When Cartoonists Come Together

Like so many around the world, I was shocked and saddened to see the brutal shootings at the Charlie Hebdo magazine and the executions of their editor, cartoonists and support staff unfold, leaving 12 dead and others critically wounded.

This French satirical magazine had it right. Their cartoons clearly define the radical Muslim faction. In fact, the cartoonists ominously called-out their fanatical behavior. These murderers brought these cartoons in which they were depicted to life. Their mistake is that the whole world now sees them for who they truly were. Even though the two brothers who carried out this attack have been killed, there are so many others with the same philosophy that they leave to carry on their hate crimes in their wake. However, I believe that this event and several other senseless massacres will ultimately spiral their downfall.

Here are the cartoons that caused the terrorists to inflict their rage. Their translations are explained via Slate.

Chalie Hebdo Cartoon on Art Is EverywhereWhat I’ve been most impressed with is the rallying cry, particularly among other cartoonists, illustrators and artists. Art became their weapon — as expressive response. They didn’t lay down their pens. Instead, they’ve fearlessly have come together to bring clarity to this madness and to prove that the power of the pen and freedom will endure. Just look at the number of tweets that these have been shared (prior to this posting). With social media and blogs, these messages will be a virus that will hopefully kill any support for these terrorists.

Charlie Hebdo cartoon reaction 1 on Art Is Everywhere

Charlie Hebdo cartoon reaction 5 on Art Is Everywhere

Charlie Hebdo cartoon reaction 3 on Art Is EverywhereCharlie Hebdo cartoon reaction 4 on Art Is EverywhereThe French most certainly can relate to this image of their beloved Liberté.

Charlie Hebdo cartoon reaction 6 on Art Is EverywhereJust as we can relate to this image of the Twin Towers recalling our 9-11 attack.

Charlie Hebdo cartoon reaction 5 on Art Is EverywhereCartoonists are a rare breed because they have to find the essence in their message to depict it with such simplicity and meaning. Knowing this and how hard it is to render a cartoon, especially when so fraught with emotion, this one below by Lucille Clerc is one of my favorites: taking something that is broken, sharpening it to a point — to bring it life again. This is art! The terrorists on the other hand, are not this clever or brilliant.

Charlie Hebdo cartoon reaction 7 on Art Is EverywhereSources:  Buzzfeed – 23 Heartbreaking Cartoons from Artists in Response, Daily Mail UK and ABC World News Tonight








See These Famous Celebrity Murals Before They Are Gone

Sad to say, West Hollywood’s famous Palm Restaurant is closing and with it goes its murals of hundreds of celebrities.

This is a classic tourist stop, if you ever go to Hollywood. I’ve never been but I’m interested in seeing these murals.

Celebrity caricatures cover the walls and ceilings. See how many you recognize?

Fortunately they exist on the Los Angeles Eater blog — at least for a while, so get your visual feast while you can.

Palm Restaurant celebrity murals via Eater on Art is Everywhere

Palm Restaurant celebrity murals via Eater

Palm Restaurant celebrity murals via Eater on Art is Everywhere

Palm Restaurant celebrity murals via Eater on Art is Everywhere

Speaking of celebrities, I am not an avid daily TV watcher but I confess I indulge in the Kelly & Michael show while I check my morning email. I’m not a football fan either, except for the New Orleans Saints, even though I live in Redskins territory. So it was no surprise that I wasn’t paying too much attention when Terry Crews appeared as one of the guests last week. Actually, I didn’t know who Terry Crews was, even though, upon seeing him, I recognized that I had seen him in various movies as well as old Old Spice commercials. I looked up his profile on Wikipedia and was surprised to learn his football career started with the Rams as a defensive end/ linebacker, and then the San Diego Chargers, moving to the Washington Redskins and ending with the Philadelphia Eagles. No surprise though that these guys get moved around a lot. Tough world to be in football and then to age. He retired in 1997 and started his acting career. He was on this morning show to promote his role as the new host for Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Coincidentally, Regis, Kelly’s former co-host and founder of her show, also hosted this game show.

Terry-Crews via SIKids on Art Is Everwhere

Terry Crews – Early Days via SiKids.com

What I was really surprised to learn and the whole reason I’m mentioning this, is that Terry Crews was a fine arts major. This is how he got his start and always fell back on drawing and art when things were tough. For instance, when he was cut from a team, he used to draw his fellow football members’ mugs in the locker room and sell them the more refined, painted-portraits when he was out of work for a while for about $5,000 a painting. Very smart! Here is some of his artwork and some real talent too!

It took him about 2 months do complete a painting of this realistic caliber.

From the Daily Caller:

Terry Crews Artwork via Daily Caller-1_Art is Everywhere

Painting by Terry Crews. This is NOT a photograph!

Regretfully, none of this detail is mentioned on his Wikipedia page, except for this:

He received a Chrysler-sponsored art scholarship at the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. This achievement was soon followed by an Art Excellence scholarship and a full-ride athletic scholarship for football at Western Michigan University.

This is just another example of finding Art is Everywhere and sometimes in the least expected places.

Doing a little more research, I discovered that Terry Crews’ art background was revealed on the Jimmy Kimmel show earlier in the month. Here’s the clip that also shows his exuberant personality. What a fascinating career and how he came up the ranks through art as Flint Michigan’s sketch artist. Gosh, he was doing this work when I was graduating from college! Quite an ‘animated’ and likeable character!

Two Art Movies

I just came across two art documentaries that could be very interesting. The first one is called Versions by Oliver Laric and the other is a followup to Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, entitled, The Fake Case by Andreas Johnsen.

Versions is actually a part of the Black Box exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum through October 5, which also has sculpture associated in the Sculpture Garden.

As Michael O’Sullivan describes in his Washington Post article, Illustrating imitation’s inventiveness, it explores what happens when an artist appropriates the imagery of another’s artwork. Artists use visual references all the time. This is interesting to me in that not only does it delve into the creative process but it questions the limits of intellectual property rights. One example that I had never noticed before was how Mogli’s stance and sequence of actions in The Jungle Book is a near exact replica of Christopher Robin in The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, except Christopher is fully clothed.

Versions video by Oliver Laric_AIE

I personally don’t have a problem with the above illustration because it is the same studio using it’s own visual reference. I wouldn’t even have a problem with another artist using one of these illustrations as a visual reference for creating new artwork, as long as it wasn’t and exact copy and they weren’t trying to claim it as their own. From a technical standpoint, visual references help artist’s produce their work with efficiency.

The second art film, The Fake Case, deals with the subject of a recent blog post about Ai Weiwei, his artwork and about the time when he was held captive in his native Chinese homeland. This film follows up on the artist after his 81 day detention in prison and his time under ‘house arrest.’ The film takes its name from Weiwei’s company called Fake. It could be a sleeper or an interesting rental.

The Fake Case film on Art is EverywhereWe’ve been watching a lot of interesting documentaries lately, with our son Jackson’s guidance. He’s the film buff, so we’ll add this to the list but will probably watch after he returns home from his school semester this fall, since this film is out in theaters now. As I was writing this, he saw it was about Ai Weiwei and knew all about him and the first movie. He said that fortunately he has many helpers helping make his artwork for him in other places. Now, that should be another documentary.

Office Murals Can Liven Up the Place

I must have the office on my mind since I’ve been in it a lot lately…but I’m dreaming of getting back to artwork and murals and thought these office murals would make work more inviting.

AOL’s Headquarters in London via DesignWeek.

AOL mural1_design Week on Art Is Everywhere AOL mural2_design Week on Art Is Everywhere

They make the place lively., and even more animated as seen here at Sesame Street’s Headquarters by Louis Henry Mitchell. (via Laughing Squid to read more.)

Sesame Street 1_ via Laughing Squid on Art Is Everywhere

Sesame Street 2_ via Laughing Squid on Art Is Everywhere

Sesame Street 3_ via Laughing Squid on Art Is Everywhere

Fun, now I want a cookie….

Step by Step Art

A few collected sites that I’ve come across that show you the step by step process for how their art is created: a realistic eye illustration, pet portrait, landscape and painting people into them — the creative process of Liu Bolin.

A photorealistic drawing of an eye by Mark Crilley. I use his approach and even hold my pencil this way but don’t have his excuse, however. I like his self-deprecating style and sense of humor and his reference to Chuck Close, one of my favorite contemporary artists.


Pet portrait and painting process from Allover Art.


Pet Portrait Process via Allover Art on Art Is Everywhere

Pet Portrait Process via Allover Art


Landscape painting and process by Donald Neff on the Art Instruction blog.


Landscape painting by Donald Neff on Art Is Everywhere

Landscape painting by Donald Neff


Finally, the creative process of Liu Bolin and how he paints people and into a landscape.


liu_bolin via arrested motion ib Art Is Everywhere

Liu Bolin via arrested motion


Liu Bolin via arrested motion on Art Is Everywhere

Liu Bolin via arrested motion

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