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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

What I Drew Sunday, April 25th - Top 3

Last Sunday’s 8-hour drawing session was not only “Star Wars” themed as planned, but also full of kids and family scenes. Who knew that “family” was such a strong theme running in the franchise? I thought it was about laser words and exploding moons.

Here are the top 3 liked pieces from Sunday:

#1 - Anakin and Padmé take little Luke and Leia to Disney: suggestion by @annakat.m


There seemed to be a family vibe running through many of the suggestions pitched for this “Star Wars” edition of WSIDT. For example take this “what could have been” family vacation scenario.

A couple of similar suggestions came in. @bodast “Young Luke and Leia playing near the lake on Naboo.” Kinzey F. “Padme, Anakin, Luke, and Leia as a happy family”

Remove the time travel aspect of placing characters from an era “a long time ago,” I chose to place Padmé and Anakin in the Magic Kingdom’s famed Fantasyland behind Cinderella Castle. It’s a location different from the typical front of castle.

Clearly communicating “Disney” is a character encounter. From Mickey, to Minnnie I landed on Donald Duck thinking that during my sketch development, that a “dark side“/“duck side” joke could bubble to the surface. such a joke never did.

Young Leia and Luke, having never been realized in the films, are generic to the point of being drawn mostly from their backs. Luke has his name custom sewn into his mouseears. Leia is dressed as a princess. Padmé turned out to be a reasonable caricature of Natalie Portman. Her hair style and dress are made up, but evoking something that she might wear. Anakin on the other hand, is not a good caricature of Hayden Christensen. As the last drawing of the day, this, unfortunately, is the state that I took it calling “time’s up” for the day. From that point, I spent at least another hour to finishing inking and coloring the piece.

1x hidden Mickey.


#2 - Ahsoka babysitting an unruly Grogu: suggestion by @sdogg52
 

This pairing comes from the Disney Plus series The Mandalorian. Ashoka is a character who originated in the animated Clone Wars series and is a Jedi in hiding. Grogu is the character commonly known as “Baby Yoda.”

The suggestion brought to mind Dennis the Menace and Calvin and Hobbes, the later also serving as stylistic inspiration. As depicted in The Mandalorian, Grogu isn’t a very active character. He sits and waddles and is carried a lot. For the benefit of this “streaking baby” joke, he needed to be much more energetic.


#3 - Chewbacca babysitting Toddler Ben Solo: suggestion by Kinzey F.
 
This “babysitting” story was drawn prior to the “Ahsoka and Grogu” piece. Not knowing anything of what the young son of Leia and Han was like, the more fun set ups comes from some conflict. Here a day-worn caretaker (Chewbacca) and a restless ward (Ben). I aged up Ben from a toddler of the suggestion to have more vocabulary, since Chewy would’t be one with dialogue.


Here are the rest of the 4 drawn on Sunday:
 
R2 and 3PO exploring Mars
Suggestion by @elijones94

L3 and Lando on a date.
Suggestion by @fletchthis

Admiral Ackbar yelling “IT’S A TRAP!” at a mouse droid rolling towards a mouse trap
Suggestion by @madesalvo

Bossk
Suggestion by @carbonswap


In the tradition of hiding Mickeys in my Disney sketches, I put IG-88 references in these Star Wars drawings. Did you find them all?


All of these and more original piece of art will be for sale at whatever ends up being my next comic convention showing.

The next WSIDT session is happening in May 30, as a normal, non-themed drawing session.


Thank you to everyone who pitched their fun drawing suggestions. Thank you for following my blog and/or Instagram (@Monstergram7) and/or Monster Enterprises Facebook page. Thank you for liking.

All: Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.

“Anakin & Padmé” and “Chewbacca & Ben” 12.70 cm x 17.78 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)
“Ahsoka & Grogu” 6.35 cm x 8.89 cm  (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.)


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

What Shall I Draw April 25th?

 

On Sunday, April 25th, for 8 hours, I will be drawing other people’s suggestions. This session will be Star Wars themed. From now until 12noon Eastern Time on that day, you may pitch your drawing suggestions on any of these social media sites:
Instagram: @monstergram7
Facebook: @Monster Enterprises
Blog: monotonae.blogspot.com (here in the comments)

Only suggestions posted during this time window will be considered.

What Shall I Draw Today?
Star Wars Day
Sunday, April 25th, 2021
Eastern  time:  12pm noon - 8pm
Pacific time:  9am - 5pm

A day of Star Wars themed sketches was one of the top four theme ideas as voted in January. The worlds of Star Wars spans movies, television, animation, comic books, video games, theme park experiences and more. So extensive that it is, that I can’t possibly be an expert on it. However, if I can find an image on the internet, then I’m confident that I can draw it.

For As to your Qs, please click on the WSIDT tab above.
 


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

What I Drew Sunday, March 28th - Top 3

 Last Sunday’s session of drawing other folks’ suggestion went a bit slower than my usual What Shall I Draw Today? session. I produced 6 sketches over the eight hour period. At the start of the day, I had made the pronouncement that I might stop early if I reached 12 sketches in order to turn my attention to household chores. Well, those chores had to wait until the official end of WSIDT.

Here are the top 3 liked pieces from Sunday:

#1 - Steamboat Willy as a Jungle Cruise Skipper: suggestion by Mike C.

Story time- although the Disney short is famously the first to feature synchronized sound, it’s not much on dialogue. As such, it’s ambiguous as to which actor is the titular character. Is it Mickey? Is it Pete? Is it in fact the name of the steamboat itself?  I’ve not seen any documentation to definitively clarify the point. I opted to keep Pete as the captain/skipper.

For reasons that escape my armchair analysis, the Disney Parks’ Jungle Cruise attraction, seems to have popped up frequently among the WSIDT suggestions. I think more than “Pirates of the Caribbean” and more than the “Haunted Mansion.” As such, I wanted to draw a part of the attraction that I hadn’t previously, and decided to feature the African Bull elephant. I remember having drawn, the safari chased up a pole by a rhinoceros, piranhas in the water, the elephant bathing pool and Trader Sam. Another half dozen Jungle Cruise suggestions and I’ll have to tackle the back-side of water.

If I were to do a second take on this sketch suggestion, I might be moved to depict the whole steamboat in the rivers of the attraction.

6x hidden Mickeys.


#2 - Harley Quinn at a Roller Disco with Scooby-Doo: suggestion by @alltookayleigh

There’s no clear connection linking these two characters, so they must be two of somebody’s favorite characters.

Scooby-Doo must be one of the top non-Disney characters that I draw for WSIDT if you include mashups with Scooby and the gang. With every successive Scooby that I draw I feel that I’m getting better.

The reflected spots of lights on the floor didn’t remove as well as I had hoped. A second regret is that I should have added more spots to the back wall, even if the ones on the floor weren’t ideal.

Harley Quinn is based on the model from her animated series. A lot of times I default to original Batman the Animated Series version if not otherwise prompted. I felt like shining a suggested spotlight on the DC Universe series.


#3 - Tigger meets June from “Little Einsteins”: suggestion by @elijones94

I’m a bit outside of the demographics for the “Little Einsteins” television series. A minute with a YouTube video of the series informed me that June likes to dance, and that’s all I needed to know for a drawing.

I tweaked the way I drew June so that her facial features were more Disney-fied.

In pairing June with Tigger, I imagined that she could possibly be shorter than Christopher Robin- maybe not quite up to his chin. And I think Tigger is no taller than waist-high compared with C.R. So, maybe a standing Tigger would be up to June’s chin?

Anyways, Tigger’s dancing would just devolve into a form of bouncing. More and more I like emulating “The Family Circus” style trail of ribbon based dashed lines, even if it’s not associated with a character like Tigger.

1x hidden Mickey.


Here are the rest of the 3 drawn on Sunday:


Zuko and Suki on an adventure with Appa
Suggestion by @nikkistar5394


Venomized Huey, Dewey and Louie
Suggestion by @cyberknight6196


Beverly Sutphin (Serial Mom)
Suggestion by @mannysmyname


All of these are currently not for sale, as I continue to build up a stock of original art to sell at future, T.B.D. comic convention showings.

The next WSIDT session is happening in April 25th. This one will  be “Star Wars” themed. In stating that now, I wonder if half of the suggestions with be Mandalorian and/or “Baby Yoda” centric.

Thank you to everyone who pitched their fun drawing suggestions. Thank you for following my blog and/or Instagram (@Monstergram7) and/or Monster Enterprises Facebook page. Thank you for liking. 


All: Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.

“Steamboat Willie” & “Harley & Scooby”: 12.70 cm x 17.78 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)
“Tigger and June”: 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm  (3.50 in. x 2.50 in.)

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

What Shall I Draw March 28th?

 

On Sunday, March 28th, for 8 hours, I will be drawing other people’s suggestions. From now until 12noon Eastern Time on that day, you may pitch your drawing suggestions on any of these social media sites:
Instagram: @monstergram7
Facebook: @Monster Enterprises
Blog: monotonae.blogspot.com (here in the comments)

Only suggestions posted during this time window will be considered.

What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday, March 28th, 2021
Eastern  time:  12pm noon - 8pm
Pacific time:  9am - 5pm

This session will be a regular, open call, non-themed drawing session. But if you need As for your Qs, please click on the WSIDT tab above for FAQs.
 

Sunday, March 7, 2021

6,500+ Followers on Instagram


 https://youtu.be/dwvRXUsdfjM

My Instagram feed, @monstergram7, has recently surpassed 6.5k followers. To mark this milestone, I present this stop-motion video of me creating a little piece of art to commemorate the achievement. The featured quintet is Little Tuffy and the Tuf Gurlz.


From left to right: Cat, Monica, Little Tuffy, Barbara and Maui-Anne. These thrill seeking surf girls appear in supplemental comics within my self-published comic book Unstoppable Tuff-Girl.
 
6,500 thank yous to everyone following my Instagram. 


Bonus: pictures of my quite low-tech film set up for my stop-motion drawing demonstration.

Like a bridge, a yard stick is suspended about 20cm (about 8 in.) over the drawing surface between two book easels. At the top is an LED portable light to help fill the room’s overhead lighting.

My cel phone/digital camera strapped to the yard stick with a simple rubber band. Ready to film the drawing process.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

What I Drew Sunday, February 21st - Top 3

For the first themed edition of “What Shall I Draw Today?” in 2021, the drawings resolved around Disney, and Pixar and the Muppets. The Disney day theme happened to be the top as voted in a quick poll on Instagram.

Here are the top 3 liked pieces from Sunday:

#1 - Joe and Roger Piano Players: original suggestion by @ani8tor57


Just a couple of piano players. The sister suggestion pitched by the same person had paired Joe and Schroeder from Peanuts. Of course this combination of Joe Gardner (Pixar’s Soul) and Roger Radcliffe (Walt Disney’s One Hundred and One Dalmatians) is more Disney.

Could I have depicted Joe and Roger sitting on the same bench? Yes, and that could have been a way to economize the space with only a single upright piano.

I opted to have back to back pianos, allowing for the instruments to match the personalities of the players. As I have mentioned in past WSIDT summaries, all of the drawings done on the WSIDT days are done with little or no preparation. From choosing the suggested idea, I dive into the drawing as quickly as possible often taking the first layout decisions as they come. Also in the interest of making quick drawings, I make decisions to cheat layouts and creatively crop and simplify to eliminate unnecessary details.

Here I cheated the characters’ positions by having both lean around to make eye contact. Conveniently, With Roger in front, he conceals a good part of both pianos. The camera angle is set low so that I don’t have to draw pain keys, and the image tightly cropped to show just enough to display that they are playing pianos and not, perhaps, sitting at writing desks.

It’s always fun to incorporate a supporting character or two, and here the cat and a puppy fill the need nicely. Again, the layout is such that the image need not be full of dalmatian puppies.

I wonder what kind of jazz duet they’re playing that Joe is playing the high part and Roger the low part.


#2 - Melody Sleeping on Max: suggestion by @nikkistar5394

It wasn’t immediately clear to me who Melody and Max were. That’s where an internet search revealed these two Disney characters from The Little Mermaid franchise.

Looking at it now, Max may be a bit too small.

While not having first-hand knowledge of how a baby might sleep on a furry member of the family, I am confident that I must have seen something similar in a movie or on television. The sea-shell shaped gown is directly taken from still of The Little Mermaid 2.


#3 - Wanda and Vision at Disneyland: original suggestion by @ray.anna2018

This idea was one of the few incorporating a Disney theme park. At the time of this WSIDT session, the Disney+ series had just released the seventh episode. Even so, the first two black-and-white 1950s era episodes are still potent as defining imagery for the series. Another bit of imagery that is strongly associated with the WandaVision series is the classic vacuum tube television screen. When drawing a scene with two or more characters and other background features and/or properties, I lightly mark margins around the card. This time, that action naturally mimicked tracing the outline of a televisions screen.

For every “at Disneyland” suggestion that I draw, I try to select background elements that are 1) iconic 2) easy to draw. To that end, I’ll chose a distinct skyline and devise a way to not draw crowds. Here, Wanda and Vision are strolling through Town Square past the Main Street Train Station. Cropping as a medium two-shot with a low positioned camera point of view crops out room for surrounding crowds.

The suggestion also included that it be 1950s era. With Main Street being one of the least changed parts of the California park, I incorporated the 1955/56 styled popcorn box.

The slightly muted colors is also an attempt to evoke the era.



Here are the rest of the 9 drawn on Sunday:

Kermit (Hercules) and Miss Piggy (Megara)
Suggestion by @craftsgineer

Sisu meets Mushu
Suggestion by @zhukong24

Emma Stone as Cruella
Suggestion by Kinzey F

Mrs. Potts at the Mad Hatter’s tea party
Suggestion by @jonmpeterson

Burrito from The Flying Gauchito
Suggestion by Abigail R.

Gaston showing his son Gil how to shoot
Suggestion by @harishas.art


All of these and more original pieces of art will be for sale in future convention shows.

The next WSIDT session is happening in March 28, 2021
For the year’s schedule, click on the WSIDT tab above.

Thank you to everyone who pitched their fun drawing suggestions.
Thank you for following my blog and/or Instagram (@Monstergram7) and/or Monster Enterprises Facebook page. 
Thank you for liking.

All: Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.

“Joe & Roger” and “Wanda & Vision” 17.78 cm  x 12.70 cm (7.00 in. x 5.00 in)
“Melody & Max” 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm (3.50 in. x 2.50 in.)


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

What Shall I Draw February 21st?


On Sunday, February 21st, for 8 hours, I will be drawing other people’s suggestions. This session will be Disney themed. From now until 12noon Eastern Time on that day, you may pitch your drawing suggestions on any of these social media sites:
Instagram: @monstergram7
Facebook: @Monster Enterprises
Blog: monotonae.blogspot.com (here in the comments)

Only suggestions posted during this time window will be considered.

What Shall I Draw Today?
Disney Day
Sunday, February 21st, 2021
Eastern  time:  12pm noon - 8pm
Pacific time:  9am - 5pm

Because “Disney” is a huge corporation with many franchises under its umbrella, let’s focus the picks to things branded as either Disney or Pixar. The selection pool is pretty wide including things from movies, television and theme parks.

For As to your Qs, please click on the WSIDT tab above.
 
2021 schedule

 
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

What I Drew Sunday, January 24th - Top 3

 During the inaugural session of “What Shall I Draw Today?” for 2021, I managed to produce eight little pieces of art from the nearly 40 suggestion submitted.

Here are the top 3 liked pieces from Sunday:

#1 - Christopher Robin as Andy, Tigger as Woody, and Pooh as Buzz Lightyear: suggestion by @akoymdf

The amount of “likes” received by this piece may have set a personal best for my Instagram channel.

On paper, it’s a simple Disney mashup: three Winnie the Pooh characters as Toy Story characters. It’s a boy playing with his toys. The boy is Christopher Robin as Andy complete with a red cowboy hat. Instead of a Triple-R Ranch logo tee-shirt, he wears something of a Space Rangers logo, so that he represents his dual interests of westerns and space adventures.

Were I left to make up the mashups, I would have swapped the roles to have Tigger as Buzz because he’s flashier and bouncier. Pooh would be Woody, the trusty and loyal one whose primacy as Andy’s favorite is challenged by the new comer.

With all the “likes,” I guess @akoymdf has better instincts on the casting.

If you’ve been following my IG enough to catch some of my past WSIDT sessions, the IG handle may be familiar.


#2 - Lucy Ricardo and Wanda & Chicken: suggestion by @oliviamn14 with Abigail R.

For future readers, this session happened the Sunday following the Disney Plus airing of the third episode of WandaVision. There were 5 suggestions involving Wanda or both Wanda and Vision. This is the one WandaVision related idea that I chose to draw on Sunday because the first episode draws inspiration from I Love Lucy as well as The Dick Van Dyke Show. It would be best to explore the cross-over idea now while the connection is still fresh. There also was a suggestion featuring a version of the comic book Scarlet Witch.

The chicken is from Abigail’s separate suggestion. The chicken became the trigger for the story.

Why is there a chicken?
Wanda magic-ed it up.
What does Lucy think about that?
Lucy is wondering where that chicken came from.
Why is a chicken surprising to Lucy?
A live chicken isn’t the chicken she was thinking of.
What’s out of place about a live chicken?
Lucy has a cook book, suggesting that she had a recipe requiring a store-bought chicken.

I could have rendered the piece as true-to-inspiration black & white, but people always respond to color more. Additionally, Lucy’s bright red hair and Wanda’s auburn hair make more comparisons between the two more obvious which was, in fact, an added point made in the full suggestion.

Both of their dresses are more neutral and cool in tone for added contrast to make their hair color stand out more.

The choice to depict them in a cartoony caricature, was initiated to allude to the animated opening titles of Bewitched. The style also made it easier and quicker to draw, which is important to me as I try to complete as many drawings in eight hours as I possibly can.


#3 - Redd the pirate and Captain Jack Sparrow: suggestion by @nikkistar5394

Redd, here, is the pirate in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. She has a different costume than Captain Redd who you once could meet at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom. I trust that you know of Captain Jack Sparrow.

The suggestion included the team-up back-to-back composition. Were this not the final drawing of the day, I might have drawn it on a larger card, and a large card might have allowed for a better caricature of Captain Jack.

The expressions and exchanges of gazes, I hope, suggests that they may be teaming up now, but either one could make a self-serving turn as any moment.

Pirates. Am I Right?


Here are the rest of the 8 drawn on Sunday:


Kamala Harris (Flora), Michelle Obama (Fauna), and Dr. Jill Biden (Merryweather)
suggestion by @motheroffreels

A bi-pedal Pumbaa in tux and tails
suggestion by @pumbaaguy

Pocahontas as a hula dancer
suggestion by @elijones94

Rey and Leia bonding over an afternoon tea
suggestion by @jesstothesmith

Wonder Woman (DC Future State) — Yara Flor
suggestion by @sdogg52


I am still saving all of my drawing for future sales at convention shows. Frustratingly, I can’t say when that will be.

The next WSIDT session is happening in February 21.


Thank you to everyone who pitched their fun drawing suggestions. Thank you for following my blog and/or Instagram (@Monstergram7) and/or Monster Enterprises Facebook page. Thank you for liking. 


All: Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.

“Pooh Story” and “Lucy and Wanda”: 17.78 cm  x 12.70 cm (7.00 in. x 5.00 in)
“Redd and Jack” 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm  (3.50 in. x 2.50 in.)

“Kamala, Michelle and Jill” on watercolor paper.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

What Shall I Draw January 24th?

 
 
On Sunday, January 24th I will be drawing other people’s suggestions for 8 hours. 
From now until 12noon Eastern Time on that day, you may pitch your drawing suggestions on any of these social media sites:
Instagram: @monstergram7 
Facebook: @Monster Enterprises
Blog: monotonae.blogspot.com
(here in the comments)

Only suggestions posted during this window will be considered.

What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday, January 24th, 2021
Eastern  time:  12pm noon - 8pm
Pacific time:  9am - 5pm

For As to your Qs, please click on the WSIDT tab above.


Monday, January 18, 2021

Tributes 2019-2020

During the year 2019, I made only 2 tribute sketches for the people who had passed. I don’t recall that I had made a decision to to fewer tribute sketches, nor was could I have been soured to doing them by any particular event.
Into 2020, I returned to making regular tribute sketch Instagram posts. 

  Performers 

Cameron Boyce
1900 - 2019
American actor
The actor did a marvelous job in the comedic role as Cruella De Vil’s son in Disney’s Descendants.
 
Ellis Marsalis, Jr.

1934 - 2020
American jazz pianist and educator
In my very small collection of music, I certainly was aware of the family of the Marsalis family of jazz musicians.

Terry Jones
1942 - 2020
Welsh actor, writer, comedian
In my mind the members of the Monty Python troupe will ever be inseparable. If my favorite Pythons film is Monty Python and the Holy Grail then it’s my favorite of Jones’ work.

Kirk Douglas
1916 - 2020
American actor, producer, director
He brought such deep intensity to his roles, none the more so than his portrayal of Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956).

Orson Bean
1928 - 2020
American actor, comedian, writer
Bean voiced Bilbo Baggins in the Rankin/Bass animated version of The Hobbit (1977). An indelible portrayal to me even against Martin Freeman’s take in Peter Jackson’s splashier three-part version.

Robert Conrad
1935 - 2020
American actor, singer, stuntman
Conrad’s James West in The Wild, Wild West television series (1965-69), was at the top alongside James T. Kirk as the epitome of the action hero.

Lyle Waggoner
1935 - 2020
American actor, presenter, model
Perhaps best well-known for playing Steve Trevor in the Wonder Woman television series (1975-79), his star shown a bit brighter as good-looking, funny guy on The Carol Burnett Show (1967-74).

Kenny Rogers
1938 - 2020
American singer, songwriter, actor
“You’ve got to know when to Hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, (and) know when to run.” – words to live by.

Honor Blackman
1925 - 2020
English actress
In the role of Bond-girl, Pussy Galore (Goldfinger, 1964), her character’s name made young boys reflexively giggle, but by no mistake she was a formidable personality for Bond to spar.

Little Richard
1932 - 2020
American musician, singer, and songwriter
You know what? I don’t know what “Tutti Frutti” is, But it bounces and his performance is too spectacular for me to care about it.

Jerry Stiller
1927 - 2020
American actor, comedian and author
On Seinfeld (1989-98) as George Costanza’s father Frank introduced widely to the world “Festivus,” and alternative toe the commercialization of Christmas. I’m unsure whether that introduction was a gift for Stiller or the world.

Olivia de Havilland
1916 - 2020
British-American actress
She seemed to excel most at imbuing her film roles with the winning, essential quality of kindness - see Maid Marion The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and Melanie in Gone with the Wind (1939).

 Regis Philbin

1931 - 2020
American television presenter, talk show host, actor
He always seemed to me to be such a nice guy, which I don’t think the SNL caricatured impressions captured at the sake of a comedic bit.
 
Wilford Brimley

1934 - 2020
American actor and singer
When Wilford Brimley tells me to eat oatmeal, I sit up and listen.

Naya Rivera

1987 - 2020
American actress, singer and model
Favorite performance as Santana on Glee (2009-15): “ If I Die Young” cover of the song by The Band Perry.

Chadwick Boseman

1976 - 2020
American actor and playwright
Sometimes you’ve got to see actors in multiple roles before you get it. For me finding Boseman’s T’Challa/Black Panther a rather stiff, I had to watch his transformation into James Brown in Get on Up (2014). 

Sean Connery
1930 - 2020
Scottish actor
Sean Connery is James Bond. Roger Moore was also James Bond, but that doesn’t make the first statement less true.

Eddie Van Halen
1955 - 2020
American musician and songwriter
The world is better when Eddie Van Halen posses so much mastery of his guitar and yet brings as much joy to it - no effort.

David Prowse
1935 - 2020
English bodybuilder, character actor
Star Wars’ Darth Vader is THE iconic character, brought to life in no small part to the man in the suit.

Dawn Wells
1938 - 2020
American actress
The mix of the seven different characters that comprise the cast-aways of Gilligan’s Island (1964-67) of different backgrounds, personalities and social castes, is, from a writing aspect, obvious fodder for conflict and story opportunities. Well’s Mary Ann easily becomes the glamorous Ginger’s ally and girl-team confidant and then when the script requires, she’s Ginger’s rival. Mary Ann provides the secret ingredient that softens other cast-aways’ more extreme personality aspects, because when Mary Ann is disappointed with Gilligan, then the audience knows that he’s REALLY messed thing up.




  Entertainment & Sports  
 
Kobe Bryant
1978 - 2020
American professional basketball player
Not following much in sports myself, I at least know that Bryant was a star in his field.

Grant Imahara
1970 - 2020
American electrical engineer, roboticist, television host
Imahara had one of the dream jobs as part of the Mythbusters’ build team for nine of 14 seasons: problem solve, build something (usually a robot) and blow things up.




  Artists & Writers   
 
Richard Williams
1938 - 2020
Canadian Director and animator
Masterfully put together the animation on the once-in-a-life time liveaction/animation Disney x Looney Tunes spectacular that is Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).

Albert Uderzo
1927 - 2020
French comic book artist and scriptwriter
From 1959, Uderzo was the co-creator and illustrator of the long running Astérix comic until he sold the rights in 2009. I’ve great respect for that kind of longevity and the high level of artistic quality.

Mort Drucker
1929 - 2020
American caricaturist and comics artist
As a kid, I didn’t expend brain cells on distinguishing the different creators of MAD magazine, satisfied with funny drawings and words. I should have. There good stuff in there.

Gene Deitch
1924 - 2020
American-Czech illustrator, animator, comics artist
Deitch’s batch of 13 Tom and Jerry cartoons (1961-62) fall between Hanna-Barbera’s original MGM cartoon shorts (1940-58) and Chuck Jones’ short run (1963-67) and for apparent budgetary reasons, doesn’t match the production polish of either. Still, they’ve classic Tom and Jerry antics to enjoy.

Dennis O’Neil
1939 - 2020
American comic book writer and editor
In O’Neil’s legendary collaboration with artist Neal Adams on the DC Comics runs of Batman and Green Lantern/Green Arrow, I was drawn in by the top-notch art and stayed for the deep intricate storytelling.

Joe Sinnott
1926 - 2020
American comic book artist
Joe Sinnott may have been the first comic book inker that I became aware of by name, after first starting to track names like Jack Kirby and John Buscema. All because, the inker as collaborative artist DOES matter, and in Sinnott’s hands you knew that your were seeing something as close as possible to what the pencil artist had intended.



  Politics, Science  
 
John Lewis
1940 - 2020
American politician, statesman, civil rights activist
Unfortunately, you learn too late about people who had real impact on the world and one’s own life. Such as it was with John Lewis and my sparse knowledge of the civil rights movement.

Chuck Yeager
1923 - 2020
United States Air Force officer, flying ace and record-setting test pilot
Known as the first human to officially break the sound barrier when flying the experimental Bell X-1 in 1947. That’s an achievement to capture a young mind who understands higher, faster and farther if not the efforts and dangers to achieve them.