Thursday, February 28, 2013

Music while you work? Listen to Richard Williams' story

What do you listen to while you draw and paint?  Listen to what famous animator Richard Williams says about work and music.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Great Richard Williams Animation Studio

I had the great pleasure to view this commercial and several others projected on a 16mm projector  at Richard William's Studio in London way back in the 1970s.

Monday, February 25, 2013

                      Tim Fisher's ink sketching technique is fascinating and with beautiful results!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Levi's Hot Rod Vintage Clothing Film

                                                   Makes me proud to be an American!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Where do you buy your gRaFFiTi supplies?

Did you know there are many Graffiti Supply stores?  I would like to experiment with the fantastic array of permanent pigment and colors.  I am especially intrigued by Lindsey Lohan White. 33third los angeles and Bombing Science  look like some excellent places to start.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Edward Gorey's Birthday

Today is Edward Gorey's birthday.  He was born in 1925 and passed on in 2000.  I have not really seen many of his pictures, I am mostly familiar with him through his animated intro to the old PBS MYSTERY! program but having read a little about him this morning I am very impressed and plan to look at all of his work I can find.

Eward Gorey- Wikipedia

Edward Gorey House

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tim Fisher Wet on Wet Demonstration- Tunstall Village

This is a beautiful wet on wet technique demonstration I like to show in my watercolor classes.  The artist is Tim Fisher.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

5 part interview with cartoonist Eldon Dedini

Here is a great interview on YOUTUBE with cartoonist, Eldon Dedini.  You'll recognize his style.  A recurring theme I see in all of these famous cartoonist interviews is that of "being yourself"... it's an old adage but it is always appropriate.
I'll warn you, some of the cartoons are a little bawdy.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Hot Rod CarToons Magazine

Hot Rod CarToons Magazine was a magazine devoted to humor about cars and hot rods and the covers were superb!

Inspired by Hot Rod CarToons Magazine and the hot rods and monsters culture of the 1960's I painted some "Monsterpieces" of my own!

"Graveyard Garage", Watercolor, 16 x 20 inches

 "Transylvania Speedway" Watercolor, 22 x 30 inches

"Brick Street Monsters", Watercolor and Acrylics, 22 x 30 inches

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Incredible Freehand Drawing Skills of Kim Jung-Gi

Watch Kim Jung-Gi draw an incredible mural with a single black marker.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Chip Foose Does a Mean Marker Drawing

Here is a captivating Volkswagen commercial. I don't care if it's a commercial... check out Chip Foose's drawing!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Grocery Artist Blues

I worked for a grocery company in the 1990s travelling to many stores with a box of Fomecore board , markers and spray paint.  I was usually drawing big posters depicting happy families on picnics or anthropomorphic vegetables and fruits doing whatever they might do to promote the product on display. 
I was cleaning out my studio and found this sketch made in preparation for some "back to school" signage.  I guess I must have been pretty bored of the ultra happy grocery scene when I made the sketch.  I never made that sign!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

James Gurney speaks about his approach to art

Here is an informative and inspiring interview with a remarkable artist and human being, James Gurney.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Inspiration from the world around me

This little picture was inspired by events that were taking place during October, 2012.  It was the election season and yard signs were everywhere.  We had some new neighbors who decided to celebrate when we normally slept.  That grumpy old werewolf is me threatening to call the cops! 
I decided to make a picture rather than turn my new neighbors in and I think it was a good decision.  Hey, at least I got an idea from it.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Juan Gimenez

Juan Gimenez , born in Mendoza, Argentina, is one of my favorite illustrators.  He has mastered a style that is a beautiful blend of futurism and rococo.  I especially enjoy his illustrations for the comic series "The Metabarons".

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Ed "Big Daddy" Roth

When I was a kid I loved to draw monsters and hot rods and monsters driving hot rods!  It's what every little boy seemed to be drawing back then.  The inspiration for our crazy car art was Ed "Big Daddy" Roth.  As far as I know Ed Roth was the father of the whole Monster-Hot Rod movement.
Ed passed away recently, I wish I could have met him, I've heard from several car enthusiasts that he was a real nice guy.  Check out the official Ed "Big Daddy" Roth site, .

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Disney Studio Tour - 1939

This is a film made in 1939 wherein Robert Benchley takes a tour of Disney Studios.  The film begins with Benchley arriving at Disney to pitch his idea for an animated film based on "The Reluctant Dragon", that beginning is cut from this YOUTUBE version but I streamed the total film on NETFLIX a few days ago.
Walt Disney had an incredible organization.  In the tour you will see animators sketching animals preparing to make "Dumbo" and "Bambi", you'll see the large sound effects department at work and the huge multi plane camera in operation.  The order and organization of the studio based on handmade animation was startling.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

A "Real" Ghost Hunter

Dr. Hans Holzer was the first "Ghost Hunter" I'd ever heard of.  He wrote many books on the subject of ghosts, he even investigated a "haunting" in my hometown, Tyler, Texas.  His books are very entertaining.  One thing I noticed in reading Dr. Holzer's accounts of ghostly encounters was his slow, deliberate approach to his investigations, more like Sherlock Holmes than a live cops reality show.
Below is a 7 part interview with Hans Holzer.

Hans Holzer  1920-2009

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Beer Labels

No matter what you think of beer, surely you agree that many of the labels are downright beautiful!  My favorite label is the one for the Japanese beer, "Kirin Ichiban".  It has some mythological looking horse printed in gold foil, it's gorgeous!  Well, I searched "beer labels" and evidently the interest and demand for creating beer labels is so intense there are many, many design sources and even a free custom label designing program for beer labels

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Disney's "Skeleton Dance"

You know me, I like it spooky!  This early Walt Disney "Silly Symphony" called "The Skeleton Dance" is very playful and a bit nightmarish, especially viewed as a grainy, black and white video on YOUTUBE.
"The Skeleton Dance" was drawn by the genius, innovator, Ub Iwerks.  And now ladies and gentlemen, "The Skeleton Dance"...

Monday, February 04, 2013


This post has not much to do with anything related to art but it's just too much fun if you are familiar with German film maker Werner Herzog, and laughter is good for the soul!

Sunday, February 03, 2013

John Pike Paints Watercolors

John Pike was an American water colorist who lived from 1911 to 1979, I'll always be in awe of his work.  I first saw some of his artwork in a book I checked out in the 1980s called JOHN PIKE PAINTS WATERCOLORS.  The way he painted the light from colored lanterns glowing in a smoky village or transparent green water in a fishing village or gigantic trees catching the sunlight in a snowy field is unequalled.
Pike said he couldn't afford expensive Sable brushes when he started out so he bought cheap bristle brushes which he used for his entire career.  He designed a unique watercolor palette which is still being production, one I enjoy using when I paint... however, not as beautifully as he did.


Saturday, February 02, 2013

"Rat Rod"

I went to a car show today and my childhood love for HOT RODS came roaring back to me.  I wasn't old enough to live the "American Graffiti" experience as a bonafide participant but I rode along with older cousins to drive-ins where waitresses brought your burger to your car window and saw (and heard) the mighty street rods race on Broadway.
I drew this 1932 Ford 5 window coupe after a friend of that generation told me it was one of the famous local "Rat Rods" that I saw on our small town streets as a kid and that it was recently restored and upgraded to a stylish "Hot Rod" level.

Friday, February 01, 2013

BATMAN: The Animated Series Storyboard

Have you ever seen this clip?  It's a great example of a storybord.  Being so familiar with the intro to "Batman: The Animated Series" I was impressed by how completely this series of drawings communicates the finished product.