I was at Peet’s Coffee in Falls Church, Virginia, for Draw Night with some fellow local sketchers. I wasn’t too inspired by my surroundings, but one of the others was drawing from a photograph so I decided to do so as well. This is my cat, Echo. I drew this with a Prismacolor 05 drawing pen and highlighted with colored pencils. Took about 20-30 minutes, as do most of the ink drawings I do from photographs.
My friend Dave asked me to draw the “We Can Do It” guy. I said, “Rosie the Riveter?” He said yes, that’s who he meant. Well, it turns out those are two different people. The guy who did the We Can Do It poster was J. Howard Miller:
And the guy who did the picture of Rosie the Riveter was Norman Rockwell:
It turns out that the We Can Do It poster wasn’t associated with Rosie the Riveter until well after the war had ended. So there you have it: art and a history lesson, all in one!
I commented on Facebook something about how you know you’re doing something right when people give you drawing requests because they want to see the end product and not just because they think you’re looking for ideas. A friend replied “Do Dr. Seuss!” I think he probably meant for me to draw something in the style of Dr. Seuss, but I’m still on my dead artists kick.
Q. Why did the French train derail?
A. Too loose la track!
For the first half of my life that joke was pretty much the extent of my knowledge of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Then I saw Moulin Rouge. Then, finally, I connected him with those famous posters I was already familiar with. And here you have it.
In other news, I’m starting to think I should just claim derpy eyes as part of my personal artistic style.