His figures are so rhythmic and expressive, even in a static situation. What could be more boring than drawing a bunch of people standing in line? Not boring for Divito! His sense of design is amazing, the grouping of figures allows him to emphasize their attitudes while going for the most pleasing arrangements possible. The detail of people in this line for a card game at a party is stunning and delightful.
These figures have just enough detail in their clothing to make them believable, but they don't get overly-complex. They all have the same posture and attitude, but each is a specific and different type. No repetition, really. And the use of negative space between figures is simply perfect. I recommend copying some of these characters as an exercise. Here's the entire gag, the speaker and listener are also phenomenal figures:
Though the gag on top has a slightly more dated look,
I kept it in to show how he used overlapping space to design
the bottom gag, framing it with the plant and extending
the ceiling up beyond the natural border.
Divito apparently lived fast, played hard and died young, in a sports car crash around the age of 50 (? Fact-checkers welcome, as always)
A lot of his gags focus on curvaceous, impossibly wasp-waisted "Chicas". For my money, ironically these often seem to be the most awkward and unbalanced figures in his drawings (they're usually at least 15 heads tall, which can get awfully unwieldy on figures that curvy). Still they proved so popular that a "Chica" doll was mass-produced. Some of the simpler female characters in his comic strips are a lot more appealing to me. The curves are still beyond belief, but the height proportions have a positive effect, in my opinion.
My friend artist Luis Grane showed me an original strip he has very similar to the one above. Though the sight of a few touches of white-out always give me a sense of relief, the drawing was really impeccable.
There's another Divito image (also courtesy of SHANE GLINES and his CARTOON RETRO) that I will examine another time soon...