Wednesday, February 25, 2009

ATARI memories and sketch book skulldugary

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Ah the days of yore! Yes I am old enough to have experienced the joys of ATARI! The remnants of this period have been faithfully stored away in a dusty old metal crate in the crawl space of our attic where I found a mess of old games and this- GIGANTIC joy-stick device that once seemed the very HEIGHT of technology (if I can remember correctly how excited we were when we first got it). You can't really gauge the size of it from the drawing but it is over seven feet tall.


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And can you really be considered an artist if you do not have your very own WALL-EYED SELF PORTRAIT in your portfolio? I think not.

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This next drawing was drawn while working at a local school in Queens. I was sitting in the cafeteria copying phrases off the walls and doodling with crayons and trying to recreate some of the students drawings. The drawing of the little girl who is saying "HI" was drawn by a student who stopped to talk to me.

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I want to dedicate this drawing to all of the Jewish samurai lovers in the entire universe- this one's for you (wind chime)! And to all of you spelling nerds: I KNOW I MISSPELLED SAMURAI! Just chill. Holly wood will no doubt come knockin' about his one. I can see it now, Scorsese and Spielberg neck and neck racing for the film rights. It will be my greatest triumph! It will star Jaleel White as a ninja and star Ed Norton in the title role.

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Now here we have a drawing I did of a Garfield band aid. I drew this because like the ATARI controller it is a remnant of the 1980's. It is so old that is it vintage. I could probably sell it for a million dollars on ebay. Here is the first version and then a quick final edit.

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This blog has been dedicated to all of the ladies in the entire world.

Wind chime...

...Smooth jazz.

James
JAJAC

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sketch book updates, sad comics and pretty snow men!

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There he is every one! The prettiest snow man there ever was! OK so before you go steaming off mad at me making fun of a poor Indian man keep in mind this man either killed his family or stole millions of dollars from investors, who knows maybe both! I am leaning toward theft but there is a lingering doubt he killed some one! I should have made a note of his name but this was drawn quickly in a break room out of a communal newspaper. If you recognize him let me know!

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Ah comics! This was out of an issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA NO. 191 from 1981. It was drawn by RICH BUCKLER and PABLO MARCOS and written by GERRY CONWAY. The comic was particularly melodramatic and filled with soap opera and a distinct lack of humor. The scene I copied was between THE FLASH and ZATANNA- his hand on his head dejected and and his chin held up by a loving hand. She reassures him:

"You have never made a fool out of yourself Barry Allen"

Apparently they had a "relationship" or did not. I was struck by the attention to detail that was paid to The Flash's pained expression. The rest of the comic appeared to have been done very quickly while this moment comparatively seemed to jump out as this surprisingly authentic moment. You may laugh and say "Who can take this crap seriously?" and I just think "Well...some one did"!

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These two yellow dudes were torn from a copy of MAXIM! They made me think of old school DEVO and an old ridiculous George C. Scott movie called RAGE! If you have ever wanted to see George C. Scott shoot an orange cat with a rifle or barrel down the road on a dirt bike while laughing maniacally as buildings explode this is your movie (Naturally the movie concerns contamination).

The text in the drawing was a remainder of some torn off text. ASSDRUG for you.

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Last is my update for The Defibulators new edit of the coloring book I created for them in 2006. You can see my updated signature below.

And yes as a matter of fact they do have a new album out that you can check out here:

thedefibulators.com


It looks sweet! So go on out and buy it!

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Good day sir!

James
JAJAC

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