Sunday, May 22, 2005

Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Been extremely busy with work and home improvement, I will be absent for next 3 weeks while I work on a design project that requires my undivided attention, full report once the thing is done :)

I'll take a break from work 2 weeks from now to attend the Philadelphia "Wizard World" Show June 3 to 5 at the Convention Center, if you live in the vecinity and have nothing better to do, please stop by and say hello, Artist Alley table 2011 A&B, my good friend and fine purveyor of Draw! Magazine, Mike Manley Sr. will be my neighbor.

Girls: please dress apropriately and do look your best. Guys: don't forget to bring your girlfriends, continuing with the tradition I started 2 months ago, any girl/woman/female impersonator who buys any of my books gets a free sketch/caricature of herself. If you happen to be a guy, I will draw your girlfriend/wife/mistress or whatever you wish to call the object of your infections, if you don't have a girlfriend (and let's face it, most of you nerds don't) one will be provided for you at no additional cost to you.

MONEY SAVING OFFER: Bring any of the following items:

A bag of lime-flavored tostitos
Bottle of Corona beer (Coronita is also accepted)
Jar of Calamata olives
Pint of Häagen Dazs mango ice cream (pineapple/coconut ice cream also accepted)
"Nut & Fruit" Cadbury chocolate bar

And receive a FREE sample 8.5"x11" book, an oversize full-color postcard, a mini poster and a $5 dollar discount towards the purchase of any book.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER This offer can not be combined with any other offer from anybody, anywhere at anytime. One girlfriend drawn per purchase. No, your sister doesn't count as a girlfriend, unless you're from the south. Void where prohibited by law, not responsible for depicting ugly girls accurately, must be 18 to enter 21 to win.

Final cover, this is the "woody" version.


Saturday, May 14, 2005

The Three Musketeers

Growing up in South America I fantasized with moving to Paris on many iddle nights. France, I thought, was the coolest place on earth besides New York City, for obvious reasons of course (wine, cheese, croissants, Asterix and Lucky Luke comics, Ingres, Degas, Brigitte Bardot and Charles Aznavour) but mainly because Moebius was french and french also were these 3 amazing monsters: Jean Mulatier, Patrice Ricord and Jean-Claude Morchoisne, who are in no small part responsible for adding fuel to my burning passion for caricature.

Ricord and Mulatier are clearly the most gifted of the three, they don't simply capture likeness but the essence of the subject's character and personality, at times it's not easy to tell them apart but if you look real hard you'll notice the distinct differences in style. Morchoisne's faces lack depth and that certain "human quality" but are none the less very appealing.

Here are just some of the dopest, craziest, most wonderful depictions of flawed leaders and other malaise.

Thanks to the kind Mustafa Kandaz for helping me compile this "exhibition", providing scans of great quality. Some of the images posted here come from an out of print dutch book called: "Het grote smoelenboek"

All images are the copyright of the artists, reproduced here for review purposes only.














Friday, May 13, 2005

Michael Mathias Prechtl

German born artist, also among my most beloved and admired since my teenage years, I've kept the Orwell pic I clipped in '84 (part of a 1984 calendar appropriately used as the cover)

Michael Mathias Prechtl

The last two images come from the KUNSTHAUS Nürnberg's site.


Zowie! Roughs

Stuff from Zowie!Deux, a collection of comic stories and cool art by a bunch of corrupted teenagers.

The Ramblings of a Great Man

I posted this a few years ago. Oscar Wilde should become required reading in all art schools.

The artist is the creator of beautiful things.

To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim.

The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.

The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming.

This is a fault.

Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.

They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty.

The moral life of man forms part of the subject-matter of the artist, but the morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium. No artist desires to prove anything. Even things that are true can be proved.

No artist has ethical sympathies.

An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style. No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything.

Thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art.

Vice and virtue are to the artist materials for an art.

All art is at once surface and symbol.

Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.

Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.

It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.

Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital.

When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself.

We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.

All art is quite useless.

Oscar Wilde
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Sunday, May 01, 2005

Allegra Means Happy

Nothing new to report except seasonal allergies kicking my butt, thank god for allergy medication, I hate popping 'em pills but I despise shots even more.

Don't you just love that i-Tunes shuffle button? Leave it to the computer to put Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave me This Way" and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" back to back, what can be better? ...nothing!. Two strong, passionate women done wrong by Cupid, the former begging her lover to stay, in an act of total submission and acceptance, the latter proclaiming independence, defiant and self-assured. Damn! there is a GOD!!

Here's more old stuff.