Saturday, October 21, 2006

Blues Gal # 4

Blues Gal #4 Sketch Copyright 2006 Amy Crehore
Here's another new Blues Gal drawing. This one has a Gibson Style O Guitar from 1920 in it. We don't have one of these guitars at home, but we have others in the Gibson guitar family such as the teardrop-shaped Mando Bass and the cubist-looking Harp Guitar. All are classic beauties just like this girl who is feeding an acorn to her pet squirrel. I'm listening to The Essential Nino Rota Film Music Collection as I draw.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Mini-Monkey # 3 copyright 2006 Amy Crehore courtesy of Blab Show website

Drawn! The Illustration and Cartooning Blog is such a great blog. It is well-read across the world. That's because they continually post about wonderful artists day-after-day-after-day.
Anyone who enjoys the history of the graphic arts, comics, contemporary illustration, painting, and drawing will love this blog. Thanks to Johnny for posting about the Blab! Show today:
Blab! Art Show - 4 days left
"You have four days to catch the Blab! Art Show at Copro Nason Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. The show features 18 fantastic artists and illustrators including Drawn! favourites Amy Crehore (shown here), Gary Baseman, Ryan Heshka, and Tim Biskup. The show closes this Saturday, October 21. " (Johnny, Drawn!)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Blues Gal Drawings

Sketch for Blues Gal #3 Copyright Amy Crehore 2006

I have been working away on some new drawings. I'm trying to expand my new blues gal series. It's interesting how some of my motifs overlap. Early blues and hokum stringed instruments are often the same as the Hawaiian ones: National guitars and ukes (banjo-ukes and koa wood ukes). Cats in the woods, why not? Waterfalls in the woods. Ditto.
This drawing probably needs more's just one of my new ones.
By the way, there is only one week left to go see the Blab! Show.
Copro Nason Gallery in Santa Monica, CA is open from Wed-Sat, Oct 18-21st.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Shunya Yamashita

Sera Art of Shunya Yamashita
This is a nice figure. I might have to buy this for someone I know who collects them. I like these anime figures much better than some of the designer toys. They seem to have a lot more going for them.

Metaphysical Mamie

 I did a painting for the Women With Issues Show at M Modern Gallery in Palm Springs, CA. It opened on Sept. 23, 2006 (same day as Blab show). The show was a Valley of the Dolls theme show and I think they also had vintage photos for sale of Patty Duke and Sharon Tate.

Here is a photo of Mamie Van Doren from the Blond Bombshell show at the same gallery last January. I got to go to that one and it was fun. Mamie certainly does not look her age!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

The Charm of Range Murata

I picked up a couple of Anime Figures from Just Be Design while I was in Portland. That is where Compound Gallery is located. I like this series of mini-figures by artist Range Murata. See more on here:

Lovely Hula Graphics

I bought this book at Powell's Bookstore while I was visiting Portland last week. It's full of great sepia-toned images of uke playing hula gals, sailors, album cover art, matchbook covers, vintage Hawaiian postcards and old advertising graphics, Trader Vic stuff, you name it. I don't know how I did without it for so long. It's by Taschen, edited by Jim Heimann. Only $9.99.