Art doesn’t always have to be a subject for naval gazing or instigate a serious search for some kind of hidden meaning. Sometimes it just wants to be fun, like the cartoon art of Dela Longfish.
Obviously a child of the Star Wars generation (it’s no surprise he’s a former LucasArts concept artist), Longfish uses lively colors and exaggerated physical expressions and poses to project a playful, almost child-like energy to his characters, including iconic figures like Luke Skywalker and Yoda. Why, that could be Batman’s ten-year-old son practicing to be just like Dad! Longfish strips away the brooding mysticism behind some of our popular characters, and reveals the playful allure that still makes kids around the world (and some adults) want to be just like them.
Most of all, his work serves as a much-needed reminder that while superheroes are often portrayed as reluctant, glum and dark (even Luke Skywalker began to dress all in black), at their heart the films and comics that gave birth to them were meant to be fun.
So put away your thinking caps and just enjoy the devilishly fun art of Dela Longfish.