Thursday, December 20, 2007

Merry Christmas and All That Jazz!


Speaking of Sinatra, ol' Frank had a big hit with the song, "My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)", from the movie, "Robin and the 7 Hoods" back in the early 60's, that portrayed rival mobsters competing for gambling territory. Well, that era of Chicago gangsters was also celebrated in the more recent vintage musical, "Chicago", except that this show exposed the female of the species to be equally as murderous, albeit with a very dark humour to the whole proceedings. Anyway, when they made the film version of "Chicago" just a few years ago, I loved it so much that I think I ended up seeing it about 5 times during its theatrical run. And I've watched it several times since, once it was released on DVD.

Because I enjoyed the film so much, I ended up using it as the inspiration for my Christmas card that year, a practice that I'd been keeping up for over 15 years, though I must shamefully confess I have been remiss in doing one both this year and last, sad to say. (Sorry to everybody on the list - hopefully next year I'll get back to it!) Anyway, here is the Christmas card artwork I did that year of "Chicago", featuring caricatures of its stars, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly, and Renée Zellweger as Roxie Hart. Hey, just gazing at Catherine in her black negligee, stockings and garters certainly says "Joy of the Season" to me!

13 comments:

Weirdo said...

Awesome Christmas Card. I've only seen a bit of that movie but I liked what I saw. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you. Let's hope we can make this next year better.

Kitty said...

Chicago is one of my favourite films too - haven't seen it for a while, but having read your post think I might dig it out over the weekend.

Merry Christmas to you and yours - and thank you for a very entertaining blog. Happy new year. :-) x

Mitch K said...

Awesome caricatures. Rawr rawr!

Merry Christmas, Pete!

tiny dean said...

This is a wonderful drawing, Mr. Emslie. It's amazing how you achieved Zellweger's and Zeta-Jones's likenesses with minimal detail while maintaining a sense of appeal. Bravo! Bring on caricatures!

Mel Maduro said...

Yay, I love Roxie and Velma! They be two bad-ass bitches. Amazing stuff as usual, Pete.

amir avni said...

Merry Christmas Pete!

Lee said...

Love the illustration! Bang on!

Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

Ladytink_534 said...

Now that is a cool Christmas card!

EdoAvenir said...

sir your christmas card rox, so much so that I used an 'x' instead of 'cks'! Seriously though, your caricatures are always inspiring.

Amanda said...

Haha Ed said what I was thinking :D

Have a Merry Christmas!

Tapan Gandhi said...

merry belated christmas, pete!!

Mike Giblin said...

Your work's just great Pete, such appeal and simplicity yet with undeniable likenesses. Bravo! Tell me - this is brushed linework with digital colouring, correct?

Pete Emslie said...

Mike- Yes, I hand ink the drawings with brush, then scan them in and add colour with Photoshop. Nothing too fancy, just flat colours with a bit of airbrush rendering.

Hey, I see a bunch of my Sheridan students on here, both past and present. What's wrong with you kids, spending your valuable holiday time on the internet when you should be out partying and getting drunk with your friends? Oh, that's right, I forgot - you're ANIMATION STUDENTS and you'd rather stay indoors and draw all of your waking hours :) Seriously though, please take the time to have fun over this last week of holidays - you kids have earned it! I'll see all of you rascals in the New Year!