Friday, May 30, 2014

The Snake in the Garden

Instead of offering the Apple, she's disguised as a giant scallion-

on a roller skate! 
(Quick sketch colored in Photoshop)

Juicy tomato cobra

Don't know how I got this idea, but I wanted a cobra punching through a juicy tomato...

Rough sketch colored in Photoshop.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hatta Mari daffy duck

Hello, it's been a busy spring so far, and I haven't posted anything since April. This has been on my mind for a while, and I would like to reexamine the forerunner of Jessica Rabbit; Hatta Mari. I was never a fan of Jessica anyway, but if Jessica and say, Tweety Bird had a child, she might turn out like this:

                                               (Images copyright Time/Warner)

Here is that femme fatale stereotype: The seductive, mysterious woman who charms males, and then leads them to their doom. I don't know where the inverted "hourglass" shape came from, but it sure means trouble. Hatta has broad shoulders, long legs, a "wasp waist", but with narrower hips. Now I realize she is more of a super hero, or in this case, super villainess.

                                               (Images copyright Time/Warner)

She's also quite tall, physical, menacing, and, in my humble opinion, not very appealing. But just the concept of her intrigues me. The cute bird face has been distorted with the sly, evil expressions, along with way too much makeup. But at the time in 1944, Warner Brothers had the nerve to put her on the screen. Of course, this was during WWII, and the Looney Tunes shorts was meant for a more mature movie audience.

Apparently, Hatta was designed for shock value by Frank Tashlin and his crew at Termite Terrace. Perhaps the reason was Hatta was a symbol for the perversions and hostility of the Third Reich. A similar seductive lady duck would follow in 1952 in the "Super Snooper".

Hatta was quick to use violence, but had no real power compared to my characters. An obvious Diabolical Damsel, but one to be kept at a distance.