Tuesday, November 3, 2009
This is for an article discussing the Ukrainian Holodomor or holocaust which was initiated by Stalin's repressive collectivization policies in '32 and '33. Millions died and scholars today still debate Kremlin guilt when it is fairly clear they were responsible in many ways.
Posted by Wes Tyrell at 11:07:00 PM
Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
This is a piece for the Literary Review about the chap Lu Decheng, who defaced Mao's portrait in Tiananmen Square and then got tossed into the nightmare Gulag for years.
It seems everyone uses the standard Mao portrait to riff on and I wanted a different pose so I chose one of his smoking moments and gussied it up a bit.
Posted by Wes Tyrell at 4:52:00 PM
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Here is a watercolour of one of the farms beside Coco's outside of Vaslui.
It was fantastic roaming around these farms just to see how everything works and of course it helped that it was a balmy summer afternoon.
Sketching near the pigpen would probably not be as much fun in February.
Posted by Wes Tyrell at 8:31:00 PM
Thursday, September 17, 2009
A fine turn out in the Yonge/Dundas square for our great pal Paul Humphrey and his band Blue Peter. It was a kickoff show for TIFF as the lads have music in the movie SUCK starring Malcolm McDowell, Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper!
A super open air concert experience for late summer '09.
Posted by Wes Tyrell at 12:52:00 PM
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Well, Coco, Luca and myself successfully navigated Coco's homeland Romania without too many bruises or hangovers and lord knows we narrowly escaped a multitude of high speed traffic crashes...by inches. It is a place of great beauty and zany contradictions. Many things are better than ever with a standard of living that surprises. Gucci models stepping out of BMW's into dingy grey Soviet apartments while feral dogs nip at their heels. Shopping malls teeming with consumers dying to buy anything at all just so the neighbors will be certain they too are haves versus have-nots.
The repercussions of communism are many and the folks, as lovely as they are, are still gripped by demons. Everyone and their brother smokes and enjoys a shot of tzuica ( hooch) to keep the train on the tracks. Sausages are served with every meal and salads...well, maybe next year.
For every odd thing there were 15 great surprises and folks tripped over themselves to treat us like royalty, for this I will be forever grateful. Especially to my lovely wife and her family for showing me such a great time. Special thanks also to Nelutu, his wife and kids Andrei and Adelina for rocking Buzau with us (pronounced Booze-o).
In the spirit of all the fine cartoonists who feted me at the cartoonists society exhibit, I kept a sketchbook and endeavoured to draw all the people I met.
I didn't quite get there but tried hard and shall add a few more faces when I get the time.
The techniques and quality vary, but it is a good cross section of the great Romanians I met.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Just when it seemed the front page was free of auto news for a few days comes the discovery
of this exciting compilation record featuring the Prez and his mournful guitar!
Letting workers everywhere know that he shares their pain, he treats the listener to 12 tunes
of Auto industry shame and sorrow. A must have for those lonely nights (and days) when you're remembering all your pals at the old assembly plant.
Posted by Wes Tyrell at 2:23:00 PM
Monday, April 27, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Here are the final versions of the nice folks over at Dogs in Canada magazine.
The likenesses are pretty good though it is always tempting to brew up each one for hours and hours and I couldn't do it as the time was not there.
Hopefully look good on their website.
Posted by Wes Tyrell at 12:42:00 PM
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I've been commissioned to draw the entire staff (13 people) of the Dog Magazine for their website profile page.
Here are the primitive first sketches, I hope to throw up finals when they are done to see if we can improve on any of them.
Posted by Wes Tyrell at 9:13:00 PM