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..to my site. Not one full of fripperies, blinkies and flash, but a nuts-and-bolts industrial strength art showcase I hope you will enjoy.Photo by Amid Amidi I've been cartooning professionally since 1980, but this site is not designed as a trudge down Memory Lane; I am focusing on new work, which I think is my finest. Those friends whom want to pick up data on the bad old days will find some here as well. Born in 1962 in Mineola, N.Y. Started drawing, painting, creating my own attempts at comic books and animation at age two. Always enthused about drawing and creating characters, so much that it became a life force.
JUST WHO AM I ANYWAY?
I've never formed a barrier between fine art and cartooning. The art of expression was always the most important one to me, and growing up, I treasured Chinese watercolors, Breugel, Charlie Brown and Terrytoons equally. My very young childhood was during the era of "pop art", when fine artists were freely inspired by comics and other popular culture; I remember being captivated by these works during trips to museums and galleries in New York.
|Clipped from Newsday, 4/21/67: One of "a dozen 4-to-5-year-olds taken to an avant-garde exhibit of Japanese geometric paintings [at the Emily Lowe Gallery in Hempstead, N.Y.], and then let loose with their own brushes and paints...Modern art is no more unreal to children, they say, than the cotton candy, cutsie-pie fare that makes up the general run of children's entertainment today."|
|To believe in the unreal
To accept what it may do
To list my interests and inspirations is difficult. People
have been startled by the range of art books on my shelf. Instead of zeroing
in on a few favorites, I choose to ask myself what I think is boring, and
then ask myself why, being determined to learn something from everything.
Some people have complained that this is a fault. That this deters one
from having a "style", that I try too many different approaches, and that
my work is therefore overwhelming and confusing. I feel that the concept
of "style" has been abused as of late, that too many artists put the search
for a highly recognizable and highly limited vocabulary of hieroglyphics
before content and heart. This tends to not only date one, but also make
one highly imitatable, and therefore expendable.
Art springs first from an observation of life, then a philosophy from the heart and mind of the artist. And it must be honest to be truly worthwhile.
gallery 1 gallery 2
has paid some of the bills since 1980. Featured in gallery 2 is an assortment of CD covers done over the years.
Studio work Personal work
I do 'em for community papers and for myself. A few are politically slanted; all are takes on humanity.
You can believe it or not, but ever since I was a kid (late 1960s) I wanted to do 'adult' cartoons. It was early viewings of cocktail napkins, Jimmy Hatlo comics, and the subtly voluptuous women of Jack Hamm's cartooning manuals that did it. I wanted to be the boss chasing the secretary around the desk!
EDITORIAL CARTOONS GALLERY
SONGS & STORIES!
As mentioned elsewhere in this site, I write as well as draw. Here, you can find some of my prose sketches!
SONGS & STORIES!
...done at the request of fans & visitors (of all ages)!
SKETCHES! Pencil drawings straight from the brain! (A gallery that changes.)
PREVIEWS! Your chance to view new projects fresh off the drawing board! (A gallery that changes.)
INTERVIEWS! With Yours Truly...
ON COMICS! ON ART & EROTICA!
THE GOOD OLD DAYS! (?):
A GALLERY OF VISUAL SOUVENIRS!
(FOR ADULTS ONLY!)
GLAMOURTOONS GALLERY (ADULTS ONLY!)
ADDITIONAL ADULTS ONLY GALLERIES...
BUXOTICA! THE A__ GALLERY!
Books 'n' bags, CDs, sketches and more! All with the unmistakable imprint of Knight! And all can be yours!
FUN FOR SALE GALLERY!
1978-1979: Completed courses in drawing and painting, BOCES Nassau County Cultural Arts Center. (Syosset, N.Y.)
1979-Present: Illustrator/Cartoonist for national magazines and newspapers. (The Village Voice, Family Weekly, Nickelodeon Magazine, The Electric Company Magazine, National Lampoon,Heavy Metal, etc.)
Create and design theatrical posters, covers for vintage & contemporary jazz recordings, greeting cards, candy, t-shirts, etc.
1982: First independent comic book published. (Hugo, Fantagraphics Books) Continue to create & publish to
present. (Midnite the Rebel Skunk, Slug & Ginger, Hinkley)
Licensed comics characters handled include Richie Rich, Mighty Mouse, Betty Boop, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
1991-Present: Work in animated films.
Design, layout, animation on COOL WORLD (Ralph
Story, storyboard, character, background & prop design, layout, animation on THE ADVENTURES OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (DIC Entertainment)
Development art, storyboard, character, prop, background & color design for Disney TV, MGM TV, Warner Bros. Animation, Saban, Rhythm & Hues, HBO,etc.
Directed four shorts on THE TWISTED TALES OF FELIX THE CAT (Film Roman)
Directed, animated theatrical & TV safety spot for California Dept. of Water Resources. (Baer Animation)
Currently completing independent animated short.
1984: Gave seminar on cartooning at School of Visual Arts (N.Y.C.) as guest of teacher. Also gave private instruction in cartooning.
1995: Lectured to Asian animation crew on procedures of animation (Film Roman Studio)
2000: Instructed children in film animation at Animation Creations. (Sherman Oaks)
1989-Present: Exhibiting paintings at galleries including Psychedelic Solution Gallery (N.Y.), Gallery Figueroa (L.A.), Gallery Bink (Portland, OR.)
Works in Progress:
Ongoing work on acrylic paintings.
Series of thirty ink drawings about depression for publication.
Two children's books with painted illustrations.
Completion of color animated film.
1995: Awarded Certificate of Merit for Service to the Art, Craft, and Industry of Animation, by the International Animated Film Society.
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