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I’ve you haven’t found it already, please check out the Kickstarter Campaign to get “The Island and the Plough”, AND “Captain and Crow’s ABCs” AND an interactive iPad ebook App version of “The Island and the Plough” printed and in your hands!  This is also your chance to get custom art work on the cheap!  You can get a mugshot of yourself in the style of the The Daily Mobster, or you can get a one of a kind letter print in the style of “Captain and Crow’s ABCs” OR you could even get your paws on some of the original art from one of the books!  So head on over or share with your friends and family.  http://kck.st/1kDaMZ6reward_sheet

Dear Crazy Illustrator

Normally, when I check my stats page in the morning the usual search terms that bring people to my page have been “Django Reinhardt”, “Django Reinhardt Cartoon”, “Book Layout”, and “Black and white characters.”  Today, however, I am delighted to say that I come up under “crazy illustrator.”  I am not sure what this means.  Am I crazy creative, crazy good, crazy bad, crazy crazy?  Anyway, thank you for making my day fellow searcher.

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This also begs the question why “Jack Benny’s Suit” leads people here.  “Magneto’s Helmet” seems to quite popular as well.  Regardless of all this, thank you all for each and every visit, no matter how you get here, really! Thank you!

Gypsy Jazz

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I have long been inspired by the “Gypsy Jazz” musicians of the twenties and thirties, specifically Jean “Django” Reinhardt.  One might say he invented the Gypsy Jazz style (sometimes called “Hot Jazz” stemming from his home venue, “The Hot Club” in France) and it could very well be all because of his handicap, which I think is quite incredible.  As a young man, he was in a fire which literally seared the last two fingers of his left hand together, fingers that are obviously very important to a guitarist.  Being greatly inspired by Spanish Folk, Gypsy music from eastern Europe, and American Jazz which was in full swing at the time seemed to have helped lead way to his two finger quick style; it is unmistakable and often replicated.  The fact that he worked with his handicap rather than letting it overcome him, much like Ray Charles or Stevie Wonder, is simply astounding.  If you have yet to hear any of his music, you simply must.  Below I have included some of his songs as well as other artists like him including the new wave of more eclectic gypsy jazz revivalists such as Caravan Palace and even DeVotchKa.

 

Django Reinhardt: “Belleville”:

Django Reinhardt: “Minor Swing”:

Opa Tsupa: “Les Deux Guitares”

And something a little more contemporary:

Caravan Palace: “Jolie Coquine”

Caravan Palace: “Suzy”

New Years Links

Hello all and Happy New Year.  It was quite a busy holiday for me, but I have been able to keep up with The Daily Mobster.  I have high hopes, good intentions, and a flurry of ideas in my head for this coming year and will be posting plenty of good content, illustrations, links, and fun.  I thought I would start this year off by sharing, hopefully something new, with you in hopes you find something inspiring.  Here are a few of my favorite links:

Florian Satzinger’s Paperwalker Blog

Caleb Prochnow

Ryan Wood – Blog

The always wonderful Genevieve Godbout

Benjamin Huen

Arthur De Pins

Ryan Wood

The Hilarious Scott C

I will bring more in future posts.

 

 

 

Nelson Boles : Animation

Nelson Boles with “This One Time” is at it again, this is one of my favorites of his.  I wish someone would give this guy a grant or funding for a feature.  There are very few who can pull off silent movies, much less silent animation well, and this is entertaining every bit of the way.  He certainly has a talent:

This One Time, by Nelson Boles

Super Slow Motion

     Take a look at the wobble and jiggle in the nose and the ears, not to mention the entire face.  I bet you didn’t know your face was that rubbery.  Super slow motion is very revealing about what actually goes on in daily motion, it also might help explain why your face stings so much after being hit.


Custom 52

If you haven’t already found it, make sure to check out custom52.com.  It is a collaborative effort by artists submitting designs for the art on a deck of cards.  They have already closed season one and are on sale in their store, but you can still submit for season 2 which I have two submissions.  Be sure to check it out and submit your own design!  Here are my designs:

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