Thursday, October 09, 2008

Tattooed Lady

Drawings for a couple of new pieces:

The tattooed lady...

...and the Dog Face Man.

These drawings aren't entirely accurate to their subjects. The tatted lady is kinda 40's pin up styled, and as far as I know the "dog face men" never bared it all the way mine is doing. They usually wore suits, I suppose in a dignified contrast to their very hairy faces. But they were fun to draw and so far everybody who I've shown them to has a kind of mad giggling reaction to Mr. Dog Face...I guess cause he looks so smug, like "Yes I have long hair completely covering my face, and yes I'm a side show attraction...but I'm rockin' it."

While I was searching for images of bearded ladies and the like, I found The Human Marvels, which is awesome! Lots of pics of sideshow folks and little biographies about the performers. It's worth spending some time with if you're fascinated by anomalies and weirdness (which I am).

As far as Miss Librarian is concerned, it would seem that green won the vote after all! I'm about half way through her painting right now so you'll see her soon. Thanks everybody who put their two cents in!

I'm going to go pick apples this weekend and hang out in Northern California, with my dad, where it is actually FALL, and the leaves have changed color. I'm going to wear a sweater and drink tea and make apple crisp, and in commemoration of that I give you Mr. Fox:

Have a loverly weekend!


Kim Caro said...

Simply amazing.

J. Tithonus Pednaud said...

Wonderful work and thank you for visiting The Human Marvels.

I actually recently commissioned cartoon-esque depictions of popular human exhibits from my lady, who also happens to be an animation graduate, to be used in upcoming t-shirt designs. Please do look for those soon.

Furthermore, if you ever happen to commit one of your designs to paint, I may be interested in purchasing one for my personal collection.


J. Tithonus Pednaud

J. Tithonus Pednaud said...

Incidentally, most of the men with hyperthrichosis did not have very hirsute torsos. Most were only exceptionally hairy in the facial area. Hence the high neck formal wear during exhibition to allow the audience to envision fur coated wildmen.

You depiction is fantastic though and reminiscent of old exaggerating sideshow banners.

J. Tithonus Pednaud

jessicajane said...

love the tattooed girl. love!

i wish teh leaves were changing here. :(

Stacey said...

That tattooed lady is great!

brigette b said...

j.tithonus: Thanks for visiting my blog, and for commenting, to boot! Your site is rad. I'm glad that there's a resource like it for people like me who are fascinated by life's curiosities. AND I'm glad you like the work too, of course!

Sean Szeles said...

Hey Brigette, you should watch Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, if you haven't already. It's an awesome film with beautiful art direction, and it deals with this very subject. Love your work, by the way!

Vi said...

Kat Von D! I love your freak show.

Food and Drugs said...

I like a lot animals as for example the fox you painted here, but I've totally seduced by the dog face man!
You must have been laughing constantly while drawing it.
Keep the good work!

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justdoodleit said...

very nice drawing! the leaves and the scarf around his neck is great.