Book Review: Postcards & Doodles
Sometimes an art book does not have a serious purpose. Not to teach how to draw; not to document the making of an animated movie; not to present an artist’s life work. Sometimes an art book is just for fun.
Hodge has been an animation artist and cartoonist for over twenty years. At Disney Feature Animation, he worked on such films as The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, John Henry, and Brother Bear. At Big Idea Productions, he worked on
several episodes of Veggietales. As a freelancer today, he has written and worked on storyboard art for several studios, as well as illustrating and designing dust jackets for books. He has one book of self-illustrated poetry and is working on another.
Tim Hodge’s Postcards & Doodles; A Collection of Hand Drawn Postcards and Decorated Envelopes is over seventy pages of colorful close-ups of miniature paintings on postcards, decorated envelopes, and doodles on odd scraps that Hodge has done since 1985. Except for some black drawings on bright red NetFlix® envelopes, they are all in full color. Since they are all attractive small paintings and cartoons, Hodge’s recipients have tended to keep them, pinned up on refrigerators or even framed. Hodge has documented all these with crisp scans, some recent ones for this book made before mailing so they would be pristine. There are no postcards crumpled or bent or defaced with postmarks here.
There are a few serious paintings here, but for the most part, as could be expected from a veteran Disney artist, these are colorful cartoons of funny animals and attractive young women, many in Hawaiian, South Pacific native, or Latino dress. Hodge shows a preference for humorous elephants; there are elephants drinking chai, elephants watering flowers, elephants dressed as Marvel Superheroes, elephants strumming ukuleles, elephant cowboys, an elephant Santa Claus, an elephant mermaid, and more.