Friday, July 06, 2007

Illustration Friday: Geeky -

"Selfportrait of the Artist as Archie's Geeky Pal"
digital collage by Mick Mather

While contemplating the Illustration Friday theme, this week it's geeky, I started thinking about it in historic terms. First in mind was a movie starring Tyrone Power as a circus sideshow attraction, "The Geek". Next I began researching the term and various images related to definitions found and somewhere along the way it struck me that one of the more famous geeks of American Pop Culture is a comic book character. Forsythe Pendleton Jones III by name alone qualifies for something quite deep in that neighborhood. Fondly remembered by his nickname, many who followed along in the Archie Comics Series well understood that "Jughead" was in fact a "cool geek" when all was said and done. While there may not be a cool breeze attached to myself in this satirical selfportrait, I sure did have a good time creating it! :D

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17 Comments:

Blogger juj said...

Fun take on the theme. I spent some time roaming through your Lucas Gallery - very nice work. And thanks for reminding me about monoprints. I haven't done one in years, but your "Trimmed Hedge" has inspired me to break out the paints. I really admire that you managed to achieve such a nice print with a waterbased medium. You must be a very patient man.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

juj:
Thanks so much, with a blush. Thanks for stopping over at Kevin's place as well - Kevin and Molly Lucas run the gallery and it's located in beautiful Skaneateles, New York.
As for the monotype, thanks again for your wonderful comment. It took me almost 18 months to control the tempera paints used...I do suppose that qualifies as patience. I have folders filled with tests, failed prints and outright disasters but it was something I had to accomplish. At the time, I had no money for art supplies and a vast quantity of unused tempera.
Since you're right there in KC, have you been to Paul Durrell's Leopold Gallery?

3:45 PM  
Blogger imwithsully said...

I was excited to see this. Used to read Archie comics all the time. My husband has lots in storage. What a great concept! Very fun!

6:51 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

imwithsully:
Once I hit upon the idea I must admit that I, too, was excited for all the same reasons. Thanks so much for the comment.
It got to the point where I knew exactly what day the new Archie Comic would appear at the local pharmacy where I bought most of mine. It's funny, while we were busy creating the nostalgia that was portrayed so well in Rob Reiner's movie of Stephen King's book, "Stand By Me", Archie and the gang were, I believe, responsible for a big part of the real building of that cultural memory.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Elegia said...

That's So humoristic and colourful pic. And full of happines and life. I like the colours and the expressions of the characters.

Whatta caricature, I think :-)
By the way, what does the "geeky" mean? I didn't find the translation in dictionary. Very strange word for me.

3:43 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

elegia:
LOL, I'm delighted that you had a laugh over this one; and, thanks for the wonderful comment too (blush).

The word "geek" is defined at Dictionary.com as:
1. a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, esp. one who is perceived to be overly intellectual.
2. a computer expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often considered offensive when used by outsiders.)
3. a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken.

So, the word "geeky" is an adjective usage for someone who exhibits the traits or characteristics of a geek. :)

5:13 AM  
Blogger Elegia said...

OK, now I undestand! Thanks for telling that. The dictionary doesn't undestad every world - and neither do I :D Maybe it's some kind of slang?

But I love to learn more about English, so thanks to you!

7:11 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

elegia:
Yes! The word is slang, the original use beginning with the circus or sideshow performer. Today it's much more commonly used to describe the computer whiz, intellectual egghead or gamer nerd. Nerd is another word I like and there's a hilarious t-shirt that says: "TALK NERDY TO ME" :D

8:20 AM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

This is great Mick!! I used to love those comics too. And Ritchie Rich and Little Lotta!

9:23 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Great idea and cleverly rendered Mick! I love this and it really brings back memories!

9:41 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

studio lolo:
Thanks with my usual blush! It always makes me feel good to hold open the door to Memory Lane! :)

valgalart:
Thanks again with yet another blush. As you must know by now, I'm full of crazy ideas. I'm delighted that you enjoyed this one. :)

9:49 AM  
Blogger Elegia said...

Ooh, I'm sorry for my mistakes. I certainly know that undestand is understand and the world is word in my text. World means something else.

Sorry, I didn't have my glasses on.

Ps. Nice to see you blush ;) You're so able so you don't need to be blush :))

10:53 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

elegia:
Funny, my brain actually saw the words as intended and not as written. The brain actually does a very good job of reading through misspellings and many omissions. Your use of English is actually very good. As with some of your Finnish sisters, there are sometimes missing words or a phrase may be out of sorts with official syntax, but it's charming as opposed to annoying. Please know that if I'm ever confused, I'll surely ask for more information - just as you did with "geeky". :)

3:11 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

Its got a somewhat wonderful alice in wonderland feel... the fiction with the truth... I think your background curves contribute to the psychedelic quality that is generally found in your pieces :) .... But in the others you use filters

5:59 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

janice:
Thanks so much. In this piece I really didn't change the original cartoon graphic very much - I had to add length to the legs for example, which also meant continuing the background. So, very true, little filtering in this - just adding my face really.

6:22 AM  
Blogger trudette said...

awesome work !

1:55 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

trudette:
Awwwww, thanks very much (blush!). I have to admit that I've been very surprised with the number of folks who have similar memories to mine as regards the Archie Comix series. Happy about it of course, but surprised! :)

2:31 PM  

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