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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Clown Clutter And Some Cartoon Philosophy

I've been super busy so I was forced to dig into the archives again for a cartoon to post.  This one dates from 1989, an early clown gag. I have quite a few cleaned up from this year but I can't remember why I was doing them, but maybe it was a low point in the animation work. In 1989 I was working for Ralph Bakshi doing development, then the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" series for DIC, and finally ending up at WB working on the "Tiny Toons" series.
I've always felt that doing these cartoons was my way of centering myself in the universe when things begin to unravel, and therefore it was easy for me to occasionally get lost in this cartoon world of my own design, like an odd therapy. So between studio jobs I would usually just automatically default to drawing them. Maybe I unconsciously thought that if the day job dried up then I was finally going to seriously pursue this cartooning thing, so I better get started. I'll be broke, but happy. But that never happened. The studios are full of stories like that, countless artists who have set their dreams aside because the business is so damn lucrative. Before long it becomes a life pattern, and you loose your way. Starting this blog has been an important step in finding my way back to my dream, and it feels pretty darn good. In fact, the main reason I have been too busy to post is I've been creating the cover for my very first cartoon book. All good.

22 comments:

  1. Alright! you're making progress on your book - that's great! And I can really relate to this gag, even without being a clown. Sometimes you just have to dig deep in your pockets for those pennies because you don't want so much change back, haha! And you worked on Alvin and the Chipmunks too? Awesome!

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  2. Haha...Its OK until embarrassing things start to drop out of your pockets when looking for change. I'm glad you do your blog.....I don't think money ever comes into cartooning...we do our blogs because its a creative outlet and also probably a good discipline.

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  3. Wow, to go from Ralph Bakshi to Alvin and the Chipmunks, that must have been a shock!

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  4. I can relate to this on so many levels. I use my blog mainly as an outlet for artistic weirdness, especially when most of my paying work is more decorative, "serious" &/or long-term-- if I didn't do the side projects I think I really would go crazy.

    I'm very excited to hear about the book!!! Oh, & excellent gag too. My purse tends to be all too close to clown-pocket condition... some pretty strange things end up in there!

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  5. Ted, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I think many of us, who have cartoons blogs, share your reasons to do that. Our dreams go in a way and life usually takes other route. As you say, creating our cartoons and getting feedback from friendly friends and supporters feel sooo good!

    About this week's cartoon... I imagine magicians must have the same problem when looking for something in their hats. ;)

    Ahhh... Good luck with the book!

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  6. Thanks for the smile, & very excited to hear about this BOOK!!! Your post really resonated with me, as my art took a backseat to the career (read: money), which unfortunately in my case, has minimal art, but at least sometimes calls for creativity! I'm back to pursuing my art again, too.
    By the way - love Tiny Toons! Have 2 animation cels of them (& one of Scooby) hanging in my living room.

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  7. Good for you Ted!

    Chuckles' change is funny!

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  8. Great looking toon, has a vintage look compared to your "newer" toons. I feel for the Chuckles, sweatin' like crazy, I've been there too. I think he knows he'll let him off. Lookin' forward to the cartoon book, you autograph them?? Just curious...

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  9. OH OH OH OH OH OH!!!! A BOOK! Daaaaaaaaang, that's fantabulistic! All I can say is, it's about time!

    1989 and this one still hasn't lost its flavor, hehehe. I'll have to try that the next time I'm buying something.

    My place is too boring. I'm gonna crash here at your place, if you don't mind, 'cause this is where the fun is. I rather like your man cave. Don't worry. I'll girlify it for you. Now get back to work on that cover.

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  10. Ted!
    I'm already waving euro bills here,
    ready to spend them on your book!

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  11. Your doing a book - whoo-hoo I cant wait! Keep us posted please Ted.

    Re this fella - a bit like 'curious art' above, I think chuckles has been using my bag /purse... a simular process takes place when I'm looking for something in there.

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  12. I'am exating to hear about your cartoon book!I'm sure this book will be funny and amazing!:)

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  13. I really love all the details in this one! (Also, if I had been in line behind him, I would have offered the change.) Holy cow have you done tons of interesting things. I suppose it goes without saying that you are lucky to be working in your field, even if it's not your dream job. And it sounds like the dream job is coming along as well. Hooray!

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  14. Hooooooorrraaaaaayyyy!! (standing up and cheering for ya!) Congratulations on finally getting to make your dream come true. That is fabulous! And, it's super to know that you always went back to your clowns and comics as a safe-place from the real world. That safe place is SO important for everyone to be able to identify in their lifetimes and it's wonderful that you found it and are now going to share that with all of us. Looking forward to seeing it come to fruition!!

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    1. Thanks everyone for stopping by. And thanks so much for the interest in my first book effort. I'm very excited about it as well. Can't wait to get it finished. It's not a traditional cartoon book, but a collection of approximately 50 themed gags, in what I hope is a unique format. You will see it here first.

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    2. Maybe after you do that one you can do a cartooning how too book, share some of your wisdom, lessons learnt, and tips... I'd buy that one too! :-)

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  15. hi Ted is good to see the old pictures of a cartoonist, because you can see the evolution always for the better.
    and one may thereby also see that there is a good drawing-base, from which began this evolution.
    congratulations and good luck with your book!

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  16. Congrats on the book Ted! I love seeing the development of your work.

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  17. This one is really cool, so neat ink lines! Thanks for sharing, Ted.

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  18. I know you are busy Ted and probably won't see this in time...but I forgot to say congrats for your book and best of luck with it...it reminds me of Christmas when I was a Kid...Each Christmas, my Mum would buy my Dad The Carl Giles Cartoon yearly book..he was a famous British cartoonist(Giles)for one of the main tabloid newspapers.He came from the next town to where I was born and when I was about 9 years old I sent him and another British cartoonist, Les Gibbard (The Gaurdian) a letter explaining how I wanted to become a cartoonist and in each, one of my own cartoons, not a Gerard!....I was thrilled when a letter of encouragement came through my front door from Les Gibbard...but disappointed that 'Giles' didn't have the time to reply (or didn't bother!)

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    1. would you have replied to me Ted???? ;)

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    2. Of course I would have. But maybe you really sucked back then like I did. ha.

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