THE SONG: Recorded in 1973, for The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle, Bruce Springsteen's second album, ROSALITA was never released as a single - and has no official chart rank. It's an iconic song that relates the classic story of a young man's pleading with his girlfriend to abandon the "security" of home and join him in his escape and search of freedom. The main difference between Rosalita and the hundreds of other "come with me" rock songs, is Springsteen's incredible talent for writing very visual, moving lyrics.. "You pick up little dynamite, I'll pick up little gun, And together we're gonna go out tonight and make that highway run", "We're gonna play some pool, skip some school, Act real cool, stay out all night, it's gonna feel alright", and the classic "Windows are for cheaters, chimneys for the poor. Oh, closets are for hangers, winners use the door. So use it, Rosie, that's what it's there for". That's just lyrical magic. The song is also one of the earliest examples to highlight the incredible large sound the E Street Band would soon become famous for, in particular the legendary, late Clarence Clemons.
On its release Ken Emerson of Rolling Stone dubbed it "a raucous celebration of desire."  Robert Christgau described it as "more lyrical and ironic than you could have dreamed."  George P Pelecanos of Uncut magazine has called it "One of the great rock'n roll performances, and as close to a perfect song as anyone's ever recorded," while Chris T-T in the same publication declared "Never mind The Beatles or The Rolling Stones, this is the best rock'n roll track of all time."The song is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalita_(Come_Out_Tonight)
While Springsteen has called the song, "A kiss-off to everybody who counted you out, put you down, or decided you weren't good enough."- http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=974
While I played with halftones a bit with the last edition, they're a little bit more prominent this time. I think the colors I chose, also allow the halftones to show up a bit more. I've always loved the look of well placed halftones. I think they give my designs a vintage and unique cartoon look. I also played down the heavy watercolor look this time. I enjoyed playing with that, but I need to study that look a bit more, and I don't want to get tired of it either. Both the watercolor brushes and halftone brushes I used in this piece are by a brilliant digital artist named Kyle T. Webster. If you enjoy creating digital art, or just enjoy looking, I highly recommend his website... http://www.kyletwebster.com
That's it for now kids. I hope you enjoyed it, and please feel free to leave a comment. And if you're feeling real generous, please share this with all you cartoon / music junkie friends. Thanks for being here.
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.