Monthly Archives: April 2010

Lawrence Noble: Wile E. Coyote & Road Runner Bronze Sculptures

In late 2006, National Sculpture Society member, Lawrence Noble, was commissioned to create bronze sculptures of Chuck Jones' iconic cartoon creations, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.  Working closely from Jones' original model drawings and along with input from Jones' daughter, Linda, Noble drafted several concepts of the characters in his classical illustrative style. 

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Once his drawings were approved by Linda Jones, Noble sculpted a maquette of each of the characters in clay.  This months long process culminated in an exquisite pair of bronze sculptures, cast in the time-honored lost wax casting process, that have been produced in a small edition limited to only 100 examples world-wide. 

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“Art helps us find some of the mysteries [of life] and not necessarily solve them, but at least identify that they are there in our lives. Art is one of those languages that allow us to realize the depth and resonance of our existence.”

For over 30 years, sculptor Lawrence Noble has been answering the call of these mysteries through his sculpture. He considers himself an American sculptor, in the mode of the Romantic sculptors of the late 19th century, Augustus Saint Gaudens and Daniel Chester French.

His early artistic career included designing and illustrating motion picture advertising campaigns including "Time After Time"; "Flash Gordon"; "Sharky's Machine"; "The Empire Strikes Back" (10th Anniversary Poster) and more recently, he has produced sculptures for "Searching for Bobby Fischer" and "The Rock". Noble designed an Olympic Gold Medal for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and he sculpted the "Daytona 500" trophy.

Noble’s first bronze sculpture, a life size equestrian monument to Civil War General, Philip H. Sheridan was unveiled in Chicago in June of 1990. He also sculpted the 7' bronze statue of Jack Benny which is located at the Epicenter, home of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Minor League Baseball Team. Noble produced the "Car of the Year" award for Playboy Magazine from 1990 – 1995 and is a regular contributor to the magazine, including the Millennium Issue (January, 2000).

Noble gradually moved into what he calls the applied art of sculpture, doing mostly large-scale public pieces. "I realized shortly after I started sculpting that I was tapping into the things I was most interested in as a child," he explains. "It had later manifested into graphic art and illustration, but the primal root of it seemed to be that I had a fascination with building three-dimensional objects."

Noble was selected by the California Fire Foundation to produce a bronze monument titled Holding the Line. This memorial to California firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty is located in historic Capitol Park in Sacramento, California. Noble Studio was also commissioned to design and sculpt the San Bernardino County Peace Officers' Memorial, a ten foot tall bronze monument to Peace Officers killed in the line of duty.

The 59 year old artist/sculptor, born in Tampa, Florida, raised and educated in Houston, Texas, has resided in a mountain community in southern California for the last seventeen years with his wife, Elizabeth and their children Casey Josephine and John Marlay. Linda Jones Enterprises is pleased to publish and represent the sculpture, drawings and graphic editions of Lawrence Noble.

How Do You Use Your Creativity?

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How do you use your creativity every day?  We'd like to know!  Drawing on your creative impulses may solve problems, produce positive results and make your day an exceptional one.

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Even when a situation you may be facing at work or in your personal life seems too complex or abstract to be solved easily, drawing on your creativity can help you work through issues step-by-step, producing results that allow you to move forward and succeed.  Let it bubble up and see where it leads you!

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The photos accompanying today's post are from the most recent Girl Scouts class held this past Saturday at the Center's facility in Orange.  As you can see, the young artists were free to create images in a variety of media (based on found objects/recycled materials,) each one producing a work of art that expressed their creativity and their personality.

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And it's true, we would like to hear your stories about how you use your innate creativity in your daily life.  Please leave a comment to this post and give us the details.  We look forward to the conversation! 

Image of the Day: Feline Frame-up

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Original layout drawing (graphite on two-hole punch 12 field animation paper) by Chuck Jones for his 1954 short animated film, "Feline Frame-Up."  Starring Marc Anthony, the bulldog helplessly in love with a little kitten, and pitting him against the evil Claude Cat.  Bow-wowing in theaters on February 13th, it ends with Claude Cat's (you do get the pun, right?) confession and removal from the house.   

Image of the Day: The White Seal

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Limited edition lithograph, created from original art by Chuck Jones for the opening credits of his 1974 animated television special, "The White Seal."  Based on a story from Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" it tells the tale of a white seal, Kotick, who saves his herd by finding an island where seals would be safe from their enemy, man. 

Register today for Summer Creativity Camp!

Camp Fire USA–Orange County Council, Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, and Chuck Jones Center for Creativity announce our summer day camp for young people ages 7-14!

Running from June 21 through August 27, the day camp offers fun-filled, exciting weeks of themed activities, hands-on educational experiences, swimming, archery, arts and crafts, and exercises in imagination. 

Check out activities by the week at two different locations:  Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, both in Orange, CA.

As part of the fun, the Center for Creativity is hosting our first-ever Creativity Camp for one whole week in June, July, and August.  Our teaching artists are coming up with all sorts of ideas that will make your imagination soar into the blue, summertime skies:

  • Using recycled materials for "green" projects
  • Making creativity journals
  • Experimenting with batik
  • Creating paper-bag collages
  • Designing symbols drawn from Native American art and culture
  • Crafting masks
  • And more, all inspired by the creative genius of animation director, Chuck Jones!

Location:

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
131 W. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA

Dates: 

June 28-July 2
July 19-23
August 9-13

Times:  9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday

Fee:  $190 plus $50 materials fee per camper per week

Registration and payment in advance are required.
               
Don't miss out–register now!  Please call Michelle at Camp Fire at 714.547.5200, extension 39 or Pam at 949.660.7793 for more information!

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Image of the Day: Claude Cat

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Undated model drawing of Claude Cat by Chuck Jones, graphite and colored pencil on 12 field two-hole punched animation paper.  The paper places it early 1950s most likely pre-1953 before the studio started using 3-hole punched paper.  Claude Cat appeared in a variety of films by Chuck Jones, co-starring with Hubie & Bertie (mice,) Frisky Puppy and Mark Anthony and Kitty.  This drawing will be part of the Chuck Jones exhibit at the Get Animated! Pavilion of the 2010 California State Fair, July 14 through August 1. 

Chuck Jones Center to Unveil New Website

Craig Kausen, President of the Board of Directors of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, announced today that a newly designed interactive website for the Center will launch May 6, 2010.   This new website came about through the Center's affiliation with Festival of Children Foundation who offered their members the opportunity to work (for free!) with students at the Art Institute of Southern California to either create a website for an organization from the ground-up or revamp an existing one.

Students at AISC get course credit for the project and have the opportunity for real-life experience working with a client.  Did we mention that they're also brilliant?  Well they are, and the Center could not be more grateful for their creativity (yes!) and thoughtful, professional attitude toward the project.  Circle the date for the big reveal: Thursday, May 6, 2010! 

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Project manager, Raffi Keklikian (in white t-shirt, 3rd from right) with student designers and web developers, Anna Funk, Jon Ardis, Ryan Sapp, Chris Abouabdo, Fillip Peyton, Ryan Hontz, Michael Cerrito, Krystal Lagpacan, Joel Steele, Kris Schultz along with faculty consultant, Amy Norton, discuss some of the projects more salient points at the Center's headquarters in Tustin. 

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Craig Kausen, Chuck Jones' grandson (right,) describes how Chuck Jones approached creativity and new projects at an initial meeting with the students from AISC.

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Students working on the new Chuck Jones Center for Creativity website, have an opportunity to look at original Chuck Jones artwork from the Center's archives before embarking on their new job. 

Image of the Day: The Phantom Tollbooth

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Original mixed media on board by Phyllis Graham.  Chuck Jones, in preparation for filming his only feature film, 1970's "The Phantom Tollbooth," had several artists prepare original interpretations of scenes from the Norton Juster book of the same title.  Phyllis Graham, wife of famed Chouinard Institute life-drawing instructor, Don Graham, contributed several dozen images, all mixed media on 5" x 9" artist board.  Each one is a miniature work of art, one that can stand independently from the film and the book as its own entity, but seen together form a compelling story-line. 

Chuck Jones: On Painting with Oils

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"Working in oils comes the closest to bridging the painter to the sculptor.  Oil paints are tactile unlike watercolors–the touch and movement of the brush on the canvas is sensuous and treacherous.  Your mistakes are as meaningful as your triumphs–like making love.  It takes an unruly mind to find the unique discipline peculiar to each painter."  –Chuck Jones