Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Terry Gilliam caricature

So pleased to hear Terry Gilliam's having another crack at Don Quixote. The last time he tried, it was an absolute disaster (not his fault, it was God and a bunch of other people, but mainly God) and the only good thing to come from it was Lost in La Mancha which was absolutely brilliant if you're the sort of person that likes watching train wrecks in slow motion (don't we all). The best disaster film of all time.

Hope it goes much better for him this time and can't wait to see the results.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Ralph Steadman and Hunter S Thompson caricatures

Ralph Steadman is my favourite illustrator. 

Discovering him many years ago was a game changer. And I was introduced in the best possible way, by reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. My mind was blown on two fronts, illustration and the written word. Two phrases from the book "Did you see what God just did to us?" and "bad craziness" (from one of Ralph's drawings) pretty much summed it up for me. Well bad craziness sounds like a dis and I don't meant it that way, it's just a good phrase that stuck.

Ralph is massively prolific and in no time I had a bunch of his books and wld spend hours being stunned and silenced by his incredible work. The looseness, the chaos and madness, colourful, organic, seemingly out of control except wonderfully, incredibly tied together with masterful strokesmanship. He clearly buys the Miles Davis line of "there are no mistakes", spilling, splashing, splattering ink and paint all over the place knowing the illustration god's wldn't let him down.

Then there's Hunter S. He's one of those writers where every now and then you have to put the book down, so what you've just read can settle in your brain. 

When I left my last job I was given a Ralph Steadman print of Hunter S Thompson. It was the best leaving present I cld ever get - two heros in one!

Ralph's book The Joke's Over, covering their friendship (?) and working relationship is a must for fans of either or both of their work.

For more of Ralph Steadman:
Rolling Stone story