Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swing it ...


Here's what I've been doing the last two days ... We had a narrative workshop with the ever awesome Ben Newman where we had to do an illustration with lots happening all on the same page (see for example Marc Boutavant). I've been thinking about swing and dancing and all the related stuff a lot lately so the obvious theme seemed to be to do a dance floor. My initial idea had also people at the bar, the dj/band, people selling tickets, etc ... but the time constraints (1 and a half days) meant I concentrated on the dancers. Its still quite unfinished - needs a setting, and more random things happening; but for the meantime, this is what you get ..

This is dedicated, in loving memory, to Frankie Manning, greatest Ambassador of Lindy Hop, who passed away peacefully in New York on Monday morning, aged 94 and 11/12ths.

With Frankie in Herrang in 2002

Frankie Manning May 26, 1914 - April 27, 2009

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

beautiful!
-Nik

Claudine said...

Holy sh**! You got to dance with Frankie Manning!!! Wow. I just got your comment on my blog. You're so cute. Thanks for being so excited about grad school for me. I did get in and I'll be going to UMass Dartmouth. YEA!!! I have been working for this for so long! I totally neglected to mention anything about it...HA! I was just on your blog today actually. Salivating over the Calder exhibit you saw. What neat wire sculptures!

Bitterjug said...

Lovely tribute to an amazing man.
Your pic reminds me of the dancefloor scene in All The Cats Join In...

Adele said...

I love it! And I was so sad to hear about Frankie this week. I love that you had the perfect way to say good bye. He'll be very missed at Herrang!!

Lucy Anne Holmes said...

So lovely... you AND your illustrations xx

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Ah, so long since I've visited. I LOVE your blog. Always full of interestingness and inspiration.

Great stuff.