Cruella and her 1960s fashion illustration

Illustrators such as Mouchy and Merle Bassett filled pages of fashion magazines with their strong silhouettes. And perhaps Cruella De Vil would cherish, more than any other villain, being delineated as a fashion sketch in a late 1950s or early 1960s copy of “Woman’s Day” magazine.

Cruella De Vil drawing

Cruella De Vil drawing

I’ve drawn, in my “Where Pictures Shine” style, Kent Melton’s Walt Disney Classics Collection 2006 sculpture “Perfectly Wretched”.

Drawing begins of the WDCC Cruella De Vil figurine

Drawing begins of the WDCC Cruella De Vil figurine

Drawing by Douglas Rickard of WDCC Cruella sculpted by Kent Melton

Drawing by Douglas Rickard of WDCC Cruella sculpted by Kent Melton

Miss De Vil joins the Evil Queen and Maleficent in my series. Each has a solitary color flare; purple for the Queen; green for Maleficent; and a pucker of red for Cruella’s lipstick and lining of that coat.

Red coat lining of charcoal Cruella

Red coat lining of charcoal Cruella

Cruella De Vil as a 1960s magazine fashion sketch

Cruella De Vil as a 1960s magazine fashion sketch

With “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” being released in 1961 there’s something of course 1960s, I hope, about that mix of red oil pastel I used in my drawing. Perhaps it could almost be a pigment of Winsor and Newton paint those fashion illustrators may have worked with. The Walt Disney film was styled by Walter Peregoy who too, used strong lines not dissimilar to those of the magazine fashion illustrators. The outlines of table lamps to buildings and everything else in the movie’s background art, you will notice, stylishly strays from those objects’ blocks of color because see-through animation cels of Walter Peregoy’s black line work went over his painted color shapes.

Where Pictures Shine - Cruella De Vil by Douglas Rickard

Where Pictures Shine – Cruella De Vil by Douglas Rickard

So with these art deco lines in my drawing, similar to those used throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s, Cruella really is the perfect fit for my set of worked in, charcoal art. Although my “Where Pictures Shine” style, is different again. The oil pastel was applied to one empty area, up to, and against the black lines. And there are no lines wandering over color blocks because no dusty charcoal stick can make any real mark through any swathe of oil pastel.

So wherever you decide to display my still-life of the WDCC piece; which I believe, like Cruella is something quite unique; that devilish red should shine out, especially in a Hand Embellished version (below), of this rather ‘1960s fashion illustration’ of Anita’s old school chum.

Cruella De Vil Hand Embellished Bespoke Fine Art Print

Cruella De Vil Hand Embellished Bespoke Fine Art Print

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Introducing Gallery Boards

Dachshund Art Gallery Board

Dachshund Art Gallery Board

Here’s a new range of neat, textured mat boards to collect, just perfect for my art.

Las Vegas Drawing Gallery Board

Las Vegas Drawing Gallery Board

In this new product line, my drawings are professionally printed on watercolor textured boards which have an organic ‘art studio’ look. If you display one of these on a shelf, you could almost imagine a handful of the oil pastel sticks nearby that I used!

Audrey Hepburn Yorkshire Terrier Art Gallery Board

Audrey Hepburn Yorkshire Terrier Art Gallery Board

They’re easy to display(with four Velcro dots included) to walls. And there are cute little square sizes too, which really work for displaying a series.

Angel Donald Duck Art Gallery Board

Angel Donald Duck Art Gallery Board

Worthy of a vintage Hollywood style caricature

Famous hair of a flaming villain

Famous hair of a flaming villain

This schmoozing, wise cracking, minion-surrounded, powerful and allegedly based on a Hollywood studio chairman, villain has a very apropos portrait in my “Where Pictures Shine” series.

Where Pictures Shine - Hades by Douglas Rickard

Where Pictures Shine – Hades by Douglas Rickard

From the 30s to the 1960s, movie executives and stars dined in a restaurant in the center of Hollywood called the “Brown Derby”. They would be seated beneath walls of framed caricatures of themselves, drawn by Polish immigrant Eddie Vitch. Like my series, these portraits were made up of a minimal amount of strong lines.
When I began drawing charcoal still-lifes of WDCC sculptures in 2004 I would usually end up smudging areas to create a soft three dimensional shape, and then applying oil pastel colors in the same way. You can see this in my “Charcoal and Oil” series.

I always veered however towards a stronger, heavy-handed application if you will, in my drawing. In art college I tended to use heavy lines during life study, even marking them several times over and over again if necessary to achieve the correct proportions. This may explain my frequent stumbling in art class back at school because we were only ever given the delicate media of water color paint to use.

Why do villains always laugh at their own jokes

Why do villains always laugh at their own jokes

Schmoozing face worthy of a vintage Hollywood caricature

Schmoozing face worthy of a vintage Hollywood caricature

So, do you think Hades, which is my drawing of the Ruben Procopio Walt Disney Classics Collection porcelain, would make a suitable portrait for your wall or maybe even the office of you agent or manager perhaps?

Alice in Wonderland or is it New York City

Wherever it is, it really is always tea-time in this silly corner of Central Park, set out on a few bronze mushrooms.

Who would sit on a mushroom in Central Park

Who would sit on a mushroom in Central Park

Drawing the Central Park Alice statue

Drawing the Central Park Alice statue

The Mad Hatter and the Dormouse

The Mad Hatter and the Dormouse

Alice and her cats in Wonderland

Alice and her cats in Wonderland

If you look and imagine long enough, where this 1959 José de Creeft Alice in Wonderland statue is, this is as you just might see things though.

The Cheshire Cat grin

The Cheshire Cat grin

So can you imagine this New York cityscape in your home? Would guests spot what’s hidden in the trees straight away, or might you enjoy watching their faces for a while as the lose themselves in this art, forgetting to talk as they perhaps make out this hidden Cheshire Cat face?

Alice in Wonderland statue, Central Park, New York by Douglas Rickard

Alice in Wonderland statue, Central Park, New York by Douglas Rickard

But how about I begin at the beginning (even though we’re already in the middle of this blog post)? Staring out of car windows as a little boy, I used to imagine characters travelling along outside with us, such as Edgar on his motorcycle from “The Aristocats”. So what more perfect a place could there possibly be to start “seeing things” than this whimsical dead end of a path in that maze called New York City.

As an unframed giclée direct from me, you can request a hand embellished version, layered with actual oil pastel touches, bespoke with even more hidden suprises like some special intials or a date.

Douglas Rickard talks about his Central Park New York art

Douglas Rickard talks about his Central Park New York art

You can also decorate your home, if you ever do get home, with my drawing on throw pillows or affordable larger wall art through this rabbit hole called my Redbubble store.

Alice in Wonderland gifts and shopping

Alice in Wonderland gifts and shopping

The Dormouse

The Dormouse

Remembering Manhattan in Peach, Purple and Pink

Over the years, I’ve used wilder colors and heightened those colors even more. I think when you have happy memories of a place you visited, you think of more than just what you see. And maybe you can remember one of your first visits along 5th Avenue. Wasn’t everything, yelling, jumping, singing out at you in a wonderful way? So I thought my drawing of the Metropolitan Museum deserved every fresh color out there.

New York City museums

New York City museums bit.ly/NYC-Metropolitan-Museum-of-Art

Light energy filled NYC cityscape art

Light energy filled NYC cityscape art

Check out the video below where I remember my first time drawing architecture like this and how things have changed since.

NYC Fauvism

NYC Fauvism

Manhattan in Bloom - Steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Douglas Rickard

Manhattan in Bloom – Steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Douglas Rickard

You can carry this lively art on a tote bag or scarf, or as an iPhone case or throw pillow as well as extra large metal wall art and canvas art.

1776 Gifts for History Buffs

Along with his quote from 1776 in oil pastel, my charcoal portrait of the second President can now be ordered on laptop sleeves, spiral notebooks, t-shirts and many more patriotic gifts in my Redbubble store.

1776 gifts

1776 gifts

Check out this video below and find out why I really believe these words in red and blue on white truly are representative of this Declaration of Independence signer!

John Adams - Freedom by Douglas Rickard

John Adams – Freedom by Douglas Rickard

 

My path to the Castle of the Prince and Cinderella

Walt Disney’s animated 1950 “Cinderella.” Today it’s like some precious, ancient pictorial and musical manuscript, from which little girls’ dresses and collectibles, theme park experiences, and the 21st century live action movie (now my favorite of all time,) have all courteously used as their source.

Would you like to take a walk-through tour with me in the video below, of my castle? Larry Nikolai was the concept artist for this 10” piece which was retired in 1998 and came with a deed “signed” by the original “owner”, transferring ownership!

Cinderella art

Cinderella art

Drawing and smudging with princess appropriate oil pastels, now here’s my new Cinderella art still life study of this highly accurate and faithful Walt Disney Classics Collection, Enchanted Places sculpture “A Castle for Cinderella.”

Castle of The Prince and Cinderella by Douglas Rickard

Castle of The Prince and Cinderella by Douglas Rickard

 

Your way to the Prince's Castle in the sky

Your way to the Prince’s Castle in the sky

Gates to the fairytale castle

Gates to the fairytale castle

Dream is a Wish colored clouds

Dream is a Wish colored clouds

Cinderella glass slipper in the sky

Cinderella glass slipper in the sky