Instantly recognizable from it's opening drum beat and power chords, Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting was a rock n roll anthem in the 1970's. Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting was released in 1973 on the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album, while Elton John was at his peak rock star status. The song only reached #12 on the U.S. Billboard charts, (according to Wikipedia), but received heavy airplay on FM Rock radio stations through the entire 1970s, and was played at countless high school sporting events, practices, and parties. I'm also willing to wager you'll find it on the majority of CLASSIC ROCK CD collections both online and in the big box stores.
The song contains some of Bernie Taupin's most memorable lyrics, "I'm a juvenile product of the working class...", " A couple of the sounds that I really like, are the sounds of a switchblade and motorbike..". Shakespere ? Of course not, it's not even some of Mr. Taupins most eloquent lyrics, but they bounce off each other so well here. It's just a really fun, catchy song. That said, the lyrics in this song that have always stood out to me where, " My Sister looks cute in her braces and boots, a handful of grease in her hair.." really ? I guess in a family where the "old man is drunker than a barrel full of monkeys", greasy hair, braces and boots is a step up. Go figure...
I sketched this in my sketchbook again, as opposed to sketching it digitally on my ipad... I may keep this practice up for awhile as far as the newsletter posts are concerned... it is a different feel, and it's good not to lose that more natural feeling of actual pencil to actual paper. The other plus of working this way this week, is I realize I need to get a heavier duty pen for my line weight. Last week's lines were too heavy, but I think these are just a bit too light... that's what I get for buying a combo pack... every size but what I need. Also, I need to find some type of white marker that will allow me add white highlights on top of my colored pencils... I had to add these highlights digitally in Photoshop, where I also adjusted the colors slightly after I scanned it in.
There it is folks. I hope you like it. Let me know.
The Martytoon Newsletter
The Thoughts, Designs & Process of Marty Qatani aka MartyToons.
Hi and welcome to the first blog post / newsletter of the all new revamped MartyToons website. Where to start ? I suppose a quick intro is in order for those of you who may be unfamiliar with me and what I do. I'm a cartoonist / character designer/ humorous illustrator. That sounds like a lengthy title, but none of those by themselves seems appropriate enough by themselves to describe what I do.
If I call myself a cartoonist, people tend to think I create a comic strip.... not true. If I call myself just a character designer, it seems a little limiting to me. I like to think I do a little bit more... make people think... wake people up, help someone remember a happy thought.... maybe even put a smile on people's faces.... hopefully. Calling myself just a humorous illustrator, just doesn't seem to have any "punch", "pizzazz", "sparkle"... you get the picture. I do like the sound of "Creator of Visual Enhancements for Artistically Challenged and Cartooning Impaired." It has a pretty cool ring to me, but it's a little hard to fit on a business card and still look cool.
What can you expect here ? How's a little doodle sound ? A little peek into what goes on in my working process and maybe even in my thought process ? That's my plan... I hope you enjoy. So let me dig into my archive, maybe shed a little light on happened and then invite you to comment. Sounds good ? Good... then lets get to it.
This is an early sketch of one of my favorite designs I'm working on. It's inspired by one of my favorite music artists, Cat Stevens, who know goes by the name of Yusuf Islam https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens . Check him out if you get the chance and are a fan of 70's "Soft" Rock, and especially if you're a fan of songs about being positive, hopefullness, and becoming a little wiser.
Music is playing more and more a part in my designs. I love many styles of music and I always have it playing in my studio while I'm creating. Alot of times I let the music direct what I'm going to sketch when I intentionally sit down to sketch, sometimes I'm not planning on sketching at all, but I hear a song and an image will just pop into my head, and I have to get it down on paper. I believe that's what happened here, but to be honest, I came up with this sketch several years ago, and I can't remember the exact circumstances that gave birth to this.
So there you have it. I hope you enjoy it. Got any questions ? Feel free to comment below.