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old catalogue drawing

For today's morning sketch, I drew from a '60s catalogue page. Here's the original ink image, and then I played around with it on Photoshop. Not sure which one I like best, though.

Have you seen Darryl Cunningham's latest posted comic, Dementia Ward? It's a fascinating insight into Alzheimer's disease and those it affects, from his experiences working at a hospital. (He's tallguywrites.) It's a great read, go have a look!
Edit: Darryl's posting a strip a day from this series for five days, here's the second.

And I just read a lovely little book which is so clean and simple that it looks like a comic you'd buy at an alternative press fair. But it's actually republished from the Dutch this year in the UK by Winged Chariot Press: Sweets by Sylvia van Ommen. You can see different covers for it in different countries here. (The American version is called Jellybeans and the cover isn't quite so simple. Which is typical, American covers usually look fussier.) Lovely simple line art; a cat and a rabbit go on a picnic and ponder on heaven, how they'll find each other at the entrance, and whether there will be sweets there.


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Jun. 10th, 2009 08:55 am (UTC)
Ohh I like the heavily (slightly scary)eye shadow :)
Jun. 10th, 2009 09:19 am (UTC)
Thanks, the '60s were big on those dark Twiggy eyes!
Jun. 10th, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
great sketch -- and i love the way you show us the photo you drew it from too
Jun. 10th, 2009 09:35 am (UTC)
I really really dig this~
when i first saw the image i instantly recognised the 60's fashion- also the characters are very model-like- i absolutely adore the colpour scheme, it fits perfectly, and the colours are perfect, i love the faded look =)

i feel very inspired right now ='') your work is awesome.

also 'dementia ward' looks incredably moving, i'm going to addict myself to this comic, haha.;
Jun. 10th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
Thanks, guys!
Jun. 10th, 2009 10:37 am (UTC)
I love to look at the UK book covers when I come over to visit and find myself in a Waterstones or somewhere. I'm not sure exactly what it is -- might be the fussiness you describe -- but I like to think that I would normally be able to take the Pepsi challenge and tell you which edition of a particular book was the US one and which was the UK one, based solely on the jacket design & typography. UK editions tend to be more bold, a bit more daring or unusual or striking -- US usually more conservative. Neither approach is categorically better, but I suppose I usually prefer the UK ones.
Jun. 10th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
Me, too. The fussier cover on Sylvia's book doesn't match what's inside it. I was in a bookshop in the Midwest somewhere (Minneapolis?) awhile back and I was shocked by the unflattering typography on both the book covers and the shop signs. Religious books are the worst offenders; everyone thinks they can do cover design now they have Photoshop.
Jun. 10th, 2009 11:14 am (UTC)
Ha! Too true! I was having dinner with one of my MFA professors (novelist Richard Powers) on the evening that he had received mock-ups of the jacket for The Echo Maker from his publisher -- without his needing to tell me, I immediately identified the UK one and the US one. (In this case, I liked the US one much more.)

Also, I just finished reading The Little Stranger (Sarah Waters) and, again, the cover on the US one I read (atmospheric, a bit creepy) was way better than the UK one, which was way too bold and sort of unnecessarily wacky.

Now I feel like spending my whole day comparing cover art on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk.
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
their faces! staring into my soul!
Jun. 10th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Haha! Edward Gorey, Ronald Searle and David Roberts all draw eyes a bit like that. Very piercing!
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Great drawing! I like the photoshopped version because of the collage effect.
Jun. 10th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks!
Jun. 10th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
Reminds me a lot of those mass-produced "big eye" illos you used to get everywhere in the 60s (not that I was alive in the 60s but you know what I mean). I like the colour version -- the colours are v much of the time, too.
Jun. 10th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, the Tate Modern sort of revived those greeny colours when it first opened. I didn't really like them at first but they totally grew on me. Like moss.
Jun. 10th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
I think you should investigate the staring eyes thing Sarah. Those two embody the stepford thing in quite a chilling way. I'm trying to imagine the inner lives of those drawings and just feel a chill wind. Oddly effective.

Sweets was nice but I hope it gets longer. It will be better as a series, I think.

ps - I like their postures.
Jun. 10th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
Re: staring
Cool! Yes, I didn't come up with that way of drawing eyes, but it's very striking. It's funny how punks and goths have taken up where the '60s fashion icons left off. Anne Mackay used to do that, and I thought it looked good and tried it, but Stuart went totally mental - really, really hated it. And it looks kind of stupid behind glasses anyway. Fun to draw, though!

Yeah, I know what you mean about 'Sweets'. It feels a bit slight, but I'm very fond of the characters by the end of the story and I want them to keep talking.
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