The Famous Nini is due out June 7, but Amazon.com already has copies available.
A scene I particularly like: the Emperor of Ethiopia arrives in Venice to visit Nini the famous cat. Here’s the thumbnail sketch—
Here is the sketch, built from the thumbnail. I envisioned the Emperor and his daughter traveling from their ship up the canal via a royal gondola, like the one the Doge used. That’s Verdi top right, with some Carnivale party-goers (they look a little somber—the princess is tragically mute). I tricked out the gondola with some African style pelts, but my art director felt a tiger-skin would be out-of-place in a cat-lover’s book.
Rambling around the highways and byways on my way to visiting schools, sometimes I see a billboard that takes my fancy. Here’s one I liked, and sent a photo to my pal Vince Dorse.
He sent this back:
Illustration legend Frank Frazetta passed on today—no art student of my generation didn’t feel his influence.
From the New York Times:
“Frank Frazetta, an illustrator whose vivid colors and striking brushstrokes conjured up fantastic worlds of musclebound heroes fighting with broad swords and battle axes to defend helpless women from horrible beasts, died on Monday in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 82.”
He was that kind of artist which is all too rare: he could really draw.
John Manders Illustration
Caricatures, Comic Strips
School Assembly Visits