Wednesday, May 01, 2013
KEN FRIEDMAN's CARTOON GUIDE OF FLORIDA is a 142 page epic travel book, complete with map, all about what to do in Florida. Here are a few of the many drawings that Ken did. It's copyright 1938 by Mr. Friedman and published by JJ Augustin Publisher, New York City.
It was part of a series of "Augustin's Cartoon Guides of America," which included:
ARIZONA by Reg Manning
NEW YORK CITY by Nils Hogner and James Reed
FLORIDA by Kenneth Friedman
In preparation (as of 1938):
MARYLAND AND DELAWARE by G.T. Maxwell
NEW MEXICO by Nils Hogner and T.M. Pearce
OHIO by A. Shafer
VIRGINIA y Fred O. Seibel
CALIFORNIA by Reg Manning
BOULDER DAM by Reg Manning
I don't know how many actually were finished, but I do know that they are all out of print today.
Ken Friedman (or Kenneth Friedman or Kenneth A. Friedman -- he's credited all those different ways in the book)is one of those skilled illustrators who deserves to be remembered. I don't have to tell you that, you just have to do a scan of ten seconds on these illustrations to see what I mean. Ken had chops!
Here's a page with an illustration:
And here are some more spot illustrations, most of them quite small, and all out of their context here.
Below is an an example of what I mean when I say Ken Friedman had chops:
The cartoony illustration below of a guy in a boat catching a fish that leaps over a passing airplane mesmerizes me. So simply done. Friedman makes it look easy.
Some of these spook me!
So, there are a few of his many drawings. Just some wonderful skills -- and it would be wonderful to resurrect the cartoon guide series, wouldn't it?
Posted by Mike Lynch at 9:22 AM