Bill Mayer
December 2010
Goodbye Kitty and friends....
I loved the graphic line and vintage clip-art pieces thrown in; strong black and white with brilliant color... © Bill Mayer 2010

"The Apple of my Eye" © Bill Mayer 2010

The Lady in the Kimono was a simple illustration that went through several concepts before I landed on this one. The Idea was to do a kind of traditional Japanese lady in a Kimono holding a little iPhone. I had been playing with the black and white drawing with the collage elements worked in. Most of the time, the collage elements actually have more to do with the concept, but in this case it was just decorative. I loved the graphic line and old clip-art pieces thrown in. The diference in this and the stamp drawings was that the drawing came first and the other elements came later. With the stamps, they were always the first thing on the page and then I would come back and draw over them. I guess it works both ways.
The Hanging....Naturally © Bill Mayer 2010

The Hanging is another little collage illustration: taking a somber image and using contrasting collage pieces to bring humor into a rather bleak subject. Lee is not going to like this one, either... I can't show thumbnails or sketches because this is just a little thumbnail itself....
"Goodbye Kitty" After Yuko Shimizu © Bill Mayer 2010

I did this little Cat piece trying to solve a little problem with a nice rat illustration I had that had no concept, just a nice rat.. Seemed natural to pick another celebrity cat to use. My first thought was Felix, and then Lee mentioned Hello Kitty... seemed like a great fit but after wrestling with how to make it work with the rat, I just decided it worked much better on its own. We were walking down to the Brickstore Pub to meet some friends, so I doodled this on my napkin to remind me.... Goodbye Kitty... Seemed like such an obvious idea, although Yuko Shimizu designed Hello Kitty for Sanrio, so for sure there needs to be heavy credit to them... all I did was add pink blood....
Just for clearification the Yuko that designed Hello Kitty is this Yuko Shimizu

This little drawing I came up with at the same time as the cat. Most of the time, when I am laying there thinking of little ideas I just roll over, go back to sleep and forget about them, but this time I actually sketched a little hieroglyph in my sketchbook to remind me. I love the traditional wood cuts from Japanese artists of the ninteenth century. This little drawing was influenced by one of Kiyomitzo's, but instead, the beautiful girl is replaced by an Ogre and the patterns woven with Japanese corporations. An attempted metaphor for the the new direction of a more aggressive Japanese business climate?
There are snakes under those Kimonos... and they have teeth...
Close up of the head so you can see the corporation names woven into the drawing... " The New Japan" © Bill Mayer 2010

I tried to make the hands ugly and distorted, with long nails and little piles of skulls of the competition lying around hidden under the robe © Bill Mayer 2010

Da Leakie Mon... © Bill Mayer 2010

And on my ongoing quest to get the portraits better, here's a little "Leaky Man" of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange. I always loved those old cartoons, where the guy gets shot in a few dozen places and walks away, only to drink a glass of water and have it spout out from the bullet holes... old clichés never die... seemed so appropriate.
Death of "The Mouse"....and friends...
"The death of The Mouse" © Bill Mayer 2010

I loved this little cat, I originally drew it on top of the butterfly girl, and  wanted to think of a little concept that would utilize it. Lee and I used to have some great cats over the years... Pumkin, Bottle-rocket (who we were convinced is a stow away on a Russian frieghter) and Persia, a tiny little grey cat that sat on the top step and talked to marshmellows.... Alas all have gone to that great cat box in the sky. I thought of a nieghbors cat who used to bring little presents home, some times dead sometimes alive, and some times in pieces... I love poking at Disney when ever I can so, I used the "Mouse " with the tiny voice... I guess you could read into a conceptual meaning of this about Disney's fall from grace, but for me it was just funny...
This little drawing has been rolling around in my head for a while . This whole little series is somewhat spawned from the little variation of the style I did for Y&R on a new business pitch. My Grandson Forest was in the studio putting together a new CD cover and left the little "Parental Advisory" on my desktop. I just couldn't resist.
I wanted to share some of the things I had been playing around with lately....©Bill Mayer 2010

The Butterfly Girl © Bill Mayer 2010

Lee hates the whole idea of confronting death. I asked her if you could know it was your last day, would you want to? She finds this whole discussion depressing. I don't know why I have an obsession with death... Honestly I don't think about it that often. I do, however, find it interesting, the use of such a somber subject in contrast with an innocent style to create playful irony...
"Death is Watching You" © Bill Mayer 2010

so here's the little doodle i woke up and drew in my sketchbook. Not much to look at but just enough to remind me of a silly litle idea.
and here's the little drawing before I put it together, all of the pieces put together in Photoshop...© Bill Mayer 2010

I really loved the strong blacks and vivid whites, graphically works so well. I just had to try to push out a few of these to see if there was somthing there worth marketing. Some of them worked pretty well. As usual the ones with the strongest ideas work the best.The background was put in with a halftone screen in photoshop. I don't usually like such obvious photoshop filters but in this case it worked pretty well.
Death of "the Mouse" © Bill Mayer 2010

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