Monday, August 10, 2015

Richard D. Taylor, Big-Eye Cartoonist

It seems that most successful cartoonists settle into a distinctive style and stick with it. Consider it a trademark, form of branding.

Richard Denison Taylor (1902-1970), a Canadian who moved to New York City in 1935 and built a career at The New Yorker and, later, other publications such as Playboy, drew his subjects as having large, oval eyes. Moreover, those ovals were oriented so that they were taller than they were wide. And the pupils of those eyes were usually very large and light-colored (dark brown eyes wouldn't work well under Taylor's conditions).

There isn't much biographical information about Taylor on the Internet, this source being perhaps the best. Examples of his Toronto work are here.


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