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  Rollin' Icebergs; Charles Addams and FamilyJun 01, 2012 6:15 AM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:Maybe it's a truly ominous sign of global warming, as some would have it, but...a huge iceberg rolling over off the Upsala Glacier in Argentina makes for (WARNING: auto-playing video with sound) a pretty cool tourist video.
 
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Listening to Tall Tale Radio episode 146 this evening while drawing today's page, I heard Kenosha Festival of Cartooning founder Ann Hambrock mention growing up on the cartoons of Charles Addams (1912-1988), whose most famous creation took his name: The Addams Family. They began as recurring characters in his often macabre cartoons, many of which were done for The New Yorker. Perhaps his first gig, touching up photos of corpses (removing the nasty-wasty blood) for True Detective magazine was quite instructive!
 
Anyway I mention him because his cartoons were done--somewhat unusually--in ink wash, which is what I use, much more crudely, for A*. If you check out some of his cartoons, such as this one and this one and this one and maybe even this one, you'll see just how neatly he managed both sharp shadows and smooth gradients. Man! Well, practice, practice, practice I guess. :o
 
 
 
 
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