Why am i a cartoonist / humorous illustrator ? because I can't be anything else, as "dramatic" as that sounds. sure, I probably could get an office job, and crunch numbers, or drive around from town to town selling what ever product I was supposed to be selling, but I wouldn't be as good as the really good number crunchers or product sellers are, because I would be constantly distracted by the images dancing in my head.
As a young child growing up in the sixties, I was exposed to some of the coolest saturday morning cartoons, some of the brightest, eye popping package designs, and some of the most emotional, coming from the gut music, ever to be created. As I started to develop my style, I kept subconsciously referencing this images and sounds from my youth. Maybe it's just being nostalgic, but they just took me to a place that was so naturally easy for me to create in, and that still holds true today. The only difference now, is that I reference things even further back then my youth, for inspiration.
Show me some advertisement graphic from the 40's and 50's, show me a saul bass movie poster, or a rick griffin poster from the fillmore, any cartoon Hanna barbera produced during the 1960's, and I just have to start drawing something. Put on some Howlin' wolf, ike and Tina turner or ten years after, and the fever starts to climb. What can I tell you... I'm a cartoonist, we're a strange breed indeed.
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.