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Artist of the moment……..Bill Plympton


Bill Plympton is among the best and most successful animators on the planet. In some animated movies Plympton drew all of the frames himself, one of few artists to do  this huge task.

Plympton was born in Portland, Oregon in the year 1946. The artist attended Portland State College before transferring to the School of Visual Arts located in New York City.

The artist has been nominated for Emmy and Oscar awards.


Here we view a short animated movie style that has become the artist’s trademark. A man imagines what could be in his pool:

To finance his longer movies Plympton will create a comic book version he sells first.

What I enjoy most about this artist is his attitude. I was reading a book about Plympton recently and he stated he turned down the opportunity to work for Walt Disney. Disney sent an expensive lawyer to tell Plympton he would be paid one million dollars for his services. Plympton turned this opportunity down be, cause he wanted the freedom to create as much as he wanted. If he would have signed with Disney, the Disney Corporation would own everything he created.

I found this fascinating because I also recently saw an interview with Stan Lee and he was asked if he was mad about not owning character rights for his characters he had created. Stan Lee said no he wasn’t mad, that was the terms of the contract.

Below a wonderful interview with Bill Plympton talking about his very successful animation career:

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Here we view a wonderful short that explains how Belly Button lint occurs:

And last we view a work featuring musician Kanye West. What a great job Mr. Plympton did on the caricature. Plympton often draws himself in funny situations!:



Artist of the moment……….The original animator Winsor Mccay



Winsor Mccay was a wonderful American artist who is given credit for producing the first animated clips which include mosquitos, a dinosaur, and a character named Nemo which was a comic strip developed by the artist that began in 1904.

Winsor Mccay was born in Spring Lake, Michigan in the year 1867.

Below we view the original cartoon produced by Mccay from 1911 that features the character Little Nemo:

In this clip we view one of Mccay’s early animated works. Remember this is more than 100 years ago and every scene is hand drawn with just minor alterations. This work was executed in 1912:

Gertie the dinosaur was among his most popular films. In this work Mccay appears to be giving instructions to a dinosaur. This immediately reminded me of the animated cartoon How to Train Your Dragon. Mccay was doing a version of this nearly one century earlier!

Mccay worked for the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst for much of his career.

The artist is also known by his first name, Zenas.

The artist was also a wonderful performer and did some work in vaudeville. His job was to draw and animate his cartoon characters before a live audience and band. Mccay would draw 25 sketches in 15 minutes before the audience. The show was a great success. The artist was even invited to tour Europe, but contract problems prohibited them doing from going to Europe.

Barry Mccay passed away in 1934. Unfortunately much of the artist’s film work has been damaged beyond repair.

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