I mentioned not too long ago that I was working on a new project... my original Rock and Roll coloring book, or The Super Terrific Mind Blowing Fantasmagorical Rock n Roll Coloring Book to be exact. Born out of my love of cool music, the coloring book consists of 33 original hand drawn cartoon illustrations, inspired by Rock, Jazz and The Blues. Some are inspired by actual song titles such as Steve Miller's Space Cowboy and Bachman Turner Overdrive's Takin' Care of Business, others are inspired by an entire song, just a musical riff, or the a musical story / legend.
Why a cartoon Rock n Roll coloring book you ask ? I love music and I love cartoons. Since you're reading this, I'm guessing you do too. The coloring book market is basically broken down into two categories... the blockbuster movie, top rated TV show for kids, or the endless array of mandelas and "find the secret picture as you color" for adults. All well and good, but what is there for music fans ? Who wants to color Avengers or endless patterns on a page when rocking out to Zeppelin ? It's just not a fit in my opinion.
Listening to music used to be an experience, especially if it was vinyl and especially if it was your first listen.. remember holding an albums jacket for the first time as you listened to it play on your turntable ? Remember reading the credits, and studying the album art as you relaxed in your special "listening " place ? I do...
Now... as you listen to that CD or iTunes purchase for the first time, or what ever "jacket-less" form you experience you music in, you can just grab your crayons, relax, color and truly absorb your new music. Take a 10-15 minute break from your "day", unwind and enjoy.
If you like to color, or know someone who does, here's a link to my book... personally, I think it could be a great gift idea.
The Super Terrific Mind Blowing Fantasmagorical Rock n Roll Coloring Book
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.