Welcome to a new feature for the MartyToons Newsletter. In an effort to make my posts more frequent, and true to my mission of combining music with cartoons, I stumbled on the idea of celebrating historical music events with a simple cartoon sketch... emphasis on sketch. So that said, I give you This Week in Music, July 1st through July 7th. Historical information courtesy of the good people at http://thisdayinmusic.com/search_result
July 1 1967, The Beatles begin a 15 week run at Number One with Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, their 10th number one album in the US.
July 1 1995, gravelly voiced, Rock and Radio personality, Wolfman Jack dies of a heart attack.
July 2nd 1956, Elvis Presley records Hound Dog at RCA Studios in New York
July 2nd 1979, SONY introduces the Walkman, the first portable cassette player
July 3rd 1969, recently "former" Rolling Stone, Brian Jones is found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool.
July 3rd, 1971 two years to the day Brian Jones dies, Doors frontman Jim Morrison dies in Paris France of a heart attack.
July 5 - Happy Birthday to The Band member, Robbie Robertson 1943, and San Francisco Popmeister Huey Lewis 1950
July 6 - The Beatles A Hard Day's Night premieres in London.
July 6 - Happy Birthday to Bill Haley of Bill Haley and the Comets 1925
July 7 1980 - John Bonham plays his last Led Zeppelin concert in Eissporthalle, West Berlin
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.