 a first drawing in Simplicissimus appeared and in 1908 Blix moved to Munich, publication city of the satirical magazine Simplicissimus, where he lived until 1918. after a short stopover in Oslo, where he founded the magazine Exlex (bird-free) in february 1919 based on the model of Simplicissimus, he moved with it to Copenhagen only nine months later, where he spent the rest of his life. after two years, however, Blix had to give up the magazine again. from then on he worked for various Scandinavian newspapers and magazines. after the occupation of Denmark by Germany during the Second World War, Blix fled to Sweden, where he was able to continue working. after the war he returned to Denmark.
between 1907 and 1925 Blix published 466 drawings in Simplicissimus. Two contributions appeared in the Munich youth. Blix was internationally active, published for example in the New York Times and in Swedish newspapers.
his drawings were initially characterized by a combination of line and surface, as is typical of the art of Jugendstil. However, as early as 1908, he took up Gulbransson’s clear line drawing, which he was in no way inferior to in his ability to characterize contemporary politicians. in the 1930s, biting anti-Hitler caricatures were created and even in Swedish exile he was able to expose leading Nazi politicians under the pseudonym Stig Höök.
( from german wikipedia )
see as well my earlier post

JOE GRANT, who had the complete edition of the german magazine SIMPLICISSIMUS in big volumes in his house, was the first to introduce me to BLIX. in the beginning I was more in favor of GULBRANSSON’S style and characters, and we had discussions about the two artists. joe preferred BLIX, and now after so many years I understand why. you can judge yourself, today with some of BLIX work, tomorrow GULBRANSSON will follow. whoever might be your favorite, I think everybody can get a lot of inspiration out of the two absolute masters of caricature.

© simplicissimus, blix

disney jewels 1.4

26 03 2020

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disney jewels 1.3

25 03 2020

for more information about the never made project and DICK KELSEY go here

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disney jewels 1.2

23 03 2020

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hans kossatz

22 03 2020

my collection of illustrations created by hans kossatz for the radio magazine HOER ZU goes back to the late fifties. still in elementary school I was fascinated by his chaotic drawings that told so many stories and were full of funny hidden gags. so I started to collect them. hans kossatz, 1901 – 1985, was a self taught german freelance illustrator, who worked from the early thirties on for various german magazines and newspapers. after WWII a dog character he created, teckel willi, became very popular.

© hans kossatz / hoer zu magazine

disney jewels 1.1

21 03 2020

since there is not that much else to do, I have lots of time to organize my collection. going through hundred thousands of images sounds like a hell of a job. but in these chaotic, depressing and dangerous times it lets me dive into a different world. how could you not enjoy such beauty that all those endless artists created so many years ago. with the next posts I want to share some of the jewels in the collection, and I hope it helps you in case you are not in the best mood.

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