Visit MoCCA - Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art - in New York City
[ NEW YORK, NY - NYC - 6/13/2010 - www.Littleviews.com ]
>> The art of illustration (sometimes called "cartoon" art because it is often based on line drawings) is featured in New York at The Society of Illustrators and at MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art).
MoCCA Supports Living Artists - a lot of them!
Rather than show you MoCCA's gallery space (you'll need to visit the museum to see that), this article provides a glimpse of the types of art it supports through the works on display during its 2010 MoCCA Art Festival, which was held in April at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City.
Examples of Art Showcased During a MoCCA Festival
MoCCA knows how to pack a lot of art into a small space. Its booths are jammed with pictures seen on illustrated books, magazines, posters, woodcuts, prints, banners, puppets, toys, pins, stickers, magnets, stencils, t-shirts, and even jewelry crafted from illustrations.
Illustration styles are widely varied. This batik rooster (above), for example, stands in contrast to simple line drawings. It was created by Christopher Cardinal for the book Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush. For more information on Mr. Cardinal, visit his website at www.ChristopherCardinale.com
Many of the exhibitors represented art collectives, where several artists join together to produce illustrations used for books, posters, t-shirts and more. The table above represents work produced by Taffy Hips Magazine.
The wide variety of art seen above, which includes drawings, paintings, cutouts, and silk screens, was produced by Peter Lazarski and Mike Turzanski of "Dungeons and Dragqueens" - Imaginary Monstors.
The above table, which was filled with stickers, cards, pins, and publications, contains the work of Hot Pot, a magical zine created by three, self-described deranged sisters . . .
Children and adults alike can relate to "cartoon" imagery. Consider Willow Dawson's beautiful work for the book No Girls Allowed. See more of her stunning illustrations on www.WillowDawson.com.
The above display of button-pins represent a wide-variety of artistic styles produced by a Brooklyn-based artist collective, where most of its members are associated with the Pratt Institute (students, alumni, faculty, etc.).
Although many works seen throughout the exhibit were reproduced by traditional printing processes (including desktop inkjet and laser printers), consider the skill it took to create and publish the linoleum block prints called "Harlot Money" (above). A brief background of the artist can be found on her BlogSpot, which at this time is a work in progress.
To the left of the photo above, you'll see the mascot logo for Spy Guy from Ultraist Studios. Read through its website to learn about how its art is created, from very rough pencil sketches to crisp, published illustrations. The information is fascinating, especially for art students and illustrator-wannabees. (I'm sorry, but I unable to identify the exhibitors to the right.)
Trees and Hills Comics Group brings together cartoonists from Vermont, New Hampshire, and West Massachusetts who produce a wide variety of kids stuff. Notice the imaginative masks they produce, which are seen on the right.
I included Sons of Cain by Charles Fetherolf as an example of graceful art forms. According to his website, the artist was born holding a pencil, which eventually lead to a bachelors degree in fine arts. Now, he self-publishes his own work through the Giant Earth Press.
Illustrations for children's books are every bit as sophisticated as those for adults! Consider Only Child by Greg Fenton. At the MoCCA, visitors were able to buy the books prints for framing as well as the book, itself.
Find Artistic Inspiration at MoCCA
If you are an artist, writer, student, or parent of children who aspire to the arts, I hope this introduction to MoCCA will help inspire you. Many of the artists associated with MoCCA are self-taught, while others graduated from art schools, some of which focus exclusively on cartooning and writing for illustrated stories.
594 Broadway, Suite 401
(Between Houston and Prince)
New York, NY 10012
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, Noon to 5PM
General Admission: $5 (larger donations gratefully accepted!)
Children 12 and under: Free Admission
Group rates available, please call ahead!
Cartoon Studies (formal and informal)
Many art schools and colleges offer specialized programs in cartooning that include drawing, animation, and writing for illustrated story telling. Independent studies can be satisfied by taking online courses (Google or Bing the phrases "learn cartooning" - "draw cartoons" - "write graphic novels" - or - "write comic books"), as well as by reading books on the subject (use those same phrases to search book sites, such as Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble at BN.com).
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Article and photos by Karen Little. First published on 6/13/2010. All rights reserved by www.Littleviews.com.