Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Terry and I drove up to Greensboro North Carolina to attend a wedding on her side of the family. Between rehearsal dinners and other family gatherings, Terry and I had one day all to ourselves to explore the historic downtown district. We explored a number of antiques shops before running across this store front. This five foot high Betty Boop had me transfixed. Several months ago I had driven to Honesdale, Pennsylvania for my step mothers funeral. At the head of her open casket Carol had placed a small Betty Boop figurine. My step mom had loved Betty Boop and had a small collection all around her house. On the morning of the funeral I watched animated short after animated short. The movement is strange and fluid limbs often being rubbery and flaccid.
As I was working one of the sales women came out and said I would have to stop back in when I was finished, so they could all see what I came up with. Inside the store is jam packed with fun trinkets and games. I could have stayed the rest of the day exploring all the intricate shapes. The owner loved the sketch and he asked about my schooling which was in NYC at the School of Visual Arts. Like a sketch I did of my step mothers vacant house this sketch is a rare instance where I didn't sketch a person into the scene.

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Lou Belcher said...

Great Betty Boop... and I love that she has a rubber duck at her feet. Super sketch!

Thor said...