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Beatlebug's Beatley drawings and things
16 April 2019
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I love your style, particularly the middle Bowie pic. That looks like it could be a movie poster.

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Amazing how those Bowies look nothing like your Beatles work.

Also amazing: Revolver tribute, with all those genius cameos and lyrical illustration. (And hm, is John's ear a second bird?) I love what you did with George's eyes....keep em coming!

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QuarryMan said
I love your style, particularly the middle Bowie pic. That looks like it could be a movie poster.  

Thanks! a-hard-days-night-george-9 Film noir poster is a thing I like to do fairly often, and Bowie suits that sort of visual drama well.

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Amazing how those Bowies look nothing like your Beatles work.

That trio was a bit of a style departure for me/something I've done before but usually with non-rockers. I have a lot of styles depending on the mood I'm in, what I'm drawing on/with (those three were back-of-business-card drawings, which is always fun, and I used a ballpoint pen, which isn't erasable so I had to get it right on the first go, which is nerve-wracking) and whatnot. a-hard-days-night-john-6 It so happens that, typically, in my mind, the Beatles lend themselves to more cartoony drawings and the Bowie, as noted above, demands a bit more visual drama; but now that you mention it, I might have a whack at some Beatles in a similar style. StAy (slightly) tUnEd ahdn_john_08_gif

Also amazing: Revolver tribute, with all those genius cameos and lyrical illustration.  

Ahhh thanks john-lennon-salute_gifapple01

(And hm, is John's ear a second bird?)  

I have no idea. ahdn_george_01

I love what you did with George's eyes....keep em coming! 

What did I do with George's eyes? ahdn_paul_06

...besides manage to fairly accurately represent their actual g(e)orgeousness, I suppose ahdn_george_01

Anyway, will do! paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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Yeah, I get what you were going for, and yes Bowie is less cartoony. (But now I'm fantasizing, wishing that David had collaborated not with Nick Roeg but with Ralph Bakshi - an x-rated animated sci-fi musical, like Yellow Sub-meets-Barbarella!)

The thing about George's eyes is that they were photo cutouts, Klaus didn't draw them. That combo of drawn and photographed makes his George look a little more...inscrutable? than yours. Or something...

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Oh, and John's ear resembles a parrot. And I thought that was your "bird" until I saw the proper one. It's a cool double image, intended or not...and the idea of Paul and John having two separate birds singing different songs in their ears, you don't hear meeee...so many meanings.

Also, the info about your techniques and tools is informative and always welcome!

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You know your art is good when both Bontees show up to applaud it. 

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Von Bontee said

Also, the info about your techniques and tools is informative and always welcome!
 

Ah, good to know. I love to share that sort of thing, but I'm always mildly worried about over-sharing (not that it stops me ahdn_george_06).

Anyway, as promised, Noir Beatles Dramatique:
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(art word of the day: quadriptych stuart-sutcliffe [or tetraptych, but I find that a bit more confusing with triptych])
The first (top left) was a bit of a trial run and I don't like it as much as/it's kind of awkward compared to the others, which I think are better. ahdn_paul_01 George and Ringo have a bit of a '66 Rain theme, whilst Len and Mac are, of course, directly derived that famous and much-loved photo from '65 by David Bailey. (I think I did a version of it before, albeit with my original characters in place of John and Paul.*)

Once again done in ballpoint pen on business cards (I used the same pen for all four, it's the different card materials/surface treatments that make them appear different colours). I have a fancy artist pen set that's really nice and which I love to use, but for some reason I decided not to use them here...? ahdn_george_01 I think it was because the ballpoint 'stuck' better to the slightly shiny surface of the cards. Okay, I'll stop now. a-hard-days-night-george-9

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Those are amazing!!! I especially love the J&P one, that picture is the greatest. a-hard-days-night-george-9

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QuarryMan said
You know your art is good when both Bontees show up to applaud it. 

  

Don't often switch between accounts midpost without A PURPOSE - in this case, I liked the idea of adding the bird-detail using the mostly green avatar. To match the bird in the lyric. I'm gonna make a visual contribution to this thread anyway I can! (And green is my favourite colour anyways)

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New ones are niiice....love the turtlenecks and MacStrang 's jumper. (Shades of both MMT Paul and JP at Albert Hall '70 I presume?)

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New ones are niiice....love the turtlenecks and MacStrang 's jumper. (Shades of both MMT Paul and JP at Albert Hall '70 I presume?) 

You got it. john-lennon-salute_gif

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Amazing!! I love the idea of drawing on business cards.

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Amazing!! I love the idea of drawing on business cards.  

You can thank my wizard-friend for that.

He's a much cooler artist than I am and no, this is not paid promotion a-hard-days-night-george-10


Business-card-backs are a wonderful medium -- such a cute size and they come in a remarkable array of annoying degrees of printedness and laminatedness. a-hard-days-night-john-6 (Also, the aspect ratio is very close to a smartphone-screen, so they make good wallpapers.)

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Beatlebug said

He's a much cooler artist than I am and no, this is not paid promotion a-hard-days-night-george-10

  

Wow.

To be fair, I don't know that his art is cooler than yours, Beatlebug, although it is certainly extremely cool; your art is about as cool as it gets a-hard-days-night-george-10

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50yearslate said

Wow.

To be fair, I don't know that his art is cooler than yours, Beatlebug, although it is certainly extremely cool; your art is about as cool as it gets a-hard-days-night-george-10

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Awww thanks. Well, he's certainly more serious about Being An Artist than I am, I suppose. Also I was being flip.

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Did this little business-card drawing in honour of @Ahhh Girl's birthday a-hard-days-night-george-9
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Beatlebug said
Did this little business-card drawing in honour of @Ahhh Girl's birthday a-hard-days-night-george-9

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I hope you keep that to give to me if we ever meet in person in this life.

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WE INTERRUPT OUR REGULARLY PROGRAMMED SCHEDULING TO BRING YOU AN IMPORTANT INTERRUPTION  

LLLED ZZZZEPPPELINNNN!!! ahdn_john_08_gif

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Probably the consummation of my Dramatic Gothic Ink-on-Business-Card Polyptychs series, and that's saying something because I've done a couple other quadriptychs between the Beatles ones and now. (I used my nice pens and sketched the faces out beforehand this time, plus I think Led Zeppelin, with their particular Norse-Celtic Bard-Rocker-Hippy aesthetic and Light-and-Shade-ness, are perfectly suited to the style. ahdn_ringo_09) The very observant among ye may note astrological Easter-eggs (most befitting, considering the date) in the backgrounds of the cards -- the band members' zodiac Sun signs (top-bottom, left-right: Capricorn, Leo, Capricorn, and Gemini) and their respective ruling planets (ditto: Saturn, Sun, Saturn, Mercury), plus the Moon and Ascendant signs for Jimmy Page because he had them on his trousers).

And, to keep this post from being entirely off-topic, I drew this:
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This was a blue business-card which I sanded lightly to make it less shiny and more draw-able, to interesting effect.

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*documentary narrator voice* Fifty years on, it's clear that the Blue Meanies did not go to 'Arrgentina?' Instead, they chose a different South American country...
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Proof that a Blue Meanie can in fact be beautiful. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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I used to have a quote that I liked by A. R. Ammons that went, 'Anything looked at closely becomes beautiful.' (I liked to apply this to plants and things because I liked to take arty close-up photos of them, still do actually.)

Meanies, though, do look extremely nice flooded in a Technicolour sea of flowers, peace, and love, as seen in the ending/It's All Too Much sequence of Yellow Submarine . Rosy noses are good too.

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