Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hank Ketcham was a god

I've been pouring over this book called Where's Dennis? that catalogs much of Ketcham's pre-Dennis illustrations.
While he was known for his line work, I was enamored with his choice of colors as well.

Check out the yellow and green. Both are rich and colorful and yet are not garish. I also love the subdued, responsible use of pink on both the dog and the blanket:

And when I say responsible, I mean not like this:

Also note the use of lines pointing toward the man, the main focus:

The boy on the left's multiple legs is a hint at Ketcham's animation past.

For my money, Ketcham drew the most appealing kids ever.

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