Archive | June, 2015

The Truth About Rejection…Brian Blackmon

16 Jun

I recently had the very cool experience of being interviewed for an upcoming article about art (my favorite topic) for the Ocean County College alumni publication Ocean Views. I don’t know how much of my take on things will end up making it into print when the issue comes out later this summer, but I wanted to share herein what I had to say about dealing with rejection, for the benefit of all of you nifty and much appreciated Neptune City-Saturn Town blog subscribers (your blogs are very awesome, I might add) and book series readers. Hope this helps:

Never take rejection seriously; it is only up to the artist to decide the true merit of their own work, for it is the artist who creates the goal which inspires the work, and therefore is the only authority regarding the degree of success achieved through the completion of the work. Interpret each new art piece as an additional step taken toward further improvement, and accept and celebrate any perceived faults inherent in your style or execution, for faults are unique and individual and create a distinctive voice. Always believe in yourself, and get your work out there as soon as you can: you never know the positive and lasting impact the addition of your artistic presence can create. 

The Best Thing About Being An Artist: The Walls Are Never Bare

14 Jun

Great Thing About Being An Artist

TRIVIA: These are some of the paintings I did for my recent book collection “The Beatnik Fox’s Second Fashionable Number” which came out this year. Now I have some neat new pictures to enjoy, which will hopefully help inspire me to tackle another set.

Mr. Kat Van Winkle

8 Jun

mr. kat van winkle

Mr. Kat Van Winkle (he fell asleep in 1950, and awoke in the present day after a very long “catnap”) will be featured in the upcoming “Different People” #2. He runs his own bottled milk company.

Art Exposure

8 Jun

Art Exposure

Hypothetical Casting, or an Exercise in Whimsy

6 Jun

Hypothetically: if I was living back in the 1950’s, and Neptune City-Saturn Town was the #1 syndicated comic strip in America,  and MGM wanted to adapt my work for the big budget Technicolor silver screen, who would I cast as the Beatnik Fox?

After much deliberation…

Gene Kelly would be my ideal choice for good ol’ Foxy. Very easygoing persona.

Audrey Hepburn would be perfect as Foxy’s sister Tawney (you’d have to be reading the books to find out about her).

And breathtaking Doris Day as Foxy’s blushing bride Chick.

Simon Lotsamoney (Chick’s Uncle, and the owner of the Lotsamoney Café) could be portrayed to a tee by a slim Orson Welles.

Yul Brynner would deliver an Oscar Winning performance as Dr. Sananiko/Little Hawk (again, read those books to catch up on all the plot developments).

If they wanted to make the film like George Pal’s “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm” and have a bunch of autobiographical stuff thrown in to make it all a framework narrative kind of thing, who would play me? I say wholeheartedly… Jimmy Stewart! After all, I think his role in Harvey makes him more than qualified. If you dwell on it for any length of time there really isn’t much difference between Elwood P. Dowd talking to a six-foot tall invisible rabbit, and me devoting most of my life to drawing an imaginary fox with a little pair of pants for him to wear, and a little turtleneck, and a beret. Especially that self-portrait which Dowd paints of he and Harvey together. I think it hits a little too close to home (laughter).

Sigh. One can dream.