Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mort Drucker

Mort Drucker, the artist who did many of the classic movie satires for Mad Magazine, features in this short video from Schoolism.com. In front of his drawing table is a bulletin board chock-full of faces.

6 comments:

Steve said...

I wonder how many miles of line have been laid down on that drawing board! I have one that was a Christmas present from about 1961, and a lap board -- to span the arms of a chair -- my grandfather made for my mother in about 1925. From the looks of it, I imagine Mort regards his board as a primary collaborator in his work.

Many times I'd see Drucker's take on a film before seeing -- or instead of seeing -- the actual movie. He is a genius at distilling the essence of a character.

K. W. Broad said...

I wondered when mention between this blog and Schoolism would cross over.
Both you and Mr Chiu have been the greatest influences on me artwise. You've filled me with passion, drive, and the hunger to improve. It's kinda cool to see one mention a product of the other :)

Tyler J said...

I always admired his line work and his ability to capture the person he drew. Although "tooned", there is a remarkable likeness that goes beyond mere caricature (which is not to naysay the art of caricature).

One thing that really stuck out immediately in the film was the two telephones right next to his desk. For some reason, that seemed very odd.

Peter Underhill said...

What a lovely gentle man. Thanks for bringing this to our attention, James.

Incidentally, Tyler J, I have two phones next to my board - business and home.

GooGoo Supreme said...

a mention on schoolism....you know james they sometimes do interviews over there with artists like yourself...would be great to see you there...i shall say no more...

but yes Mort Drucker was amazing! i'm so glad someone took the time to get an interview with him! i have loved his work since i was a kid reading my brothers mad magazines!

Peter Underhill said...

GooGoo, I think Mort's still with us, so he might be a little disappointed to be referred to as 'was amazing'.