In March of 2019 I started sketching free hand on 4 x 6 postcards. I often draw them in bed. Playing with postcards helps me to draw fast and loose and achieve some cartoony likenesses. It has also allowed me to play with ink and crosshatching, which is a dangerous business. Above you can see a crooked-faced Edgar Allan Poe, a tough Emily Dickinson, and R. Crumb, whose style I admire, and whose crosshatching I try to imitate.
I generally draw in series, such as American Literary History, Jazz performers, or The Mexican Revolution. Below you can see Venustiano Carranza and Emiliano Zapata. In the middle is an interpretation of a famous period photograph by the Casasola brothers of a woman with a rifle.
Santo and Blue Demon. Drawing and painting this helped to break me from the pattern of drawing plain faces in a straightforward way. I also liked the idea of using two page spreads.
Portrait of Boris Pasternak, Russian novelist. I’ve drawn other faces with a lot more skill but I like the color.
Thich Nhat Hanh.
I don’t typically buy U.S. or British lobby cards but I got this one to illustrate my next book. The color is fantastic. The warping in the image is because I took the picture with the lobby card in its plastic sleeve. In the introduction to my upcoming book (on Mexican Westerns), I write in some detail about The Magnificent Seven (1960) as a “Borderlands” Western.
Here are some images from a special issue of Diario de un corazón (December, 1963), about the assassination of JFK. The comic portrays JFK as a martyr president and celebrates Jackie as a role model. Art is uncredited.
With this post, I inaugurate the blog feature of my site, which I plan to use to post items from my collection of vintage comics, magazines, pulps, and movie posters.
Here’s a 1941 Spanish pulp by Hugo Conway (Frederik John Fargus, known in English as “Hugh” Conway, 1847-1885). Cover art by the Spanish illustrator and comic book artist Emilio Freixas (1899-1976).