Friday, March 09, 2012

Tribute to Masters Series -- Charles M. Schulz

Every artist/designer/illustrator/creative personnel has a list of inspiring masters that influence his/her creative direction. I want to pay tribute to mine on my blog.

At age 8, when my parents first broke the news of our immigration to the states, I asked them what America had that would be fun.

"They have Snoopy and Mickey Mouse." Mom replied. "That's where they came from."

I love Snoopy since I was a toddler. My go-to hug toy was not a teddy bear, but a small Snoopy. My first yellow backpack in first grade had Snoopy on it. (Third grade came and I was "too cool" to have cartoon characters, so I went for a plain backpack. Came fifth grade and cartoon characters was in again -- mine was a purple Snoopy one.) The list goes on and on with all the Snoopy-memories.

There is something very charming and inviting with the brushstrokes of Charles M. Schulz (1922–2000). Simple, vivid, whimsical. A small tweak of a line, and the mood and expression of the characters change drastically. Schulz is also a master in depicting characters through their body languages — the big hugs, the big flapping-arms AHHHHH — I love them all.

Charles M. Schulz.

Artwork by Charles M. Schulz

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