Sunday, 31 May 2009
I don't know how to explain this one so it's over to Warwick - "I knew what Mark meant when he said "What a great puss the man had' but I could not get on without doing this, or something like it. I've got 'day jobs' all over the place right now and drawing stuff on AND 'Gungle Hunt. The Spider Pit' itching to get finished but had to get this out of my system." This has definitely warranted Warwick a second appearance on the blog. Also the second appearance of Nudie Birkin.
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Mr Kane is in the building! Will Kane, artist, Ye-Ye connoisseur, Giallo obsessive, Observer pin-up and thoroughly modern millie presents us with a beautifully back-lit Serge and the first Jane Birkin of the blog. I'm sure everybody is fully aware of World of Kane but just in case you're not why not drop by and say "Bonjour!" to Mr Kane. Encore!
Dave Shelton (another fellow Cambridge College of Art alumni!) gives us his rendition of Serge. You can almost smell the Gitanes! Dave is an Illustrator/gent/pen fetishist and creator of the excellent Good Dog, Bad Dog strip which is still available to read online on the Guardian website HERE.
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
A fantastic smokey, blue Serge from top pencil-wrangler Mr Warwick Johnson-Cadwell. Anyone who hasn't already visited Warwick's blog should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves and go there immediately! Warwick tells me that up until now he hadn't heard anything by Serge apart from the "mucky song" but is now filling up his iTunes with Gainsbourg goodness. Ha! My work here is done.
Here's a lovely "L'etonnant"-era Serge Gainsbourg from animator and comic artist Ian Culbard. Ian's fantastic graphic novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is about to be followed up by four equally brilliant Sherlock Holmes adaptations. The first "The Hound of the Baskervilles" is due out soon. Highly recommended.
Monday, 25 May 2009
First off the block, Mr John Higgins. "He's slightly on the turn here, the ballet pumps are in place (just out of shot) and I suspect he's off to Jamaica" says John. John is also part of musical duo Petomane (with illustrator Chris Kasch - more from him later) whose original name was Serge! I know this as I have their CD. Thanks, John.
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Welcome to "Draw Serge!", my illustrative tribute to the late, great Gainsbourg. I'm a huge fan of Serge Gainsbourg. He's a hugely important figure in 20th Century popular music but, outside of France, seems to be remembered mostly for "Je t'aime.... Moi Non Plus" (a song which is oddly unrepresentative of the rest of his work) and an embarrassing TV appearance with Whitney Houston in the late '80s. His music encompassed styles as varied as pop, jazz, reggae, lounge, bossa nova, Africana, prog, pyschedelia and rock'n'roll yet is never referred to in the same hushed tones reserved for Dylan, the Beatles, etc. Unbelievably, his masterpiece "Histoire de Melody Nelson" was only released in America THIS year!
Next year Joann Sfar (coincidentally a comic artist) releases his film based on the life of Gainsbourg which should hopefully redress the balance and introduce a whole new audience to the music of Serge. In the meantime I'm trying to do my own bit to help the cause. Serge was an incredibly charismatic performer (as this clip proves) with an unmistakeable look. He's a joy to draw hence "Draw Serge!". Here's my first offering. All submissions gratefully received, please find the link to the right. Merci!
Now, do yourself a favour - buy this book, this DVD and type his name into Spotify or iTunes. As a start I'd recommend this, this and definitely this.