Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Happy Birthday Meg!



Yes, today is Meg Ryan's birthday. I've been a big fan of cute little Meg ever since seeing her in "When Harry Met Sally" way back in 1989. That's still my favourite of her films, though I also liked her in "Sleepless in Seattle" and "French Kiss". Lately, Meg has certainly been trying to take on some different types of roles, but I must admit that I prefer her in the light romantic comedies that she's best known for. (Except for "I.Q.", which was a bit of a clunker!)

Anyway, I thought I should celebrate Meg Ryan today by also posting a couple caricatures I've done over the years, including the one below that was featured on my Christmas card way back in 1999. Alas, the Christmas stockings remained unfilled...(sigh)

19 comments:

Charles DA COSTA said...

it's fantastic this MEG RYAN fantastic work! great blog

M. Henseler said...

Hi Pete,

I was looking for a portrait of Walt Disney when Google came up with a link
to your blog.

I have to admit: You did a great job! I liked it so much, that it became
the start-up page on my browser at once.

Thx for the meg-ryan-picture. I loved her too in "When Harry met Sally".
(Though I think as an actress she's beeing pressed into that Box "Sally"
ever since.)

I'm sseing forward to your coming post.

Bye
Michael from Germany

Jinny Liang said...

Aw, your Christmas card is absolutely adorable Pete!

idragosani said...

I ADORE Meg Ryan and also prefer her in her older light-hearted romatic comedy roles. You captured her perky personality quite exquisitely!

Marion said...

You certainly have a way of portraying women at their best Pete!!! (hint)

Pat McMicheal said...

WOW...That was a very clever idea!
I absolutely love your unique style!
Fantastic likeness ( of Meg )

Floyd Norman said...

Believe it or not, I use to stand in line with Meg Ryan in the Disney commissary back in the eighties.

She had a small role in some forgotten Disney television series. However, we didn't forget her.

In person, she's even cuter -- and pretty darn tall for a woman. One look in those baby blues, and I knew she would one day be a star.

Pete Emslie said...

Hey Floyd, you were a lot luckier than me. Back when I was still working in the art dept. at Walt Disney World, one of my co-workers returned back from lunch one day to tell me that he'd been sitting right across from Meg Ryan and Nicole Kidman at one of the restaurants in EPCOT. Damn, I wish I'd joined him for lunch that day!!

Deniseletter said...

Hi Peter,Being her fan,you painted her in an idealized way,you still see her more pretty!(That's is why I like your drawing) and below What a romantic postcard!(I like to see works like this)I have a crush with stars too,but not with the same movie stars.I put this link for you to enjoy more Meg:
http://www.gulum.net/model/modeller.php?id=131

Andy J. Latham said...

Meg has a less than good reputation here in the UK, ever since she appeared on the talk show "Parkinson". Whether rightly or not, I don't think she regained many British fans after that.
Meg on Parkinson

Pete Emslie said...

I just watched the clip you linked to, Andy. I'm not familiar with this Parkinson fellow, but I gather he's a well known interview host in the UK. Meg Ryan is notorious for being leery of doing interviews and I've only seen her on Letterman's show maybe a couple times over these many years. She did seem like a deer in the headlights in this interview and was obviously very uncomfortable with Parkinson's line of questioning. I think the gist of it was clear, though - Meg likes acting as a career, but is uncomfortable with the public attention that comes with stardom. Seems to me that's true of a great many actors who resent the invasion of privacy that stardom leads to. As I watched this interview I just felt sorry for Meg, as it looked like she was regretting her decision to appear on the show in the first place.

Andy J. Latham said...

It's a difficult clip to watch, isn't it? As I say, it was taken very much as a negative view of Meg in the UK, but that may have had something to do with how loved Parkinson is. If it had been any other show, I think viewers may have been more sympathetic to her.

Of course, someone who has had a lengthy career like Meg should surely know what interviews are like and hence whether they should do them or not. Mind you, Parkinson tends to be somewhat more probing than the likes of Letterman, so many foreign guests are caught off-guard.

Arun said...

Hi Pete,
I came across your blog when I was looking for the caricaturist that drew the Seinfeld cast that I came across in google images... Have been following your blog ever since...Seinfeld for me has proven to be a very tough celeb. to draw and I was checking out other caricatures and I must say your cartoon style caricatures are simply amazing...There's a lot to learn from you ! This Meg Ryan piece is terrific ! Am also glad to know yer a Sinatra fan too ! and loved your caricatures of him ... have you drawn Dean Martin? I couldnt find it in your archives...

Pete Emslie said...

Hi Arun,

Yes, as a matter of fact a caricature of ol' Dino was featured in my very first blog post, as part of my caricature of The Rat Pack in "Robin and the 7 Hoods". I really should do another one of Dean, though, as I'm a huge fan and would like to portray him in his tux as he used to appear on his TV variety show.

hoahub said...

the cutest meg ryan caricature I have seen.

Did you check out http://www.wittygraphy.com yet? It's a social network just for caricature. You can build a cool website for yourself (e.g. http://www.wittygraphy.com/members/rhodadraws/page/)
to show off your work as well as advertise your services to other caricature enthusiasts. A perfect place for you superb artwork

mr_pfeiffer said...

Hi Pete, I've only just come across your blog and I love these pictures of Meg Ryan.
I'd love to post these on my Meg Ryan blog, if you dont mind.
Paul.

Pete Emslie said...

Hi Paul,

If you'd like to post these on your blog, you have my permission, though I would ask that you post a link back to my blog in exchange, thanks. I'm glad to hear from a fellow fan of our Meg!

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FragaComics said...

Wonderful card an idea! : )