Sunday, August 29, 2010

Imagination Is Everything

From Dick Burg's Scrap Book which he pasted drawings in a Ritz Carlton Restaurant Hisory Book.


Dick kept a 6x3½ cartoon book and collected characters like a musician collects melodies. It is almost over whelming to sort through this multitude of images and to select ones that best demonstrate his skill. By the time Dick was 9 he was studying characters from “Oh Skin-nay! The Days of Real Sport by Briggs (1913). He also worked out of the Step-by-Step system of the Thorton Fisher School of drawing pamphlet.


From grammar school and then the progression to cartoonist of the school newspaper at Roosevelt High then business major at Westminster College is interesting. The idea of having a fall back plan in the business world as opposed to becoming an artist was probably wise, seeing how he graduated at the time of the great depression.

Dick Burg age 12.

Dick’s ambition was not to gain riches from his art, but to be able to “do art”. I think he was considered a quiet artist. One who loves the solitude of creation. It became his escape from the business world and the tensions of family life.
From 6x3½ cartoon book.

The Frog-Man 1920 by Dick Burg

I think my Dad invisioned himself an artist from early on. He saw it, drew it and became it.


1 comment:

  1. These are fantastic. I never knew he did cartoons. He always told me to keep up with the cartons I did in elementary school. Now those words of advice seem far more poignant. I finally listened to him though. Better late than never.