When Holly namechecked the Pink Panther as an influence on her illustration work, I was immediately reminded of my childhood love of those cartoons. We had them on a bright pink VHS tape – the coolest thing ever at the time – and I recently spent a happy Sunday afternoon re-watching old episodes on YouTube.
Given the recent revival in naive, expressive illustration with a mid-century Americana slant, it’s not surprising that these stills could happily sit alongside contemporary work. The use of bright warm colour, folk typography, and the scratchy line work is particularly inspiring to me. Enjoy these grabs!
I love these guys too, Ant and Aardvark, a spinoff from the Pink Panther. Wonderful expressions and background texture.