Wednesday, May 20, 2009

'Making Stars' and Winsor McCay Images

In this little drawing, I revisit a theme that I thoroughly enjoy, star-making! Obviously star-making is a fantastic hobby, I fully encourage everyone to try it some time. Very good for the soul.


I picked up a great book from the library, which features some fascinating illustrations by Winsor McCay. McCay was the creator of the Little Nemo comics, which are beautifully drawn, but which I haven't had the opportunity of fully reading.

The two following images are in the book I picked up, I love 'em!

First up, Winsor McCay's drawing on the Black Death, fittingly titled "When Black Death Rode." I think it's absolutely fabulous (but not a very happy drawing, which I hope you can recognize on your own, haha)...


Next up is a McCay drawing that catalogues the evils and power of drug addiction. This one is called "The Monster- A Horrid Reality." Pretty vicious imagery, this piece looks very contemporary...

And who knew having a drug addiction could be so uncool. I'm going to have to strike out 'Start a drug addiction' from my to do list.

8 comments:

laura b. said...

My soul could use some goodness...I better learn to make stars.

I think Winsor McCay's work is amazing...surreal. And yeah, it is hard to believe he was drawing this stuff about 100 years ago.

frenchyflower said...

I'm loving the happy stars theme

Sebastien said...

Laura: There is a workshop in most every major city. You should sign up for the star making class :) cool to hear you are a fan of McCay's, can't wait to check out his Little Nemo illustrations

Frenchy: I had a feeling you'd like that more than little kids with chainsaws, hehe...

Tara said...

Could you spare a cup of stars please? I'm running low on them. :)

Wow, that last drawing intense and disturbing. But then again, so is drug addiction I imagine!

Sebastien said...

Yah, that last image is freaky.

Cup o stars, coming right up!

Zhu said...

The Black death is quite cool, in a disturbing kind of way. Reminds me of old legends in Brittany...

I like stars best. I rarely have nightmares with stars. :$

Sebastien said...

Me too, stars are usually safe. Except for exploding stars of course...

Ilse van Griensven said...

dear Sebastien, I'm touched by the little drawing ´drawing stars´. May I use this picture for my website ´ademster.nl´ (translation: breathing star)? Thank you. Ilse