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Check out Doc Hammer's deviantART page

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 18th 2006 8:01AM

doc hammer paintingYou know, you people should be thankful I have no life and spend way too much time on the internet. If it weren't for that, I never would have stumbled upon the deviantART page of Doc Hammer, writer and voice artist on The Venture Bros.

While I like pretty much everything Adult Swim offers, The Venture Bros. deserves special praise because it's one of the only hand drawn shows on during that block that has the mark of true artisans. The drawings, animation and writing are all top notch, and when you check out Hammer's oil paintings, you'll see why. The man is scary talented, and is allegedly self taught, or so says Wikipedia, a site I don't trust even though it's fast becoming the main information source for Web surfers. But I digress.

That isn't to say the folks behind other Adult Swim shows lack talent, but the creative choices they make don't always echo that. 12 Oz Mouse is one example, but I think the minimalist quality of that show is quite obviously a conscious choice, and not due to lack of actual ability on the part of the creators.

Getting back to Hammer's artwork, he really enjoys painting chicks in bras (and who wouldn't?), but they're done with an artist's eye and a knack for capturing something below the surface. Many people can paint or draw, but Hammer has that extra dimension that makes him a true artist. Those of us who love animation are lucky he also happens to have a really twisted mind.

Oh yeah, our resident Venture Bros. fanatic mentioned this site a year ago, but it's worth a second mention.

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