Saturday, April 25, 2020

Under The Influence: Here We Go Again

April 25, 2020
   A couple days ago I found this old, unfinished board—and character—and gave him/it a tweak, or two:

Daily Whip Out:
"The Red-Headed SOB Mickey Free"

   I didn't just make this up. Al Sieber, chief of scouts, said of Mickey Free: "he's half Mexican, half Irish and all son-of-a-bitch." If that isn't the subtitle of a book I would love to read, I don't know what is.

Daily Whip Out:
"Pendejo Wandering Above The Tree Line"

   Got some facial things I'm working on. Seething for example.

Daily Whip Out: "Buck Seethes"

Here We Go Again
   My father posed for this drawing in his favorite chair—a bonified Barcalounger—in our house on Ricca Drive (circa 1963), BUT he never once uttered these words.

Every Generation Hates
The Next Generation's Music

   And, so it goes.

"Bonito lejos y feo cerquita"
—Old Vaquero Saying (Some things look attractive at a distance, but not so much when close at hand)

Case in point:
Peter Beard Passes at age 82

   Frankly, I had never heard of the guy, but in his obit, two things got my attention. The dude was married to Cheryl Tiegs for three years (one of my high school crushes) and he did some pretty amazing collages.

   I love the little sidebars and gutter crawls. I think there is something in here for the future of narrative storytelling, i.e. graphic novels.

Peter Beard collages

   Apparently, there is a great book full of his collage work that sells for $150. I need to check it out. Meanwhile, I am also studying the old masters. And by "old masters" I mean Alex Raymond:

"Rip Kirby," syndicated cartoon
by Alex Raymond, 1951

Great blocks of black, plus excellent draftsmanship. Nice! I need to emulate.

Daily Whip Out: "Jim Young Trailblazer"

Here We Go Again, Part II
   If you live long enough you see things repeat, and repeat again: the width of ties, the hem of skirts, plagues and pandemics. . .

Mohave County Miner, January 14, 1898
Posted by Andy Sansom

"Whoever said one person can't change the world never ate an undercooked bat."
—Old Wuhan Saying

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