Posts Tagged ‘cartoonist’

Artist of the moment……….Joe Bluhm


As a huge fan of caricature artists lets check out one of the best in Joe Bluhm. Having done caricature in front of large crowds Joe Bluhm always got the nod from fellow artists for being the most creative and boldest artist in the chair.

Joe Bluhm was born in the year. Bluhm attended the Cleveland Institute of the Arts.

Below a short bio on Joe Bluhm:

In some cases you may see an artist can stretch or pull a feature from the comfort of their studio, but Joe Bluhm would push features to the maximum in his live caricature work. Bluhm is also a highly talented painter.

What I enjoy most about his technique is his ability to capture hair, especially short hair which can be tricky. Bluhm does a wonderful job at creating various small shapes rather than just leave a flat shape and tone for the hair. He also creates wonderful eyes.

Bluhm now works as a storyboard artist but he got his start drawing caricatures. In this clip we see him at work and some customers who don’t appreciate his skill at nailing their likeness!:

Adding my two cents as a caricature artist. The best way you can get experience is to go to a destination city and work their for a season. Bluhm was able to master his caricature by working in such destinations as Orlando, Florida. Las Vegas is another great destination for this opportunity. Its great because of the different types of people to be drawn.

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Below a link to the great website of Joe Bluhm. Many great nuggets of information here!:

Bluhm now works as a storyboard illustrator and concept artist for Moonbot Studios based out of Louisiana.



Artist of the moment…..Maekawa Senpan


Maekawa Senpan was a wonderful printmaker born in Kyoto, Japan in the year 1880. Senpan’s family ran a small business and the artist loved cartoons. Senpan was able to get many jobs creating comics and even had a strip in the Sunday paper.

Senpan was one of the first Sosaku Hanga artists that tried to do everything involved with the printing process himself. These first editions were not very good quality, were very small, and hardly anyone bought them.

After about a decade of printing by himself Senpan was able to master the technique.

Though many works were in his house that was bombed during World War 2, the artist was able to find great financial success with the American soldiers and businessman that occupied his country after the war. It was a great time for many of the printmakers.

Senpan enjoyed depicting people at leisure, such as going for a swim or to the spa. He also created landscapes showing the quiet farm life of the countryside.

Maekawa Senpan passed away in 1960.

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Artist of the moment…..James Romberger

James Romberger is an American artist born in Jefferson, New York in the year 1958. Romberger has made wonderful landscapes of European cities but is renown for his artwork depicting the lower East side of New York City. For his artistic education the artist attended the Munson Williams Proctor Institute and the School of Visual Arts of New York City.

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A link to the website of James Romberger:

Romberger has worked for many of the leading cartoon and comic book companies including Marvel.

Romberger works with pastel as his choice of medium.

In this clip we visit a show featuring James Romberger and Rick Prol with our dear friend James Kalm:

Romberger is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum.

And to close we have an interview with the artist at a book fair that took place in Brooklyn in 2013. The artist talks about drawing out his ideas for this book.

What I enjoy most about this artist are the unique vantage points used. The artist gives us a tremendous feeling of space in his portrayals of urban life.