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  • PROTOBLAST 3 The Racial Series artwork by Todd Lane - art listed for sale on Artplode
  • PROTOBLAST 3 The Racial Series artwork by Todd Lane
  • PROTOBLAST 3 The Racial Series artwork by Todd Lane - art listed for sale on Artplode
  • PROTOBLAST 3 The Racial Series artwork by Todd Lane - art listed for sale on Artplode

About Artist:

"Todd. A fellow traveler in the world of wonders." -Walter Matia

Polymath Artist: I am a former exclusively black & white newspaper comic strip/trade publication cartoonist, clay and wood sculptor and illustrator.

I received my formal art training at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. There I studied a myriad disciplines to include: cartooning, illustration, drawing (all levels), advertising art, design, and sculpture. In addition, I studied human anatomy, physiology and kinesiology for 18 months which has benefited me enormously in giving life to my work.

Following art school, I served an extended seven year apprenticeship under master wildlife sculptor Bart Walter. I also studied under master sculptor Walter Matia for over one year.

As a result of my years of formal training and professional understudy, I have come to understand that creating fine art is fundamentally about developing the ability to see your subject--any subject--with uncommon clarity. You will not be capable of imbuing your art with a true sense of life until you have learned to see in this way.

And to do so, you must consciously be thinking about: shapes, distances (i.e. positive and negative space), mass, movement and symmetry as you sculpt or draw. It's an ongoing exercise in problem identification and problem solving.

In addition to my personal mentors, the artists that I've been most influenced by are: Jacob Epstein, Alexander Pope, Felix de Weldon, Henry Moore, August Rodin, Alberto Giacometti, Bill Watterson, Gary Larson, Jim Unger, Wiley Miller, John Callahan and Berkley Breathed.

Artist's statement: Regardless of the medium, I believe it is only art which speaks truth that has a lasting resonance with the viewer. Therefore, I do demand anatomical accuracy from my work. However, since art is an interpretation, I also believe that my work is enhanced by incorporating a judicious degree of exaggeration. These are my goals.

About Artwork:

"Readers shouldn't be deceived into thinking the cartoons are kids' stuff... his cartoons push the envelope and are not politically correct."

-Excerpt From The 2004 Interview of Cartoonist Todd Lane, Conducted By Montgomery Gazette Editor Judith Hruz

 

Proto: First

Blast: To burst forth

"PROTOBLAST" is a comic panel that I created in the 90's and for five years it was featured in multiple weekly Maryland newspapers, as well as viewed worldwide online for many years.

Although I drew my characters in a similar fashion, I didn't care to create-yet another-of the more typical comic strips with reoccurring characters and storylines. From the beginning, my concept was to make each cartoon a stand-alone joke with American culture being the overarching satirical theme.

Following the standards adhered to by "Calvin And Hobbes" creator Bill Watterson, I was the consummate traditionalist when it came to my technique and materials. And even now I consider the use of newfangled devices like "HD Drawing Tablets" (and the like) to be the antithesis of true cartooning/illustration. My feeling is, that if you're not at risk of spilling ink on your carpet and you're not periodically brushing eraser residue from your drawing as you create, you are not really a cartoonist.

I was a cartoonist before anything else, and there was no aspect of the artform I didn't find completely fascinating. From 1992 to 2001 I focused virtually all of my creative energies into producing newspaper comics. Those efforts culminated in the creation of this single panel comic "PROTOBLAST." These select originals represent just a few of the cartoons that I devoted literally thousands of hours into producing. And this is the first time that I've ever made my original comics available for purchase.

It is said that "High Art" is appreciated by those with the most cultivated taste. While so called "Low Art" is widely accessible, unsophisticated and intended for the masses due to the fact that it's easy to comprehend. But I disagree.

If you consider the fact that in a technical sense, a cartoonist is a writer, editor, set designer, cameraman, wardrobe consultant and illustrator all in one, and must successfully convey his concept within a 4"x13" space, how can cartooning not be considered its own brand of high art?

The Technical Side of Cartooning:

"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort." -John Ruskin

With a steadfast dedication to creating high quality artwork, I produced all of my cartoons on acid free, smooth surface 300 Series Strathmore Bristol Board which is made from cotton rather than wood. Historically, papermills would send their finest cotton materials to Bristol England in order for their paper to be produced. As a result of its durability, purity and permanence, cotton paper remains the choice for many artists worldwide.

First, I'd come up with a concept for a joke, write and edit the joke, then sketch out the illustration using either a 2B or non-photo blue pencil. Once I had everything visually arranged the way I wanted it, I'd dip a Winsor Newton Series 7 miniature sable brush into a small pool of Koh-I-Noor ink (that I kept in an unused contact lens container) and "paint" over my pencil lines. Then I would trace over my dialog lettering with a stainless-steel Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph pen that used the same type of ink. Afterward, I'd remove my underlying pencil work using a Staedtler Mars Plastic Combi eraser.

Finally, I'd complete my cartoons by applying Letraset Letratone shading and pattern film over the image. Then I would remove the excess using an X-Acto knife. This gave depth and visual weight to my illustrations. To me, cartooning was an all consuming labor of love.

"If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you." -Oscar Wilde

Check out my other original fine art for sale on Artplode.

Todd Lane

PROTOBLAST 3 The Racial Series

  • 1998
  • 19 x 22 inches
  • Fine Art Category: drawings
  • Medium: Ink
  • Origin: USA
  • Certificate of Authenticity: yes
  • Issued by: The Artist
  • Provenance: Original piece being sold by the artist
  • Signed: Signed lower left
  • Comments:

    “A man is angry at a libel because it is false, but at a satire because it is true.”-G.K. Chesterton

     PROTOBLAST Cartoons On The Topic Of Race

    When you combine documentable, historical, government sanctioned racism and modern day primarily perceived racism with the most powerful and successful economic system yet invented by man, you give life to what has become an extremely profitable "industry" of race in the United States of America.

    Like many, I believe that regardless of their own particular race, University professors, politicians, those in the entertainment industry and media (aka the ruling class) have a personal, financial interest in promoting and maintaining a type of tribalism in the U.S.A. And of course the most conspicuous and effective means of dividing and conquering the masses is through racial identity. 

    This is my primary reason for satirizing the topic of race and from as many perspectives as possible. My goal is to continously poke fun at America's "monster." To demystify the subject of race through laughter. I believe that doing so is quite literally the polar opposite of racism.

    But beyond the topic of race, I want all of my cartoons to bring attention to the fact that just being a human on this planet is reason enough to endlessly goof on each other and on ourselves.

    These original ink brush drawings are being sold professionally matted and framed and include non-reflective glass. They are available for shipping internationally.

    My artwork has been jury selected and purchased through galleries in the Washington D.C. area as well as galleries in Florida.

    Please contact me for further details.

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  • Price: $1,200.00 USD
  • Seller: Todd Lane, USA

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About Artist:

"Todd. A fellow traveler in the world of wonders." -Walter Matia

Polymath Artist: I am a former exclusively black & white newspaper comic strip/trade publication cartoonist, clay and wood sculptor and illustrator.

I received my formal art training at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. There I studied a myriad disciplines to include: cartooning, illustration, drawing (all levels), advertising art, design, and sculpture. In addition, I studied human anatomy, physiology and kinesiology for 18 months which has benefited me enormously in giving life to my work.

Following art school, I served an extended seven year apprenticeship under master wildlife sculptor Bart Walter. I also studied under master sculptor Walter Matia for over one year.

As a result of my years of formal training and professional understudy, I have come to understand that creating fine art is fundamentally about developing the ability to see your subject--any subject--with uncommon clarity. You will not be capable of imbuing your art with a true sense of life until you have learned to see in this way.

And to do so, you must consciously be thinking about: shapes, distances (i.e. positive and negative space), mass, movement and symmetry as you sculpt or draw. It's an ongoing exercise in problem identification and problem solving.

In addition to my personal mentors, the artists that I've been most influenced by are: Jacob Epstein, Alexander Pope, Felix de Weldon, Henry Moore, August Rodin, Alberto Giacometti, Bill Watterson, Gary Larson, Jim Unger, Wiley Miller, John Callahan and Berkley Breathed.

Artist's statement: Regardless of the medium, I believe it is only art which speaks truth that has a lasting resonance with the viewer. Therefore, I do demand anatomical accuracy from my work. However, since art is an interpretation, I also believe that my work is enhanced by incorporating a judicious degree of exaggeration. These are my goals.

About Artwork:

"Readers shouldn't be deceived into thinking the cartoons are kids' stuff... his cartoons push the envelope and are not politically correct."

-Excerpt From The 2004 Interview of Cartoonist Todd Lane, Conducted By Montgomery Gazette Editor Judith Hruz

 

Proto: First

Blast: To burst forth

"PROTOBLAST" is a comic panel that I created in the 90's and for five years it was featured in multiple weekly Maryland newspapers, as well as viewed worldwide online for many years.

Although I drew my characters in a similar fashion, I didn't care to create-yet another-of the more typical comic strips with reoccurring characters and storylines. From the beginning, my concept was to make each cartoon a stand-alone joke with American culture being the overarching satirical theme.

Following the standards adhered to by "Calvin And Hobbes" creator Bill Watterson, I was the consummate traditionalist when it came to my technique and materials. And even now I consider the use of newfangled devices like "HD Drawing Tablets" (and the like) to be the antithesis of true cartooning/illustration. My feeling is, that if you're not at risk of spilling ink on your carpet and you're not periodically brushing eraser residue from your drawing as you create, you are not really a cartoonist.

I was a cartoonist before anything else, and there was no aspect of the artform I didn't find completely fascinating. From 1992 to 2001 I focused virtually all of my creative energies into producing newspaper comics. Those efforts culminated in the creation of this single panel comic "PROTOBLAST." These select originals represent just a few of the cartoons that I devoted literally thousands of hours into producing. And this is the first time that I've ever made my original comics available for purchase.

It is said that "High Art" is appreciated by those with the most cultivated taste. While so called "Low Art" is widely accessible, unsophisticated and intended for the masses due to the fact that it's easy to comprehend. But I disagree.

If you consider the fact that in a technical sense, a cartoonist is a writer, editor, set designer, cameraman, wardrobe consultant and illustrator all in one, and must successfully convey his concept within a 4"x13" space, how can cartooning not be considered its own brand of high art?

The Technical Side of Cartooning:

"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort." -John Ruskin

With a steadfast dedication to creating high quality artwork, I produced all of my cartoons on acid free, smooth surface 300 Series Strathmore Bristol Board which is made from cotton rather than wood. Historically, papermills would send their finest cotton materials to Bristol England in order for their paper to be produced. As a result of its durability, purity and permanence, cotton paper remains the choice for many artists worldwide.

First, I'd come up with a concept for a joke, write and edit the joke, then sketch out the illustration using either a 2B or non-photo blue pencil. Once I had everything visually arranged the way I wanted it, I'd dip a Winsor Newton Series 7 miniature sable brush into a small pool of Koh-I-Noor ink (that I kept in an unused contact lens container) and "paint" over my pencil lines. Then I would trace over my dialog lettering with a stainless-steel Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph pen that used the same type of ink. Afterward, I'd remove my underlying pencil work using a Staedtler Mars Plastic Combi eraser.

Finally, I'd complete my cartoons by applying Letraset Letratone shading and pattern film over the image. Then I would remove the excess using an X-Acto knife. This gave depth and visual weight to my illustrations. To me, cartooning was an all consuming labor of love.

"If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you." -Oscar Wilde

Check out my other original fine art for sale on Artplode.







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