Back in April, Chronicle Books asked me to write a few words for their blog about my most recent book, Lincoln Memorial: The Story and Design of an American Monument. This request happily coincided with a celebratory trip to D.C. -- Chronicle posted my piece yesterday, you can check it out by clicking here.
Just trying out a few things. Animals are difficult to draw, and none more difficult than cats. Goddamned cats.
Extensive research has revealed that, if anything, sandwich board advertising technology has regressed over the years. Case in point, look at this sweet set up from 1946:
Back in the golden age of Hollywood, it was not uncommon to see Mrs Nicholson-Berger walking her leashed black cat Butchie Boy to and from her office on La Cienega Boulevard.
Ever a practical woman, Nicholson-Berger actually owned four succesive cats named Butchie Boy, each one promptly replaced upon its demise. Due to a favor she once did for George Cukor, each version of Butchie Boy appeared in several films, including My Fair Lady, Adam's Rib, and most noticeably, alongside Vincent Price and Peter Lorre in their segment from the 1961 horror vignette film, Tales of Terror.
Of Butchie Boy's silver screen fame, Mrs. Nicholson-Berger remarked, "What do I know from movies? I just take the checks."
make believe building & fruit stand, watercolor and pen and ink.