Friday, April 23, 2010

Artist - Bill Plympton

Bill Plympton was born in Portland, Oregon, and from 1964 to 1968 he attended Portland State University, where he was a member of the film society and worked on the yearbook. In 1968, he transferred to the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Plympton's political illustrations and cartoons have been published in a number of magazines and newspaper including The New York Times, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Penthouse, and National Lampoon. His political cartoon strip Plympton eventually appeared in over 20 newspapers. I can remember watching these as a child because distinctive style is so easily recognized.

Plympton is considered the first animator to draw every frame for an animated feature film by himself. Signe Baumane, also a director and animator, has been inking and painting Plympton's cels for many years. As of 2006, Plympton had created 26 animated short films and five animated features. He has also published a comic book, The Sleazy Cartoons of Bill Plympton. Plympton usually publishes a graphic novel version during the production of each feature in order to raise money for the film itself.

"Idiots and Angels" - Click HERE to watch preview

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