Posts tagged charlie brown
Posts tagged charlie brown
One of my all-time favorite Peanuts strips. Published September 7, 1956.
*From the Charles M Schulz Facebook page*
Hey, Mittens … don’t collate us, we’ll collate you.
Today, I’m especially grateful to Charles Schulz for creating a stable of smart, strong, stubborn, heartsick, ambitious, flawed, adorable, and all-around brilliantly-complex female characters. Thanks, Sparky.
(Scanned from CELEBRATING PEANUTS: 60 YEARS)
Happy 62nd Birthday Peanuts (first published October 2, 1950)
photo of Charles M. Schulz :: scanned from The Peanuts Collection :: Little, Brown and Company :: 2010
From my portfolio: concept mockup for postage stamps. “Peanuts Then & Now: 60th Anniversary Collection.” I wish they’d actually made these … I’d stamp the heck out of some envelopes with ‘em.
Pig Pen is by far my favorite here. Love that big happy (dirty) mouth. :D
Apparently pianist/composer David Benoit fell in love with jazz due to the Charlie Brown Christmas special and Vince Guaraldi’s iconic Peanuts soundtrack. That was precisely my entry point to that wonderful genre of music as well. (Incidentally, Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies turned me on to classical music.) Years later, I designed the cover for David’s JAZZ FOR PEANUTS album. Fate? :)
The moody color palette was inspired by some of my fave mid-century jazz records, although it drives my friend Tim nuts that CB’s shirt is not bright yellow. (Sorry, Tim!)
Check it out … also includes one of my most loved musicians Wynton Marsalis, who released his own spectacular Peanuts album with his dad Ellis in the mid-’90s.
Another group from my portfolio archives … some spot graphics from the 60th Anniversary year of Peanuts. I liked how I originally designed these better — each one had a coordinating ’50s pose of the character down in the bottom right corner to go with the collection’s overall “Then & Now” theme — but … this is what they wanted.
Super basic concept … some play-on-words of some popular phrases. Of course, Linus’s blanket IS the original “security blanket”.
Incidentally, I’m not ashamed to admit that I still have a security blanket of sorts — a stuffed Curious George that a friend gave me many years ago. I still sleep with it.
One of my favorite design collections for Peanuts is now available for sale on all kinds of products in the SnoopyStore. The last 11 designs on the page – starting with “Dept. of Blanket Security” – are from this group, along with a few that they didn’t include here. There were also some coordinating patterns … you can go to my portfolio to see some more.
This collection was to compliment the release of the latest Peanuts special – HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET – and the poses were supposed to be of ’60s-era Linus (if you’re not familiar with the evolution of the Peanuts characters, their look changed every 10-15 years), so I thought a propaganda campaign would be perfect since Linus was particularly political in the ’60s strips. He even ran for school president! The style of these spot graphics is a nod to old WPA posters and at least one of them (not shown here, but it’s in the online shop) is a direct spoof of an iconic WPA design. The designs have to be as simple as possible to be used on any type of consumer product imaginable – parts of my Circus Peanuts collection even ended up wrapping city buses in Mexico City! – but I tried to still capture a vintage poster mood.
I’m stoked because a lot of my work for Peanuts I never get to see … it ends up in Japan or Germany or wherever … so I like when SnoopyStore (run by the Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates) uses some. It’s especially awesome that they post the spots exactly as I design them. :)
Click the photo to see them a little larger.
(I also designed the “Tug of War” and “Blanket Insecurity” spots on the shop page, although they are from another design collection.)