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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 


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?”

LOCO-01-004 copy

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.


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.  


How to Draw Max

On the way to the final version of the faithful (and all-knowing) dog, Max, in Chuck Jones' "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" there were several iterations.  We know from Chuck's writing that he drew (pun intended) on a little terrier his family had in the teens of the last century in developing the character of Max, and of course, there were all those other dogs (Frisky Puppy, Charlie Dog, Mark Antony) that helped guide Max's final look.


In this early model sheet of 'Old Max' you can see how much thinner and perhaps even a little more Seussian he looks than he does in the final footage of the film.  Chuck wrote about Max, "Max moves awkwardly.  He was not the most graceful of dogs, and he was not built right to sit up.  His toppling over when the Grinch uses him as a dress dummy harked back to a fox terrier my father once bought.  This poor little fox terrier was the only dog I've ever known who was a complete nonentity.  He would have had to move up to become a wimp.  He could not sit up, he had a negligible tail, and his entire body came to a point.  This fact was overlooked by my father (who believed he could teach anybody anything) in his determination to teach this dog to "By God, sit up!"  Father would prop the poor little thing up, stick his powerful finger at the terrier's nose, and bark, "Sit up!"  Balanced on his bony coccyx, the sad little creature would topple slowly and inexorably over.

"Several of these dismal failures only proved to my father that the dog wasn't trying, so he became harsher in his demands to "Sit!"  Then my mother advised him to try propping the dog up in the corner of the room.  At that point, we four children were no longer able to muffle our hilarity, so turning savagely on us (figuring we were to blame) he ordered us upstairs, while he duly propped the little dog in the corner.  Upstairs we had the benefit of pillow and blanket to stifle our laughter, which became more and more intense as we heard "Sit!" then a sliding sound, a thump, a curse, followed by another "Sit!"

"I was six years old, and I tucked this little dog away in my memory until I needed him play the part of Max.  I am often asked, "What is the source of your inspiration?" and after more than sixty years in animation, this is the only source I can honestly identify.  So perhaps that sad, pointy dog served a purpose, after all."

And one of the final model sheets used by the animators during the production of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"  You can see how Max became a little softer, a little rounder, a little more lovable-looking, if you will, as the development of the film progressed.  Don't you just want to give him a hug?

Image of the Day: Santa on Trial

What if?  That's a question that always intrigued Chuck Jones and was the cause of many a delightful cartoon or painting or drawing throughout his long career.  If you read yesterday's post about how the inspiration for his "Bunny Prince Charlie" came about, you know that even the most obscure reference might spark his creativity.  

Today we bring you "Santa on Trial" and although we don't know Chuck's original thoughts about Santa Claus on trial, it gives us the opportunity to giggle at the incongruity of it all.  


This inspired me today: Of Compost, Molecules and Insects, Art Is Born

There is a terrific article in today's New York Times about the melding of art and science and the resulting artwork that comes from this unique pairing.  Inspiration comes in many guises and we must be open to its call. 

Cauda Equina
Keith W. Bentley’s “Cauda Equina” (1995-2007).

The word organic means different things to different people. To the gardener
it means compost
heaps. To the chemist it means carbon compounds. To the artist Fabian Peña, it
means American cockroaches, those chunky nocturnal charmers often seen
skittering around drainpipes or on the street. “I have collected cockroaches
from many different places,” Mr. Peña said. “From Cuba, Mexico, Miami, Houston,
everywhere I travel.” Read the rest of the article.

How Do You Use Your Creativity?

Hands web

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.

Abstract hands web 

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!

Blue face web 

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.

Pink box web 

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!