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Chuck Jones Big Draw: What You Can Expect to Do on Sunday

The signs are printed…

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Elyse is cutting canvas…

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And so much more is going on behind-the-scenes as we prepare for the Chuck Jones Big Draw on Sunday, August 7, 2011 at South Coast Collection, 3309-E Hyland Avenue (next to Paul Mitchell), Costa Mesa, California.  Remember FREE admission between 1 and 2PM or just $10.00 (single admission) and $20.00 for a family or group of 4 for all day access!  

Here's what you can expect to do when you arrive…

  • "What Does Fun Look Like to You?"  Mary Beth Volpini

Session # 1: 11:30 AM to 12:20 PM:

  • Station #1 Priniciples of Animation, ages 10 & up, guided by John Ramirez, award-winning designer and artist
  • Station #2 Story-boarding "Simpsons"-style, ages 10 & up, guided by Stephen Reis, storyboard artist and director of "The Simpsons"
  • Station #3 Espresso Yourself, the Art of Painting with Coffee, guided by Christopher Scardino, resident teaching artist of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
  • Station #4 Playing with Paint, guided by Shakiba Hashemi, professional artist
  • Station #5 Upside Down Art, guided by Sunny Dolberg, professional artist
  • Station #6 Design Your Dream Dress, ages 8 & up, guided by Erin Bianchi, designer
  • Station #7 How to Draw Horses, ages 8 & up, guided by Linda Jones Clough, artist, entrepreneur, andEmmy Award-winning daughter of Chuck Jones

Session # 2:  1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

  • Station #1 Priniciples of Animation, ages 10 & up, guided by John Ramirez, award-winning designer and artist
  • Station #2 Story-boarding "Simpsons"-style, ages 10 & up, guided by Stephen Reis, storyboard artist and director of "The Simpsons"
  • Station #3 Exploring Your Creative Side, guided by Christopher Scardino, resident teaching artist of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
  • Station #4 Playing with Paint, guided by Shakiba Hashemi, professional artist
  • Station #5 Upside Down Art, guided by Sunny Dolberg, professional artist
  • Station #6 Design Your Dream Dress, guided by Erin Bianchi, designer
  • Station #7 Creativity with a Camera, ages 13 & up, guided by Stephanie Adriana and Val Westover, professional photographers and lecturers 

Beginning at 2 PM until 3 PM is our attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue.  

From 3:00 to 3:30 PM Trevor Carlton and Stephen Reis will be staging a performance painting…NOT TO BE MISSED!

Session # 3:  3:45 PM to 4:45 PM

  • Station #1 Art from the HeArt: Messages in Color, ages 13 & up, guided by Mary Beth Volpini
  • Station #3 Exploring Your Creative Side, guided by Christopher Scardino, resident teaching artist of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
  • Station #4 Playing with Paint, guided by Shakiba Hashemi, professional artist
  • Station #5 Upside Down Art, guided by Sunny Dolberg, professional artist
  • Station #6 Strategic Illustration, guided by Linda Krall, artist, designer & communications expert
  • Station #7 Creativity with a Camera, ages 13 & up, guided by Stephanie Adriana and Val Westover, professional photographers and lecturers  

Throughout the day, artist Bob Elias will be painting in oils and offering tips on painting and muralist James C. Mulligan will be working on a large mural with any and all participants.

There will also be an "Artist in the Round" series where you may talk with professional artists about making art your vocation as well as your avocation.  Artists participating in this series of round-table discussions will be: Linda Jones, Stephanie Adriana, Trevor Carlton, John Ramirez, and Mike Peraza.

See you there! 

100% Charlie Dog

Rescued by Chuck Jones from the Warner Bros. character pound where he had been abandoned, Charlie Dog had first appeared in Bob Clampett’s 1941 Porky’s Pooch.   Jones, however, had found an altogether different dog upon his release from the ‘pound’ and it is this dog that debuted in Jones’ Little Orphan Airedale of 1947.

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“Charlie Dog is one of my favorite characters.  I don’t understand him, but I do like him.  He is so unquestionably a dog.  Charlie is merely trying to find a master and a home, which are perfectly natural ambitions for any dog.  Comedy is always concerned with simple matters such as this.”—Chuck Jones, Chuck Reducks, Drawing From the Fun Side of the Life

Filmography, all directed by Jones:

  • Little Orphan Airedale (1947) with Porky
  • The Awful Orphan (1949) with Porky
  • Often an Orphan (1949) with Porky
  • Dog Gone South (1950) with Colonel Shuffle and Belvedere
  • A Hound for Trouble (1951)

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Although foreshadowed in Little Orphan Airedale, it wasn’t until Often an Orphan that Charlie Dog produced his greatest sales pitch, to be whatever you need him to be.  Whether it’s 50 percent Pointer (pointing), 50 percent Boxer (boxing), 50 percent Setter (setting), 50 percent Spitz (into a spittoon, no less!), 50 percent Pinscher (ouch!) or 100 percent Labrador Retriever!  He says, “If you doubt my word, get me a labrador and I’ll retrieve it!”  Best of all, Charlie Dog is 100 percent “Saint" Bernard (with the emphasis on saint.)  

“Abominable Snow Rabbit” — Chuck Jones Image of the Day

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"The Abominable Snow Rabbit" shoveled its way into theaters on May 20, 1961.  Directed by Chuck Jones (and co-directed by Maurice Noble) the cartoon finds our intrepid heroes (Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck) on their way to Palm Springs, which is all fine and well, except they took that wrong turn at _________ (according to Daffy they should've turned west at East St. Louis,) whatever, (have you ever noticed that Bugs's sense of direction is, well, a bit off, especially when he's tunneling underground?   This is hardly the first time such a 'wrong turn at __________' has thrown our man in Havana — excuse me — our rabbit in the Himalayas off course.)  

But I digress.  The drawing above is a rough layout drawing by Chuck Jones of Daffy Duck when first introduced to the Abominable Snowman.  It is graphite on 12 field animation paper and if you watch this clip carefully you will see how closely Chuck's animators (for this film: Ken Harris, Richard Thompson, Bob Bransford, and Tom Ray) hew to his layouts.  

A Couple of Fine Lines: “Debonair” & “Au Contraire”

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From the hand of master animator and director, Eric Goldberg ("Looney Tunes: Back in Action!", "The Princess and the Frog") the Chuck Jones Galleries are pleased to present this exquisite pair of fine art serigraphs on paper.  Goldberg's innovative take on the classic characters immortalized by the legendary Chuck Jones strikes a balance between the classical world of fine art and the delightfully zany world of the animated film.  

 

Hand-cut, hand-pulled and printed at one of America's premier serigraph workshops, "Debonair" (Bugs Bunny) and "Au Contraire" (Daffy Duck) represent the acme of this centuries-old printing process.   Goldberg's beautifully rendered ink line has been carefully reproduced in an edition of 150 (18" x 10" printed on archival cotton rag paper) with 25 Artist Proofs (30.5" x 18" printed on fine hand-made Japanese rice paper.) 
Call today for more information and to reserve your "Debonair" & "Au Contraire" for your collection.  Also available online by clicking here.

 

Image of the Day: “Louvre Come Back to Me” 1962

If you were expecting a St. Patrick’s Day-themed post today, we’re afraid you’re going to be disappointed and we hate to disappoint, but…

Instead, on our way to other things, we came across an original production drawing from the Chuck Jones directed short animated cartoon, “Louvre Come Back to Me” of 1962 of Pepe le Pew with a dog, simply saying “Something?”

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Which immediately put us in mind of the delightful cel art edition created by Chuck Jones in 1983 (21 years later!) that the Chuck Jones Galleries have released from archive just for this post, so we can share it with you.  Click the image for more details.

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We are always delighted when we can put 2 + 2 together; to discover where inspiration springs (like Irish Spring–there’s the tie-in!) from and how one fine drawing, so full of character, found a second life as an edition that has pleased so many, so many years later.  

 

Image of the Day: Johnson the Cat

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How can you not love Johnson the Cat?  He's a half-a-grapefruit-space-helmet-wearing-swim-in-the-ocean cat, after all, and that has to count for something in the annals of catdom, don't you agree?  To learn more about Johnson (other than what you've just found out, obviously), dive into your nearest copy of Jones's autobiography, "Chuck Amuck" and turn to pages 12 through 23 for the side-splitting hilarity that is the character of a peculiar cat.  

P.S.  The drawing is graphite and colored marker on notepaper, 10.5" x 8.5", by Chuck Jones, circa late 1980s.

Creativity, Craig Kausen & Cookies at the Bowers Museum

As the series, "Exploring from the Chuck Jones Side of Your Brain," continues, join Chuck's grandson, Craig, for an inspiring and interactive discussion on "The Pencil, the Computer, Children, and Creativity."  In addition to volunteering his time as Chairman (and a founding member) of the Chuck Jones Center's Board of Trustees, Craig guides classes on creativity through art for young people and shares his own personal perspective on the life of the imagination with people of all ages.  Craig also runs Linda Jones Enterprises, the thriving art business originally founded by his mother, Linda Jones Clough, in the 1970's.  

YesNo Chuck Jones-card copyWhether we work with the oldest or the newest tools, the human touch is an absolutely essential component of creativity. This seminar highlights the Chuck Jones brand of character study:  how to harness the most subtle details of human and animal movement to bring your creations to life. Everyone participating in this highly interactive seminar will discuss which tools to use, and why, and will leave with tips on fostering children's (and adults') natural enthusiasm for creating art.

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA

One session: Bowers members $20 / Non-members $30    

For more information, please email education@bowers.org, call 714.567.3677, or visit the Bowers website. 

P.S.  Did I forget to mention that cookies will be served?  Well, they will be!  Look for an assortment of this year's Girl Scout Cookies before, during and after the presentation.  

Chuck Jones Exhibit at the Art Institute of California–Orange County

Craig Kausen, President of the Board of Trustees of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity and the grandson of Chuck Jones announced today the installation and opening of an exhibit of the art of Chuck Jones at the Art Institute of California–Orange County.  Located at 3601 W. Sunflower Avenue in Santa Ana, the Art Institute is one of the premier art and culinary schools in the United States.  The exhibit features life drawings by Jones along with a selection of artworks that feature the cartoon characters he is so well-known for, such as Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner and Bugs Bunny.  If you're in the neighborhood, check it out!  Here's a little preview:

 

For more information about the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, please click here or to learn more about the Art Institute of California, click here.  

“Cartoon Therapy” at the Chuck Jones Gallery–Santa Fe

Staci Matlock of the Santa Fe New Mexican wrote about the Saturday morning Chuck Jones Film Festival held this past Saturday at the Chuck Jones Gallery on Palace Avenue in Old Santa Fe.  

You can read how the term "cartoon therapy" came to be by clicking on this sentence.

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 Ricardo Cate, author of the comic strip Without Reservations, talks Saturday at the Chuck Jones Gallery holiday cartoon festival about coming up with ideas and characters on a daily basis and lets the audience throw out ideas for new drawings. –  Photo by Natalie Guillen/The New Mexican