Saturday, December 10, 2016

Larry's Cartoon Vault: Cartoon Correspondence School Ads

From time to time I‘ve enjoyed featuring material from the various correspondence school art courses
that were so common in the early part of the 20th century.

Back then "Make big bucks in cartooning!" wasn't just a come-on --it was a potential reality.

Not so well-to-do kids on farms who felt that art institute or university educations were beyond them  signed on with the Landon Cartoon Correspondence Course, or similar courses offered by W. L. Evans, Billy Hon, Zim or Dorman H. Smith.

The fact is these course —especially Landon's—really delivered.

Many alumni went on to professional careers working as newspaper staff artists, syndicated comic strip artists, editorial cartoonists, animators and illustrators.
Among them were Milton Caniff , Bill Maudlin, Ethel Hays,  Floyd Gottfredson, Edwina Dumm,  Carl  Barks, Jack Cole, Gil Fox, Chic Young, V.T. Hamlin, Gene Byrnes, Clifton Meek, 
Merril Blosser, Roy Crane, Stanley, Link, Edgar Martin, and Bill Holman.  

Here are a few of the ads that appeared in publications such as Cartoons Magazine, American Artist and other journals back in the olden days.

And you'd need a good drafting table...

And the long gone profession of Chalk Talks...

And some ads from circa late 1940's...

You can see more on cartoon correspondence courses by looking in the archives of this blog. 
(Some related posts are February 6, 2011, February 20, 2011 and July 22, 2012)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Pressing Matters VII: Printmakers Group Show Update

Here are a few more shots from the current printmakers exhibit at the Maurice del Mue Galleries, San Geronimo Valley Community Center.
"Self Portrait with Air and Water" Block print /silkscreen by Martha Cederstrom

                  Amos Klausner installing his letterpress piece titled "List Serv #2"

Here are a few shots from last Sunday's opening.

                            Zach Gilmour does a demonstration on printing Monotypes.

Corina del Carmel with her lithograph "Mujer Cochinilla"

A table display of more of Corina's work.

Elaine Nehm at her print table.

                                                            The West Room

The Valley Room

                                        Donn DeAngelo and Fred Berensmeier

                        "Fisherman's Wharf" silkscreen by Geoff Bernstein

"Oregon Chubb" Monoprint,  freehand stencil with watercolor and homemade earth ink by Xander Weaver-Scull

Another Xander monoprint stencil "Green Sea Turtle"

A really nice piece by Cindy Miracle. A monoprint with Chine Colle, "Venetian Scene".

And two lithographs by Sophie Larsen.



The show features additional work by Fred L. Berensmeier, Scott Gibbons, Eric Jackson, Janice Jahnke, Veronica Buros Kleinberg, Elaine Nehm, and Gabriele Schwibach that I haven't managed to get  satisfactory photographs for posting. My apologies to them (I may post more from the show before the month is over).

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Pressing Matters VII: Printmakers Group Show

Probably my favorite show of all the exhibits we organize at the Maurice del Mue Galleries-San Geronimo Valley Community Center is the Pressing Matters Printmakers Group Show.  It's startling to realize this is the seventh.

As with all  group  shows at SGVCC, the focus is on local Valley artists  (with a few 'guest'  artists from beyond the shire thrown in).

Here are a few shots from the show. More to come later.

Here's Zoltron:

                                         Silkscreen "Wide Spread Panic" Oct 28, 2016
                                                      Six colors with metallic inks

                                            Silkscreen "Wide Spread Panic" Oct 29, 2016
                                                      Six colors with metallic inks

                                        Silkscreen "Wide Spread Panic" Oct 30, 2016
                                                      Six colors with metallic inks
                                                                        (Copyright Zoltron 2016)

Corina del Carmel:

                                                Lithography  "Mujer Cochinilla"

                                              Serigraphy "Through the Window"

                                                  Lithography "Destiny"

Barbara Morris:

                                                       Monotype "Koi Fish"

                                                     Monotype "Koi Fish"

Art Hazelwood:

                                                     Linocut  "In the Rockies"

                                             Linocut  "Bijin on the 19th Avenue Ltd."

Lithography "It Can't Happen Here" 
(This print may look like current event commentary but in fact was done in 1999)

Here are a couple by me:

                                                Linocut "Civilization, Ho!"

                                             Linocut "Feeling a Little Anxious"

An incredible triptych by Sam Vaughan:

Hand toned lithograph "Cute Commies of Color"

The show includes linocuts, aquatint and drypoint etchings, lithographs, letter press, collographs, screen prints, monoprints and monotypes.

This year’s featured artists include Fred L. Berensmeier, Geoff Bernstein, Corina del Carmel, Martha Cederstrom, Danielle Fogel, Scott Gibbons, Zachary Gilmour, Art Hazelwood, Eric Jackson, Amos Klausner, Veronica Buros Kleinberg, Sophie Larsen, Cindy Miracle, Barbara Morris, Elaine Nehm, Larry Rippee, Gabriele Schwibach, Sam Vaughan, Xander Weaver-Scull and Zoltron.

More details (and images) from show soon.