Monday, August 6, 2012

Darren Hunt

Eagle One
Artwork by Darren Hunt
Eagle One TM and © Bryan Mon

Darren is a cartoonist, and in the best ways he draws like a cartoonist. His style is an amalgamation of childhood influences: classic Walt Disney animated features, Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes, “Speed Racer” and “He-Man”. He takes all of that, distills it and finishes it with bold decisive line work.

Darren worked for the Disney Design Group in Florida, the team responsible for producing the Disney Parks’ souvenirs. From there he worked for Cartoon Network as a staff character artist for more than ten years.

I came to know Darren when I was hired on, like he, as a character artist/ illustrator to the Cartoon Network Atlanta offices. At the time, Darren was “Dexter’s Lab” and “Johnny Bravo” master artist of the south. In our concurrent years at CN, I could look to his work as a check to see if my own work was still “too Disney” and not enough “Cartoon”. Darren drew the above image as a pin-up for the second issue of Unstoppable Tuff-Girl.

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