Thinking about cartoon action lines to depict motion. They seem to have their origins in C19th chronophotography (above) and the work of the Italian Futurists, including Giacommo Balla (below).There are cartoon action lines in some of my earliest childhood drawings, probably influenced by The Beano comic books. I still enjoy cartoon depictions of action, especially in Viz magazine (below).
There are also examples in these paintings by George Condo and Dana Schutz (below).
Last year I copied out some of the action illustrations from Theodor Geisel (aka. Dr Seuss)’s The Cat in the Hat (1957) and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (1958).
My sketches (above) remind me of Mike Kelley’s Garbage Drawings (1988).
Today I tried making a painting thinking about this kind of cartoon action. 170314a Motion Doodles is the result (below). It was interesting to do, but some of it looks to me more like Pop Art than I intended. Like Lichtenstein, the blown up cartoon imagery ceases to evoke the subject, but instead draws attention to itself as a stylised sign. That’s not something I’m aiming for, in itself.
I’ve often thought about painting on a large canvas as if I’m doodling on a note pad. This is the first time I’ve actually done it. I don’t love the painting, but making it was a free and fast process. It reminded me of this video of George Condo drawing.