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Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Art By Jim McDermott
Corrugated Cardboard Box Art
You come in to the world alone, naked and with a bottle and drawing on Corrugated Cardboard for lack of money and you go out the same way.

People who were called "Bohemians" were often very poor, because they tried to live by painting, acting or writing. It was hard to make a living. They generally wore old or second-hand clothing, and could not afford a good hair-cut. They often shared the room in the roof of a house, which was cheap, because it was cold in winter, hot in summer and often had birds living there as well. In some ways the life of a bohemian artist was difficult, but it gave people freedom to express themselves, that was often not found in more conservative society, where everyone worried about what other people thought of them, and cared a lot about things like clothes and houses. Sometimes students from richer families would come to live a "Bohemian life style", so that they could feel the same freedom to express themselves.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Jellystone Park Yogi and Boo Boo

Art by Jim McDermott
Watercolor Sketch on Watercolor paper with Rotring colors and inks.

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Flintstones. Fred, Barnie and Mr. Slate

Art by Jim McDermott
One of the oldest memory I have is of watching Flintstones. The interesting thing is that the show I watched as a kid never changed in my heart and as I grew up they never seized to be funny and entertaining. The illustration attached I did on corrugated cardboard with
watercolors and black ink. You would think after all these years I could afford some decent paper!

Drawing Cartoon Faces . Part 2

How to Draw Cartoon Faces

Art by Jim McDermott


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Hanna-Barbera Animation

Art by Jim McDermott

The Yogi Bear Show
is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions about a fast-talking picnic basket stealing bear named Yogi. The show debuted in syndication on January 30 and ran for 33 episodes until December 30 in 1961 and included two segments, Snagglepuss and Yakky Doodle. The show only had a two year production run

When I was a kid, every Friday night was The Flintstones. The animated family was a part of my life for, literally, as long as I could remember. I looked forward to Fred giving that opening bellow of “Yabba dabba doo” and sliding down that bronto tail at the beginning of the show.


Jacinto and his Tree

Art by Jim McDermott
When Jacinto was a young drug dealer in Puerto Rico, He climbed his tree and wouldn't come down all day, he sold his drugs from his tree, Heroin, Ketamine, Marijuana Sticks Crack (a form of cocaine, smokeable), Opium, Mescaline, Methamphetamine, and on weekends PCP. He was at his grandparent's house and the tree was Jacinto's tree. It had his name engraved into it, Jacinto!. The tree Jacinto climbed had very many limbs and was very tall. When he climbed the tree, the best part was it hovered over the alley so he could watch all the bums, old sots and drunks and all day long, and you could see the police dog barking at Jacint, barking, barking and barking at jacinto, telling everyone the little boy in the tree was selling drugs. Jacinto could not wait to climb down the tree and kill the Police doggy! Anyways, one day the view was great. The breeze was hitting Jacinto's face. He thought He was the ruler of his tree. So Jacinto climed down his tree and said hello to the bum flaco, and went over to the barking police dog and Jacinto kill the police doggy! He killed him 2 times! When the doggy was dead Jacinto climed back in his tree with a happy smile and sold drugs all day long. This story took place when Jacinto was about twenty-two. Of course a twenty-two year old little boy from Puerto Rico sitting in a tree selling drugs has no brains and didn't no right from wrong, yet, his grandparent's said he was a good boy. But then again they were very dumb!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Got Comic Inks

Jim McDermott
Inking is the skill of adding depth, clarity, texture and shading to a pencil drawing with ink. It is done with a brush and/or pen and different kinds of ink, depending on the needs of the comic artist. Instructions things you'll need: Pens (quill or fountain) Winsor-Newton #2 series 7 tip brush Rags Water Waterproof black India ink Scrap paper 1 Practice adding water to your ink before you start inking your pencil drawing. Adding just the right amount of water to the ink is important so that it is not too runny. Test the ink on your scrap paper. If the ink is very fluid and still very black, then it is ready for your drawing. 2 Trace the areas you want to fill in with black with your pen. 3 Fill in the larger areas with your sable brush and black ink. 4 Use your pen to add details and shading. Shading can be done by using blocks of black as shadows. The bigger the block, the more shadow the area will look like it has. 5 Make sure that you cover all of the pencil marks and areas that should be black with ink

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Flintstones with Barney Rubble

Art by Jim McDermott

After years of doing illustration work for books and magazines I realized after going over to a friends house and looking at his wonderful sketchbooks, I didn't keep any sketchbooks. why!? I asked myself? Why!? So I started keeping sketchbooks a few months back. Attached is a sketch I did of Barney Rubble in a watercolor sketchbook using "Rotring Artist Colors" and a Winsor Newton #2 Series 7 brush. This was a lot of fun and brought back many childhood memories sitting on the living room floor, in front of the TV watching "Dark Shadows", a very scary show when you're 10 years old! And then came the "Flintstones" after school with Timmy, Teddy and my good bud Tommy, with the latest copy of Creepy, Errie and Famous Monsters of Filmland, full of great artwork and horror stories. The likes of Ken Kelly, Wrightson, Gogos and artist Sanjulian. All this and more sitting just next to me. I grew up in Lowell, Mass, just outside of Boston, home of Mickey Ward ("The Pride of Lowell"). Our greatest adult fears were created by childhood memories. Our greatest adult anxieties were created by childhood memories. The things we fear the most have already happened to us.