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08/04/2014: Venn Diagram Google Doodle

As seems to be the norm these days, Mike Dutton and his team have delivered the latest Google Doodle, a tribute to John Venn’s 180 birthday, in a way that is clever, interactive and entertaining. According to an article in the Washington Post, Dutton attributes brainstorms with “sound logic and silliness” as the source...

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Motion Graphics for the Print Designer

Motion graphics are becoming a part of the designer job description. But do you really need to animate? Here's how to navigate the decision making process.

Thought You Had Animation Pegged? Not For Much Longer !

The drawing/image registration process is a fundamental aspect of film animation. If the images that are animated don’t have a shared foundation with each other, the movement that’s created by the animator has no common relationship with the background or the viewer’s point of view—it just doesn’t work. It was John Randolph Bray who...

Winsor McCay Illustrates Temperance — or Prohibition?, 1929

While strolling through a used-books store in Los Angeles over 20 years ago, I spied the dust-jacketed binding of a book with a familiar illustration style. Much to my delight, I’d found a little-known 1929 first edition volume published by the Hearst Company concerning Prohibition—and primarily illustrated by the brilliant comic-strip artist and animation...

The Comics of Eliza Frye: A Gateway to the Sequential Arts

A lady is murdered. She was a Parisian prostitute. We meet some people who knew her. A bloody butcher. A flower merchant. A client. A painter for whom she modeled. A few others. We attend her burial. The murderer is revealed, the story ends. With a minimum of dialogue, the dark, tense eroticism of...

As Albert Hurter Drew, He Pleased The Disney Artists Around Him

In 1948 Simon and Schuster published a book titled He Drew As He Pleased. It’s a tribute to Albert Hurter, an inspirational sketch artist who worked at the Walt Disney Studio from 1931 until his death in 1942. The book itself was planned and prepared by Hurter himself and as outlined in his will,...