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Jun 172011



From around the age of six, I have had a passion for drawing the shapes of objects.

From about the age of fifty I produced a number of designs, but nothing I did before the age of seventy was worthy of attention.

At seventy-three, I finally apprehended something of the true quality of birds, animals, insects, fish and of the vital nature of grasses and trees.

So, by the time I am 80, I will have made much progress, so that by ninety I will have penetrated to their essential nature.

By one hundred, I will decidedly have attained a higher state, indefinable, and at one hundred and ten, each dot, each line shall surely possess a life of its own.

May Heaven, that grants long life, give me the chance to prove that this is no lie.
Hokusai (who lived to be 90)

On today’s show I put together a collection of emails and voice mails for a massive buffet of art talk. So Buckle your cartoon belts and let her rip!

Matthew Brown of Matthew Brown Illustration.



Morgan Eddington




Ryan Compton


Joann from Australia


Jessie from South Dakota



Khalid Birdsong



Special thanks to all of you that wrote in and left voice mail messages!


Ubbe Iwerks nominated to the Man vs Art Pantheon of Awesomeness!

words and art by Henrik Pasgaard

I nominate Ub Iwerks.

( Chuck Jones noted Iwerks is Screwy spelled  backwards )


Ubbe Ert Iwwerks
March 24, 1901(1901-03-24)
Kansas City, Missouri


July 7, 1971(1971-07-07) (aged 70)
Burbank California U.S.

Animator, cartoonist, film producer, special effects technician

Years active

I think Ub Iwerks deserves this spotlight in the pantheon of awesomeness because he was such a dedicated innovative animator.

He was responsible for the distinctive style of the earliest Disney animated cartoons and was also responsible for creating Mickey Mouse.

He was known as the fastest animator in the business in early sound period. He animated Mickey’s first short, Plane crazy (1928) by himself in only two weeks (700 animation drawings a day!).

Iwerks was Disney’s right hand man in the creation of the early Mickey Mouse cartoons. Disney would come up with the ideas, stories, and motivations, then Iwerks would bring it to life

Bringing Mickey Mouse to life, however, was no easy task and it required Iwerks to spit out 600 drawings every single day. Iwerks dedication, however, would soon payoff for him and Disney. The third Mickey Mouse cartoon that Disney directed and Iwerks animated, “Steamboat Willie,” would be the one that would catapult Mickey and Disney into stardom. Iwerks often didn’t get the public credit he deserved, but that didn’t stop him from continuing as a master animator and the best artist at Disney Productions. Even Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston say in the book, “The Illusion of Life” that Iwerks was “in a class by himself” when it came to animating. It wasn’t long before Iwerks was put in charge of training new animators. This is why I suggest Ub Iwerks as a well deserved nominee to a spot in the pantheon of awesomeness

Thanks for funny entertaining shows. You have a way of making people including me inspired to improve the artistic skills. Thanks.

All best.

Henrik Pasgaard


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  4 Responses to “Man vs. Art Episode 52! Listener Email and Voice mail Buffet”

  1. I like the changes in the web site, Raul.
    And I can’t wait to listen to this episode!
    Looks a minion party!
    Awesome Pantheon submission!!!

  2. Mr. Raul. This is my first time writing a comment on the Man vs. Art site. I’ve been listening to this podcast nonstop for the past several months. By doing so, I’ve come to think about the creative process in whole new fascinating ways. I’ve also come to realize that just because I’m nearly 20 doesn’t mean I can afford to perpetuate certain artistic symptoms any longer.

    Case in point, Wouldntitbecoolitis, which I first learned about in episode 36. As someone who was only a kid during the 1990s when this virus began, so many movies and songs carried it to such an extent that I didn’t think much of it. I’m guilty of getting into Star Wars through the dumb prequel movies as a kid before discovering the glory of the Original Three Movies. Once I watched the breathtaking story of Luke Skywalker in 2008ish, I could never take the prequel movies seriously again. It makes me wonder how Lucas went cuckoo.

    Now to the subject of Episode 52, I loved the way you answered a broad spectrum of questions from different specific people concerning our mentality toward our craft. And thanks for the beautiful poem by Hokusai, it inspires me to reach enlightenment by trying to tell stories through my work rather than draw Wolverine Knockoff #13 riding rocket-propelled motorcycles. LOL! Oh and if the show wasn’t legendary already, it has more cowbell thanks to Christopher Walken’s shoutout.

    Please keep the show going, as an aspiring artist going into comics/animation, I need someone who will keep it Raul during these hard economic and social times. God bless you!

    • Jacob! My man! Thanks for the kind words! Knowing that my ravings are getting through and helping my fellow artists out is what keeps me going.

      Wouldn’titbecoolitis (TM) is such a rampant force in art and entertainment. People forget about how important things like character and story are. I don’t care how many CG, Len flares, green screen, 3D, HD, elements are in the shot. I don’t care how many rendered photoshop filtered layers it took to color your comic book. It’s all shiny stuff. Like picking up a Hostess Din Dong you know? It’s foil wrapper glinting in the sunlight beckoning and tantalizing you. You tear it open and take a huge bite only to find out, it’s not a ding dong, but a turd wrapped in shiny foil. Like the Green Lanturd. I had to gargle three bottles of listerine to get the nasty taste out of my mouth after seeing that dumb movie. I call that movie Digital Effects Artist Porn.

      Thanks for chiming in man!

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