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Bad Toon Rising

erniePerson was signed in when posted
12:43 PM ET (US)
Many bakeries, schools and other businesses in Mexico (and other countries I'm sure) often paint strange renditions of Looney Tunes and Disney characters on the walls or windows as part of their decoration or advertising. You can certainly tell what characters they are supposed to be by the general shape and color but I've seen some scary Mickey's and evil Bugs Bunnies down south. With such iconic images there is definitely an Uncanny Valley of eeriness involved.
boingboingPerson was signed in when posted
05:58 PM ET (US)
The slightly "off" Simpsons drawings remind me of the ubiquitous fraternity t-shirts that Joe and Jane Sixpack at my college wore commemorating their beer bashes. For about a year or so, every Greek's shirt seemed to be emblazoned with a badly-drawn representation of Bart Simpson, often carrying a paddle, a bong, a football, or something of the like. These drawings are also in the same style as the amazing "bootleg" Simpsons pinata that my friend Meri Brin has hanging in her loft.
Eli the BeardedPerson was signed in when posted
04:09 PM ET (US)
Peganthyrus (/m1) reminds me of Air Pirates:
SuppaflyPerson was signed in when posted
02:30 PM ET (US)
amateur artists is right, i know several people who can draw a lot of those characters nearly perfect from memory.
SakushaPerson was signed in when posted
03:11 AM ET (US)
I wouldn't make that comparison, Baechler really has talent, and he's one of the biggest names in art today. This is just another exercise in abstraction. I'd compare it more to a legendary story about Yves Klein. He used to hire models, then he'd give them the brush and paper, then he used his fingertip to trace the lines he wanted drawn on the naked back of the model, and she'd translate the sensation into brushstrokes for him.
MothrafuggerPerson was signed in when posted
11:57 PM ET (US)
Wow, a graphic Portmouth Sinfonia.
SakushaPerson was signed in when posted
09:00 PM ET (US)
There is actual art historical precedent for this sort of thing. I studied (briefly) with Donald Baechler, he hires prison inmates to do drawings for him, then he transforms them into larger paintings, keeping the naive aspects. He is trying to eliminate "la patte" (a fancy french art history term meaning "the hand" implying the skill of the artist's handiwork). It's an interesting project. I couldn't find any of "his" Mickey drawings, but here's a rough idea of what they're like:
PeganthyrusPerson was signed in when posted
08:23 PM ET (US)
This is what I get when I try to draw Mickey from memory. (Probably not work-safe.)

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