Saturday, May 24, 2008

Artist Research: Alex Toth

Alex Toth is arguably the most influential illustrator's illustrator in the last 50 years. Toth's work spans from comics, to animation, toy design, storyboarding for movies and tv, and even teaching. Toth's work was revered amongst his peers and the subsequent generations of illustrators that followed. Artists like mark Chiarello, Tim Sale, and Paul Pope to name a few are greatly influnced by his work. His work for Hanna Barbera designing characters for Johnny Quest, Scooby Doo, The Herculoids, Space Ghost and many more ensure that every kid in the born in the last 40 years has seen his work. Some of Toth's influences include Howard Pyle and Milton Caniff. Toth's story telling and most of all spell bindingly elegant design sensibilities set him apart. He is a true legend. Alex Toth lived from 1928- 2006.
See his work here
There is also a great podcast tribute here over on Sidebarnation

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