Welcome to the second installment of This Week in Music, July 8th through July 15th. Historical information provided by the good people at http://thisdayinmusic.com
July 8 1958 the first Gold Record for an album for reaching one million dollars in sales is awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America to the soundtrack LP, 'Oklahoma'
July 8, a mere 9 years later, (1967) The Monkees start their World Tour, featuring The Jimi Hendrix Experience as the opening act. The Monkees move on without the Experience 6 dates later.
July 8, 1973, Led Zeppelin releases their fifth studio album, Houses of The Holy.
July 9 1962, Bob Dylan records "Blowin' In The Wind"
July 9 1995, Jerry Garcia plays his last Grateful Dead concert, dying of a Heart Attack one month later.
July 10, 1987, the man responsible for discovering and signing Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Ray Vaughn to Columbia Records, John Hammond, dies.
July 10 1939, on a much lighter and happier note, Happy Birthday to Soul Pop legend, Mavis Staples.
July 12 1954, unknown, Nineteen year old Elvis Presley signs with Sun Records.
July 14, 1967, The Who start their first North American Tour... wait for it... as opening act for Herman's Hermits.
July 15 1946, Happy Birthday to West Coast Rock legend Linda Rondstadt.
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.