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How to Draw Bugs Bunny: The Results

Okay, we didn't set a Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue at the Chuck Jones Big Draw like we hoped to, but and it's big but (!), we did set a record for the largest Chuck Jones art lesson taught in one venue!  Along with Chuck Jones on video, the Center's very own teaching artist, Christopher Scardino, led a class of 122 artists, students, and adults, teaching them how to draw the iconic Warner Bros. character, Bugs Bunny.  After the class, participants were encouraged to take their new found talent and draw on the walls of the venue.  The results were so wonderful, so delightful, so well-done, that we just had to share.  As Chris said, "you are drawing your Bugs Bunny, it may not look exactly like Chuck's Bugs Bunny, but it is yours." 

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Linda Jones Clough, Chuck's daughter, led the charge to the walls and had quickly sketched out several Bugs Bunny images.  (photo courtesy Stephen Russo)

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Muralist, actor, renaissance man, all words that describe the talented James (Jimmy) C. Mulligan.  (photo courtesy Stephen Russo)

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Volunteer Tommy Martinez, graphic designer and artist, quickly sketched out an awesome looking Bugs Bunny!  Love that bent ear, so characteristic of Chuck's assertion that character dictates expression.

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Even the littlest among us had something to say about Bugs Bunny and expressed themselves visually with the same care and concentration you'd expect from a professional.  It was fantastic to watch!

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And just before you left the venue, artist Anna Panover's interpretation of Bugs Bunny reminded you what season it really was.  

Trevor Carlton: The Secrets of a Professional Artist

Have you ever wondered what it must be like to be a professional artist?  Is it all berets and filterless French cigarettes and double shots of espresso and an unexplainable cough and nubile nudes posing for you under the north-facing skylight in your garrett atelier or is it something else entirely?

You'll have the chance to find out on Sunday, August 7th, at the Chuck Jones Big Draw as artist Trevor Carlton shares his secrets and the ins and outs of working professionally as an artist.  

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Trevor, a native of Olympia, Washington, started painting in high school, but his first love was the stage and he went on to study acting at his local college, and then at the Lee Strasberg Acting Workshop in Los Angeles where he pursued his acting career.  But, as happens with actors, he paid the bills by working in a custom furniture store specializing in faux finishes.  His signature style was developed here.

Using reclaimed lumber as his canvas, he started painting images of vintage Americana with subjects ranging from pop icon celebrities to jazz greats.  More recently he has been commissioned by Disney Studios to create limited edition artwork utilizing their characters in his unique style.  

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At the Chuck Jones Big Draw, Trevor will be speaking with anyone who wants to know more about the challenges and rewards of becoming a professional artist.  Also, along with his friend and painting partner, Stephen Reis, he will be creating a very special performance piece later in the afternoon.  Stick around for it–it's a terrific experience!   

The Chuck Jones Big Draw, Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM at South Coast Collection, 3303 Hyland Avenue (next to Paul Mitchell) in Costa Mesa, California.  Help us set a Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue beginning promptly at 2 PM.  For more details and to register go to EventComplete.   "Like" us on Facebook at The Chuck Jones Big Draw!