Bill Watterson is a cartoonist most well-known for his highly popular comic strip series Calvin & Hobbes, which ran syndicated for ten years from nineteen-eighty five to nineteen-ninety five. He had ended the strip with a press statement to newspaper editors that he felt he had accomplished all that he could in the medium. The abrupt end to the series has only added to his reclusive nature as an artist.
What I really enjoyed about Watterson’s work was the range of detail he could execute his projects with. Naturally in the realm of the comic strip, the characters in Calvin and Hobbes were often drawn very simply, but every so often we’d also glimpse the true depth of skill he possessed. In the strip below we see a look into Calvin’s childlike imagination, and in his daydream we see a fairly realistic look at a number of dinosaurs… flying jet planes. Either way, I feel the popularity of the series stemmed in part due to many scenes like this and his experiments with illustration.