Cartoon Madness

Many of my favorite dreams take place in an animated cartoon world. People are defined by heavy black lines. Their colors are flat but vibrant. They even smear sometimes when I touch them. Just last night, I dreamed that my apartment looked out upon a hand drawn cityscape. My neighbors were gloved animals and trippy R. Crumb bohemians. Even the scary portions were spectacularly painted. I didn't want to leave when I woke up.

Here are three frames, all self-portraits, from a cartoon that I created for my sixth grade students. It was used as the example for their animation assignment: a game of pass for which each student drew his own imaginative solution. You can see their finished film (along with my examples in motion) on YouTube, Flickr, and Illustration Friday.

© 2010 rama hughes