Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Housemaid's Knee

This piece was auctioned last sunday on Heritage.

 The description reads: " Donald Duck Partially Inked Daily Comic Strip Original Art (King Features Syndicate, undated)"

It's quite obvious that this is a badly traced strip, partially inked by an amateur. Not an unfinished KFS strip. Still, someone paid ca $155 for it!
Not a forgery, but not the real deal and practiacally worthless. 

The real February 4, 1955 daily can be seen here: http://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=YD+55-02-04


Anonymous said...

The lettering is one of the giveaways. You'd start by lettering the balloons in pencil very loosely (all you need is the spacing, 95% of the lettering quality is created when inking). Then add the art in the space that remains. There would be sketchmarks all over the pencils. If a cleanup is made - and if this is anything, it's a cleanup - what would be the point of carefully tracing the lettering without the guidelines? And if the initial pencils are good enough to trace like this, they're good enough to ink for a professional daily strip artist.

Andrea cara said...

Sorry but I do not get the sentence "Not a forgery, but not the real deal".

Joakim Gunnarsson said...

Andrea: What I meant is that I don't think that this was intended/made to be sold as a fake. No bad intentions behind it. Probably just someone trying to learn how to ink.
But at the same time it's not an original Taliaferro daily.