tashlin front cover

Frank Tashlin’s How to Create Cartoons.

I enjoyed the post James Gurney did on Frank Tashlin so much that I decided to share some more pages with all of you. Also to alert any of you who don’t read James’ wonderful art/illustration blog to this quite amusing book. Definitely check out the Gurney Journey post as it covers different pages than those shown here.

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These faces show the SCOT method Tashlin demonstrates in this book. SCOT means square, circle, oval, triangle which are the basic units that all the pictures are composed of.

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Notice how each figure has a little diagram next to it showing the arrangement of basic geometric shapes that comprise its composition.

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I liked the pages others had posted so much that I dug around until I found a post that contained scans of the entire book. The style is a bit dated, it is from 1952 after all, but it’s got a lot of still valuable information and the authors treatment of the subject matter holds true. On the other hand you (like me) could choose to look at it through nostalgia goggles which render it entirely wonderful.

I found out earlier this week about the death of Patrick Woodroffe 1940-2014 (specifically May 10, 2014). I first found out who Patrick was when I bought his book Mythopoeikon for my Dad for Christmas. We both got a lot of enjoyment out of that book. Like Omni magazine, it opened new doors of perception for me.

It took me a few days to pull together the few books that I have about him and assemble these images for you. His work often has a luminous stained glass glow to it — lots of color and heavily saturated color at that. Be sure to click on them to view them larger. There is a massive amount of detail to appreciate.

Masked Ball

Masked Ball

Take some time and look at this one closely, this is one very wild party.

Cover art for Dangerous Visions volumes one and two

Cover art for Dangerous Visions volumes one and two

Better known as Dangerous Visions and Again Dangerous Visions, these were edited by Harlan Ellison and if you haven’t already read them put them on your to-read list.

Hortus Conclusus

Hortus Conclusus

Chez Nous

Chez Nous

Home of Tinker and Darner, the hole-eating Ducks. Free patching, mending and cobbling. Your holes are our bread and butter. no job too small.

I would love to have someplace like this to go and escape the ordinary.

Corn Fairy

Corn Fairy

Beware the Frumious Bandersnatch

Beware the Frumious Bandersnatch

Check out the tag hanging from his ear: Trust Me. I’ve only seen a couple of his paintings with an Alice theme; I would have loved it if he had done an illustrated Alice in Wonderland book.

Micky's New Home

Micky’s New Home

Micky and Friend

Micky and Friend

Ichtheological Metamorphosis

Ichtheological Metamorphosis

work in progress

work in progress

If you liked these pictures at all, and/or if you want to know more about Patrick Woodroffe; please go over to the Lines and Colors blog. It’s a great blog which I really should add to my blog roll because it’s a particular favorite of mine. Then you might want to do a Google image search — there’s lots of good stuff out there.

or more properly: The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex.

Smekday cover

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time but didn’t get around to it until very recently. I’m sorry I waited — it’s truly wonderful.

Smekday is smart, funny and it should be on the required reading list of every entity seeking to be a fully rounded rational sort of being (with a sense of humor). It’s chock full of delicious salty, crunchy sarcasm; it doesn’t pull any punches; and it made me laugh, repeatedly. I loved this book.

Things that stood out for me: Happy Mouse Kingdom, the always perfect, antiseptic fantasy, the land of fake rubber noses on a string. The wonderful comic book sequences. The day they went into a store and Tip says to J.Lo to get only essentials and he turns up with an armload of paper, pencils and other art stuff (and she lets him keep them).

My favorite quote: “The Boov weren’t anything special. They were just people. They were too smart and too stupid to be anything else.”

Go read it — Now! First chapter available as “look inside” on Amazon. Buy it , borrow it from the library (I did), just be sure to read it.

Then wait with me for the movie to come out. It’s expected to release for Thanksgiving 2014. In the meantime, Dreamworks has made a promotional short called “Almost Home”. Go watch that on YouTube. Watch it five or six times; you’ll feel better, I did.

almost home


Winter is slapping me around . . . Again.

So go and watch this fun short animated film that made me laugh. A lot.

mr hublot poster

You can read more about it here on James Gurney’s blog (with associated links also). I watched it several times; it’s that good. Hey it’s not for nothing that it won the Oscar.

I’d seen the work of the artist that inspired Mr. Hublot’s look before, maybe as much as several years ago. I just love the way the city looks in the film.

This is probably the worst written post I’ve done (to date). Further evidence that my brain is seriously fried by fatigue. TTFN

Sorry about that folks, I know that I defo disappeared for too long.

This winter has been brutal. That’s all; just bloody awful brutal.

I’ve finally pulled myself out of a weather induced fugue state and am currently doing a bit of cleaning/reorganizing, specifically in the workroom. The next biggest priority is to get a handle on the book situation before one of the many random stacks falls over and crushes someone. Ha! You think I’m kidding but I’m really, really not. We are looking at a very real possibility of a online garage sale this spring/summer to thin the herd.

Vintage 60s Library Poster Shelf order

Here’s a little vintage poster gem for you. Seriously wish my books were this organized. We started out with sections by subject or author but have devolved into wherever we can find a spot. Or worse: “I think the book I want is in that stack over there.”

Bringin in the Plum Pudding - illus by Charles Robinson 1906

and remember — don’t eat anything bigger than your head.

Did anyone else get this card? Because J did. Not me, just J.


Here’s what I really like about this card:

First, it’s a popup and I like popups. Second, whoever designed this made some particularly smart decisions that elevated it from being just an elegant iconic piece of architecture to being something a bit more, well, friendly. These are the elements that made that happen: the dogs and the windows. The windows are stamped in gold foil which makes them catch and reflect light; warm golden light which feels nice. The dogs are . . . dogs, and dogs are inherently a friendly sort of symbol.

Overall this card said to me: “Hey, we got another dog (oh yeah and we live in the White House), Merry Christmas!


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