Monday, 12 March 2012

Profile of Winsor McCay

Fig 1 'McCoy'

Winsor McCay born September 26, 1869 – July 26, 1934 was an American cartoonist and animator. An artist, early animated films far out shown the work of his contemporaries, and set a standard followed by Walt Disney and others in later decades. His two best-known creations are the newspaper comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, which ran from 1905–1914 and 1924–1927, and the animated cartoon Gertie the Dinosaur. A film was extraordinary animated. Which McCay created in 1914?

McCay’s Influences-
His comic strip work has influenced generations of artists, including creators such as William Joyce, André LeBlanc, Moebius, Maurice Sendak, Chris Ware and Bill Watterson. In 1889, McCay moved to Chicago, intending to study at the Art Institute of Chicago, but due to lack of money had to find employment instead. He worked for the National Printing and Engraving Company, producing woodcuts for circus and theatrical posters. Two years later, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and McCay began doing vaudeville chalk talks in 1906. In his The Seven Ages of Man vaudeville act, he drew two faces and progressively aged them.

Fig 2: 'The sucken ship of Lastina'

The sinking ship of Lusitania is very sad as it shows people diving at of the ship. What is sad about this image also is that there is not so much that the people can’t do. As the people in the ship did not have a chance.  When the torpedo rushed through the sea and hit Lusitania. This had a huge impact in animation and as of what really happened. But this makes the image represent sadness. The angle shows horror and is frightening.  It is well made and created very well because it shows great techniques to the fade effect of the smoke used and it is all condensed.  

Fig 3: 'Gertie the Dinosaur'

The line drawing is really simply and basic drawn. The image shows of a dinosaur and how it is eating trees. The director is telling the Gertie to say hi by moving his feet. To give the image more of actions pose.  It seems Gertie the dinosaur is really eating everything in its path that is eatable.  The direction of this is to show a reaction to speaking to an animal and having a conversation. This brings upon an fantasy and an idea in fact.  That bringing in your own voice and an idea of a character that is created can be developed together as one.  

List of illustrations:

Fig 1: ‘McCray’s’ (2011) URL at:
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Fig 2: ‘The sinking of the Lusitania’ URL at:
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Fig 3: ‘CRI’
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