Friday, September 30, 2005

This afternoon i took a quick bike ride down to the beaches to the Parts Gallery that was showing some photographs by
Mark Mothersbaugh. I always loved Devo. particularly the first 3 records and next to the Rolling Stones I think theres is my favourite version of Satisfaction [sorry Otis Redding]. The Wes Anderson film soundtracks are some of his recent work. Anyway comparing this early Devo seven inch to Marks recent work one sees he's still interested in exploring
his theme of human evolution and mutation. The photos are cut down the centre vintage daguerreotypes and photos then rejoined as a mirror image like an old carnival mirror trick, Bizarre freakshow type images and fun if you like this sort of thing
and yep I do.
And speaking of Sideshows, HBO's Carnivale was my favourite tv series in a long time and I was real sad to find out the second season would be the last.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

watched a great show on the 60's on PBS tonight. Some of my doodles while watching.

And just for fun the Big Bad Wolf getting his from a 1934 Disney book.

Not only of sight and sound.....

Well I was going to wait till October to post this but I won't be around this weekend so I figure I'll post it now. A drawing done for
  • Steve Gettis
  • I'm a big Rod and Twilight Zone fan.
    Been happily making my way throught the complete season 3 dvd set. I've always enjoyed his stories and the dvds have some great lecture excerpts from him. I even like the Night Gallery.

    Thouhgt I'd share some more, uncommone Hirshefeld on this fine blustery day.

    Monday, September 26, 2005

    Earliar I posted an Oscar Wilde inspired pic and i thought I would post these charming illustrations from the childrens book of Wildes story "The Selfish GIant". Illustrated by Gertraud and Walter Weiner the books images are taken from their prize winning film of the story. The film came out in 63 or 64 I think, this book is an american edition ffrom67.

    On saturday at a garage sale I picked up "You're MOre Fun than a barrel of Monkeys" with illustrations by Pete Hawley. Hawley is a fantastic illustrator and in the past over at Cartoon Retro there have been some great threads on him . I prefer his 50's pinup and magazine illustration work over his more cartoony work but I think this stuff is great too. And you can't go wrong with a monkey.

    I'm by no means an expert on aviation history but I love looking at old photos of all the old contraptions folks put together in the 18 and early 1900's and eccentric pioneers who put them together. By no means accurate depictions just excerpts from a sketchbook.

    Friday, September 23, 2005

    I don't think girls slap guys and yell "fresh" like they did in the old days but what can I say, it was the first thing that popped into mind and I immediately thought of a old playboy style gag. Something I admit I don't have too much problem letting my mind wander too. We are getting ready to go away for the weekend and yet somehow I mangaged to dash this off.
    what a cad! Have a good weekend folks.

    Thursday, September 22, 2005

    Wednesday, September 21, 2005

    A couple of months back Alison brought home an advance copy of a new english translation of Nicholas, written by the
    co creator of Asterix, Goscinny and drawn by cartoonist Sempe. I think this is the first time the book has been translated into English and available here but I'm not sure about that. French children grew up with with these stories after it was published in 1959. I love the drawings by Sempe in this book and thought I would post a couple pix. From Phaidon books.

    On my daily bike ride I stopped in at the neighborhood book store and right out front in the 50 cent box was a first printing of S. J Perelmans THe Swiss Family Perelman with killer illustrations by Hirshfeld. I have Westward Ha and Hirshfelds show business book so I was real happy get this. Ended the evening by watching the Fritz Lang Noir, Clash by Night with beautiful Marily Monroe looking like referance for a Frazetta romance comic.

    Tuesday, September 20, 2005

    Some sketches. the second i worked up a bit more at home.

    Monday, September 19, 2005

    The Curse......

    I love painting and do it as much as I can tho time doesn't always allow that. This acrylic painting is about a year old. The stuff I've been painting recently is not quite like this but I still like this piece. It was in the group show at LA's La Luz de Jesus gallery earliar this year. With October approaching it didn't seem such a bad idea to post this older painting.

    Thursday, September 15, 2005

    My quick stab at depth, and i used it as an oppurtunity to take a crack at Tati as well. I've only seen 3 Tati movies but I enjoy them very much. Beautifully constructed and shot.

    Tuesday, September 13, 2005

    I'm a big fan of old black and white movies and I love film noir and ganster stuff. Some favourites include Sunset Boulevard,
    Gun Crazy, Nightmare Alley, Out of the Past, stuff shot by John Alton ect.
    A friend of mine is having show based around Jewish gangsters and occassionally I'l doodle up a gangster. below are some
    of my sketchbook gangsters. Some based around real guys some not and one that I finished a bit more a while back.

    Monday, September 12, 2005

    Denis had posted some Huckleberry Hound awhile back so I thought I would just throw up some random Huck stuff from
    my collection for kicks that some of you folks might enjoy if you haven't seen already.
    the Last one is from the Bugs Bunny Golden book by Tom McKimson and Al Dempster which I think has really
    wonderful watercolour paintings and sepia toned drawngs

    Thursday, September 08, 2005

    did this at night watching old Twilight Zone dvd's. Was planning on leaving it black and white but ended up
    adding colour. Love those old Twilight Zones.

    Monday, September 05, 2005

    A couple of sketchbook drawings that I cleaned and coloured up.

    This was kind of cool to see for me...the childrens book I illustrated [posted some images earliar] in a Korean edition.

    Watching the events unfolding in New Orleans has been for me [like everyone else] a very sad experience. In an earliar post
    I mentioned how much I loved the the place. I hope the people and city and all the the others affected by Katrina are up and running and better than ever as soon as possible.

    Some sketches from the weekend.

    I bought some nice quebec and italian cheeses, loaded up the picnic basket with antipasto, tuna salad, prosciutto and a bagette, and Alison and me watched the airshow by the lake this weekend. Sat under a willow tree, sipped some nice wine as the jets roared above. I did this one in between the roar and the naps.

    up by gravenhurst

    Alison and igor watching Rocky and Bullwinkle on a Sunday morning.