I Drew Sixteen Little Witches…You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!

…I drew ONE more. Thus, sixteen witches plus one.
Plus another “Poetry From Management.”
witch 6

 

Plus, Another Poem based on a notice from my coop:

Notification
will be simulated explosion on
private property in Brooklyn please
note there will be two fireballs during
simulated explosion stunt will happen
twice during hours of 5:30 and 8:30

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Annual Friday Cat Fashion post

Usually when I warm up my fingers in the morning, it’s in the service of drawing something completely ridiculous. Not so today! Today, my warm up drawings honor the annual Cat Fashion Day Festival! You probably forgot all about it didn’t you?! Well, I remembered! See you all at the festival this weekend.  cat fashion 2015

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Funny Friday (with rabbits and scandalous gossip)

These are the jokes I throw away. Because nobody wants to read them. Not even rabbits who can read. Although, a few gorillas who can read, AND who like rabbits, have read this joke and have now indicated that they would like to eat rabbits. (There is no scandalous gossip, that was a lie). rabbits

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Some sort of art challenge!

I was challenged by George O’Connor to post some art everyday for 5 days. I can do that with my eyes closed. In fact, the way I draw, people often ask me if I had my eyes closed! (Insert rim shot sound) Today’s art: Something I’m working on. Some tired scary people home after a long night’s work: Troll witch

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A Wolf, Two Rabbits and a River.

A page from something I’m making progress with. This is a test as far as how I want the lettering to look. This lettering is NOT good. It is too big for starters. But I’m in a hurry so I’m posting it as is.
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Helping Ted Lewin with his computer

Ted Lewin is a former teacher, current neighbor and an amazing
children’s book author and illustrator.

He and his wife Betsy, have a joint project coming out soon that…I can’t
say anything about just yet. In addition to that, Ted will soon be featured
in a magazine I, well…I can’t talk about that either.

I CAN tell you about Ted’s computer. It makes him call me up and
use words I can’t type here. When he called with computer issues
recently, I assured him that I could easily help him and headed to his house.
Thus ensued a sprawling saga involving lost passwords, calls to AppleCare
and another call to my wife for additional assistance.

The upside to all this? After swearing at the computer for a few hours,
Ted let me help the talented photographer, Bill Kontzias photograph a
sampling of his art throughout the years for that aforementioned magazine
article I can’t talk about. By sampling,  I mean hundreds of paintings and
drawings. The below panoramic image is his studio with Bill taking photos
of his art. Those paintings on the wall are just a small sample
of his early work.

 

Below is Ted in front of some of those early oil paintings and possibly telling
us how much he hates his computer.

 

As Bill photographed a mountain of illustrations, I looked through
some 40 years worth of incredible art. With Ted’s permission I took pictures
of some of my favorites. I didn’t ask about the details of every image, but I
believe the below is possibly an illustration from a 1970’s era Readers Digest.
Some of these were done on hot press board which threw me for a loop.
Water color is hard enough on cold press, but somehow
Ted makes it look beautiful none the less.

 

The bear below is an older piece likely from a 1950-60’s pulp or men’s magazine.
He did this with casein paint back before he switched over to exclusively
using watercolors.

 

I took a shot of this just because I love trains. Again not sure what book
this illustration was used for.

 

Today, Ted and Betsy both create and illustrate amazing (award winning)
children’s books, and if you want to know more about the above images
you’ll have to check out that article I can’t talk about. Thanks to Ted for letting
me look through, and take pictures, of his many illustrations!

Check out work by both of them at their web sites:

Ted Lewin

Betsy Lewin

 

 

 

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