8.28.2006

Sketchy Cat

I had a few minutes tonight, so I thought I'd post this cat sketch I did last night. It got me thinking about some of ways I've been influenced as a cartoonist.

I love the Disney movies of the 60's and 70's that used the Xerox process to print their animation cels. You can really see the power of the animator's pencil strokes, especially in Aristocats, Robin Hood, and The Rescuers. In the age of DVD technology, there's no reason a budding animation artist can't take advantage of the masters' techniques.

I've had such wonderful opportunities to work with and be mentored by such incredible talents as Mark Swan, Ric Estrada, and Bob Simmons, whose influence can be seen in much of my work. I hope in the future I can learn more from them. Studying their work has added value... They're available to explain the why's and how's of what they've done.

Then there are my contemporaries, those in my generation who have found success, whether creatively or financially or both, in the animation industry. I can't look at a Shane Lewis animal sketch without marveling at the appeal, I'm constantly amazed by Seth Hippen's strong draftsman approach to art, and Jed Henry is fearless when it comes to incorporating non-traditional styles into his cartooning.

What I've learned is this... You're never going to be a better Ollie Johnston than Ollie Johnston is. You're never going to out-Milt Kahl Milt Kahl. But you can take some cues from them and add your own person flair to it. No artist has ever been exactly like you and no artist ever will be. You have an opportunity, if you are determined to succeed, to show the rest of us something we've never seen before.

Have a great day!

10 comments:

Brandon said...

Guess what? You're the best Adrian Ropp ever. Really, all round best. Love ya Ade.

Todd Oman said...

Nice stuff, love the animal designs.

S.T. Lewis said...

Glorious! I don't like cats generally, but I think I have to make an exception here. I love your character designs, Adrian. I could draw them every day for well over a year and compile them in a cartoon that no one would ever see. What I mean is I could do that again. I love this like I love Fresca.

And also... thanks for mentioning me in your writings. There is an "ode to Adrian" coming on my blog, and not just because you mentioned me either. You're a good man, Charlie Brown. And this cat is awesome.

Jason said...

Sup 'mon. I dig the kitty-kat. He's got personality. Thanks for your post. Inspiring words.

Seth Hippen said...

I know what you mean! I am inspired and influenced by artists all the time that make me a better Seth Hippen. You're one of 'em! Thanks for the kind words, dude!

The cat is awesome! The draftsmanship is mouthwatering. I'm a sucker for a good defining center line; great weight, perspective, fur, size relationships, and sweet ears too.

GhettoFab said...

Hey Adrian!
Love the mischievous look on this guy . Looks like a cat that I have. Great design and thought provokin post

Kevin Keele said...

Very cool, Adrian. The overall shape is awesome.

Ms. Baboon said...

I love this drawing, especially knowing personally, the cat it's modeled after. Simon deserves to have a drawing! He's a good cat. "Brow!"

MadameGaston said...

that was very inspirational, thanks :) And aweesome kitty cat.

the enigma said...

she is so funnnyy!!