Posts Tagged ‘illustration’

The Papal-Ass

Friday, May 12th, 2017


Based on an illustration from “a bitter anti-papal pamphlet written by Martin Luther and his coleague Philip Melancthon. Alleging that the beast was found in Rome at the end of the 15th Century, they analyzed it as a symbol for the papacy: the ass’s head, inappropriate to the beast’s body, was just as incongruous as the Pope at the head of the Church.

“The left foot was clawlike, they charged, because the Pope’s servants grasped the world so greedily; the right hand was an elephant’s foot because the overbearing Pope crushed weak souls with elephantine force. The old man’s head facing backward meant that the papacy was drawing near its end, and the dragon-headed tail spewed fire just as the Pope “belched” edicts, books and words. The beast’s scales, they asserted, represented reactionary rulers clinging to the Pope.”

Quote from an art book who’s name I failed to write down.

See the original illustration below.

Happy Friday the 13th!

Friday, January 13th, 2017

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I grew up in the eighties and watched a lot of horror movies. Friday the 13th was not my favorite horror movie franchise by a long shot, but part six (Jason Lives) was pretty great. It had a sense of humor AND a soundtrack by Alice Cooper… what’s not to love?!

Girl Wearing Coat

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

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This is based on a photo from a ’70’s book about sewing and stitching that I happened upon today.

Winslow Homer

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

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This is a sketch I did today at We Care Arts. Homer was a magnificent painter who worked with watercolor and oil and even did some printmaking in his time. What a fellow!

Axel Pressbutton

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

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Recently picked up some old copies of Laser Eraser and Pressbutton from a dollar box at a sweet new comic shop that opened in West Alexandria (What’s up Jim and Dan’s)!

I’d read a couple of issues when I was a kid but had no recollection of what it was about (other than a strange looking fella named Axel Pressbutton with robot legs and a giant cleaver for a left hand).

After reading them I found out that Axel was a florist attacked by a carnivorous sentient telepathic fungus which ate most of his body (though it apologized and prevented Axel from feeling the pain of being eaten alive).

Axel was rescued and given a robot chest and limbs. In addition to his robotic parts Axel was rebuilt with a button on his chest to induce an orgasm (since he no longer had his genitalia).

This bizarre character was co-created by Pedro Henry (Steve Moore) and Curt Vile (Alan Moore) in the late ’70’s and his comics were drawn by some pretty great artists including Steve Dillion, David Lloyd, Dave Gibbons, Cam Kennedy, Alan Davis, Brian Bolland and more!

Look for some the next time you’re rummaging through dollar boxes at a comics convention. You won’t be disappointed!