The Chuck Jones Big Draw was completely and utterly amazing. If you were there you'll know what I mean, if you weren't, let me share this note, anonymously written on a carrot that I found last night as we were cleaning up after a full day of creativity workshops:
[It reads: "Dear Chuck~ Thank you for touching our lives with your creative genius. You have given us the ability to laugh at ourselves through the antics of your wonderful characters. You give us joy. Love from an admiring & grateful fan.!!"
You give us joy. There was enough joy yesterday at the Chuck Jones Big Draw to go around the world at least once, if not 100 times. When you're allowed to let your creativity shine through in a nurturing, non-judgemental environment, it is absolutely amazing what you will produce.
You give us joy. Artist Sunny Dolberg shares her reverse transference process with a budding Picasso. One of the most active of workshops, Sunny guided young and old alike in a process that creates a mono-print by painting your image on a clear acrylic sheet and pressing it (upside-down) onto a canvas or piece of paper. The results were outstanding!
You give us joy. Linda Jones Clough, equestrienne and daughter of Chuck Jones, led the session, "How to Draw a Horse" (shown here discussing the finer points of horse anatomy…would that be called "horse-sense"? IDK.) Below is the horse that Linda drew as she worked with her group.
You give us joy. Stephen Reis (gesturing), storyboard artist and director for the animated cartoon, "The Simpsons" shares with his group how he works as he develops the storyline and animation for the series. Participants then worked on their own storyboards. Cowabunga, dude!
You give us joy. This young lad is listening to the sage advice of artist and designer, John Ramirez, who is not only an award-winning designer and cartoonist, but is also the designer of the soon-to-open Chuck Jones Experience at Circus Circus in Las Vegas. John led his burgeoning John Lasseters in the creation of their very own thaumatrope (a circular disk with a drawn image on each side, attached to two pieces of string and spun to create a moving image.)
You give us joy. Muralist, actor, model, father, citizen of the world; those are just some of the words that describe the wonderfully talented James (Jimmy) C. Mulligan. All the while the Chuck Jones Big Draw was in session, he worked on this mural…started and completed in 6 hours (including a break for lunch). Such awesomeness!
You give us joy. Artist and surfer, Bob Elias, handed out advice on painting to our budding Frankenthalers, Kahlos and Rothkos.
Indeed, everyone gave us joy yesterday…here's a few more photos from the day:
You give us joy. Artist Mary Beth Volpini helped participants loosen up their creative muscles and switch their thinking from the left side of their brains to the right at the first station at the Chuck Jones Big Draw, "What Does Fun Look Like?" Here two of the many teen-agers who took advantage her guidance work diligently on their answers.