My pal, the great animator and illustrator Stephen Silver, has been working on an incredible video series project for some time that is about to come to full fruition this month with the first of several video releases. His project has been to travel to the studios of some of the great legends of cartooning and film them working while interviewing them about their process, their careers and their philosophies about art. All the while the camera is looking over their shoulder and capturing them actually drawings, inking and painting. Not only are these videos going to be fascinating looks into the work of some of the giants of the cartooning industry, but they will be like taking a master class from these legends.
Appropriately the first video will feature MAD great Mort Drucker, who is one of the main influences on Steve’s work (see tariler above). People who know Mort will understand when I say this is a very exciting thing to see, because Mort is famously shy about drawing in front of people… he just doesn’t do it. Getting a chance to see him actually draw and ink, and hear him talk abotu and explain his process, will be amazing.
Silver’s video project “The Master’s Series” will be available via Schoolism.com, a very innovative video lesson site where you can take online “classes” with artists like Steve on various disciplines and techniques. The costs of the different lessons very. Steve’s “Master’s Series” are listed at $39.95, which I believe will give the buyer access to the videos via the site for a certain amount of time. More details will be available soon I am sure. The series continues with artists Stan Goldbeg (Archie) and John Reiner (The Lockhorns, Howard Huge)
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