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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Marty Feldman

Art by Jim McDermott
Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein

Death of Marty Feldman

Feldman died from a heart attack in a hotel room in Mexico City on 2 December 1982, during the making of the film Yellowbeard. Cartoonist Sergio Aragonés was filming nearby, and dressed for his role as an armed policeman. Aragonés abruptly encountered Feldman while introducing himself, frightening Feldman, and possibly inducing his heart attack. Aragonés has recounted the story with the punchline "I killed Marty Feldman". The story was converted into a strip in Aragonés's issue of DC Comics' Solo.
On the DVD commentary of Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks cites additional factors that may have contributed to Feldman's death:

He smoked sometimes six packs of cigarettes daily, drank copious amounts of coffee, and ate a diet rich in eggs and dairy products. Michael Mileham, who made the behind-the-scenes movie Group Madness about the making of Yellowbeard, said he and Feldman swam to an island where a local was selling lobster and coconuts. Mileham and Feldman used the same knife on their lobsters. Mileham said he got shellfish poisoning the next day, and theorised that since Feldman used the same knife he also could have been poisoned.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Animation Sketches

Art by Jim McDermott

A Little Jack Davis on my Mind

Art by Jim McDermott

The Jack Davis influence is always there, lurking in the back of my mind, trying endlessly to escape, like a wrecking ball on crack pounding  the walls of my skull until a little leaks out.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Scribbles but no Sketches from out West

Illustrations by Jim McDermott

Friday, May 20, 2011

Faster than a Speeding Winsor Newton #2 Series 7

Art by Jim McDermott

Landscapes Sketches

Illustratuons by Jim McDermott

Simple Landscape Sketches Through Pen and Ink Drawing

Pen and ink drawing can be unforgiving – once the ink hits the paper, it's permanent. I been work from memory I take of natural landscapes and when I sit in my studio to draw, my feelings about the subject flow from pen to the paper. My goal is to capture the life and spirit of each landscape.

I first learned about ink drawing techniques in art school - New England School of Art and Design (hard edge design, pointillism, hatching, cross hatching and more). 
In the past 20-years I’ve created and developed new skills as a working artist

Illustrations by Jim McDermott

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sketchbook Black and White and Color

Art by Jim McDermott
Attached some random cartoons from the past 3 months.
The drawings are rendered on #80 illustration board, watercolor paper and everyday old brown paper bags (for lack of money).he drawings are rendered on #80 illustration board, watercolor paper and everyday old brown paper bags (for lack of money).