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When They was Fab… (work in progress)

drawing of The Beatles by Sean Gallo

The Beatles are a great story… ever since I was a kid I’ve had a fantasy about being there with Paul, Ringo, George & John scrappin it out on stage way back in those early days in Hamburg.  Here is my interpretation of that fantasy.

This is a scaled-down version of the work in progress – the actual drawing is 19×25 inches… looking forward to having a print made and framed.

Here are some close-ups of the Boys (where you can see a little better how unfinished this is just yet)…

 

SIR
PAUL McCARTNEY
drawing of Paul McCartney by Sean Gallo

 

THE INIMITABLE
RINGO STARR

drawing of Ringo Starr by Sean Gallo

 

YOUNG GEORGE
HARRISON

drawing of George Harrison by Sean Gallo

 

JOHN
EFFING
LENNON

drawing of John Lennon by Sean Gallo

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The Z Team

Wow – it’s been a busy summer/fall for me in my non-artistic life!  I’ve only recently started doing some drawing again… and it’s been a reinvigorating experience.  Creative expression really does help my state of mind.

I’ve picked up on the Zombie project idea again, and started designing some of the non-Zombie characters who are going to have to survive in the world of the living dead.

So, here are a couple of pics of * THE Z-TEAM *… work in progress.

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1ST DRAFT w/storyline & dialog ideas overlayed

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CAST OF CHARACTERS + a bit more definition

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BACKSTORY w/WORKING NAMES:

MARCUS (front-center):
college student… was on a canoe trip when the Zombie outbreak swept through the cities, towns, and well… campuses.  He got back to the dorm… had a look around… and decided to head for the hills… literally;

TREVOR (front-left):
art-school dropout & vagabond… was crashing at an acquaintance’s hunting cabin when the dead came to town… and that’s right where he was when Marcus found him;

HOOPS (back-center):
biker/mechanic… stays on the move riding with his motorcycle club and kicking Zombie asses along the way… “Live to Ride, Ride to Live” has taken on new meaning… while running for their lives from a pack of TEETH, the boys are saved when Hoops and Co. happen on the scene… suffering a broken ankle in the scrum, Hoops decides to stay with the boys for a bit while he heals;

VALERIE (front-right):
USMC Combat Rifle Company squad-leader whose team was eviscerated when a call to “quell a riot” in Trenton NJ put them in the path of several-hundred Zombies tearing through the city… after barely escaping across the river, Val comes looking for provisions at the mall.

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That’s it for now… look for more… sooner or later.

And remember – Kill the Head!

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Quiet Determination

 

 

Edward Eggleston

Life is filled with endless challenges.

They just keep on coming at us… day after day.

Resolve to meet them face to face… give them your best effort… and never allow yourself to be beaten into submission.

Whatever the outcome of today’s challenges… tomorrow will bring another opportunity to take on the next.

“Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.”
~ Edward Eggleston


The Heavy Hand

When business gets messy… they call in the Heavy Hand…

Somebody is not going to be happy to see this face tonight…


Looking Up

This is just something I was playing around with… I’m not sure what she sees up in the sky there… but it seems to have put a smile on her face, so it can’t be bad.


I’m a World-Famous Animator… sort of

It’s only natural that my love for drawing and my love for music would come together as a love for animation, and – – – Oh… I didn’t mention that I dabble in animation…?  And I forgot music too? Huh – weird…

Historical Note: I’ve been told that the KO Title Sequence was the first ever Animated Theme Song intro of any YouTube Channel… And while I’m not at all not sure how true that really is… it’s still really cool that I’ve been told that!

===> * * * WATCH THE VIDEO… IT’S SHORT, I PROMISE! * * * <===

Well, I guess I just figured that the Opening Sequence for KatiesOpinion made that kind of obvious… I mean, you do remember KatiesOpinion – right…?  What… NO…?!? Why that’s preposterous!!! EVERYONE knows KatiesOpinion!  On what planet do you spend most of your time?!?  I mean seriously – WTF!?!  Why don’t you try pulling your head out of your – – – !!!

I know, I know… of course I’m just kidding. I know KatiesOpinion was never THAT big… But it was kind of popular… back in the good old days… waaaayyyy back when in the olden times of 2006-2008

. . . cue flashback . . .

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DJ Brain

My buddy Craig has a really big head.

Presumably that would mean he’s got a really big brain too – wouldn’t it?  Maybe that’s why he writes so many damn blogs. His big ol’ brain just keeps churning out idea after idea… and blogging gives him a place to dump them all.

Lately he’s been siezed by a fit of Beatle-Mania which <sarcasm>surprisingly</sarcasm> has resulted in several more blogs.

His latest one is a response to some folks who questioned whether or not it’s productive for someone in his business (the DJ business) to spend time writing blogs about the Beatles.

The blog answers that question, by posing another question (a nice  Socratic approach)…

What is a DJ SUPPOSED to Know About…?

Craig goes on to argue that music is a DJ’s stock & trade… you want your DJ to be knowledgeable about music… and researching and writing about one of the greatest music groups of all time is therefore consistent with what a DJ OUGHT to be thinking about.

He sent me a draft of his blog… asked for my opinion on it… and then asked if I would be willing to provide another illustration [see Octopus]

But, he said he didn’t know what kind of picture would make sense…

So I whipped off this little doodle here…

Music for your mind

Music for your mind

The sketch above is the one I sent Craig for his blog.

I had cranked that one out real quickly right before running out the door… so I didn’t spend too much time staring at it (which I usually DO)… so when I looked at it again later that night, it was kind of “new” to me.

I really liked it… and I couldn’t stop looking at it.

Turns out… I wanted to play with it some more.

So I re-opened the file and started resizing… adding backgrounds… throwing on filters and effects…

Eventually I tuned in on this “poster” treatment… which makes me laugh… which is good.

Make sure you click it to see the full-size version (and press ‘F11’ to go to fullscreen view)

This is Your Brain on Music

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