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vern & lettuce on the catbus

Congratulations to Will Kirkby (chamonkee) for winning the DFC challenge! My two references in the latest Vern and Lettuce strip were My Neighbour Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. (If you know the pinkish book cover, you might spot in this panel that the cat's holding it up as his 'rule book'.)

Edit: Speaking of catbuses, here's a great Totoro mask made by writer and illustrator Alex Milway.

From time to time I get this obsession with copying historical portrait paintings without any attempt to get the proportions right, just letting my pen wander over the paper, a bit like one of those exercises in the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Sometimes the results are fairly accurate anyway, but it's even better when I get surprises, and the face doesn't look anything like it's supposed to, but in kind of a cool way. I don't put any thought into it at all, so it's a nice stress reliever, with occasional fun results.



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Nov. 3rd, 2008 09:37 am (UTC)
That's some funky hair on the woman in the top right hand corner.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 10:56 am (UTC)
Thanks! I like it, too, I kind of wish I'd made it even bigger!
Nov. 3rd, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
I do like Marie Antoinette there.
Is that one Queen Bess with the face of the other?
Nov. 3rd, 2008 10:55 am (UTC)
Thanks! Nope, they don't look all that much like their paintings, but they're Varvara Gagarin, Ursula Mnishek, some woman in the Arlaten Museum in Arles (but not Bess, I don't think) and Alexander Pushkin.
Nov. 3rd, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
Today is my lucky day! I get awesome art from your kind self. Darkwaterfret just drew me some doodles for fun! Plus I just found that they released The Prince of Persia book from first second publishing, I book I've wanted for almost a year now.

With this kind of amazing luck i should just wander the streets and bump into my perfect woman...
Nov. 3rd, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
Whoo hoo! 'Tis a good day! :-D
Nov. 3rd, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
US Elections
Sarah, David Horsey continues to have a heyday with the elections in his Seattle Post-Intelligencer campaign cartoons. See www.davidhorsey.com
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