Saturday, June 11, 2011
Facts & The Safe Driver
We finally take leave of Jellystone and continue on with our roadtrip summer vacation! And since we sort of hit the open highway before reviewing a few essential auto related precautions, maybe we should slow it down a bit and eyeball some wonderful artwork from a couple of "safe driver" booklets. First up, "Facts for Colorado Drivers" (1959) --does anyone know anything about this superbly stylized artist who signs his name "Plumb?" Then the second half of today's post features the signed and unmistakeable genius of Walt Ditzen, his magnificent mini-masterpieces are the highlight of 1945's "The Safe Driver" booklet.
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Two very nice examples of mid century cartoon illustration. Plumb's style reminds me of the boating stuff you posted a few months back. And Ditzen is tops!
Yeah, both cartoonists are excellent. I prefer the looser stuff at the end, especially all the ones with the police character. That "Well?" drawing would make a great tattoo.
Karswell: Ditzen is an artist completely unknown to me prior to this post. Thanks for the education! His work is so wonderful. What confident, sweet brushwork.
How many under-appreciated artists do you have in the Karswell archives? Keep them coming!
I have an arsenal of under-appreciated artists to showcase, stick around and learn something new with every post-- thanks for commenting!
NEXT UP: BBQ!!
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