No. When, then is Bob Camp an influence, because he was the real main guy during the Ren and Stimpy time in the art department. And no, I watched Ren and Stimpy first time in like 2010, when I was finally able to get a Nickelodeon channel in Germany.
I can’t deny that it also influenced me, but during that time there was also stuff like Samurai Jack, Foster’s Home for Imagenary Friends and Avatar on the Screen, so it was not the main focus.
And its really the schtick of uninformed people to compare everything they define as cartoon with John K.
Wonder when people will finally get used to compare everything with Spongebob that appears cartoony… that would at least be a kind of change.
Yes. Every craft can be art when the people who work on it understand what it is about, put their love into it and reach a special level of quality. The word ‘quality’ is here a very vague word to describe the goal of the art style, but in general it’s the balance between creativity, perfection, fun and functionality (or even more).
But that is also the adventure for each artist and should be the main motivation; to discover what his ‘theory’ of quality is.
The main prob ‘cartoon’ art has to face right now is, that people see in it an ‘easy’ art form that uncrafted people use to avoid other art forms. Or that it is only supposed for kids.
It’s the complete opposite… Cartoon is one of the hardest styles, since you need to break your knowledge of realism. People just run around and think its a lower art form and they can master it in less than a week.
All I can say to that is, that I met artists who are trained in realistic arts or different directions and had to learn ‘cartoon’ from scratch too. Since they had no clue what ‘getting loose’ or ‘stretching reality without getting rid of principles’ means, they had a hard time to adapt. Cartoon has its own rules, goals and difficulties you need to get mastered. And just because you can draw a realistic human does not mean you can draw a good cartoon style (and also not realistic when you can draw good cartoon).
To be honest the worst cartoon styles came from people who never drew in cartoon style and only drew realistic. Every craft must get learned and should be respected the same way.
I am a horrible realistic style drawer, but that does not mean I hate the style because of it. But I prefer cartoon. But I should learn realism a bit more. I will benefit from it too.
To be real here; I learned a lot when I did cooperate design, typography, layout, life drawings and fotography.
The main goal is to train your eyes, tastes and hand-eye coordination. And here it does not matter where you perfect it and where you get more knowledge from. Hell, maybe cooking or carpenting could help making me to a better cartoonist.
When artist would see that all styles have something they can learn from and would exchange knowledge and respect each other, it would be a lot more fun. But acting like your style is the only exclusive one and the goal each artist should do… then we have celebrated a wrong message in the art scene over the decades and its a sad development when it’s just about competition.
So, I wrote a lot shit here again. Have fun with it.
-What goes through your mind when you make your art?. thanks for the daily inspiration (:
Nothing. Just the focus on having fun with the work and being creative as possible. People tend to be afraid of mistakes or try hardcore to have a concept that is either cool or crowd pleasing, I think just having fun is the best for the artist and the drawing.
Dr. Cuceumbèr was once the main scientist of the military and gave them every equipment they needed. After a incident, where Flop was involved, his brain to turn into a cucumber. Mad and disgraced in front of a meeting group, he tried to manipulate the swefs project. After getting busted he was thrown out of the military and he swore revenge on the Swefs. Sepcially on Flop. He became the right hand of Würg McLack and constructs all evil robot henchmen.
His cucumber brain made him crazy for cucumbers. Somehow he is really scared of sandviches.
Hippy the Janitor
He was always on the ship. Is there some lightbulb to repair, Hippy is there. He never speaks and is a good listener. That’s the reason why everyone with a prob talks with him. All he knows is how to clean and to repair. Nobody knows his past or other things of him and he seems to dont care either.
Didi the Lab Gorilla
Didi is a female Gorilla and got mother feelings to Lip, because he has a toupee of gorilla fur on his head. There is nothing more to say than that she is a good hearted animal who is not aware of her strenght.
Peter Lorre Jr. IX - President of Earth
President Lorre is a very crooky person and was responsible for the project SWEFS. He tried to increase the earth IQ by shooting the stupidest people of earth into the sun and disguised it as a mission for courages adventurers to discover the universe in the name of the earth.
After the SWEFS survived and got ‘adopted’ by the Nak Naks, President Lorre was forced to keep the secret and pay for the SWEFS so that the truth will never get revealed. Nontheless, next to pay for the swefs he is also trying to kill them by paying bounty hunters and Würg to fullfill the project and to get the truth burried.
The Pun Poseidon
A scientific mishap of Flop turned the lab goldfish into the Pun Poseidon who always appears when someone tells a bad pun. He will stare at the one till he will be sorry and then disapears.
Clarissa the Bounty Hunter
(new character in works)
The Man on the Moon
The man of the moon is a complete goofball and is unable to talk. He was once a rejected comedian from earth who got shot on the moon, because he was too crazy to handle. Time has passed and he mutated into a weird looking character. He somehow got on the ship after it passed the moon and now travels as a blind passenger with the crew trough space.
Macke is the chief of the military and the father of Marscha. He is a very militant, conservative and strict person. He can’t believe that he commands Captain Smirk and his Crew, but the Nak Naks are his bosses and the want that he suports them. But that his daughter works for them and that Smirk has eyes for her amkes him very upset.
The wise shaman from the empty emptiness. He knows a lot, but never tells everything. He is aware what Motti did and who he is, but he is not allowed to talk and wont talk anyway. In some hopeless moments he helps the SWEFS to find answers.
Wilson the Stick
Wilson is Motti’s pet stick.
These are all main Chars and the most reappearing side chars in the concept so far. More characters will get added and maybe even more main chars will get added, like my bounty hunter char, which I will reveal soon.
I am really interested which character you like the most and why.