There's been alot happening in the MartyToons Studios since my post.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of exhibiting for the second time in three years at DarkSide Records' Outdoor Bazaar. For those unfamiliar, DarkSide Records is a used and new vinyl record store, in the city of Poughkeepsie NY. Since it opened several years ago, it's become my favorite place to shop. It's inventory of vinyl, as well as musical accessores, is huge, and excellent. If you're in the Poughkeepsie area and a music enthusiast like myself, it's a must stop. Exhibiting at the Bazaar was a lot of fun, and a learning experience. As a graphic artist creating designs influenced by music, it was good to see what attracted people and what people walked past without giving a second look. It was also good to see what other like minded artists were creating. What I discovered, is that a lot of hard core music fans like their "graphics" with a little bit of an edge. So you may start seeing that in some of my newer designs, but let me know what you'd like to see... edgy, cute , humorous ? Let me know.
Some of you might have noticed that I've had a decreased presence on Social Media lately. That would be due to a big project I undertook, thanks to some really great words of advice from one of my online friends, (I should probably say "Mentor"), the fantastic Ronnie Walter. Hi Ronnie !!! The first ever MartyToons Rock n Roll Coloring Book is now available on Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/TERRIFIC-BLOWING-FANTASMAGORICIAL-ROCK-n-ROLL-COLORING/dp/1718973322/ref=sr_1_19?ie=UTF8&qid=1530467341&sr=8-19&keywords=rock%20and%20roll%20coloring%20book It's filled with over 30 original cartoon designs, by yours truly, deeply influenced by my passion for music, particularly Rock, Blues and Jazz. If you ask me, it makes a great gift for your music loving friends and family members... (hint hint). And if you need to relieve a little stress, or enjoy those care free hours, it could be a great gift to yourself as well.
What's coming up next ? I had the pleasure of meeting an enthusiastic Van Halen fan while at the DarkSide Bazaar, who also bought one of my Cool Rockin' Daddy aluminum prints https://www.martytoons.com/store/p2/Cool_Rockin%27_Daddy_Aluminum_Sign.html
So my next blog post will be based on a Van Halen classic. I'm pretty sure which song I'm going with, but it's not set in stone, so let me know what you're favorite Van Halen song is and maybe I can be swayed.
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.