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    Advice from an artist

    Thought this may be of some interest to some members here:


    In 1998, aged just 14, aspiring young cartoonist Amir Avni decided to get in touch with the creator of Ren & Stimpy, John Kricfalusi. Being a hardcore fan of Kricfalusi's work, Amir sent him an introductory letter along with a few cartoons he'd drawn, some of which contained relatively unknown characters of John's. To call Kricfalusi's response 'generous' would be an understatement...

    http://www.lettersofnote.com/2010/01...al-john-k.html
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    Thanks. I cried.

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    I laughed a bit when he said learn to draw from older cartoons in the 1940's modern stuff won't teach you anything, people say that about stuff nowadays as well and date back to older animation (not quite as old as 40's sometimes though)


    Always cool when the people on your favorite shows are just nice people.

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    I never noticed how distinct John's handwriting is.

    Quote Originally Posted by JFierce View Post
    people say that about stuff nowadays as well and date back to older animation (not quite as old as 40's sometimes though)
    Then how far?

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    Great Post!

    Mild Detour:

    I've noted in my copy of The Illusion Of Life (Disney Animation) there is NO mention, whatsoever, of Preston Blair.

    Though, in my copy of Preston Blair's Cartoon Animation he speaks rather graciously of the "Nine Old Men."

    Was there some sort of bad-blood between Blair and Disney?

    [I know he had to revise some of the characters in later editions of Cartoon Animation under "cease and desist" copyright issues.]

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    Was about to mention the core Disney animators as well for an example, they're more modern but still look at any film a decade or so ago from Disney. You can learn tons from them I imagine. 2D Disney has always been inspiring. As well as studios like Ghibli. (You can of course learn from the old ones, I love Tom and Jerry and older cartoons they're amazing)


    But everyone thinks Cartoons are going down hill, I imagine someone in the Tex Avery age viewed most cartoons in my generation as crappy, same as I view most cartoons nowadays crappy compared my childhood. (There are the rare exceptions)

    Though with the modern shortcuts, new CGI and 3D trends, coupled with things like Disneys 2D studio and studio Ghibli pretty much dead. It feels like an era dying out.

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    I notice on that site there are more letters by, to and about artists here:

    http://www.lettersofnote.com/search/label/art

    The site in general is utterly addictive.
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    The Preston Blair books are essential reading for ANY artist/animator. I have the old Walter Foster versions, but I believe they've been assembled into one book now:

    CARTOON ANIMATION

    John K has always struck me as a passionate individual, and his blog is excellent too:

    http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/

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    I saw the article this morning too and was thinking of posting a link here Ren and Stimpy was the only cartoon to make me laugh out loud, I miss it.

    Thanks for the link too Aly, I'm going to get that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamber Parrk View Post
    Great Post!

    Mild Detour:

    I've noted in my copy of The Illusion Of Life (Disney Animation) there is NO mention, whatsoever, of Preston Blair.

    Though, in my copy of Preston Blair's Cartoon Animation he speaks rather graciously of the "Nine Old Men."

    Was there some sort of bad-blood between Blair and Disney?

    [I know he had to revise some of the characters in later editions of Cartoon Animation under "cease and desist" copyright issues.]
    There was a strike at Disney and a lot of the animators left after the strike;Balir being one of them. You can read about it here

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disney_animators%27_strike

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    Wow, that was very awesome of him! I was a little teary reading that--he probably made that 14-year-old's year!

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    Make me want to write a letter to someone I admire.

    Physical letters, not e-mails.
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    That letter should be a sticky in the crit center.

    I also think Preston Blairs animation books are the best books to read first. They really give you a solid foundation on understanding motion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angel Intheuk View Post
    I saw the article this morning too and was thinking of posting a link here Ren and Stimpy was the only cartoon to make me laugh out loud, I miss it.
    It also managed to make me cry, when Stimpy's fart Stinky returns to him. I cried. When a fart returned. Really.

    And that's the art of a good storyteller, making the utterly absurd emotionally resonating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flashback View Post
    Make me want to write a letter to someone I admire.

    Physical letters, not e-mails.
    Alas, the era of physical letters is drawing to a close. Two centuries from now, historians will know nothing about this time, because we don't write real letters anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blogmatix View Post
    Alas, the era of physical letters is drawing to a close. Two centuries from now, historians will know nothing about this time, because we don't write real letters anymore.
    could be a lot worse if historians study emails and Facebook account of the to be historic figure of today.

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    i dont think its quite sunk in for people that the internet is written in fairly indelible ink.

    our grandkids might annoy us with our stupid 2012 facebook statuses and flickr pictures in 2054..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velocity Kendall View Post
    i dont think its quite sunk in for people that the internet is written in fairly indelible ink.

    our grandkids might annoy us with our stupid 2012 facebook statuses and flickr pictures in 2054..
    I certainly hope so. If it is true, then historians two centuries now will have the richest resources ever at their disposal.
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