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IN DETAIL This is a Jerry Cooke photograph for an article on
Nabisco (National Biscuit Company) Fortune magazine June 1948
|GETTING IT WRONG American cartoon 1953|
|CHAUCER'S PILGRIMS from William Caxton's edition of The Canterbury Tales , c.1484|
A AND B COMPARISON
01 from Baden Powell's Rovering to Success , undated, 1929. And very much the profile in BPs mind of British Youth in the first decade of the 20th century. As a comparison it seems rather unfairly weighted. The smoker appears to be at least 50 years of age. It is the author's own drawing.
02 Straight Comparison; the Hovis Home and the Non Hovis Home by Heath Robinson. Advertisement UK 1910 .
IMAGES OF AGEING
01 HOW A
CHILD GROWS UP, Marion Chadwick photographed by her mother with her father
from 1922 to 1936, an image used to promote Dextrose sugar for your body's
growth. Corn Products Refining Co., from a campaign from June 1943. Less
obvious is the deterioration of the parent behind - going from a healthy
athlete to a mere wraith of a man, an ectoplasmic emanation.
02 Bruce Bairnsfather (1888 - 1959) was one of a gathering breed of talented amateurs who first learned art on a correspondence course (John Hassall's School). After working for the advertising agencies, he joined the Army at the beginning of the Great War. He sent a sketch to The Bystander magazine and found he was suddenly greatly celebrated. The long suffering sauciness of the old Tommy caught the national mood although questions were asked in Parliament as to the mocking of our Great heroes. Old Bill's catchphrase caught on as well, "If you knows of a better hole, go to it !" The Evolution of Old Bill, from Percy Bradshaw, They Make Us Smile, Chapman & Hall London 1942
Believe It or Not, an example of instructional material
in comic strip format, through which many people actually got their education.
02. two sequences
of simple strips by the Isotype Institute from a visual history of man,
and reproduced in Lancelot Hogben, From Cave painting to Comic
Strip, Max Parrish & Co., London 1949, a book with 20 pages
in colour and 211 illustrations in black and white, selected by Marie
Neurath, Director of the Isotype Institute. "Discipline of Design,
and a pattern of elements so familiar as to compel immediate recognition,
made possible visual aids which can raise th educational level of the
01.above Krazy Kat
Rube Goldberg traces the changes in Fashions.To the element of the metamorphois
he adds a convincingly cinematic sequence of the one figure walking, while
the changes happen in regular form.
02. Eight Panel presentation of a narrative. Terentius, works, printed in Tusculanum on the shores of Lake Como by Paganini's Press in 1526. The actual story is unclear from the images and its interpretation awaits my readings in Terentius. There is an interesting typographic device to identify each character.
03. Gasoline Alley, American Comic Strip
04. Krazy Kat, American comic Strip
05. Lyonel Feininger, five drawings for Wee Willie Winkie , dated 1907 and measuring 30 x 40 cms. Feininger brilliantly evokes the gathering and venting of storm clouds with a panel structure much influenced by the Vienna Secession graphic culture.
06 . This
was used at Cartoon Theme Day as an example of brilliant transitions over
a nightmarish period of time, and complete control over the passage of
time. Winsor McCay (1869 - 1934) worked as a stage performer and newspaper
cartoonist. In 1907 he decided to become an animator and two years later
produced the film Little Nemo. In 1917 he produced his
greatest achievement The Sinking of the Lusitania . His work shows the
highest standards of drawing. Some images show early use of Rotascoping,
or at least tracing from photographs, but film of him drawing show astonishing
facility and formal invention. In any study of the Sequential, he must
be seen as one of the Great Pioneers.
07 row beneath left, more Winsor McKay Little Nemo in Slumberland .
NUMBERS OF PANELS Compare the formal dynamics of the three following
examples; two three panel images and a double page spread containing four
Ushiwaka and Benkei fighting on the Gojo Bridge, c1840,
03. Hokusai, Figures in the Rain, a double page spread from Shuga Ihiran, 1818.
|STYLISTIC SEQUENCE CHANGES Punch, April 10th 1929 p.403, 18 x 24, drawing by Lewis Baumer.|
OF MOVEMENT Impressions of Movement within the Comic Strip. . Alex Raymond's
FLASH GORDON strip, as printed on the back of Modern Wonder
June 24th 1939. Compositionally a sophisticated flow across the page using
circular vignettes and flow of mountain and stair bannister to help the
eye around the page. The balance of immediate and background colours really
helps with th impression of movement.
All Alex Gordon's work is marked by the highest standards of drawing.
|IMPOSSIBLE NARRATIVES This site is dedicated to the rules of plausible narratives. This section starts with a visual narrative that is wholly implausible, delightfully so, and part of a magnificent campaign by The Continental Insurance Companies. This is only a small part of the pessimist's vision of the world.. This represents, in one compressed image, the following hazards - Goods in Transit - Automobile Damage and Liability - Other Liability - Burglary - Robbery - Employee Fidelity - Destruction or Forgery of Securities and Documents... December 1963, 24 x 26cms.|
A. The first pencil indications in preliminary sketch.
B. Preliminary sketch completed in pencil.
C. Pen and ink outlines after preliminary sketch has been traced onto illustration board (Pencil lines then removed)
D. Cartoon developed with ink washes.
|THE OLD KREMLIN
LINE-UP RETURN The Sequence of Figures in a Kremlin Lineup. .One of the
sequences that, if altered, made a difference to all of us was the lineup
of Soviet politicians at the Kremlin in the October march past of joyful
comrades and enormous rockets. The Kremlin watcher could tell who was on
the rise and whose fortunes slumped just on the evidence of the sequence
of the furcapped members of the Sinking Gerontology jostling for places
on the walkway.
a Pilgrimage : the prescribed route
Although not exactly the nested personages of the conventional Russian Dolls, these do remind us of the narrative possibilities of narratives that lie inside other narratives.
|JOINING THE DOTS One of the most fundamental of all sequences - disastrous if disobeyed.|
|SEQUENTIAL TITLE PAGES - that title pages for books construct a layered sequence that informs the reader something of the content. Here the titlepage to Ambroise Parey's The Works , London Cotes and Young 1634, and typical of the wealth of biographic and emblematic material found on the seventeenth century titlepage, here to the standard work of the time on surgery.|
|THE RORSCHACH TEST - inventing your own narrative. The man on the couch has taken LSD to improve his interpretations.|
MANUFACTURED PAINTING Sequences in Creating Automatic Paintings
These are two examples of a little known genre of tourist paintings c1910 manufactured in Germany. Landscapes are mass produced in a nominated sequence of steps using strips of paper, sponges and paint. The paper goes round an assembly line and finished with hand painted pictures, a cut above the standard postcard with its mechanically reproduced surface. The images have variations but the steps in their construction are clear and not departed from. See also painting by numbers.
|A MAYAN TOWN, sequence from jungle to the zenith|
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