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 I discovered Robert Crumb's cartoons in the early 70's after researching various cartoon collections and other
 anthologies related to cartoons and cartooning in general. When I first saw Robert's work, I was intrigued by
 his attention to detail which was simple yet intricate in that it made his characters that much more  appealing
 to the eye. It wasn't so much as who drew the work as opposed to how they were illustrated. My first actual
 impression of his work lead me to believe it was created back in the 30's or 40's but that's  a testament to his
 ©ROBERT CRUMBactual style and technique. I rarely try to dissect an artist's work but his cartoons are so unique and distinctive
and recognizable that I quickly began to read all of his comic strips
and collections. In the world of underground cartoonists, he is truly
revered. Those of us who are true aficionados can attest that he's a
master craftsman and it's obvious he loves to draw and enjoys the
actual creative process. Those of us who are creative can see this in
Robert's work. The cross hatching, the perspective and so on.
Another aspect I like about his work is the fact he has the freedom to step out of the box to express his opinions and ideas. He isn't limited
 or restricted by a syndicate or the opinions rendered by those editors who are contracted with a syndicate.
  Some may assume he has a darker side when looking at his work but I don't believe this. Simply put, Crumb
 possesses the ability to draw and illustrate the ideas that come to mind which many people cannot express but
 would like to. That's the only difference. If Robert  wanted to embrace commercialism to it's fullest, he could
  easily do so, by licensing his characters for use on any product imaginable . . . he really isn't concerned
 with licensing - only creativity. I think this is what truly sets him apart from the rest of the cartooning world.
 As of this writing, he's undertaking one of his biggest projects and illustrating the Book Of Genesis.
  It ought to be interesting to say the least. I recall as a teenage sprout when I ordered a copy of a comic called
 Arcade - The Comics Revue. I sent my money order out to the publisher in California and eagerly awaited my
 copy to arrive. I watched for the mailman to deliver it so my folks wouldn't know what was in the plain brown
 envelope . . . the cartoons within were so "dirty", bad and scandalous! Ah yes, my official introduction to the
 world of adult cartoons. Reading all the bizarre stories and absorbing the different drawing styles still left an
 indelible impression on my young mind - it was and is truly unique stuff.
  A far cry from the monotonous comic strips in the newspaper where little cute kids or animals or married
 couples were stuck in tiny small panels with word balloons containing the same repetitive, boring writing. I do
 recommend any aspiring artist or cartoonist to study the work of  Crumb for one simple reason . . . to basically
 understand what real creativity is. He can implement perspective into small panels of work and those cartoons
 stand out well. His pen & ink shading is very distinctive. Even as I began experimenting with different types of
 pen tips, I quickly saw Crumb was using Hunt Crowquills to ink many of his earliest cartoons and comics. It's
 a difficult tool to get used to because the tip is very sharp and sticks into the paper if you're not careful. Keep
 in mind, Crumb produced reams of work with this utensil, so needless to say, I was impressed.
  Last I heard, Crumb's weapon of choice is now the Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph which is a cartridge ink pen that I
 also highly recommend. It was the tool he drew with, that I noticed in his documentary entitled 'Crumb" which
 was produced by Terry Zwigoff back in 1994 so I know he's used this device for well over 10 years now...and
 probably other kinds of implements. I still have that copy of Arcade and years ago I had air mailed it to Robert
 at his studio in France, asking he'd signed the book for me which he did. Crumb's original artwork is in demand
 and has been exhibited at very well known art galleries around the globe.
 For collectors, they are considered a unique piece to possess and many of his older works are priced very
 high. As cartoonists go, I can say he is a favorite of mine whose work I enjoy and look forward to. If you are an
 aspiring artist or cartoonist, give Robert Crumb some of your time to absorb as it is some of the best cartoon
 work you'll see.   
 

 If you're looking to find available reading material on Robert Crumb, there is alot
 of material available. Here are a few pages I'd like to recommend that you check
 out. If you find other new information or websites you feel would be good to add
 or profile here, please email and they will be listed after they're reviewed.
 Comedy On Tap offers a page with good background insights
 Stoffer's Crumby Warning Page with color work about Mr. Natural
 Lots of great Robert Crumb books and info here!


 Do you collect Robert Crumb artwork? Do you have any of his original sketches or drawings? If you have specific
 questions, email them and let us know if you care to sell any work or if you would like to have any links added to
 the links page. Getting a reciprocal link with you will help the visibility of this site and will also help your site to
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