#101 One Hundred & One

One Hundred & One

 #101 One Hundred & One
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Do you see spots?

The idea for AmperArt #101, One Hundred & One, was easier than giving a dog a bone. After struggling with a concept for #100, this one was fun & easy.

One of my fondest childhood memories is sitting in the Alex Theater (Glendale, California) with my family, enjoying this humorous, entertaining, upbeat movie by Disney, One Hundred and One Dalmations. We sure laughed at the antics of ever-hungry Rolly, the chubby dalmation puppy. Even as a youngster, I could tell there was something unique & contemporary about the styling of the animation. It was sketchy in a contemporary fashion due to the first-ever use of scanning the pencil sketches directly onto animation cels with the Xerox process. The color was still brushed in by hand between the lines, but the tedious tracing of the animators’ pencil lines with pen & ink was removed from the process. 

This process could easily have been used as an example for the previous AmperArt #100, Milestones & Goals. But the movie itself is the milestone, so I saved the artwork for #101 One Hundred & One.

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 Incongruent styles.

One Hundred and One Dalmations Movie PosterI was intrigued by the innovative Xerox process & the sketchy style it rendered for this movie. Not only did the revolutionary process create efficiency, it rendered a whole new style of artwork. Researching the lettering for the movie title, I was not so impressed with the colors for the poster. While the movie’s styling of characters & backgrounds was snappy & contemporary, the poster was not. It was all primary colors & a less-than-cohesive assemblage of visual elements. But I did go ahead & trace the lettering (originally hand-drawn) & designed an ampersand to match, for the AmperArt #101 One Hundred & One edition. The edges of the spots & shadows are just slightly blurred, to retain the mostly hard-edge style (due to technical limitations) of the period.

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Image shown for reference & educational purposes only. ©Disney 


Many critics boo-hooed the rough-hewn look of Disney’s One Hundred and One Dalmations. They said the lushness of hand-inked line had vanished. Well, yes, it did. But it was replaced by a snappy new look, akin to jazz vs classical. They each have their place, & they each have their fans & followers. I really like the look of this film, & the new Xerox process made animating all those spots possible. It was the perfect story concept to make use of the innovative imaging tool.

Who is to say animation must be hand-inked & hand-painted? Some of the finest animation today has never been near a brush, pen or even acetate cel & it blows away the crude animation of even the finest early Disney classics. I will admit, though, that I will always prefer to watch the original 1938 Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs to the most incredible CGI remake.

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Production notes for #101 One Hundred & One:
Original size: 20×30 inches

Programs: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop
Lettering: Traced from original movie poster
Ampersand: Designed to match style of original movie poster lettering
Movie poster: ©Disney (shown for reference & educational purposes)
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#60 Precious & Adorable

C'mon, look at the camera!

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I had been wanting to feature animals, specifically pets, in an AmperArt piece for a long time.
A special event inspired me to create what you see here.

A birthday party to help homeless animals

In Augsm_arvee_robinson_1ust I was invited to a “milestone” birthday party for my friend and professional speaking coach Arvee Robinson (that’s her, the pretty lady in the picture).

Arvee always does things with pizazz, flair and the most upbeat attitude. But what she did for her birthday took me by surprise, and really warmed my heart. Besides a grand party with fabulous food, dancing, and a magic show, Arvee themed it with dogs and cats to double as a fundraiser for H.O.P.E., a rescue and rehab for homeless animals. (More about H.O.P.E in a moment.) Arvee even had “doggie bags” which were full of swag for our pets. And she helped me select the breeds for this AmperArt piece–she once had a siamese and a pug.

Arvee Robinson is also the founder of the Christian Women Speakers Movement, where her goal is to help other speakers overcome the fear of “bringing God to more stages.” She asks,

“Are you afraid you might be unpopular if you bring God to the secular stage?” 

She once was, she says. Read about this special group at christianwomenspeakersmovement.com.

 Helping Our Pets Everyday

HOPEcalendarAt Arvee’s birthday party I had the honor of meeting Margaret Coffman, the founder of H.O.P.E.–Helping Our Pets Everyday. Isn’t that a wonderful phrase? I told her I would definitely spread the word about her very special foundation, where Margaret and volunteers have compassionately saved hundreds of precious animals from abandonment, starvation and death. She has cared for animals her entire life.

Please visit www.helpingoutpetseveryday.com to adopt, volunteer, donate, or just be charmed! Their 2015 calendar is available, shown in the picture.

Big pets, too

Just look at these amazing photos. Who says we can’t all get along? These pictures are on Ron Levy’s Inner Alignment Method website, where Ron shows how you can discover your life’s magnificence. I urge you to read about Ron’s enlightening exploration of life for over 50 years, in his blog.


Production notes:
Original size: 10×15 inches
Program: Photoshop
Fonts: Minion, Futura
Ampersand: Futura (modified)
Siamese: Bonzami Emmanuelle / 123rf.com
Pug: Copyright: Kitch Bain / 123rf.com