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October 03, 2007

Art Find for the Day: Erwin Haya

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

A fast posting to note that in my websurfing-time today I've been enjoying Erwin Haya's quick-witted and high-spirited comix art. It's giddy, cheerful, and likably unpretentious. Erwin -- who bills himself as "OneSickIndividual" -- creates what seems to me like pin-up art for the skateboarding, "Ren & Stimpy" set. That's high praise in my book.


I sent a link to Erwin's site along to Friedrich von Blowhard, who responded with the following fun set of musings:

I love the title: My Artistic Commode! This guy is a gem.

I wonder if "cartoony-ness" is a personality trait. In other words, cartoon artists basically develop a standard figural model, which they can then play with in different poses, with different clothes, etc. It makes what they do kind of analogous to a writer who has mastered an alphabet, and then uses it to tell a story. It also implies a certain solipsistic tendency, insofar as the cartoonist/writer isn't that concerned with what's going on outside themselves.

It is, however, very different from, say, the paradigm of an Impressionist painter, who is trying to describe a given external reality.Not that one is better than the other, just pointing out how they're different.


You can buy prints, posters, books, and t-shirts by Erwin here.

Semi-related: Donald wrote about traditional pin-up art here. Friedrich von Blowhard wrote about pin-up-paintin' titan Gil Elvgren here. Friedrich and I swapped notes about Edward Leeteg, the legendary father of painting-on-black-velvet, here and here.



posted by Michael at October 3, 2007


A friend's site (speaking of cartoon pinups) you might like (Not too racy for prime time...):

Posted by: Matt on October 3, 2007 2:06 PM

You guys mention some of the best artwork out there. Kudos! My favorite so far is Marguerite Sauvage. I love her work so much, I've made one of her drawings my background on my computer. I think her artwork would look great if publishers started to use them for mystery book covers. Forget about modernist painters. As a culture, we should be paying attention to new forms of artwork.

Posted by: David Brown on October 4, 2007 4:03 PM

One of my favs these days is Dominique Appia.

Posted by: David Brown on October 4, 2007 4:09 PM

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