Sunday, November 20, 2011

Start to Finish!

A Christmas Card
Start to Finish!
Since it’s interesting to see how a concept progresses from the first glimmer of an idea to the final printed piece… thought you’d enjoy this card Seymour did for Christmas, 1935, when son Tommy was almost age two.

The first sketch, was done on Fleischer Studios 8 1/2” x 11” animation paper and is just the beginnings of a idea.

The second image is the more developed final artwork, 7 1/2” x 11” and on thin board. The gray color is an overlay of two different acetate dot screens laid over the black inked drawing.
The last image is the final printed card, 4 1/4” x 5 1/4,” and ready to be hand colored!  Gee , I wish I had one of the hand-colored ones... BTW: the dot screens on the middle image are slightly out of register but can't be fixed without damage to the artwork.
Collection of Virginia Mahoney


  1. Just want to say I'm enjoying this blog. Thanks for sharing! Your dad should be proud.

    Out of curiosity, do you have anything from the 1960s era? Specifically, "Swifty and Shorty" and the King Features shorts, which were amongst the last things your father worked on.

  2. I do have some things on some King Feature shorts to post at some point-- but don't recall having anything from 'Swifty and Shorty'-- but we keep an eye open for that...

  3. very interesting to see this process.

    i love the chamber pot under the bed!