The Whim­si­cal Work of David Wei­d­man (and Also Some Se­ri­ous Ones)

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - By Roger Gast­man [Gingko Press, Price Varies]

Ad­mir­ers of clas­sic an­i­ma­tion and mid-cen­tury-mod­ern aes­thet­ics were sad­dened by the news that artist David Wei­d­man passed away this sum­mer. Though this cu­rated col­lec­tion of his stag­ger­ing body of work in an­i­ma­tion, print­mak­ing, silk screen­ing and paint­ing came out in 2008, it’s one of those in­spi­ra­tional ti­tles that de­serves a re­minder note.

The ret­ro­spec­tive spans Wei­d­man’s ca­reer, which be­gan in the 1950s as a back­ground painter at Hanna-Bar­bera, where he es­tab­lished the iconic looks and color pal­ettes for cartoons of the time. He fur­ther de­vel­oped his era-defin­ing style with his work for UPA. In re­cent years, Wei­d­man had re-emerged in pop-cul­ture when Mad Men set de­sign­ers se­lected some of his prints to dec­o­rate the drama’s ‘60s of­fices. Sec­ond­hand copies can be found, or or­der from wei­ds­ma­n­ with one of the “pack­age” deals which in­clude a replica Seri­graph.

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