Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
San Diego cartoon postcards for 2013 - what & where shall we draw?
I'll be working on the 2013 San Diego postcard and website column header later this week - each year's design includes 11 or 12 local "landmarks." I wonder if anyone can name ALL the locales drawn in the previous two PCs (below)?
So what should I consider as "must includes" for 2013? Keep in mind that what I consider visually iconic might not exactly be tourist destinations - I'm particularly fond of rendering bars and signs for seedy motels & liquor stores...you can send me your suggestions via email@example.com.
Here's a random selection of around 50 various places 'round town that've been 'tooned for Overheard in San Diego, including some of the photo refs used to create them, followed by a collection of about 50 or so mugshots from our Famous Former Neighbors comic strips -
17 years since my first comic strip ran in the Reader, the paper has now published over a thousand of my comics. No wonder my drawing hand is tired!
WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN SOME FREE OVERHEARD IN SAN DIEGO ARTWORK?
As you may or may not know, I depend on tipsters to email me stuff they've overheard around town. Whoever sends me a tip that gets illustrated gets to keep the original artwork for that week's comic strip. At this point, I've given away the majority of Overheard artwork (which made it hard to come up with recent art to display in gallery showings!)
If you're interested in becoming a regular tipster, and in getting some free artwork, the things we look for are:
1) The strip should somehow be music related, and it must definitely be local-centric.
2) A locale setting that'd be fun to draw (club with unique decor, an iconic local landmark or building, lots of interesting looking people, etc).
3) Dialogue that comes across as either funny, head-scratching, utterly inexplicable, or so perfectly suited to its locale and/or the speakers that it's almost like illustrating a cliche.
4) "Guest stars" that are well-known locals or visiting celebs.
If you think you have good bits of overheard chatter, feel free to email directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
I particularly enjoy drawing iconic locales around town, tho, as you can see above, I completely rely on good photo references to work up from.
So if you want some of this artwork for your own wall (or fridge, or bird cage lining), now you know what we're seeking! I look forward to your tips!
Back in the late ‘70s, when I used to draw caricatures in Balboa Park for $5 to $10, I could whip off a portrait in about five minutes. But none would look as photorealistic and artistic as any given Famous Neighbors entry.
Plus, thanks to working from photos, people no longer frown at my art and say “That doesn’t look anything like me” and refuse to pay me.
Like they usually did in Balboa Park…
Gallery Archive (2006-present): Overheard in San Diego
Gallery Archive: Famous Former Neighbors
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Here's a video of Cathryn Beeks and Sven-Erik Seaholm playing "Overheard in San Diego" LIVE IN CONCERT for the first time, at the March 2010 Ruby Room opening of a month-long "Overheard & Famous in San Diego" comic strip gallery, featuring artwork from over a hundred Reader comics:
And here I am at the same event, introducing Happy Ron Hill and his version of the "Famous Former Neighbors" theme song:
Finally, here's footage of the art gallery itself, edited and cut to the "Overheard" theme song -
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