Monday, August 31, 2009

SOOKIEH IS MAHN



A few weeks back, me & lene attempted to watch a bit of True Blood, a vampire show that has tons and tons of very vociferous fans- and it was terrible, and this coming from two people who un-ironicaly enjoy some pretty horrible television! This is a quick photoshop doodle of Bill, the main character Sookie's vampire boyfriend who seems to spend most of his time brooding and saying her name in a very funny accent. I think lene's post it doodle better captures his piece-of-toast-shaped face, tho.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ms. Travale


Got a postcard the other day from talented illustrator & mustache enthusiast Rosemary Travale- check her work out, its great.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Work it




More old work :D I think this is from one of Dorothy Loverro's classes? She's a character and a half.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fashion, Style, and Fashion



More old school art, kids- I'd like to think I've come a ways from this.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Well Done, Sister Suffragettes


Today marks the 89th anniversary of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote, so what better way to celebrate it than a look back at the Suffragettes? The Suffragettes began as a british movement (the american branch preferred the more gender neutral term 'Suffragist') of radical women who's protest techniques- marches, chaining themselves to buildings and politicians vehicles, hunger strikes, even some violence- were outre for their time.



Of course, these uppity women made the old guard uncomfortable, and the inevitable stream of misogynistic editorial cartoons followed; I particularly love how much fun the woman on the far right in the second image is having beating on the police- she's clearly having the time of her life. (I hope one day to have a reason to shout 'jump on him, he is only a mere man!' in public).



Its wonderfully inspiring to see these old pictures of women joining together for a mutual cause, unapologetic and forthright in demanding their civil rights. Also, their hats are fabulous.

Feminism is by its nature a contrarian movement- second wave versus third wave, anti porn versus sex positive, so on-but I think it would serve us well to remember, every once and awhile, what we can achieve through unity, and acknowledge the struggles & gains of the women before us.

I'll give the last word to the world's most cheerful fictional Feminist, Mrs. Banks:

Well done, Sister Suffragettes.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Ze Queen


Couldn't think of anything tonight, so here's a quick doodle of marie antoinette, after the Vigee Lebrun portrait of her (ignore the messed up arm). Sign that I've been looking at the pre-industrial crowned heads of europe for too much of my life: as I was drawing her, I wondered if she was a habsburg- one of the more unfortunate looking royal families, best seen in the portraits by Velasquez of the spanish branch of the clan-because she had that very distinctive habsburg face. Looked it up, and sure enough she was; its probably a little sad I recognized that.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Blast from the Past



A couple of old pieces from Elmer's class I don't think I ever posted- the assignment (as far as any of us could decipher) was to do a set of corporate report style illustrations on abstract concepts; this is 'foresight' and 'insight' respectively. I still like the old lady hands.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

BBQ Queens


The lovely Misses E & V Savanella had their annual BBQ tonight, and it was awesome as always- as Liz Degen puts it, 'their house is a magical place filled with rainbows and unicorns and marshmallows.' I managed to do a not so great likeness of shane, but I haven't sneaky-drawn a person in a while, so it is what it is.

Incidentally, that's Queen Victoria's signature crown on his shirt- here, he and vickie helpfully demonstrate how it would have been worn :D

Chicken Nugget Lemon Tooty



The very talented kids over at Chicken Nugget Lemon Tooty are having a little blog-iversary celebration, asking people to take a drawing and reinterpret it in their style. The problem with kid's art though is that they're usually so perfect in terms of self contained humour, story & character that it doesn't always seem like there's anything to add! That said, I took a crack at a version of Grace's 'Drifting.'

Friday, August 21, 2009

RETURN TO FRAMING


So, maybe I lied about a new drawing today, but its for a good cause! Tonight I hand cut 12 mats & helped my buddy Teresa frame them for her new apartment.

A close up of the artwork: some of its mine, some of its stuff she's collected.


Teresa approves!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Let's go to the mall!


I don't think I've ever posted this- this was done as a test piece for a fashion company that wanted the animated girl in their website intro updated. I didn't get the job, alas, but I think she's pretty cute- and its fun to see how much I've progressed in illustrator, even in the short time (november) since I did it. Fresh drawings next post!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Smitten Fop


Dandies need love too! One of my faves so far.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Looney Luna lovegood, you're okay in my book





More Harry Potter doodles, cause there hasn't been enough of those lately.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Calavera



Silly photo shop doodle inspired by Jose Posada's etching of calavera de la catrina

Friday, August 14, 2009

A funny thing happened on the way to the...


Me & my fave grecophile lene attempted to see Euripides Bacchea at the Delacorte theater, cause every so often we like to pretend we're grown ups and enjoy things that don't involve boy wizards. Sadly, we couldn't get tickets, but have a drawing anyway!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hey, there Sailor


Is there anything better than a smarmy mermaid? I bet she uses words like palooka. Quickie watercolour doodle I had a lot of fun with.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

ROAR


Been on a bit of a rampage today; my apologies if I've stomped on your city :D

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

King Einrich the Unwilling


I briefly met the lovely young men who do Baritarian Boy (a comic about the history and culture of a fictional eastern european nation) at mocca, so when they ran a fanart contest I decided to toss something off last minute to send in, and lo and behold, I won The Bronze Frolicking Chinchilla for hilarity :D
This is King Einrich the Unwilling, here depicted with the loaf of bread used to lure him, begrudingly, to his coronation. Check out the other entries, there's some fun stuff.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

No Fear, Julia


Hey kids, long time, no see, huh? I saw Julie & Julia on friday, and in addition to being adorable and very funny, I found it very inspiring- as someone who can get hung up on failing & not knowing what I'm doing, it was great to see characters face that and get through it, to complete the daunting projects they've taken on. So, in that spirit, I think I'm going to try to do & post a drawing everyday. Will I actually follow through with it? Hopefully! We shall see.
And in honor of julia, a pretty good looking insalata caprese I made the other day.