California artist and long-time Orange County resident, Bob Elias, will be a featured artist at the Chuck Jones Big Draw, Sunday, August 7th from 11 AM to 5 PM. Throughout the day Elias will be working on a new painting of two of Chuck Jones's iconic characters, but who they are will remain between Bob and I until Sunday. So, start excersizing your drawing arm and come down to SoCo, 3303 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa on Sunday, August 7th for the Chuck Jones Big Draw and see what this noted artist and surfer will be working on! Help us set a Guinness World Record for the largest art class held in one venue, register today!
Artist Bob Elias at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity with his most recent painting that pays homage to an American classic, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoons created and directed by Chuck Jones.
Bob Elias works on a painting inspired by Jones's "Duck, Rabbit, Duck" cartoon of 1953. He says he always loved cartoons (both Warner Bros. and Disney–he's also a noted painter for the theme parks) and that growing up in the artist community of Carmel-by-the-Sea in the 1950s gave him the inspiration to pursue his calling after a storied career in the hand-painted sign business. "Those rich, deeply pigmented paints that are used for sign painting inspire my use of color to this day," said Elias. "I had so much fun at the last Chuck Jones Big Draw talking with the children and adults about painting and my technique, that I can hardly wait for this one!" You can find Bob every so often off the shore at San O (San Onofre Beach just south of San Clemente, California) sitting on his board waiting for the perfect wave and a little bit of inspiration.
When you see the word 'PLOOP!' written with the instruction that it is a sound effect, what noise do you hear? In this layout drawing (graphite on 12 field animation paper) by Chuck Jones from his 1959 short animated cartoon, "Baton Bunny" and debuting in theaters nationwide on January 10th we find Bugs Bunny struggling with loose cufflinks, a pesky fly and a score (score!) that demands the utmost from its conductor. Our intrepid rabbit is, of course, up to the task.
Jones' sound effect note would have been heeded by his long-time sound editor (and film editor) Tregoweth "Treg" Brown (1899-1984) and we're sure he knew exactly what was called for in this scene as Jones and his crew by this time were of a mind, so attuned to each other that the slightest gesture or the least of clues would automatically be interpreted properly.
Original background layout drawing by Maurice Noble for the 1952 Chuck Jones directed “Rabbit Seasoning.” Graphite and colored pencil on 12 field (10.5″ x 12.5″) two-hole punch animation paper. Selected for inclusion in the upcoming Chuck Jones exhibit at AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) opening May 14, 2010 in Los Angeles.
Original layout drawing (graphite and colored pencil on 12 field animation paper) by Chuck Jones for his 1954 "Lumberjack Rabbit." This frisky puppy was named 'Smidgen' by Paul Bunyan in Jones & Warner Bros. only foray into 3-D animation.