I was looking for a new style of art that I wanted to try learning, I really like this high contrast and 'cartoonish' approach to this style.

Does anyone know the exact art-style this is considered (or how I can find more examples)

Here is the piece I would like to know about:

<code>Keith Caves Jail House Runner</code>

The example is by Keith Caves.

Thanks for the help everyone!

  • Are you asking about the posted picture, or the rest of Keith Caves's work? The art you've linked to is a significantly different style than this cartoon prisoner. Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 15:15
  • The example I was asking about is by Keith Cave, but that is the style I was asking about. Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 15:19

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I would say it's a punk comic / DIY zine art style, although I'm not aware of it having a defined name.

Scumball is a brand built around comics and art zines with themes of slime and lowbrow art/humor.

I found this extract here.

It reminds me of a slightly more cartoon like Raymond Pettibon, who did a lot of early 80's DIY Hardcore and Punk bans such as Black Flag and Sonic Youth (images from Google images).

(source: sonicyouth.com)

Also check out old Pushead art work, especially his Thrasher era work as it's a lot more simplified (images from Google images).

(source: strangekidsclub.com)

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    This seems to be the right selection of words. I just didn't know how to phrase it. "Zine" is definitely the style. Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 15:20

The style of Keith Caves reminds me a lot of the style popularized by the Underground Comix movement very popular in the late 60's and early 70's. This style can still be seen in mainstream publications such as "Mad Magazine".

It is hard to pinpoint this style to that particular illustration, so I am basing my answer in the rest of the examples of the artist's work shown in the page you have linked.

The style very often used iconic imagery from early comics (like the runaway inmate with its striped uniform) but subverted it with "shocking" and taboo themes such as sex and drugs. They were usually parodic in nature and loaded with social criticism.

Other examples of the style had a more rendered and overly graphical style with a full and open intention of being grotesque, like some of the examples of the artist's work.


This looks like the underground comics style of R. Crumb, r. crumb

  • +1 for finding an example that is almost identical to the art in the OP's question
    – cockypup
    Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 16:48

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