Friday, November 24, 2006

"THE BITENECK BEATNIK"


To celebrate my 100th post on badablingthing I've managed to dig out the painting that kickstarted my whole Biteneck Beatniks project. This was done about 2 years ago, acrylics on board, and probably measures in the region of 20" by 30". The moody young lady has sadly savaged her cuddly rabbit in said painting. It's been buried in the eaves of the house for so long I'd almost forgotten I had it. It's certainly interesting to compare it to the paintings that followed (which are all featured in the earliest posts in the archives of this blog).

Been busy this week hence the lack of postings. Got back from a trip to London yesterday evening where I met up with some lovely folk from Nickelodeon and Orchard/Hodder Books. Bizarrely, one of my earliest train journeys to London and Hodder resulted in me thinking up Frankenstein's Cat. Well, I thought of another story this time round on my way down and blow me but it appears that the same editor may want to commission it. Just gotta get it written up now.

25 comments:

.:ChAOSBOY:. said...

W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L.

Anonymous said...

Lovely!
Congrats on the strong flow of ideas too.

Josh Parpan said...

This is great Jo Bling, Amazing color, I love it!

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Nice nice nice !!!! Oh, is there no more pictures of Kirsten O'Brien ? Oh well !!!

Jo Bling said...

Chaosboy - cheers chief!

Paul - it's early days on the idea front, as I have to compose the manuscript now, but it was pretty surreal that it was the said same editor who I'd pitched a train-journey-inspired Frankenstein's Cat to who like this one too. The story's called "Odd Juan Out" by the way.

Josh - thanks sir, this is about as "dark" as my work gets I reckon.

Mr Glazebrook - No more pictures of Kirsten I'm afraid!

Breadwig said...

the bunny, oh the bunny. Very nice

Goobeetsablog said...

always nice to see the paintings.

Anonymous said...

Hello!Ithink it's my first time here!Nice characters!:-)

Sebastien Gallego said...

Hi Curtis!

I'm glad you stopped by my blog: it gave me a chance to discover yours!!
And what a dicovery!
I really like your art and your stories. I'm an instant fan.
I'll come back often
Seb

Ryan Wood said...

It's good to see the traditional stuff, nice work! I like the way she's holding the rabbit, tucked away nicely.

dragonhead said...

Awww... Poor bunny.

Yey! So might this new idea be turned into a book, or a show? :D

Jo Bling said...

Breadwig - love your avatar, sir!

Bri - cheers matey

Belinha - welcome aboard :-)

Sebastien - hey, pleasure was all mine in finding your blog, some magnificent pictures there. Obviously I stick to my tried and tested paintbrush and acrylics rather than photoshop, but it's certainly somrthing I'd like to get savvy with

Ryan - thanks man, as I say, I only wish I could add the photoshop string to my bow but I fear this dog's too long in the tooth for trying to pick up ANOTHER medium to work in!

Dragonhead - a book, hopefully. Watch this space

mr paul said...

Hey, beautiful caracters,..really funny

Mark said...

Great Blog! I really like your Hellboy and star wars chararcter parodies. Very cute.

MARILLA said...

who..are you....?!I like your art works,is this girl relative of me..me....
talk to you later..

Alina Chau said...

love the dark mysterious mooood!!

Jo Bling said...

Mr Paul - cheers for calling by!

Mark - thanks for coming by, fella - keep watching for more pastiches!

Marilla - I don't know - ARE you related? :-)

Alina - cheers missus!

Dee C.K. said...

Hey Mister C! You've got some GREAT work here! Your stories are so fun to read and I'm very happy to be introduced to your blog! Thanks so much for the lovely comments! I will be back! Cheers! ;)

katzenjammer studios said...

great sense of appeal! i'll definitely be coming back. post more color work!

UrbanBarbarian said...

Congratulations on the Big Post! Beautiful painting too!!!

Alfredo said...

congrats on the 100th post , i really dig ur art, really inspiring

the painting looks awesome

cheers!

dragonhead said...

"a book, hopefully" :D I'll be watching.

Nik said...

Love it Curtis, theres always been an underlying lo-brow, pop culture kind of vibe to your work mixed on up with the more audience friendly visuals we know and love, and this really pushes that. What size is the original painting? Bet it would look pretty sweet on the wall of Vincent Prices guest toilet!

Jo Bling said...

Nik - I think it's about 20" x 30" iirc. Something like that. Cheers for spotting my love of "lowbrow" ;-)

dee c.k. - good man yourself, stay in touch and keep on posting!

katzenjammer - I'll see what I can do about the colour stuff - look further back at the beginning of the blog and you'll find all my paintings there!

UB, Alfredo and Dragonhead - thanks guys!

Mac McRae said...

That is a very cool design.
My appreciation for the beats stretches only as far back as "the iron giant" . Nice work!