Illustration: Artzybasheff’s Neurotica

Artzybasheff Neurotica

Naught so sweet as Melancholy

One of the key concepts that an animator deals with every day is anthropomorphism… In most cases, this is applied to animals or teapots, but this aspect of caricature has barely been explored in mainstream animated films. Boris Artzybasheff was a master of anthropomorphism. He was able to give life and personality not only to animals, machines and objects, but to ideas.

Artzybasheff had a long career as an illustrator, beginning in the late 1920s with art deco style illustrations for books like Creatures, extending all the way through the 1950s. His most notable achievements are his cover illustrations for Time magazine, depicting a wide range of contemporary people in the news; and also his arresting images for magazine ads promoting Shell Oil, Xerox and Parker Pens.

Animation Resources is lucky to have a friend like Mike Fontanelli. His library of books on cartooning is one of the best in the country. Mike has agreed to share his collection with us. The first book he selected to loan us to be digitized is one of the rarest books in his collection… Artzybasheff’s "As I See". The first section of this book is titled "Neurotica" and it is a visual depiction of extreme states of mind.

Artzybasheff Neurotica

Artzybasheff Neurotica

Artzybasheff Neurotica
Anxiety

Artzybasheff Neurotica
Frustration

Artzybasheff Neurotica
Timidity

Artzybasheff Neurotica
Repressed Hostility

Artzybasheff Neurotica
Indecision

Artzybasheff Neurotica
Infantalism

Artzybasheff Neurotica
Paranoia

Artzybasheff Neurotica
Schizophrenia

Artzybasheff Neurotica
Inferiority

Artzybasheff Neurotica
So pure, and so relaxing

Artzybasheff Neurotica
Hypochondria

Artzybasheff Neurotica
Manic-Depressive

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of a series of articles comprising an online exhibit spotlighting Illustration.

4 Responses to “Illustration: Artzybasheff’s Neurotica”

  1. Jay says:

    Where has this artist been all my life. This is wonderful stuff. I have become and instant fan. Thanks for opening my eyes to this Philip.

  2. [...] by Borid Artybasheff from his book As I See – a visual depiction of extreme states of [...]

  3. Demetre says:

    Was this ink or acrylic that he used?

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