Sunday, July 23, 2006

Frazetta Road Trip

'ello 'ello,

Long time since a post but the reasons are both wonderful and sad. Sad because my hard drive had a meltdown and I was without a computer for two weeks. I back up most everything so nothing was really lost except bits and pieces but still a big headache and I'm sure missing things will pop up. Anyway it was quite nice getting a break from the computer screen and having just sent off the last piece for a book illustration and having only hand drawn projects on the table it was as ideal as it could have been.
Last weekend me and a couple of friends, Rich and Serge, went on a short little road trip to East Stroudsperg Pennsylvania
to the home and Gallery of Frank Frazetta. I love driving through that neck of the wooks. A few years back I did a road trip to Norman Rockwells House/Museum and NC Wyeths and the Brandywine and that was a fantastic trip.

Apart from "leadfoot Dannys" landing us a speeding ticked and some lousy nachos it went smoothly. Stroudsberg is a nice little town and
the Frazetta Gallery was wonderful. His wife Ellie was in the gallery but no Frank. It was amazing coming face to face with
with all those images I loved growing up as a kid. The Creepy/EErie covers looked waaay better in person. I wish there was more 50's pen and ink and comic stuff since that and the watercolours are my favourite but its a small complaint.
Seeing all those Conan covers lined up was pretty fantastic.
One pen and ink peice from '51 called beaty and the beast was one of my favourites.

My wife tends to be a tad more organized then myself and she was amused by the fact that Rich [who was driving the rental]
had chosen an atlas from 1962 to guide us down. I admit I did my own bit of eye rolling but who am to tell another fella how to drive especially not doing any back up planning myself, So I had to take this picture of a puzzled Rich and Serge, trying to reastablish our spot while taking the "scenic' route
down to the museum

Some pics of the Frazetta grounds and the museum and Leadfoot in front of one of his favourite pieces

I managed to wake up early and do some sketches around town [as well as in the car] heres a couple of them. I'll post some more later.


leifpeng said...

Great story and great sketches, D! I haven't much thought about Frazetta in a long time but summers were the time I loved to read those Conan paperbacks as a kid. Your timing on this post seems uncannily appropriate.

Interesting to see Frazetta's originals in scale with your friend standing in front. In my minds eye, I always imagined them being MUCH larger - but that's probably because of all the shaggin' wagons that I used to see as a kid with his paintings airbrushed on their sides! ;-)

P.S. Your new book illos look amazing!

Drazen said...

Thnks buddy!

DELA said...

Hey Draz ,It was nice to see Richard there.
Nice style you having there.

Ariel said...

Great to see you still keep your drawing hand going?? (*Nice water colours!).. Cheers my man! Nelvana was looong ago, but i can still see you riding on your bike past my place on high park with your helmet and pant tucked in :) (good times) *and is that Dela as in Goran Dela??? Wow.. now i am insane ;)