Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Pen Jazz

I'm not the first person to set jazz and cartooning on the same shelf. The common element is improvisation. It's what you create when you pick up your ax or your pen (though in some cases the ax is the pen. Or a chainsaw.)

This comes from Ward-O-Matic, the blog of Ward Jenkins. He gained some notoriety awhile back when he illustrated how The Polar Express could have been easier on the eyes and brain. I like his jazz illustration because it captures something you won't generally find in a comic strip, but will always find in good animation -- the synchronization of many hands to form the illusion of one.

And considering his other non-blog employment, it's not surprising that his drawing evokes this so perfectly.