Saturday, August 19, 2006

Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work

'The "22 Panels" never existed as a collected single piece during Woody's lifetime. Another ex-Wood assistant, Paul Kirchner had saved three Xeroxed sheets of the panels that would comprise the compilation. I don't believe that Woody put the examples together as a teaching aid for his assistants, but rather as a reminder to himself. He was always trying to kick himself to put less labor into the work! He had a framed motto on the wall,

"Never draw anything you can copy, never copy anything you can trace, never trace anything you can cut out and paste up."

He hung the sheets with the panels on the wall of his studio to constantly remind himself to stop what he called "noodling."

Comment on Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work: Unlimited Edition, kindly offered by Joel Johnson to all of us. As someone who badly needs to heed that motto I most sincerely say thank you!

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