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Strange Anatomy

Godilla Anatomic Study

Godzilla Anatomical Study

I’ve neglected this blog of late. Sorry to any of you who may drop by with any regularity. I’ll do my level best to increase the number of posts per month. A combination of personal issues (life) along with work (blogging does not, unfortunately pay my bills), and other distractions (Twitter) have largely been the cause of neglect.

But being Friday and having managed to put a number of tasks ‘to bed’, I stumbled across this interesting article over on Design Observer and felt the need to post about it. Strange and disturbing illustrations of anatomy, but don’t let me put you off, go and take a peek.

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52 Shades of Greed

Two examples of the 52 Shades of Greed card deck

Two examples of the 52 Shades of Greed card deck

To see the full deck go here.

Once on the site, roll your curser over the card to get the information.
Maybe a gifted illustrator will come up with a set for the UK…

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Ronald Searle R.I.P.

St. Trinians book cover

I’ve just read about the death of Ronald Searle. Brilliant cartoonist.

Ronald William Fordham Searle CBE, RDI (3 March 1920 – 30 December 2011) was a British artist and cartoonist, best known as the creator of St Trinian’s School. He was also the co-author (with Geoffrey Willans) of the Molesworth series.

For more go here.

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Meowdoodle

Buffins & Tibbles by  Richard Perez / Skinny Ships

Buffins & Tibbles by Richard Perez / Skinny Ships

I’ve been a bit serious lately and so to add a little cheer to this blog I thought I would mention Meowdoodle, but first, why would this interest me? A little background information may help…

I said I didn’t want another cat, having owned several over the years. Not because I don’t like them or have had a bad experience or anything, I just felt I wasn’t ready for another one. But due to pressure mainly from my daughter I gave in and we ended up with a rescue cat called ‘Bailey’ from the Cat’s Protection League.

Bailey the rescued cat

Bailey the rescued cat

So when I stumbled across the site Meowdoodle set up by san Francisco based designer/illustrator Richard Perez I liked what I saw.

This is from Richard’s site:

It was lunchtime. I just finished lunch and drew a doodle of my 1 year old cat, Tibbles, and wondered how other illustrators with furry companies capture their cats personality on the page (or screen). So I started Meowoodle, to collect these different feline portraits.

Loki by Chelsea Conboy

Loki by Chelsea Conboy

 

Richard describes himself as a graphic designer, illustrator and cat whisperer.

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The original Santa Claus?

Thomas Nast's Father Christmas

Thomas Nast's Father Christmas

Thomas Nast’s most famous drawing, “Merry Old Santa Claus”, from the January 1, 1881 edition of Harper’s Weekly. The ‘real thing’.

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Thought for Friday

I think I’ve discovered the secret of life – you just hang around until you get used to it.
Sally Brown, Peanuts.

Sally Brown

Sally Brown

 

Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000) was an American cartoonist. His wonderful comic strip Peanuts proved one of the most popular and influential in the history of the medium. Still reprinted today it remains a benchmark in cartooning.

Charles Schultz

Charles Schultz

I’ve been a huge fan of the Peanuts characters since picking up the Coronet paperback reprints of the daily strips back in the late 1960s. The world of Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally, Lucy, Woodstock and of course Snoopy was and remains today a wonderful place full of warm humour and sardonic wit.

For the love of Peanuts

For the love of Peanuts

Schultz’s skilled drawing fascinated me. Brilliantly simple lines and yet so full of character and expression.

For more go to:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peanuts

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_M._Schulz

http://peanuts.com/

http://www.schulzmuseum.org/

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Jean-Claude Forest and Barbarella

Barbarella graphic novel

Barbarella graphic novel cover

Jean-Claude Forest was born on 13 September 1930. I couldn’t let his birthday go by without a short post about him and his most famous creation Barbarella.

Born in France, Jean-Claude graduated from the Paris school of design in the early 1950s and began work as an illustrator. In 1962 he created the sci-fi comic strip Barbarella which was an immediate success. Translated into a dozen languages the strip became a bestseller.

In 1967 Terry Southern and Roger Vadim adapted the strip for the big screen with Jane Fonda playing the title role.

Jeane-Claude Forest won Grand Prizes at two major comic festivals in France and Switzerland in 1984 and 1998. Suffering from severe asthma for many years Jean-Claude Forest died in 1998 at the age of 68.

Comic pages

A sample from the first graphic novel

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