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Art Barrage | Tyson McAdoo


Tyson McAdoo
didn’t hang around long in comics; it’s hard to find many credits for him, just a few inking gigs at the Big Two and Dark Horse. He’s a man with an interesting life story, though: Training as a teenager to be a ballet dancer until he broke both knees, he chose instead to attend the Joe Kubert School, fell into work as a jobbing comic book inker, then onto steady employment in animation, where he now art directs for Cartoon Network/Adult Swim.

His parallel fine art career is similarly cross-cultural, drawing on the demi-mondes of burlesque, tattooing and skateboarding. His work over the last couple of years shows an interesting progression, initially producing pieces that looked very much redolent of the post-Timm school of sexy cartoon art (like a more baroque Shane Glines), his work has gotten increasingly painterly and expressionistic, and less about straight-forward stock pin-up poses. Even the fact that the guy has a day job producing commercial art aimed at the young and then spends his spare time producing very adult (his site’s subtitle, “I kinda want to draw you naked” rather gives the game away there) fine art suggests interesting layers of dichotomy to the man. Plenty of examples after the break, and yes, some of it is NSFW.





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It’s very intriguing. Also, McAdoo seems to be having a strange feet fetish which is especially visible in his older works, but is also quite apparent in his newer artwork, like in ‘The Knot’ from the header of this post.

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