Saturday, February 24, 2007

Demento Memento - part 1

after Kees Van Dongen Woman with Hat

after Alexej von Jawlensky Spanish Girl

after Amadeo Modigliani A Student

after Otto Mueller Self Portrait with Nude

I had been thinking of putting together a small zine of the ink wash type sketches I'd been doing in my sketchbooks. A selection of the sketches were scanned and a rough layout version of the book assembled. The collection didn't seem to gel though. The toned wash effect was difficult to reproduce in photo-copiable form and there was no overall common theme. Looking at the project again I can see there were some different sets of connecting threads - though not enough of each to justify a zine of their own. This set were copied from tiny black and white thumbnails of the pictures in question from an old 'Introduction to Painting' type art history book.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Annual Covers

A few posts ago I was writing how those new yorker cartoonists are a big influence on the gag style cartoons I sometimes use in birthday card efforts. The bawdy primary colours of the old british humour comic annual covers are an even greater influence than the new yorkers distinguished grey tones. Not to mention the brit comics lewder cousin- the seaside postcard.

Here is a version of another card, originally black and white, that probably makes more immediate sense in coloured form.