Monday, February 25, 2008

Today is Tex Avery's 100th birthday

Yes, that's right.  Today is the birthday of one of the most ingenious minds of all time, Mr. Tex Avery.  "What did he do?", you ask.  (Well, those who've been living under a rock on Jupiter's 3rd moon with their heads buried under 2 feet of dirt would ask that question).   Well, all he did was establish the ideal foundation of animation and satire that has yet to be duplicated or surpassed.  But, hey, mere words cannot accurately capture what makes Tex so great.  The best way to do that would be to show as many samples of his work as possible: (no, you definitely don't have to watch all these films at once. Just watch a few now and again whenever you have the time. That way you keep the celebration going for much longer than just 1 day.)

Billy Boy
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The Blow Out
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Ha! I guess I'll leave a few films for others to put on their blogs and/or any other digital media.

I'll just end this by saying "Happy Birthday, Tex. I hope people are remembering your birthday as well as your legacy in another 100 years."

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Who is this little guy?

Everyone who guessed Tex Avery in the comments section is right. This is indeed a caricature of Tex.

Y'see, whenever I attempt to caricature someone, especially someone I've never really caricatured before and want to get right, I like to show my attempts to people but not say who it is right away. Really, in order for a caricature to be truly successful, the identity of the person should be recognizable instantly. If you have to point out to people what all the features are (see, that's his nose, that's his receeding hair, etc.) you need to work on it some more. Saying "Hey, look at my drawing of oh...... Jack Nickolson" right off doesn't help really. You'd have to do a extremely crappy job for people NOT to recognize the person after that. I think that by with-holding the identity to start with, you know much better if you've succeeded or failed depending on the responses you get.

Therefore, I'm quite glad to see that everyone got that it is Tex Avery right away. I'm preparing for a blogpost celebrating Tex Avery's 100th birthday and I want it to be as good as possible. I'm happy to see that I'm on the right track with this drawing. I hope to make many others just like it by Feb. 26th. Thanks to all who responded.