Released in 1978, on The Kink's album Misfits, "A Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy" is the culmination of several events happening at the time, both inside and outside The Kink's universe. Two of the band members, bassist Andy Pyle and pianist John Gosling quit the band during the recording of Misfits. Drummer Mick Avory was also considering leaving. This most likely contributed to the lyric "...you say you want out, want to start anew, throw in your hand, break up the band, start a new life, be a new man"
The second event that effected the writing was the death of Elvis Presely in 1977, just prior to "A Rock n Roll Fantasy" 's release. "You say we've got nothing left to prove. The King is dead, rock is done..."
The song peaked at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.m the band's best charting American single since 1970's "Lola." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Rock_'n'_Roll_Fantasy
I'm continuing my exploration and learning curve of Photoshop with this series. The addition of a new, faster, Mac with a lot more storage, makes this much easier, as well as enjoyable. I had avoided working in Photoshop for a long time due to my older Mac's limitations working with newer versions of software (it was 9 years old.... ancient in Mac graphics terms). I'm also still fascinated by a lot of water color simulated artwork I'm seeing on the web, and trying to adapt that look into my work. I'm striving for a more mature look, and I think I'm getting there. Two tool sets that I'm currently enjoying working with that help with that process are sets of Photoshop brushes.. https://www.kylebrush.com which I cannot recommend highly enough. The owner, Kyle Webster is a class act, and his products are incredibly affordable in addition to being addictive and useful . The other is Grutbrushes.com . Another fun and very versatile set of brushes.
With that said, I hope you enjoy this installment of the MartyToons newsletter. If so, do me a favor, if you'd be so kind... know a music junkie who'd appreciate this ? Turn them onto it... I'd really appreciate it. AND.... if you have a favorite song with some really great lyrics that you'd like to see me tackle... pass 'em my way for some consideration for future installments. Until then...as Ray suggests, if you ever feel the world is closing in, turn your stereo way up high. - till next time, keep on rockin' - Marty
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.