Saturday, May 15, 2010

In Honor of Frank Frazetta

I once worked for someone who described one of her employees as having "talented hands." That comment made me chuckle to myself because this individual obviously didn't know (despite being the co-owner of an animation studio specializing in hand-drawn animation) that the ability to draw is a skill and not an inborn talent. Of course, learned skills doesn't mean equal results (I can develop the skill of playing basketball but I will never be as good as Lisa Leslie.) But, personally, I have rarely described people as being "naturally talented."

One of the possible exceptions to the no-natural-talent rule was Frank Frazetta. His formal art training can't possibly explain his incredible work. It's not just his beautiful execution; it's also the incredible imagination on display. No amount of art classes can fully explain the rich visuals on display in Frazetta's work. That's GOT to be some special talent at work!

In a documentary about Frazetta, a colleague explained how Frazetta wanted to draw a rabbit running across a path. He said that Frazetta—unfamiliar with exactly how a rabbit looked—closed his eyes for a minute and then drew an excellent rabbit!

Clearly, Frazetta tapped into something special inside of himself in order to create his art.

Here's my current collection of Frazetta books:


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