December 24, 2007

The Old Are People Too

Heres some more semi-blind contour fellas for you guys. Enjoy.


December 24, 2007

It has been really cumbersome trying to post here on typepad, so Sutter and I have both started moving over to Etsy.

You can still purchase some things here in the Inkfinger store, but we wanna give Etsy a try.

I have 6 new prints for sale, and I will have a few originals up as well soon I hope! I had to raise the prices slightly to accommodate for Etsy and Paypal taking a cut, but I hope it wont sway you from purchasing! I welcome all feedback, and look forward to sending everyone a little piece of my art! and


Saul Steinberg

December 23, 2007

Saul Steinberg

Steinberg did 85 covers and 642 drawings for The New Yorker. His most famous work is probably its March 29, 1976 cover, an illustration titled “View of the World from 9th Avenue,” sometimes referred to as “A Parochial New Yorker’s View of the World” or “A New Yorker’s View of the World,” which depicts a map of the world as seen by self-absorbed New Yorkers.



Woman in Tub, 1949

© The Saul Steinberg Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

December 23, 2007

Insufficient retirement fund programs for the baby boomers
Insufficient retirement fund programs for the baby boomers
Global custodian
Novelty uses for tupperware
Novelty uses for tupperware
Dwell magazine
Encouragement posters for young voters
Encouragement posters for young voters
Art director: Dave Slatoff
Encouragement posters for young voters
Encouragement posters for young voters
Art director: Dave Slatoff

December 23, 2007

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December 19, 2007

Mr Toast on Parade

December 19, 2007

Mr Toast on Parade

Dan Goodsell and the World of Mr Toast.

Dan Goodsell, an artist from Los Angeles, is the creator of the World of Mr Toast. He’s got a new book out, called PARADE, which showcases a lot of his creative work. It is 64 full color pages of art, comics, photos and all sorts of Mr Toast fun. Recently, I had a chance to chat with Dan and ask him some questions.

Old Man Musings: First off, how can people get a copy of your new book?
Dan Goodsell: You can order it from me on my website, or though my Etsy store where you can also buy my art. It should be in some specialty stores like Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra.

What prompted you to create this book?
This book is a compilation of work that I have done over the past year. In it are comics, photos and paintings. I wanted a book that really showed all the things that I do.

What other books/comics have you written?
Mr Toast at the Circus was my first, then Imaginary World Comics #1, the limited edition Gags and then the 2 mini comics GAGS and the World of Mr Toast. I tend to jump around and do different sizes and forms.

What other projects are you currently involved in?
I am thinking about making a small PVC of Mr Toast and maybe all the characters. I am working on a design and I am going to find out the cost. If I can afford it, I would really like to do it. Also getting ready for my painting show in May at the Nick Cartoon Studios.

How do you come up with the ideas for your paintings?
I work a lot in a sketch book and that is where my ideas are worked out. I am always looking at the world and waiting for a spark that can be used to create a comic or painting.

What inspires you to paint and how do you keep motivated?
My main motivating factor is that for once in my life I know exactly what I want to do with my life. I have been working in the arts since I was in college but just in the last couple years did I have a real clear idea of what I want to accomplish. Also all my work on the World of Mr Toast is fun, I never say to myself, “Gosh I am tired of working on this.” The ideas keep on flowing and I keep moving forward.

What artists have influenced you, and how?
My childhood heroes were Dick Bruna (Miffy books), Ed Emberley (Drawing books) and Bill Peet. Dick Bruna gave me my love of line. Ed Emberley taught me about the creation of worlds and populating them. Bill Peet taught about story and context. I didn’t know I was learning these things when I read their books as a kid but looking back as adult these are the things I strive to accomplish in my work.

What other interests do you have (besides painting)?
I am a big basketball fan and I have a dog who is my full time pal. I am also into collecting old kids food stuff…

What do your friends and family think of your art?
My wife and family are hugely supportive. My late grandfather was a watercolor painter and he gave me a few watercolor lessons. Also as a kid we did many projects together. These things gave me an approach to working on my art that I still use.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Take your time and develop. Hopefully at some point in your life you will look back and see how it all fits together. Each little thing in life is part of the big puzzle and it will all work into your art.

What do you do for fun?
I get up at 5 AM and go to the flea market on weekends. It is always an adventure and I get to hang out with my best friend, Steve.

What type of music do you listen to?
I listen to a lot of different things including alternative, electronic and punk.

Who’s your favorite band or musician?
I have been listening to a lot of Harry Nilsson. I grew up on it and just got back into it recently. His album “The Point” is another big influence on my as an artist.

What’s your favorite food?
I love cookies and cakes and all manner of baked goods.

And finally, what’s your favorite toy and video game?
I am a big fan of the Uglydolls. Animal Crossing might be the greatest game ever created for kids and adults, the first time I was out fishing in the rain and caught a Coelacanth was quite a special moment for me.

More Dan Goodsell:
Here at OldManMusings

Dan Goodsell Interview

December 19, 2007

Dan Goodsell Interview

There’s a great interview with Dan Goodsell, the tireless artist behind Mr. Toast and his “immersive world,” on Old Man Musings. I have admired Goodsell’s work for a while, and included him in a recent post on Z Recommends about artists to collect for young children. So I was pleased to have the chance to learn more about him. In the interview he cites his influences:

My childhood heroes were Dick Bruna (Miffy books), Ed Emberley (drawing books) and Bill Peet. Dick Bruna gave me my love of line. Ed Emberley taught me about the creation of worlds and populating them. Bill Peet taught about story and context. I didn’t know I was learning these things when I read their books as a kid but looking back as adult these are the things I strive to accomplish in my work.

All three have a ton of stuff online if you aren’t yet familiar with them:

From Ed Emberley’s Great Thumbprint Drawing Book [artist website|books]


Dick Bruna’s “Miffy” [artist website|books]

Bill Peet sketch for The Whingdingdilly [artist website|books]

Goodsell later cites Harry Nilsson’s film The Point as a major influence, which is a favorite of mine as well. The video segment from the film’s song “Think About Your Troubles” was featured in Z Recommends’ Toddler Arthouse Cinema last year in a set of music videos, along with videos for songs from Royksopp and Minilogue. You can watch them all here; the animation for the Nilsson film is brilliant. Who knew a decomposing whale could be so beautiful?

Ed Emberley

December 19, 2007

Ed Emberley

Ed Emberly's Big Orange Drawing BookWhen I was a kid, I devoured every book on drawing and cartooning that my local library had on its shelves. Ed Emberley brings back a lot of memories. The books of his I remember most were Ed Emberley’s Great Thumbprint Drawing Book and Ed Emberley’s Big Orange Drawing Book. He teaches kids how to draw using basic lines and shapes, and his work is fun, fun, fun. His books were first published in the late 70’s and early 80’s, but they’re still being sold today, and Ed is still at it…

Does anyone know if this Ed Emberley merchandise is available anywhere other than Japan? What I wouldn’t give for one of those clocks!

We enjoyed reading your books and we want to know what happened after Drummer Hoff fired it off?
How smart you are to think about what happened to Drummer Hoff and all the other soldiers after he “fired it off.” We left it to the reader’s imagination to figure out what happened next. Some people thought they all blew up!!!!!! Maybe that’s true but I know what I imagine, Here are the words I was going to put on the last page: “and they all went home” — maybe to supper…maybe to bed…maybe they all went to the beach!!! what do you think????

After reading your books we want to know how long it takes you to make a book and do you make the covers of your books or does someone else do it?
In answer to your two questions: 1. It takes me about 120 days to make a book. That means that if you add all the holidays, weekends, and sick [cough, cough] days I can make about 2 books a year. 2 I like to make my own covers. My publishers would make my covers if I asked them. But I kind of like to do things myself…it’s more fun that way. I like fun, don’t you?

We would like to know what year you started making books. Also do you ever trace any pictures?
I think I messed up my first message. I’m going to try again. In answer to your two questions: 1. I started making books in 1961. My first book is called The Wing on a Flea. You can’t buy it but you can find it in some libraries. I love libraries. 2. Oh yes I trace a lot. It’s a good way to learn.


December 16, 2007

Awesome advertisement and great use of space at the Venice Airport for the Venice Casino.

This Seafood Restaurant in India placed these fake shells on the beach, with ads for their restaurant

Two Interesting Guerilla ads pointing out the maneuverability of the Mini Cooper

Incredibly effective ad for blood donations. Definitely memorable.

Another effective Non-Profit Guerilla ad. This one against smoking.

One More Awesome Non-Profit Guerilla ad.

Guerilla ad in Guatemala for a Super Glue Product.


Genius DHL ad.

Superman Returns guerilla ad.

Mr. Clean Guerilla ad.

…too bad this one destroys a perfectly good bench.

Cingular setting itself apart.

Mcdonalds gets in the game.

Wow. this might cause some accidents..

I Don’t Know if this is cool, or gross.

I think this one is my favorite. Here is the best one last.

An ad for Miele Vacuums.