I am a professional illustrator, providing illustration for books, magazines, posters and (rock band) merchandize . I also storyboard for film, tv, video games and tv ads. Teaching is just something I enjoy doing. Just an attemp to give something back. Not everything I post here will necessarily work for everyone.
Friday, 28 December 2012
STUFF FROM MY CHILDHOOD #1
This is the stuff of my childhood. when I was 6 or 7 years old I collected bubblegum cards of my favourite tv shows and other cool stuff. These cards were like the best things ever back then.
Some of the most collectable cards back then were a series called Mars Attacks (the inspiration for Tim Burtons 1996 movie), Civil War News and Battle.
Civil War News and Battle were and probably still are some of the most graphically violent trading cards I have ever seen.
CIVIL WAR NEWS TRADING CARDS
BATTLE TRADING CARDS
MARS ATTACKS TRADING CARDS
You'd never have such products available and freely sold to kids of that age nowadays . Is it any wonder I grew up the way I did?
BATMAN TRADING CARDS (BLACK, RED AND BLUE SERIES)
The crème de la crème of my card collection back in the 60's were these Batman cards.
Although not as graphically violent as Civil War News and Mars Attacks, they still teased with images of potential violent death*. There were three series to collect. The black, red and blue series (indicated by the coloured bat graphic in the right hand corner.
*They also came with the possible threat of real violence from another collector wanting the all important, yet elusive, card to complete his set that you happened to have in your possession.
What all of the above have in common is that they were all painted by Norman Saunders and Bob Powell. Norman Saunders was well know at the time for his sci-fi and crime pulp covers.