Wednesday, January 28, 2009

20 Years of Making Funny Faces!

It occured to me recently that I've been designing my own (and illustrating other people's) cartoon mascots for 20 years.

Wow... 20 years...

So I thought it might be fun to take a look back. In the coming weeks I'll be recounting the details of various past projects here on the blog.

(click on the image to see a GIANT SIZE version)

Each week I'll focus on one character from the sheet above. I'll dig up old pencil sketches and related finished art, tell you about how I got the project and how it went -- or at least as much as I can recall... some of these projects happened a looong time ago!

Cartoon art for advertising is kind of an obscure area in the larger field of illustration. The artist who works in this niche is usually not credited (you don't see a lot of signatures on the front of cereal boxes!) so despite how well known the cartoon characters are, rarely do we know much about their creators.

I'll try to shed a little light on this part of the business, based on my personal experience.

Hopefully these posts will be interesting to at least some people.

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