The Playful Cartoon Art of Dela Longfish

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.

About Stephen Kelly Creative

Hi, I'm Stephen Kelly, a writer, editor, photographer and graphic designer living in beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA. Amongst the things I love are writing, photography, movies, music, fitness, travel, Batman, all things Australian, food and fun, all of which I hope to reflect in this here blog. Welcome aboard ... now let's get busy!
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9 Responses to The Playful Cartoon Art of Dela Longfish

  1. fotoeins says:

    Fun! Skywalker looks a little nuts, and Yoda … well … he looks “too happy”. 😉

  2. Rosa says:

    my personal choice Clover_B & Dr Teeth_4. Their lovely colourfulness caught my eye

  3. cocomino says:

    They are very cute. 😀

  4. Andrew says:

    How do you always find these awesome artists?

    • Hi Andrew! I’m really glad you’re enjoying my artists series. A lot of the artists I feature have long been faves of mine, but I read and subscribe to a number of art blogs and websites. If I see something I like I research the hell out it to learn more about the artist. The app Flipboard is a tremendous resource for art news, as is Hi-Fructose magazine.

      • Andrew says:

        What are some of your favorite art blogs? I went on a quest last night, and found a few. But I really dig the last few artists you’ve been posting. You hear about Dela in Hi-Fructose?

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