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When They was Fab: a drawing of The Beatles (finally finished)

cartoon drawing of the young beatles playing the cavern club in hamburg

I think I’ve finished this drawing… it’s always hard to tell.  I know I could keep working on bits and parts of it… probably forever.

But for now, I think this is what I will call “done.”

It took a long time to get back to this, but here is the finished (for today anyway) version of my Beatles drawing “When They Was Fab”.  I’d posted this earlier as a work-in-progress… you can see here.

The full-sized, full-resolution print of this image is  25 inches wide x 19 inches high.  Now that it’s finished, I’m really excited to have it framed… although it’s gonna cost me an arm and a leg, for sure!  I plan to hang it up in my man cave… whenever I finally get a man cave…sigh* Until then, it will go in my family room, alongside a nice print of a mural I painted in college, and comical collection of photos of me and my girls.

One of the characteristics I really like about this drawing, is that it reminds me of a diorama.

You remember dioramas – right?  Back in grade school, you would get an assignment to create a 3-dimensional scene depicting George Washington chopping down a cherry tree, and you were to build the whole thing in a shoebox using crayons, magic markers, bits of construction paper and a LOT of Elmer’s glue.  You remember – right?

So it occurs to me that if I had any gumption (yeah, I said gumption) I would print out the separate elements of this drawing, and construct an actual 3D diorama out of them.  I could frame it in a glass box and light it from behind.  That would be cool… I wonder if I’ll ever do it ;)

 

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They wanted a Rock God… they got Jim: JIM MORRISON

jim morrison of the doors poster illustration drawing image

“I am the Lizard King… I can do anything”

About a month ago I watched the film “When You’re Strange”… an artful documentary about the Doors, featuring Narration voice-over by Johnny Depp.  The movie focuses on the Doors’ legendary singer-front man, Jim Morrison and it portrays him in a way that seemed new to me… I mean, I’ve been familiar with Jim Morrison for a very long time… but after watching this movie, I felt like all this time I had been missing something really special, and that now I finally “got it.”  I’d say that’s the sign of a really good documentary.

So inspired by my new feelings about who/what Jim Morrison really was… I drew this characterization sketch. 

Break on through, break on through – eh… eh.. eh.. eh.. eh!

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In a Cephalopod’s Back Yard

Craig from Cutting Edge Entertainment does a blog on music-related subjects, and he recently got on a Beatles kick.  He’s been reading a bunch of books, and I guess, a bunch of blogs. 

Sometime last week he came across a blog posting that offered one particular person’s list of the Worst Beatles Songs ever.  On that list was Octopus’s Garden – written and sung by Beatles’ drummer and lovable comic-relief… Ringo Starr.

Craig didn’t think that seemed right… I mean, bashing on Octopus’s Garden somehow seems to be in the same class with screaming at cuddly kittens.  So Craig decided to do a blog of his own in response… and he asked me if I’d do an illustration of an Octopus to go with it.

I don’t think I’ve ever drawn an Octopus before… and I happen to be a big fan of Ringo Starr (not so much the musician, but more the persona)

…so I said yes.

And here it is…

And for what it’s worth… I’d tend to agree with Craig on this… Octopus’s Garden is just too damn cheerful to be placed on any “Worst Of” list. 

Thanks for the smiles, Ringo.

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