Monthly Archives: July 2011

Coffee, Creativity & Chris

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity's very own Chris Scardino (the teaching artist for Saturday's "Drop In & Draw" classes and many other workshops) utilized a common substance and created something we think is very special.  Here's what he had to say about what he drew and painted (the image is below the video):


Coffee painting by scardino 72 dpi 


Chuck Jones Gallery Features The Art of Randy Martinez « Randy Martinez’s Blog

My Art Work will be Featured at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego CA during SD Comic Con 2011.


Randy Martinez is an amazing artist and the Chuck Jones Galleries are thrilled to be hosting a reception for the artist on Saturday, July 23rd from 6 to 9 PM during Comic Con. With him will be artist and author Denise Vasquez. Meet them both!

Screening of Chuck Jones Short Films at the Las Vegas Film Festival

Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and grandson of Chuck Jones, will be the subject of a Q & A at the Las Vegas Film Festival on Saturday, July 16th beginning at 9 AM before the presentation of several of Chuck Jones most notable short animated films. Read more about the Festival by clicking on the link below.  

Thousands expected to attend Las Vegas Film Festival – View –


Chuck Jones Image of the Day: Ducklaration

You might very well look at this image and ask yourself, "What do these characters have to do with our nation's founding?"  Well wonder no more, here's the story as told to us by a very wise person…

In the middle 1970s Chuck Jones was producing and directing several half hour TV specials based on the George Selden "Cricket in Times Square" books and characters.  The last of a trio of films starring Harry Cat, Chester Cricket and Tucker Mouse was "Yankee Doodle Cricket" and as was often the case with Chuck, he made a thorough investigation of the period (revolutionary, my good fellow!) and while working on model drawings, the look and feel of the film, he took that left turn at Albuquerque and created the drawing that was used as the line for this hand-painted limited edition cel that stars Pepe le Pew, Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam as they witness Daffy Duck applying his "Daffy Duck" (did you think I was going to say his "John Hancock"?) to the Ducklaration of Independence.  

Each "Ducklaration" in the edition has been hand-painted by expert cel painters, one color at a time (from darkest to lightest) on the reverse side of the acetate (cel) sheet, Chuck approved each by hand-signing each example.  To add this special work of art to your collection, please contact your Chuck Jones Gallery art consultant and you will receive two free tickets to "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, California and two free tickets to the Chuck Jones Big Draw on Sunday, August 7, 2011 at SOCO (South Coast Collection) in Costa Mesa, California, a $150.00 value!  San Diego: 888-294-9880; Santa Fe: 800-290-5999; Tustin: 800-959-7175.

Here's a little taste of "Yankee Doodle Cricket":

Image of the Day: Old Glory

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"Old Glory" limited edition hand-painted cel created from an original drawing by Chuck Jones for his 1939 film of the same title that had Uncle Sam demonstrating to Porky Pig why learning the Pledge of Allegiance was important.  Edition of 39 examples, 12.5" x 10.5" and hand-signed by Martha Sigal, one of the original Leon Schlesinger Productions ink & paint department denizens.  Purchase this cel from your Chuck Jones Gallery by July 4, 2011 and receive 2 free tickets to the August 6th performance of "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony" at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California as well as two free tickets to "The Chuck Jones Big Draw" a family event on Sunday, August 7, 2011 from 11 AM to 5 PM, held at SOCO (South Coast Collection) in Costa Mesa.  Call San Diego: 888-294-9880 or email; Santa Fe 800-290-5999 or email and Tustin 800-959-7175 or email for more details and to place your order.  

Chuck Jones Gallery — San Diego Announces Comic Con Schedule of Events!

Chuck Jones Gallery 

Announcing Artist Appearances and Exhibits for Int’l Comic Con

July 21-24, 2011

Simone Bianchi, Randy Martinez in Person!


The Art of Ralph Bakshi with

Special Guest, Edward Bakshi

and Pencil, Ink And Story, the Art of Henry Scarpelli

San Diego, CA:  The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the historical center of the city at 232 Fifth Avenue, announced today their schedule of artist appearances and exhibits during International Comic Con, July 21-24. 

  • Marvel and DC Comics Super-Artist Simone Bianchi will be feted with a reception on Thursday, July 21st from 7 to 10 PM.  Bianchi is one of the new breed of Marvel Comic whose work has revolutionized the way the Marvel characters look.  Known for his use of watercolor half-tones and ink washes, Bianchi’s non-traditional comic book drawing style has catapulted him to the heights of the comic book world.  This reception for the artist will feature his most recent work on paper and canvas from both DC Comics and Marvel.  The gallery will be exhibiting two exclusive editions from Bianchi, “The Call of the Knights” and “Batman.”  Bianchi will be dedicating artwork purchased at the exhibit. 

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  • On Friday, July 22nd, the Gallery will host an open house and reception for the Art of Ralph Bakshi, with his son, animation director and producer, Edward, as our special guest, from 7 to 10 PM.  Bakshi, the producer, director, writer and animator of such ground-breaking animated films as “Fritz the Cat”, “Coonskins”, “Wizards”, and “The Lord of the Rings” is regarded by critics and collectors as one of the modern giants of animation.  The exhibition will feature not only original production art from a variety of his films, but also his most recent mixed media constructions, drawings and paintings.  Ralph Bakshi will be signing dedication cards for artwork purchased during the exhibition. 

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  • Star Wars artist Randy Martinez will be honored with an exhibition and reception on Saturday, July 23rd from 6 to 9 PM.  Known for his compelling portrayals of the landmark George Lucas film series, Martinez has also drawn over 10,000 sketch cards for Topps Trading Cards for such brands as, “Lord of the Rings”, “Hero”, “Terminator”, “Marvel Comics” as well as “Star Wars”.  Martinez, along with his co-author, Denise Vasquez, will be premiering his latest book, “Sketch Card Mania” and will offer a demonstration of how-to create your own sketch cards.  Martinez will be dedicating artwork purchased at this event and he and Denise Vasquez will sign their most recent book.

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  • Throughout the four days of Comic Con (July 21-24) the art of Henry Scarpelli will be on view in the gallery.  Scarpelli, best known for his work on the Archie Comic Strips (both as writer and artist), was also the creator of the syndicated one-panel cartoon “TV Tee Hees” and at Dell Publishing the artist behind many of their comic books based on TV shows such as, “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Hogan’s Heroes”.   This exhibit will feature both daily and Sunday Archie comic strips and panels.

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About the gallery:  The Chuck Jones Gallery, located in the heart of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp District at 232 Fifth Ave., is the destination for art collectors and visitors from around the world.  Owned by Linda Jones Enterprises, the publisher and distributor of the art of the legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, it is the only gallery in San Diego devoted to the art of the animated film.  Included in the on-going display is art from all major animation studios as well as original paintings and limited edition fine art from a variety of internationally known artists and photographers whose work is entertainment related.  For more information please call the gallery at 888-294-9880 or online at  Blog: Chuck Redux.

Simone Bianchi, Randy Martinez and Ralph Bakshi are available for interviews subject to their schedules.  Images available for print and online usage.  Contact Erin Liddell at or 619-294-9880 for more information.