Saturday, January 31, 2009
I'm not a big sports fan these days. So much of it just turns me cold. I still like to see a good game from time to time but I don't go out of my way for it. Here's an old (12 years old) illustration I did for a magazine that has a football theme to it. I don't have some of the other football illustrations scanned into the computer for some odd reason. Perhaps some day when I have way too much extra time on my hands and not enough stuff to do. Enjoy Superbowl Sunday!!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Another doodle! I'd been having terrible dreams about a particular part of my early adult life back in Detroit and when I worked for Chrysler Corporation. The last 2.5 years I worked there my boss was this guy named Gino. Gino was with the Mafia. He ran the off track betting at that factory. He had a very cushy job and mostly just walked around collecting monies from the guys that placed bets with him. He had a thug named Frank. He was the muscle. When someone didn't pay, Frank collected. He was brutal! I saw him destroy guys behind metal presses several times. They had me use a fork lift to move in and out, metal tubs of small metal parts when a section line in the plant needed them. Other than that, I just kicked back all day. Gino found out that I could draw because I was doing some political cartoons one day. He said, "Mitch, (I kept telling him my name was Mike.) I want you to draw cartoons of the opposing union party so we can get our boys in and make changes." Who was I to turn down the Mafia. He fed me ideas on a daily basis and I was cranking out cartoons. By the end of each day they were all over the factory. At one point the opposition started calling me and threatening me and my mother, who I lived with at the time. She was terrified and asked me what the hell was going on. I told her not to worry. I reported this to Gino and he said, " Don't worry Mitch, I'll take care of it because I think I know who is responsible." I was never threatened again after that. The Mafia took care of me and I did my best to continue cranking out cartoons for them. Gino's people took over that Union in the election. It was a landslide because of the cartoons I put out.
It's weird to think that I was involved in something like that, so long ago.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
It felt so great to get a new president today. I can now honestly say I'm a fan of the president.
These two illustrations of President Obama are from Drew Friedman, a terrific artist. I'll just be showing them this week and then they will be off my blog. I try to not do art that is tied to a certain time period, so I stay away from doing public figures. Enjoy.
Hey Bush, don't let that door hit,... oh hell I hope it slams into you on your way out of the door.
Perhaps now we can prepare to put the whole Bush administration in prison for high crimes and take all their money away and give it to the national treasury. That would be a good start!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Lots of symbolism here. I'll leave it up to you to intrepet but anyone interested in my take, write and I'll fill you in.
Here in the PNW we are awaiting some sort of return of SUN, but it ain't happening. WIth that, I'm looking for a flight to Mexico for next month. Adios Amigos!!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I've got a bunch of new doodles for the new year. This is just one of them,... more to be posted later. This is kinda how I wake up on a work day,.. pretty much how I look first thing in the morning too. Good thing I can pull the human thing together by mid day ay?
Enjoy. See ya' next post!
Friday, January 2, 2009
New Year, New Painting!!!
I'm not a big sports fan anymore. I don't follow any of it these days but my favorite was always baseball. Slow, relaxing, have a beer and chill type of sport. And I was good at playing it.
I picked this image from one of my sketchbooks that I thought would be nice in a blue tint with the foreground full color. I think it turned out well.
I have a couple of other new paintings but this is the most recent one. Finished it a week ago.
Enjoy and make 2009 a great year!