Rob Dunlavey
May 2010
Pointy People: cars
Things with wheels: better than the domestication of fire, wheat and beer!  What better way to get around in the Crystal,Cities and environs than in a jalopy, jitney or elaborate velocipede?

Finally! I've found a use for an artifact that has enchanted me for years. It's at the MFA in Boston. Among other things, the lid of the bowl shows a man smoking a pipe riding a bicycle with a few passengers aboard. He's no ordinary mortal though. And I do love that bike and that he's smoking. A good balance wouldn't you say?
Here's the id card text:

"On the lid, Esu-his book and pipe nearby-is depicted as a bicycle rider, a signature of Arowogun's work and a reference to the role divination continues to play in modern life." source

Diviner's Bowl (opon igedeu) African, Nigeria (Yoruba peoples)
Artist: Arowogun (Areogun) of Osi-Ilorin, Nigerian (Yoruba peoples), about 1880–1956 Height: 31.11 cm (12 1/4 in.) Diameter: 29.21 cm (11 1/2 in.) Wood, pigment traces

More related drawings here:
Just playing with the basic elements of a conveyance.
in my early teens, I drew many dragsters, hot rods and souped up cars. It's fun to revisit them.
In a rust-best city
Putt-putt car
On the way to market
Pointy People
screen shot of a small portfolio of recent children's book illustrations. Below is an interactive issuu pdf.

Pointy People Portfolio by Rob Dunlavey


For Patrick
The final image. Reviewing it now, I'd tweak a few things: the position of the slide or those chains on the swings for example...
Below is the progression of sketches for this half-page editorial illustration for "Rethinking Schools" magazine which is designed by Patrick Flynn in Madison, Wisconsin. It was a bit of a toss-up but we agreed that the last sketch would work best.
The article was written by a middle school teacher who believes that the pressures of standardized testing not only cause a stultifying "teach to the test" mentality in schools and students and that, in her case, teachers that protest are sometimes punished for advocating for their students. In her case, elective classes were removed in favor of remedial reading classes.
Frank Frazetta, RIP
A giant of illustration has passed away. Perhaps you heard…
Stephen Kroninger insisted that I add some images of Frazetta's work to this post. I've done that although I felt it almost unnecessary because his work was so iconic and that his graphic fingerprints are all over any type of figurative/fantasy illustration currently being practiced. And, thinking about it a bit more, I see Frazetta as a bridge back to Wyeth and Howard Pyle and the illustrative traditions of a bygone era. But warriors, threatening or subdued aliens, ultra-feminine women, Heavy Metal, etc… Frazetta represents an almost innocent era in America: possibly, the male teen soul of the 1970's?
As a kid in the 60's I just caught the tail end of the classic comic book heroes before they were steamrolled by Archie, Peanuts and Viet Nam and Watergate. Going out on a limb even further, Frazetta made it possible to be male teen soul in the 1970's if, for nothing else, giving us something to react against even though we hadn't discarded our fantasy selves; that was just kicking into gear!
sketchbook spreads
Had enough? Thanks for hanging in here for my indulgence.
What's going to (not what should) happen to this stuff when I kick the bucket? Why do we artists do this? 
Does it matter that I looked at some goats and tried to get their irascible contours on to a piece of paper?
Or that I just filled up a few pages with lines that pleased me? Or that I made a mess with some paint and then fixed it the only way I knew? Why bother?
Have a good day!
The Unknown Hipster meets the Artistic Enigma
I've been following the blog of illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme for about a year now. He's always entertaining and full of dry commentary on the New York art and fashion worlds. Yesterday's post is one of his best. In it he describes attending performance artist Marina Abramovic's current retrospective at MoMA and in particular her signature performance piece "The Artist is In".  Like any entertaining writer, he knows when to stop and as a result, I am on the edge of my seat waiting for Part 2!
Stay tuned.
The painting above is © 2010 Jean-Philippe Delhomme and used without permission from his website "The Unknown Hipster"
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