Bonus Birthday Boy 9/21

Chuck Jones

Chuck Jones

Born September 21, 1912: Animation legend Chuck Jones, known for his work with Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote, and one very talented musical frog.

I recently took my daughter, Sierra, to the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa, CA. It’s open six days a week and every Saturday kids of all ages are invited to “Drop In and Draw” from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

There is a large exhibit of art inspired by Jones’ cartoons, much of it for sale by the artists. Sierra enjoyed that far more than I’d have predicted.

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Shading lesson 001 SMALLThen we spent an hour drawing, encouraged by two highly energetic volunteer artists. I turned out a recognizable Tasmanian Devil. Sierra drew some covers for YA novels she’s been reading – and took them home to show Mom. She did let me have her turtle, where she tried to implement the lesson we were given in shading things to make them look three-dimensional.

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5 thoughts on “Bonus Birthday Boy 9/21

  1. Wells, King, Murray, and Jones–I wonder what an astrologer would have to say about that!

  2. Heretic! ^ We’re science fiction fans here.

    Interesting, Chuck Jones was inspired by a longish passage in Mark Twain’s ROUGHING IT to create the Coyote and the Road Runner. I read it recently, thought Aha! I’ll bet no one else knows this.. but reasearch showed it is on Wikipedia, under Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.

    Proof that classics can inspire classics.

  3. Of course we are! I never meant their pronouncements should be taken seriously. I just thought it might be interesting to see how they might connect the dots among such disparate characters. Sort of like Twain’s treatise on phrenology.

  4. As your friend, I am made happy by your chance to have such a lovely experience and day with your daughter. There is a special relationship between fathers and daughters which is one of the most wonderful things about human existence.

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