Drawing MarxFest

As some of you might know, my beloved Trav S.D. is one of the forces behind the MarxFest, the city wide celebration of the Marx Brothers. I’ve been to many, many events, sketchbook in hand. Here are some of the results.

Trav gave a really terrific talk on the early years of the Brothers at Coney Island USA. Adding to the evening, the lovely Sarah Moskowitz played some vintage tunes on her uke.

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The beauteous Bunny Buxom performed at the backers party (incidentally, when she stepped in to perform in Pinchbottom’s The Bawdy House at the last minute for an ailing Tansy, she killed). I drew her live, which isn’t usually my thing (i.e. I’m not fast enough, i.e. I’m not Luma Rouge), and this was the result.

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Also at the backer’s party: dueling Grouchos. Jonny Porkpie and Noah Diamond. (this is getting a little fuzzy as your intrepid artist might have imbibed too many cheap cocktails).

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Last night Trav introduced Duck Soup at MoMA, in an evening made completely out of happiness. 

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MarxFest might be winding down, but delights remain. Most thrillingly, Trav is directing a reading of the first revival of the Marx Brother’s very first Broadway show, "I’ll Say She Is!". At The Players Theater tonight and Sunday!

I still have a few of these little monster and chorus girl prints sitting around, so if you’ve been interested in purchasing something, but are low on funds, this is a great option.
via Etsy

I still have a few of these little monster and chorus girl prints sitting around, so if you’ve been interested in purchasing something, but are low on funds, this is a great option.

via Etsy

Nefertitty by Lola Rock’N’Rolla made a grey, depressing slog of a day burst into vintage technicolor yesterday. It’s the freaking best and it’s only 15 minutes long. Be warned that you’ll be singing the theme song for basically the rest of your life (written by a former Lunachick).

Starring The Maine Attraction, World Famous *BOB*, Bambi the Mermaid, Miss Astrid, Helen Pontani and other NYC luminaries. 

I promise. It will change EVERYTHING.

Drawn live at Coney Island USA. Two lovely burlesque bathing beauties, drawn from life, inked and painted at home.App. 5”x7”. Archival acid free Stillman & Birn Epsilon paper. Ink, ink wash, watercolor and gouache.
via Etsy

Drawn live at Coney Island USA. Two lovely burlesque bathing beauties, drawn from life, inked and painted at home.

App. 5”x7”. Archival acid free Stillman & Birn Epsilon paper. Ink, ink wash, watercolor and gouache.

via Etsy

10. The G-String Murders by Gypsy Rose Lee. Here is an excerpt from a blog post I wrote a couple of years ago:  
"Chorus girls, burlesque dancers and aspiring starlets appear in all kinds of hard boiled crime fiction, vintage and modern, from S.S. Van Dine to Raymond Chandler to James Ellroy to Megan Abbott. They appear as shady dames, victims and comic relief, but only in The G-String Murders are they both author and heroine. I actually found it kind of thrilling. She very effectively creates a backstage world that simply no longer exists. The nuts and bolts explanations of how a burlesque house was run in the 1930s are fascinating, her dialogue is funny and gritty. It’s a plot point that she makes her own costumes (oh, the story is told in first person by a burlesque star named "Gypsy Rose Lee"), and in the 1940 New Yorker piece she shows off her thrift store finds that she will be using to make new outfits - something many a modern burlesque performer has done. It’s gritty and bawdy and charming.”
You can read the rest here.
10/40 in my Literary Lent Project.

10. The G-String Murders by Gypsy Rose Lee. Here is an excerpt from a blog post I wrote a couple of years ago:  

"Chorus girls, burlesque dancers and aspiring starlets appear in all kinds of hard boiled crime fiction, vintage and modern, from S.S. Van Dine to Raymond Chandler to James Ellroy to Megan Abbott. They appear as shady dames, victims and comic relief, but only in The G-String Murders are they both author and heroine. I actually found it kind of thrilling. She very effectively creates a backstage world that simply no longer exists. The nuts and bolts explanations of how a burlesque house was run in the 1930s are fascinating, her dialogue is funny and gritty. It’s a plot point that she makes her own costumes (oh, the story is told in first person by a burlesque star named "Gypsy Rose Lee"), and in the 1940 New Yorker piece she shows off her thrift store finds that she will be using to make new outfits - something many a modern burlesque performer has done. It’s gritty and bawdy and charming.”

You can read the rest here.

10/40 in my Literary Lent Project.

Free shipping at Society 6 has been extended through tonight - and pillows are $5 off!

Free shipping at Society 6 has been extended through tonight - and pillows are $5 off!

Sketched live at Trav S.D.’s bathing beauties show at Coney Island. The lovely Kat Mon Dieu and Helen Pontani.

Sketched live at Trav S.D.’s bathing beauties show at Coney Island. The lovely Kat Mon Dieu and Helen Pontani.

I created this for Trav S.D.’s upcoming show - The Bathing Beauties at Sideshow By The Seashore August 7, Coney Island USA! 
I’ve also added it so my Society 6 store - so you can all own Trav S.D t-shirts, throw pillows, prints and tote bags!

I created this for Trav S.D.’s upcoming show - The Bathing Beauties at Sideshow By The Seashore August 7, Coney Island USA! 

I’ve also added it so my Society 6 store - so you can all own Trav S.D t-shirts, throw pillows, prints and tote bags!

I have the version with the blue background up on Society 6, but I just made this. I think I like it better.

I have the version with the blue background up on Society 6, but I just made this. I think I like it better.

Just posted to Society 6!
Both my Coney Island and Two-Headed Fan Dancer illustrations are available as prints on Society 6!

Both my Coney Island and Two-Headed Fan Dancer illustrations are available as prints on Society 6!

Sorry about the radio silence dear friends. Between a ceiling collapse that pretty much took out all of my Etsy inventory and me being sick, work at The Cabinet Headquarters has been disrupted. But, thanks to my lovely doctor, I’m back!
I’ve added this to my Society 6 store. So far I only have prints up, but I’ll add more products soon!

Sorry about the radio silence dear friends. Between a ceiling collapse that pretty much took out all of my Etsy inventory and me being sick, work at The Cabinet Headquarters has been disrupted. But, thanks to my lovely doctor, I’m back!

I’ve added this to my Society 6 store. So far I only have prints up, but I’ll add more products soon!

A teeny tiny little drawing. The fifth entry in my 40 Days of Birthday Etsy sale event.

A teeny tiny little drawing. The fifth entry in my 40 Days of Birthday Etsy sale event.

The very first item in my 40 Days Of Birthday sale event!
Find the facebook invite here.

The very first item in my 40 Days Of Birthday sale event!

Find the facebook invite here.

Last week, I attended the last Dr Sketchy’s at The Slipper Room for their tribute to Paul Gauguin.  The models were the fabulous Dame Cuchifrita and Grand MaFun - who, I’m happy to report, are performing tonight at the Slipper Room at 10.
 

Last week, I attended the last Dr Sketchy’s at The Slipper Room for their tribute to Paul Gauguin.  The models were the fabulous Dame Cuchifrita and Grand MaFun - who, I’m happy to report, are performing tonight at the Slipper Room at 10.