Sunday, March 30, 2008

Red, your Spanx are showing....


IF topic this week: "Homage". So this is my homage to Preston Blair and Red Hot Riding Hood. As the animator of one of most memorable "hotties" of classic cartoons, and the author of several books, I think Preston Blair has posthumously guided countless young artists into the world of cartoon drawing. I purchased my Walter Foster "How to draw Cartoon Animation" book when I was in high school. When young(er) artists ask me where they can learn to draw "cartoons" , I tell them to buy this book. I had one young woman ask to borrow my book, only to see my reaction of sheer horror at the thought of letting it out of my hands that she said "Sorry.. sorry... where can I buy one?"

I've added some meat to her bones. I've personalized her (very personally personalized her) in a moment a lot of 37 year olds can relate to. Trying on clothes(persona) from your youth and having it just not fit anymore. No amount of Spanx or "sucker-inners"(as I call them).. are gonna get you back there. Let go of it and revel in what the years have wrought upon your person. She still looks good- just more to love.

9 comments:

Debbie said...

Ha! That was one of the first books I bought in grade school...the pages are falling out it is so well used. I understand your horror to allowing it out of your hands!! I'm a bit older than you so I totally relate to the spandex! Mean old Mr. Gravity!!

You did a great job with this - you put a big smile on my face!

Tracy said...

This is great! I also love those "how to draw..." books. Your illustration made me laugh, too! :)

van dyke said...

Okay, now THIS made me laugh out loud. I bought that book in the eighth grade and tried my best to draw the characters in it. I recognized Red immediately and when I clicked on it I saw her dilemma and had to laugh. Nice work. You've brought back memories.

red-handed said...

Cool. She's a red-hot mama.

Gerson do Amaral said...

I´ve recognized from the first momment!
Preston Blair it´s with me since i was a kid!

Great Homage!

Kelly Light said...

Obrigado Gerson!

El Siglo del Ruido said...

Preston's book has got to be one of the most important books on character creation and animation i've ever come across.
What a great idea for a homage.
Congratulations

josh pincus is crying said...

your drawings, characters and expressions are AWESOME!

JPiC

Lewis said...

To be honest, I thought this was his original work until I read your post - my favorite part of this image?

...the fact that the outfit is so tight that the zipper pull is standing straight out from her body!

Great work as always - man, do I wish I had this kind of talent!