And, Remembering Amazing Cartoonist Eldon Dedini on his Birthday today, (June 29, 1921 – January 12, 2006). If the name isn't familiar, you will most certainly recognize his beautiful work! "Eldon Dedini drew cartoons for Playboy and for The New Yorker in a career that also included Disney cartoons, ads for broccoli and posters for the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance"-monterey herald.
Born in King City, California, Eldon attended Hartnell College in Salinas and was a graduate of the Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles. He worked for the Salinas Index-Journal and the Salinas Morning Post as a staff cartoonist, and from 1944-46 for Disney Studios in the Story Department. Subsequently, he was with Esquire magazine from 1946-50 as a staff cartoonist and gagwriter. His career as a cartoonist is best known from his long association with The New Yorker, starting in 1950 and in 1960 for Playboy magazine until his death in January 2006.
Through a storied career, He received the National Cartoonists Society Gag Cartoon Award for 1958, 1961, 1964 and 1988 for his work.
“The gag is the whole secret of cartooning” he once said. “Style alone will never sell a bum joke. So you can draw. A million people can draw. The question is, are you funny?”-Eldon Dedini
I was honored to be able to make this portrait of Eldon in his Carmel, California studio for my first portrait book, "The Artist Within".
You can see more portraits from the project on our website here:
and you can get copies of both books here:
art © Eldon Dedini