January 27, 2008

Coat Lady

January 23, 2008

Daily Pinup

"Who needs sunscreen!"

Daily Pinup

I was recently told that I draw "like a woman." I know it wasn't meant as an insult, but I guess since I'm used being teased for throwing "like a girl", the statement irked me. So today I have some old girlie drawings because drawing pin-ups makes me feel defiant and cheeky.

January 18, 2008

Mitzi as Rosie

If I could claim to have any kind if style whatsoever, it would probably be my girlie drawing style I call "Mitzi". So here's the inevitable picture of my Mitzi as Rosie the Riveter. As a girl born forty years too late, I've always had a fondness for the Rosie image, although I find the "We Can Do It!" Rosie a bit too dour. I prefer the Normal Rockwell Rosie, as she seems to possess a bit more personality. If I weren't so lazy I'd include image links, but I geh...bleh...blach..

January 17, 2008


Atlanta rarely sees snow, but we saw it last night! Big, fat, glorious snowflakes. Didn't stick, of course, but I make a doodle to commemorate it.

January 15, 2008

Doodle Page #42

Here are some of today's daily doodles plus some old stuff I'm cleaning out. (Looks like someone needs more life drawing sessions!)

January 14, 2008

Trix In SPAAAAAAACE! Part Deux

All righty, so I finally saw the Trix in Space spot. The one I worked on the Primal pitch for and lost to Calabash. What irks me is that this spot looks so similar to the one we pitched. The layouts, the Trix ship, the characters... this spot was just a couple tweaks away from what we showed the client. The black guy's design looks very similar to mine (I kinda like my design better actually- his face in the spot is too bottom-heavy). The ginger kid is never near the camera so its hard to tell what he looks like, but he seems very familiar. The Latina got switched to a Japanese girl, but I hate to think we lost the pitch because they preferred a different ethnicity for the girl. Also the colors on the kids got switched around, with the girl now in green, the ginger in red (ick, that clashes!), and the black guy in purple (haven't they watched Chapelle's Show? Don't they know that's racist?) Anyhow, its a decent spot. Calabsh always does amazing work. But I still feel like Primal could have made it just as great. And I could have changed the friggin' colors on the uniforms, and designed a Japanese girl godammit! Was a Latina in red really so offensive that they had to go with a different studio? Grumblecakes.

January 12, 2008

Doodle Dump

January 07, 2008

Marion Davies

TCM recently introduced me to a splendid actress and I am ashamed I didn't know about her sooner. Marion Davies is actress from the 20s and 30s, and one of the most charming and riotously funny actresses I've ever come across. As I was watching her films, I realized I had never really seen a silent film with a hilarious lady in it- usually women in silent films are weepy, mopey, or faint a lot. Later on I dug up some info on her, and was astonished. This woman figures into American pop culture more than I ever would have guessed. She is famous as the life-long mistress of Mr. William Randolph Hearst. They never married as Hearst couldn't finagle a divorce from his wife, but Hearst doted on Marion fiercely and set a new bar for all the sugar daddies in the world to reckon by. He created a movie studio for her to head, and produced dozens of films as star vehicles for her. If this sounds at all familiar, its because Orson Welles adapted this story in "Citizen Kane", implying through the character of Susan Alexander than Marion Davies was just a kept woman who's success was fake and undeserved. Ever wonder why snooty film majors make such a big whoop out of "Citizen Kane", calling it the best film ever made? You yourself have probably watched it, then shrugged your shoulders and gone "meh! whats the big deal?" Well, after learning what a commotion it caused in its time, I think I have a better idea of why it is remembered so well. "Citizen Kane" is basically an allegory based on William Randolph Hearst's life. Hearst and Davies, though more or less forgotten today, were superstars for decades. When "Citizen Kane" came out, the audiences surely knew who Charles Foster Kane and Susan Alexander were based on. Hearst bucked furiously at the implications it made about Marion (particularly her drinking) and even endeavored to destroy all the prints of the film. Perhaps the scent of scandal still lingers over the "Citizen Kane", even if most people have forgotten who made the original stink. How sad that people today will remember Susan Alexander, but not Marion Davies. Because the truth of the matter is that Marion Davies was superbly talented. Go rent "The Red Mill" and you'll see what a treasure she is. She was a remarkable woman for her time, or any time for that matter.

Thank you again, TCM, for continuously expanding my cinematic education! Oh, and this doodle isn't technically supposed to be Marion Davies- I just was inspired to do some 30s stuff after seeing Marion's movies.