Elvis had just died. It was August of 1977. I was working as a senior art director
in the best of the Ad Agencies for which I was ever going to work. I had the privilege of creating
ideas with some of the most-awarded creatives in the business. And I was really trying
to keep up. I must of had some free time, or I simply did these drawings at home on
the weekend, but, well, I really wanted to be an illustrator, not just an art director. Art
Directors COMMISSION art to be done. So, I had to practice...not only ideating, but
committing my ideas to paper.
Three famous rock star icons had quite recently died, of a deadly drug overdose, hence
my name of these three drawings: DDOOFRI ~ Deadly Drug Overdose Of Famous Rock
I discovered these drawings just yesterday, as I was digging around in the garage. Here
they were, matted on foam core board and covered very carefully with a durable thick
acetate clear plastic. All were drawn with one of my favorite tools of the day, a Flair
pen, and only with the color brown. This color, when spritzed with water did the most
wonderful thing: It ran....just like watercolor! These drawings I did not spritz.
And so I share them with you. The first is Jimmy Hendrix, a fellow who like me, played
left-handed guitar, only HE did NOT turn the strings around, as I DID. Thus, my sound
was never quite like that of Hendrix.
Listening to: Spotify,com
Reading: The Wayward Bus ~John Steinbeck
Watching: Downton Abbey
Playing: Trying to imitate Bill Evans on my spinet!!
Eating: Lot of leftovers (my son left home)
Drinking: coffee - I'm Swedish - duh!