Depending on sources, "And The Cradle Will Rock" was the only single released from Van Halen's third album "Women And Children First". Loosely playing off the classic nursery rhyme, "Rockabye Baby" , the song relates the often told story of a rebellious teen casting aside his parent's plans, wishes and desires for the power of rock-n-roll. Like many of the Van Halen songs during David Lee Roth's tenure with the band, "And The Cradle Will Rock" straddles both sides of the Hard Rock /Pop Rock fence.
Released 38 years ago (that's right), Women and Children First was an album of several firsts for the band. It was the first Van Halen album to feature songs written exclusively by the band members. According to Wikipedia, it is also, the only Van Halen album to contain female backing vocals on any of it's tracks. The late Nicolette Larsen sings in the chorus of "Could This Be Magic". She had her own hit single two years prior with Neil Young's "A Lotta Love". "Women and Children First" also introduced the world to Eddie Van Halen, keyboard player. A role he would prominently fill on their sixth album (1984) , four years later, on their only number song, "Jump".
This was created entirely in ProCreate on my iPad Pro. I sketched this out on the initial layer, which has since been eliminated from this final design. My normal process when Procreate (so far), is to do a very loose sketch in red... then while fading that out so it's not so prominent, use a new layer on top of that, using a dark blue pencil brush, that tightens up the first red sketch. Once I'm happy with that, I add a third layer, using a black "ink" and an inking pen brush. I'm still trying to decide which one I like and have best control over. For those who don't know, alot of the brushes in Procreate are pressure sensitive, so the strength of the line will be effected by the amount of pressure I use when drawing the line, intentional or not. Alot of the brushes are named after famous cartoonists or in one case a cartoon character. I'm currently bouncing back and forth between ones named after Robert Crumb, Charles Schultz, Jim Davis and Bugs Bunny.
I then delete the two preliminary sketch layers since they no longer serve a purpose, and add my "color" layer, below my black ink layer. I used water color brushes here. I'm still into experimenting with this technique. I think it brings a little more life to the design than just flat colors. Finally I just wanted to rough up the design overall, so I used a texture brush made up of random white lines and faded that out a bit as well so it wouldn't dominate the design.
That's it for now folks. Let me know what you think in the comments below. If you have a friend who's big into Van Halen, or music in general, please share this with them. I'd love to hear what they ink as well. This is an evolutionary thing after all. And if you listen to the radio, don't worry, remember... "...they say it's kinda frightnin', how this younger generation swings"
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.