poetry of movement

It say a lot about the cultural dialog of the time, the pre-Mad Men era, days of wine and roses and a changing post WWII world. The times of our grandfathers or even further back.It was the golden age of print media and each  large city had abundant choice of dailies. And people were making good money in real terms when a dollar actually had value. Willard Mullin’s art does not exist anymore, at least in the contexts in which it flourished in his era.

( see link at end) …Willard Mullin was a type of cartoonist that doesn’t exist any more… a newspaper sports page cartoonist. In the days before high speed film and well lit night games, newspapers relied on cartoonists to illustrate the sports stories that photographers were unable to shoot. They did this by caricaturing the players and utilizing team mascots to represent who was on top and who was in the doghouse….

---Read More:http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.ca/2008/10/willard-mullins-advertising-art.html

…Mullin was not only the greatest sports cartoonist of his day, he was also one of the most talented artists ever to work in newspaper comics. His drawings are dynamic and full of energy and life. His lines flow beautifully, while still defining the solid forms that underly his drawings.Read More:http://animationresources.org/?cat=461

--- ...Ralph Branca warmed up then tugged his belt around And began the long trip from the bullpen to the mound Now Branca holds the ball and now he lets it go And now the air is shattered by the force of Thomson’s blow... Read More:http://sfgiantsphotos.mlblogs.com/tag/willard-mullin/

Its traditional art with lovely line work, exquisite craft and an understanding of the poetry of movement within the drama of the sports game. Its almost an exclusive appeal to men, but of an off kilter look at the heroic and positive that is compellingly human; an anti-pulp fiction aesthetic, an anti-Hemingway male that was closer to the reality of middle class America than the nostalgic sentimentality of Norman Rockwell…

---Its kind of fun to look at these old political commentaries from half a century ago. If nothing else, they certainly confirm that the more things change, the more they stay the same!--- Read More:http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.ca/2008/10/willard-mullins-editorial-art.html


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