Monday, February 6, 2017

Quick sketches by Virginia Irvin

Molly’s mother, Virginia Irvin, was an inveterate sketcher. 

For most of her life, it would have been rare to see her without a sketchbook. She had worked at one time as a freelance illustrator and did stints as a newspaper artist for the Oregon Journal, Seattle Times and the San Francisco Examiner.

Recently while engaging in some pre-Spring cleaning (why wait?) we chanced upon a set of 3 x 5 index cards held together with a rubber band.  

The cards are all quick sketches obviously done at a concert. (Virginia was often called upon to sketch concerts and events for the newspapers as a visual reporter). Some knowledge of her personal history suggests to me that these are drawing of folk singer Burl Ives.

There's no way I know of confirming that assertion but, in any case, they are a good example of her masterful skill. 

These sketches were undoubtedly done very quickly, in the dark, during a live performance. The figure (Ives or otherwise) did not pose for her.

Molly estimates that these were done in the late 1940's

If Virginia were still with us she would be 100 this year.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Our New Years Card

Here's the centerfold from our latest New Years Card

Best to all this new, exciting solar cycle.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Harold Teen Ukulele

On a recent trip to Southern California we chanced upon this great ukulele decorated with images of long-gone comic strip star, Harold Teen.

Harold Teen was the creation of Carl Ed (rhymes with 'Swede') in 1919 and was essentially the predecessor to the whole genre of teen comics (i.e. Archie, Betty & Veronica, Sabrina the Teen Age Witch, Millie the Model, Zits, perhaps even Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...).

During it's heyday, the Harold Teen strip was adapted to film and featured as a regular radio series. And apparently a series of ukuleles.

This one, in yellow, was produced by Harmony in 1930.

Carl Ed's strip started looking pretty dated by the 1950's and ended in 1959.

Thanks to Marguerite and the great Folk Music Center of Claremont.

Here's a bit more on Carl Ed and his creation from the 1967 summer edition of The World of Comic Art magazine:

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Larry's Cartoon Vault: Cartoon Correspondence School Ads

From time to time I‘ve enjoyed featuring material from the various correspondence school art courses
that were so common in the early part of the 20th century.

Back then "Make big bucks in cartooning!" wasn't just a come-on --it was a potential reality.

Not so well-to-do kids on farms who felt that art institute or university educations were beyond them  signed on with the Landon Cartoon Correspondence Course, or similar courses offered by W. L. Evans, Billy Hon, Zim or Dorman H. Smith.

The fact is these course —especially Landon's—really delivered.

Many alumni went on to professional careers working as newspaper staff artists, syndicated comic strip artists, editorial cartoonists, animators and illustrators.
Among them were Milton Caniff , Bill Maudlin, Ethel Hays,  Floyd Gottfredson, Edwina Dumm,  Carl  Barks, Jack Cole, Gil Fox, Chic Young, V.T. Hamlin, Gene Byrnes, Clifton Meek, 
Merril Blosser, Roy Crane, Stanley, Link, Edgar Martin, and Bill Holman.  

Here are a few of the ads that appeared in publications such as Cartoons Magazine, American Artist and other journals back in the olden days.

And you'd need a good drafting table...

And the long gone profession of Chalk Talks...

And some ads from circa late 1940's...

You can see more on cartoon correspondence courses by looking in the archives of this blog. 
(Some related posts are February 6, 2011, February 20, 2011 and July 22, 2012)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Pressing Matters VII: Printmakers Group Show Update

Here are a few more shots from the current printmakers exhibit at the Maurice del Mue Galleries, San Geronimo Valley Community Center.
"Self Portrait with Air and Water" Block print /silkscreen by Martha Cederstrom

                  Amos Klausner installing his letterpress piece titled "List Serv #2"

Here are a few shots from last Sunday's opening.

                            Zach Gilmour does a demonstration on printing Monotypes.

Corina del Carmel with her lithograph "Mujer Cochinilla"

A table display of more of Corina's work.

Elaine Nehm at her print table.

                                                            The West Room

The Valley Room

                                        Donn DeAngelo and Fred Berensmeier

                        "Fisherman's Wharf" silkscreen by Geoff Bernstein

"Oregon Chubb" Monoprint,  freehand stencil with watercolor and homemade earth ink by Xander Weaver-Scull

Another Xander monoprint stencil "Green Sea Turtle"

A really nice piece by Cindy Miracle. A monoprint with Chine Colle, "Venetian Scene".

And two lithographs by Sophie Larsen.



The show features additional work by Fred L. Berensmeier, Scott Gibbons, Eric Jackson, Janice Jahnke, Veronica Buros Kleinberg, Elaine Nehm, and Gabriele Schwibach that I haven't managed to get  satisfactory photographs for posting. My apologies to them (I may post more from the show before the month is over).