Greetings, blog friends. I hope you’re having a good Tuesday. Mine is going all right. It is a busy day, though. Due to the business of today, I do not have the chance to scan a sketch for you, but you’ll get one tomorrow. Today I want to discuss another inspiring artist, Dean Yeagle.
I know I’ve talk about him before, but not so much as to give him a whole day. Today is your day Dean.
I, like many others, have been taken away by much of his character art, including Mandy. Many of you may know Mandy from old single panel comics (cartoons for some of you), and her entries in out of print issues of Playboy. Many of you who know her are probably entranced by her buxom figure.
It is things like her figure that are entrancing from an artistic standpoint, too. This hand draw pin-up girl has and aesthetic that is classically American. She’s a clear staple of modern cartooning. Her legs are long, hips are wide, waist is thin, and boy is she top-heavy. Although an exaggeration, anyone who knows anything can certainly see where she stands in the fold of cartooning history.
Recently I have hit the genre of American artists and storytellers. Maybe it sounds like I am jumping on the ‘Murrica bandwagon, but we need to face up. I am an American artist trying to make my way in the American community. It is important to look at, and learn from, my peers and masters.
When we look at American animation and character styling, especially from the mid 1900’s, we see a beautifully executed exaggeration that can sometimes feel more true than it should. Characters like Dean’s Mandy, or his monsters and creatures, all have these fantastical points that are unrealistic, but form so fluidly that their falsehood replaces the truth. It’s iconic and comical and perfectly inspiring.
A few months ago I got my hands on his first released Scribblings book. Though it is entirely drawings, it has been a terrific learning tool. There have been plenty of instances where I am struggling with an aspect that Dean seems to have executed perfectly. With some copying and studying, I can eventually get the grasp of it.
I am proud to have the resource, and I am happy to have been able to enjoy his work. From Mandy to monsters, Mr. Yeagle has been entertaining and inspiring.