But to the point, it’s this thought that bubbles to the surface of my consciousness when people leave. From that point forward all the things you shared with those people are categorically in the past, as if suddenly they were placed in a vault apart from the lobbies and living areas of your daily life. Am I the one who supposed to tell those stories? Ack, I should have been taking better notes.
Two weeks ago several people were fired from the Cartoon Network Atlanta offices. Ed Murrieta was one of those people.
Going Away Card, 2011
light blue pencil and black roller ball ink on paper.
in a minimalist Al Hirschfield-esque style.* * * * -
acrylic paint on vinyl figure* * * * -
digital color over scan of ink on paper.
in the style of Johnny Hart’s B.C.* * - - -
Ed worked as an animator for Walt Disney Feature Animation in the mid to late 1980’s. He left that seeking more stable employment at Disney C.P. along with many of his animator friends. He returned to work on Atlantis, animating Audrey. There’s a caricature of Ed as an Atlantean in the film. It’s arguable if the “Big Boy” mascot for the diner in The Emperor’s New Groove is also a caricature of Ed.
digital color of scan of ink on paper.
In the style of Al Hirschfield.* * * * *
Ed told me that this drawing done for his birthday in 2004 was his favorite of my caricatures of him. He likes Hirschfield and he likes life drawing, so I felt that in drawing it I was on the right track. You can’t see it in this terrible JPG, but I incorporated in the drawing his son’s name eight times.
black roller-ball ink on paper.* * * - -
Knowing Ed for so long, I think I’ve drawn more caricatures of him than anyone else to date. Mostly, they have been embarrassing birthday cards, few of which I’ve had the forethought to make copies.