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Chuck Jones Big Draw Visits Planet X

Chuck Jones Big Draw!

  A “Space”tacular FUNdraiser for Creativity

Benefitting the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Costa Mesa, CA: “It looks like you’re having fun,” was one of the highest compliments given by famed artist, author, and educator, Don Graham, to his students when the work they were doing showed promise. Having fun is an important part of creative endeavors at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. Chuck Jones Big Draw, a FUNdraiser for Creativity—will benefit the programs of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a 501(c)3 public charity,” says Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board and grandson of Chuck Jones, “the Center serves school-age children, senior brain health, and children and young adults on the autism spectrum.”

A carnival atmosphere focused on Outer Space Exploration and Planet X will pervade this family-friendly event where you and your children will be able to participate in creativity stations throughout the 4000 square foot Center. You’ll create rocket banks, build your own space ship and space helmet, design and make Planet X creatures and origami asteroids, toy-making, animation light-table drawing, and a stop-motion animation station where you’ll be able to make your own cartoon using some of Chuck Jones’s favorite characters like Marvin the Martian, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and 10,000 Martians.

Chuck Jones Big Draw, a FUNdraiser for Creativity, will be open from 1 to 4 PM on Sunday, October 13 at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite A & B, Costa Mesa, Ca. Tickets are $5 per person, and will include a “Mix-Your-Own-Soft-Drink bar, fresh Popcorn, and a Decorate-Your-Own-Brownie station. Tickets available at ChuckJonesBigDraw.org.

What in the World? Red Dot Auction Update!

What in the world? It’s not of this world, it’s from Mars! Marvin the Martian is making a splash at this year’s Red Dot Auction as witnessed by these creative submissions by artists from around the country. Which one will be yours? Online pre-bidding is available through Thursday, April 30 at 10 PM CDT at Heritage Auctions website. Check it out!

Haven’t bought your tickets yet? Just $25 per person online HERE, or $35 per person at the door on Friday, May 1.

Just a reminder: proceeds from the Red Dot Auction fund the programs, exhibitions, lectures, and film festivals at the Center and around the country. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a 501(c)3 public charity.

Boy Marvin with Puppy K-9

Boy Marvin with Puppy K-9

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WWLD? (What Would Leonardo Do?) — Red Dot Auction Update

He’d create something! As we all know, Leonardo da Vinci was interested in flight and arguably designed the first helicopter…so it’s not too much of a stretch to think he may have been involved with the ACME Company… Pre-bid on this work and many others at Heritage Auctions, today!

This work by _____? is available now for pre-bidding.

This work by _____? is available now for pre-bidding.

Of course, Marvin Martian is interested in flight. This work, painted by the amazing _______ is now available for pre-bidding at Heritage Auctions, www.HA.com.

Of course, Marvin Martian is interested in flight. This work, painted by the amazing _______ is now available for pre-bidding at Heritage Auctions, www.HA.com.

Visit Marvin Martian!


The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity has joined forces with Urgency Network to raise funds for the Center’s programs. When you donate through the Urgency Network, you are automatically entered to win a trip to space! You may not be able to actually visit Marvin if you win, but it’s “outer space” and wouldn’t that tick off one of those items on your bucket list? Donate today to be entered to win a trip to space!




Chuck Jones Gallery–San Diego Announces Comic Con Int’l Events, July 12 – 15

Chuck Jones Gallery—San Diego

Announcing Artist Appearances and Exhibits for Int’l Comic Con

July 12-15, 2012

Mike Kungl, Tennessee Loveless in Person!


The Chuck Jones Centennial Celebration Kick-off

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 12-15.  All events and receptions are free and open to the public. 

  • Disney, Warner Bros., and Star Wars artist, Mike Kungl, will be feted with a reception on Thursday, July 12th from 7 to 10 PM.  The official artist for the Miami Beach Art Deco Weekend, Kungl is known for his sleek stylings reminiscent of the time of luxury liners, movie stars, and geometric designs. His work for Warner Bros., Disney, and Star Wars brings a dramatic theatricality to images beloved by collectors world-wide. Kungl has been selected by the family of legendary animation creator and director, Chuck Jones, to create homage artwork for their celebration of Chuck Jones’s centennial year (1912-2012). In addition to the Homage work, he will be unveiling original Super Heroes mixed media paintings. Kungl will be dedicating artwork purchased at the exhibit.  


  • On Friday, July 13th, the Gallery will host an open house 7 to 10 PM celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial.  The Chuck Jones Gallery is pleased to announce that the Smithsonian Institutes Traveling Exhibits will be touring a Chuck Jones retrospective beginning mid-2014. To celebrate that and Chuck’s centennial, the gallery will feature an exhibit of original production art from the Chuck Jones archive chronicling his films made during the Golden Age of Animation (1940s, 1950s). This evening will also be filled with free raffles for artwork, games where the winner will receive a free work of Chuck Jones art, plus trivia competitions that will challenge even the geekiest among you, the winners of which will win a free work of Chuck Jones art. PLUS THIS JUST IN!: MEET ARTIST JAMES C. MULLIGAN AND CHUCK JONES'S GRANDSON, CRAIG KAUSEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE CHUCK JONES CENTER FOR CREATIVITY!!! SEE MULLIGAN'S LATEST CHUCK JONES HOMAGE ORIGINAL ART UNVEILED!
  • The visually-challenged artist, Tennessee Loveless, will be honored with an exhibition and reception on Saturday, July 14th from 2 to 5 PM.  Severely color-blind, Loveless overcame the obvious obstacles on his road to becoming a young tyro. Utilizing a system of mathematical formulas to plot his color charts, his POP/OP paintings vibrate with color as his imagery delights and surprises collectors.  Chosen by the family of Chuck Jones as one of the Centennial Homage artists, Loveless has applied his skill and undeniable talent to the cartoon characters made famous by the four-time Oscar-winning director. Unveiling his first Homage work, “The Big Kaboom”, Loveless will also be signing and dedicating a limited number of commemorative Comic Con 2012 Chuck Jones Gallery posters.

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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 www.ChuckJonesGallery.com.  Blog: Chuck Redux


The Big Kaboom: Artist Tennessee Loveless and His Triumph Over Color-Blindness

Celebrating the Chuck Jones Centennial, the Chuck Jones Gallery has reached out to many talented artists asking them to create works of art that pay homage to Jones's creativity and genius. We've worked with such artistic luminaries as James Coleman and Mike Kungl, and this week released a new edition, "The Big Kaboom" (pictured below) from the young tyro, Tennessee Loveless.

TLLE001-1 The Big Kaboom 24 x 24 copy
Overcoming a handicap that might have deterred someone of weaker character, Loveless, in the accompanying video, describes how he has met the challenge of severe color-blindness, using it instead as a springboard for his creative vision. 

Chuck Jones at the Port of Portland

Beginning September 19th, a new Chuck Jones exhibit based on his drawings for his 1996 book, "Chuck Reducks–Drawing from the Fun Side of Life" will be featured along Concourse A at the Portland, Oregon airport.  If you're traveling through Portland then (particularly on Alaska or Horizon airlines) make sure you check out this original artwork, much of it never-before-seen, from the hand of Chuck Jones.  The exhibit will close at the end of March 2012.  

The exhibit focuses on drawings that Jones created to illustrate how he drew the characters that we've all come to know and love, including, Sam Sheepdog, Porky Pig, Marvin Martian, Bugs Bunny and others.  The works below are a sample of the original artwork that will be on display.




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.  

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!  

Disintegration-Proof Vest

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"Little does he realize that I have on my disintegration-proof-vest," opines Daffy Duck in this original graphite and India ink drawing on 12 field animation paper by Chuck Jones, created circa mid-1990s.  In preparation for his original line drawing to be transferred to acetate sheets in the production of his cel art editions, Chuck Jones would take a brush and a bottle of India ink and 'paint' the clean line that you see in this drawing.  Linda Jones then would erase the graphite from the paper (for the uninitiated, if you saw Linda doing this, it would give your heart pause, "what could she be thinking, erasing a drawing by Chuck Jones?!?!?")  

Image of the Day: Mad as a Mars Hare

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Original layout drawing of Bugs Bunny (graphite on three-hole punch animation paper) by Chuck Jones for his 1963 short cartoon, “Mad as a Mars Hare”.  This film was the last film directed by Chuck Jones to star Marvin Martian during Jones’ first tenure at Warner Bros.  Co-directed by Maurice Noble with animation by Ken Harris, Richard Thompson, Bob Bransford and Tom Ray.