Friday, August 25, 2023

Norio Suzuki Sketch


I recently read Werner Herzog's novelization of Hiroo Onoda's exploits on the island of Lubang, thinking that WW II was still going for the 27 years that he was there. In 1974, the adventurer Norio Suzuki went in search of Onoda. After some convincing, he told Onoda that he had three goals in life: 
1. To find Hiroo Onoda.  2. To find the yeti in Nepal and 3. To find the mythic giant panda.

Well, he was only able to find Onoda. When in the Dhaulagiri range looking for the yeti, any yeti, he was killed in an avalanche. 

He did claim to see a yeti at a distance and also to have seen a panda, but not sure if it was the giant one that he thought to find.

P.s. one has to read The Twilight World in Herzog's voice. It makes for an entertaining read.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Upper Deck Cosmic Artist Proof Sketch Cards


These are my Artist Proof sketch cards from the Cosmic set recently released by Upper Deck. These cards were done in 2020, so it's nice to see them out and about. The links are below for those that are interested.

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Dr Who? Wu? Hu?


graphite in sketchbook

Last week I watched the 1967 movie King Kong Escapes. I'm not sure that I had ever seen it before and it was cheesy and campy as all that, but I was entertained. The main villain, Dr. Who, or maybe it was Wu, or Hu, depending on the American versus the Japanese releases, was this over the top, flamboyant character who (no pun intended) was modeled after the original 1960's Dr. Who, played by William Hartnell. The English dubbed voice was done by Paul Frees, so that combination of Japanese villain, Dr. Who looks and Burgermeister Meisterburger voice was a perfect cocktail of 60's fun. I need to do a sketch of him in ink, as I felt that I didn't quite catch the essence of the character.