Sunday, September 7, 2014

Illustration Friday: Radio

TRAVUS T. HIPP, 1937-2012

There was once an FM radio station in Gilroy, California called KFAT, and it played... well, how would you describe it? Progressive country? Alternative rock? Yeah, that, and a whole lot more. Listening to that station in the late 70s and early 80s is how I first learned of Travus T. Hipp (aka: Chandler Laughlin).

But he had been part of the Bay Area radio scene since 1960... at KSAN, KHIP, KZAP and other places behind call letters.

KFAT became KPIG in the late 80s, and station headquarters relocated over the hill in Freedom, just east of Santa Cruz. KPIG is still in business, and the music is still good, with a mix that guarantees it a preset button on my radio dial.

Travus remained a part of KPIG until his death in 2012, phoning his political commentaries in from Silver City, Nevada. He gave listeners 'all the news you never knew you needed to know--until now.'

William Howard Taft

This guy, William Howard Taft, was the 27th U.S. President. He was born on September 15, 1857, and he will be the subject of the masthead on the 15th of this month, in my ongoing effort to produce a caricature of every person to serve that post and highlight them on their birthday.

Taft was the only man to serve as both a U.S. President and a Supreme Court Chief Justice.

He was a large dude, tipping the scales at around 340 during his presidency. Within a year of leaving office, however, he was able to drop 80 pounds.

He had a pretty epic moustache, too.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Grammar Illustrated

Cover spread for Grammar Illustrated
 The book Grammar Illustrated, by Janelle Melvin, published by Fountainhead Press, and illustrated by yours truly, is published and in students' hands, I believe.

Janelle has had this concept of teaching English grammar through visual examples, using photographs primarily, for several years now. She felt that she could transfer that concept into an instructional book form. She got together with me, and we worked for several months to get her vision onto the printed page. There are over 200 full page comic book style layouts and illustrations.

This is the first printing of the first edition, and it will be interesting to see, as it gets used in practical application in the classroom, if there should be changes forthcoming for a second edition.

All in all, an interesting and rewarding experience for me.
Detail of one of the Pronouns pages

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Presidential Caricatures

Starting tomorrow, August 27th, I'm really going to get serious about updating the header on the TwissArts website. I want it to highlight something different for each day... a quote, a special holiday, or the anniversary of some event in history.

That leads conveniently to the start of a personal project; one that will be a full year in development.

As I've always been interested in U.S. History and, by extension, its Presidents, I am planning on doing caricatures of each of those folks, starting with LBJ for tomorrow. I may have started with one of the easiest to caricature... his ears, nose, and chin are all pretty distinctive.

Only one President has a birthdate in September. So check the masthead on September 15 to see if I've tackled William H. Taft, biggest of the big boys of the capitol. October will be the biggest challenge, in that more Presidents have been born in that month than in any other.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Had the great pleasure of designing the new label for Fog's End California Moonshine, distilled by the Salinas Valley's own Craig Pakish. The photo is from Kirk Kennedy's library of images.

Very smooth spirits made for sipping.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Illustration Update... December 2013

About one-fifth into a complex illustration job that is proving challenging and rewarding (in the learning-experience category). I'm illustrating 125 pages of a comic-book style textbook. As it's currently in development, I can't show any samples... Maybe when it's complete, I'll post samples, or at least a link to the eBook, which is also part of the project (if the publisher doesn't want me posting anything).

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Illustration Friday: Energy

Illustration Friday word for the week is 'energy,' and this guy came to mind. For some reason, I thought this mascot's name was Sparky. I remembered him from PG&E ads in the 60s. But upon further investigation, I found out his name is Reddy Kilowatt. He was created in 1926 by Ashton B. Collins, Jr. of the Alabama Power Company. According to Wikipedia, he was licensed by 300 or so different electrical companies. The little guy got a lot of mileage out of his kilowatts.

This crude little rendering is presented here with apologies to Mr. Collins.

Peace to everyone, and make sure to turn out the lights when you leave the room.