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Death of "The Mouse"....and friends...

DECEMBER 2, 2010
"The death of The Mouse" © Bill Mayer 2010

I loved this little cat, I originally drew it on top of the butterfly girl, and  wanted to think of a little concept that would utilize it. Lee and I used to have some great cats over the years... Pumkin, Bottle-rocket (who we were convinced is a stow away on a Russian frieghter) and Persia, a tiny little grey cat that sat on the top step and talked to marshmellows.... Alas all have gone to that great cat box in the sky. I thought of a nieghbors cat who used to bring little presents home, some times dead sometimes alive, and some times in pieces... I love poking at Disney when ever I can so, I used the "Mouse " with the tiny voice... I guess you could read into a conceptual meaning of this about Disney's fall from grace, but for me it was just funny...
This little drawing has been rolling around in my head for a while . This whole little series is somewhat spawned from the little variation of the style I did for Y&R on a new business pitch. My Grandson Forest was in the studio putting together a new CD cover and left the little "Parental Advisory" on my desktop. I just couldn't resist.
I wanted to share some of the things I had been playing around with lately....©Bill Mayer 2010

The Butterfly Girl © Bill Mayer 2010

Lee hates the whole idea of confronting death. I asked her if you could know it was your last day, would you want to? She finds this whole discussion depressing. I don't know why I have an obsession with death... Honestly I don't think about it that often. I do, however, find it interesting, the use of such a somber subject in contrast with an innocent style to create playful irony...
"Death is Watching You" © Bill Mayer 2010

so here's the little doodle i woke up and drew in my sketchbook. Not much to look at but just enough to remind me of a silly litle idea.
and here's the little drawing before I put it together, all of the pieces put together in Photoshop...© Bill Mayer 2010

I really loved the strong blacks and vivid whites, graphically works so well. I just had to try to push out a few of these to see if there was somthing there worth marketing. Some of them worked pretty well. As usual the ones with the strongest ideas work the best.The background was put in with a halftone screen in photoshop. I don't usually like such obvious photoshop filters but in this case it worked pretty well.
Death of "the Mouse" © Bill Mayer 2010