Monthly Archives: July 2011

Surfing the Waves of Inspiration: Artist Bob Elias at Chuck Jones Big Draw

California artist and long-time Orange County resident, Bob Elias, will be a featured artist at the Chuck Jones Big Draw, Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM.  Throughout the day Elias will be working on a new painting of two of Chuck Jones's iconic characters, but who they are will remain between Bob and I until Sunday.  So, start excersizing your drawing arm and come down to SoCo, 3303 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa on Sunday, August 7th for the Chuck Jones Big Draw and see what this noted artist and surfer will be working on!  Help us set a Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue, register today!

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Artist Bob Elias at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity with his most recent painting that pays homage to an American classic, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoons created and directed by Chuck Jones.

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Bob Elias works on a painting inspired by Jones's "Duck, Rabbit, Duck" cartoon of 1953.  He says he always loved cartoons (both Warner Bros. and Disney–he's also a noted painter for the theme parks) and that growing up in the artist community of Carmel-by-the-Sea in the 1950s gave him the inspiration to pursue his calling after a storied career in the hand-painted sign business.  "Those rich, deeply pigmented paints that are used for sign painting inspire my use of color to this day," said Elias. "I had so much fun at the last Chuck Jones Big Draw talking with the children and adults about painting and my technique, that I can hardly wait for this one!"  You can find Bob every so often off the shore at San O (San Onofre Beach just south of San Clemente, California) sitting on his board waiting for the perfect wave and a little bit of inspiration.  

 

Important Information! How to Draw Bugs Bunny

Since the Chuck Jones Big Draw will be setting a Guinness World Record for the most people taking an art class in one venue on Sunday, August 7th at exactly 2 PM PDT (location: 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, CA) and since we're all going to learn how to draw Bugs Bunny, it seems completely appropriate and timely that we should start learning from the master himself, Chuck Jones.  See you there!

Thanks to Larry Levine, co-creator of Aw Prunes for reminding me this clip existed!  Join us by registering at www.EventComplete.com.  

Join Us at the Chuck Jones Big Draw as We Attempt to Set a Guinness World Record!

It’s Official!

Chuck Jones Big Draw

Goes for Guinness World Record—

Largest Art Class!

 

Tustin, CA—The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity announced today that Guinness World Records has approved their request to set the Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in a single venue.  Scheduled for Sunday, August 7th at 2 PM sharp during the Chuck Jones Big Draw (11 AM to 5 PM) to be held at SOCO (South Coast Collection), 3303 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California, the Center will host a 45 minute drawing class during which participants will learn how to draw the star of Warner Bros. cartoons, Bugs Bunny.  The cost is $25.00 each or $40.00 for a family (or group) of four.  Tickets for the event are available through EventComplete.com.  Special pricing for organizations is available by contacting EventComplete.com. 

“Attempting to break the recent record of 817 people at an art class held in Copenhagen, Denmark in June of this year will be an awesome feat and a great experience for everyone involved,” exclaimed Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center and the grandson of Chuck Jones.  “I know that Chuck would have loved the idea of over 800 people all learning how to draw Bugs Bunny, at one time, at one location; in fact, I believe he would have loved leading the class himself!”

The Chuck Jones Big Draw is a fun-filled event that allows people of all ages and levels of artistic accomplishment to be nurtured and guided by the Center’s teaching artists in a non-judgmental environment.  Intended as an exploration of each person’s creativity, the Chuck Jones Big Draw will allow participants to experience a personal journey filled with insight and joy.  It is designed to ignite their creativity so that it may be used in all aspects of their life including school, business, sciences, sports and all of the fine arts.

Artists scheduled to offer their expertise during the Chuck Jones Big Draw include, Stephen Reis, storyboard artist for “The Simpsons”, California surf artist Bob Elias and master draftsman, Christopher Scardino, the Center’s resident teaching artist.

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is hosting the Chuck Jones Big Draw with the sponsors for this event, SOCO (South Coast Collection, Costa Mesa), Art Supply Warehouse (Westminster, Ca) and Pencils.com (a California Cedar Products Company).  The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient, Chuck Jones to promote his unique philosophy of developing the creative genius that resides in all of us, utilizing his drawings, films and writings as the springboard to a more joyous and innovative life.  Through public educational programs such as the Chuck Jones Big Draw, the Center reaches out to families, students and adults through interactive programs that lead them to a more passionate, joyous, and harmonious life and world.    

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony Coming to Irvine, CA on August 6th!

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If you live in Orange County or the surrounding areas, don't forget that the amazing, spectacular, fabulous, awesome, terrific, funny, moving, heart-warming, hysterical, beautiful and awesome "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" created, produced and conducted by impressario George Daugherty is playing the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on Saturday, August 6th in Irvine (just off the 405 at Irvine Center Drive).  

There will be a great display of art from Chuck Jones's most famous cartoon, "What's Opera, Doc?" and a great photo op for those arriving early.  Go to the Pacific Symphony website to purchase tickets and for more information.  

Pencils.com a New Sponsor of the Chuck Jones Big Draw

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Partners with Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

To Sponsor

The Chuck Jones Big Draw 

Tustin, CA—The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity announced today that the manufacturer of Chuck Jones’s favorite pencil, Pencils.com (a California Cedar Products Company) will be a sponsor of the Chuck Jones Big Draw, scheduled for Sunday, August 7, 2011 at SOCO (South Coast Collection), 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, CA.  Pencils.com will provide the drawing pencils for participants of the Big Draw and gift the Center’s teaching artists with its newly re-designed Blackwing 602, the favored pencil of legendary animation director and creator, Chuck Jones.  Jones employed the Blackwing 602 for the six decades of his storied career and was rarely seen without one.  

"Chuck Jones loved Blackwing pencils and his art epitomized the fun, creative culture that our company tries so hard to promote. We're thrilled to partner with an organization centered on inspiring the type of creativity that can lead people of all ages to a more joyous and harmonious life," stated Charles Berolzheimer, President of California Cedar Products and Pencils.com

Pencils.com is the internet's leading resource for information about pencils and the creative processes that help define them. Pencils.com aims to grow the use of pencils throughout the world by offering lessons and articles that investigate and promote creativity through writing and drawing.  Pencils.com offers one of the best pencil collections on the web, with a broad range of school, art and writing supplies from leading manufacturers, including their own California Republic family of brands. This includes the rebirth of the famed Blackwing pencil, along with its premium Palomino art pencils and eco-friendly ForestChoice writing products. 

Behind Pencils.com is California Cedar Products Company, the world’s leading supplier of wooden slats used to manufacture pencils. A fourth generation, family-owned company, Cal Cedar has been built on a tradition of excellence both in the production of superior products and in our dedication to building strong relations with our customers. 

“The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is honored to welcome Pencils.com as a sponsor of our upcoming Chuck Jones Big Draw.  My grandfather’s attachment to the Blackwing 602 pencil is legendary.  As the artist Paul Klee once said, “A line is a dot out for a walk,” and Chuck wouldn’t think of taking a walk without his Blackwing 602,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the grandson of Chuck Jones, “their support means so much to so many and we look forward to future collaborative efforts with Pencils.com.” 

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity was founded in 1999 by four-time Academy Award recipient, Chuck Jones to promote his unique philosophy of developing the creative genius that resides in all of us, utilizing his drawings, films and writings as the springboard to a more joyous and innovative life.  Through public educational programs such as the Chuck Jones Big Draw, the Center reaches out to families, students and adults through interactive programs that lead them to a more passionate, joyous, and harmonious life and world.  

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The Inspiration Behind the Chuck Jones Big Draw

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will be presenting its second Chuck Jones Big Draw on Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM at SOCO (South Coast Collection), 3303 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.  Loads of fun art projects for the whole family — parents don't be shy, we want to inspire your creativity too! — drawing, painting, murals, performance art, collage and sculpture.  Each station will be lovingly nurtured by the Center's teaching artists.  At 2 PM that afternoon we hope to beat the world record of 809 people at an art class led by one instructor all in one location set in 2004 in Germany.  Come help us set a new record.  Ticket information at EventComplete.com.  

Here's Craig Kausen, Chuck's grandson, talking about the inspiration behind the Chuck Jones Big Draw:

 

Watch for more about the teaching artists and our generous sponsors in the coming days!  

Bianchi’s Big Bash: Thor, Batman & Battalions of Fans!

It's official: Comic Con International got off with a big bang yesterday as the Chuck Jones Gallery welcomed Marvel artist, Simone Bianchi, he of the magnificent paintings and drawings of Thor and Batman, to a reception held in his honor.  

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Erin Liddell (left), senior art consultant at the Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego and Scott Dicken (center), VP retail–Linda Jones Enterprises, greet artist Simone Bianchi at the gallery last night.

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Too many choices!

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Bianchi makes a point while speaking with his adoring fans and collectors.

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Holding the attention of his collectors was not a problem for the artist, Simone Bianchi, at last night's opening reception for him at the Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Avenue (just 1/2 block from the Convention Center), San Diego.

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The Marvel Comics artist, Simone Bianchi, signs the gallery's show sign (a tradition!) at last night's reception in his honor at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego's historic Gaslamp District.

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 It's "thumb's up" as Marvel Comics artist, Simone Bianchi, poses with two of his most ardent collectors during the reception held in his honor at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego.

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Yes, yes, I know, the man with the "Don't Press Your Luck" t-shirt looks really angry, but I guarantee you that he is not–he's just a devoted, passionate fan and collector of the art of Simone Bianchi (shown seated in the black beret.)

We'd be remiss if we did not share with you a few photos (BTW, all of these photos are courtesy the multi-talented Dean Diaz, a longtime employee of Linda Jones Enterprises and all-around wit), of some of the people attending this year's Comic Con International.  Enjoy!

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Pink Donuts + the Chuck Jones Big Draw

You might ask yourself what pink donuts have to do with the Chuck Jones Big Draw and you'd be right to do so.  I imagine that Chuck may have enjoyed a pink donut on occasion (no one's talking if he did or didn't), but still it seems a stretch, doesn't it?

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Well, wonder no more!  "The Simpson's" storyboard artist and animator, Stephen Reis, will be one of our teaching artists at the upcomnig Chuck Jones Big Draw.  Not only will he be working with young and old alike at the animation station, but with his painting partner, Trevor Carlton, will be creating a painting to music in a performance you won't want to miss!  To read a great interview with Stephen, click on the pink donut.

The Chuck Jones Big Draw will be held Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM at SOCO (South Coast Collection), 3303 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626.  We really want to set a world record for the largest  art class held in one location, starting promptly at 2 PM, so please come out and join in the fun, meet Stephen Reis and our large group of teaching artists and discover your innate creative genius. To reserve your space go to EventComplete.com or click on Bugs Bunny.

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Illudium Q36 Explosive Space Modulator or How Mike Kungl Saved the Planet

Artist and interplanetary traveller Mike Kungl visited the Chuck Jones Gallery in Tustin today (also the secret headquarters of Linda Jones Enterprises and home to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity) to deliver his portrait of the elusive and nefarious Marvin the Martian in time for display at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego during this year's Comic Con International.  Shown here holding his newest mixed media on canvas, "Q36" with earthlings (from left) Scott Dicken, Craig Kausen,and Robert Patrick, Kungl looks set to take over the planet with his stellar painting style and out-of-this-world charm.  

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If you're visiting San Diego for Comic Con, look for this new work in the gallery, now available as a fine art print on paper; it's one you won't want to miss for fear of interfering with Marvin's plans to take over the planet.   But before I give too much away, I must don my disintegration-proof vest!  

You Asked For It–Here It Is!

We've been asked, "Please share some of the interesting things that'll be a part of the Chuck Jones exhibit…" at the new and exciting Chuck Jones Experience at Circus Circus–Las Vegas.  So as not to disappoint our many friends and fans, here's an original photograph taken sometime after April 7, 1933, but probably before December 5, 1933. The Cullen-Harrison law allowing breweries to make and distribute 3.2 beer during Prohibition went into effect on that day in April and Prohibition was lifted on December 5, 1933.  Based on the anecdotes about Schlesinger's penury, it's hard to imagine that he would throw a party just because beer was now available (of course, we could be wrong), so this is probably a photo at the annual Christmas party of 1933.  

Can you find Chuck Jones, Robert McKimson, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng and Leon Schlesinger?  As President Roosevelt (Franklin D.) famously said on the day he signed the act allowing 3.2 beer, "I think this would be a good day for a beer."

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Photograph courtesy the Chuck Jones Archive.