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The Empire State Building is FINISHED

Posted by jtebeau on April 19, 2011

… as in completed. Done. My drawing of it.

Finished yesterday in about 12.5 months less time than it took to build the original, which still stands proud at 34th and Fifth Avenue. The Pride of the City. The Big Monkey. The ESB.

It will be for sale, too. I’m setting up a website called “Postcards from NY,” where I’ll either auction it off or sell it at a set price. More on that later. For now, ladies and gentleman, I give you…


(crowd cheers, flashbulbs pop, chains break, crowd gasps, etc….)

"The Big Monkey" J. Tebeau © 2011

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A Postcard from New York: the Empire State Building

Posted by jtebeau on March 21, 2011

I carry a decent little camera with me pretty much all the time. Okay, pretty much when I’m wearing a jacket or shorts with big pockets. Pretty much then. The point is to take pictures that are better than you can get with a (“my’) crummy little phone.

A couple blocks from the Empire State Building I took a snap of an incongruous view: the ESB surging into the sky from behind a couple smaller, ornate buildings from an earlier era. I’m working on a b/w version of this picture, done with ink and brush. It’s not completed yet, but here’s a peek:

taken in studio with Photo Booth

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Fine (Animated) Cartoon Art… for Free

Posted by jtebeau on July 6, 2010

A lot of times when I mention “fine cartoon art” or even just “cartoon art”, people immediately think of animation. “Cartoon” for many people = Disney or Bugs Bunny or Pixar. But that’s not only what it means. Often I mean comic art (comic strips, etc.) or painting inspired by comic art.

Now, Nina Paley‘s been right there at the nexus of cartoon art and fine art for years. Her pen and ink creations “Nina’s Adventures”, “Fluff” and “The Hots” are personal, smart and well executed, with tight writing and drawing (a rarity). Her animated opus “Sita Sings the Blues” is a splendor to behold and puts her solidly in the other world of cartooning… you know: the moving kind. Sita has already traveled to film festivals around the world, making a splash at the Tribeca Film Festival here in New York. It’s won praise, awards, and reverent fans. Why? Because it’s visionary, honest, and extraordinarily well-executed. It’s (animated!) cartoon art at its finest. And you can see it for free here. In fact, you can show it for free. And if you’re a theater, you just might want to do that. Check out this rave review from Ebert.

Ms. Paley is a Free Culture activist. Her “first concern is Art, and Art has no life if people can’t share it.”

Says Paley:

“I hereby give Sita Sings the Blues to you. Like all culture, it belongs to you already, but I am making it explicit with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License. Please distribute, copy, share, archive, and show Sita Sings the Blues. From the shared culture it came, and back into the shared culture it goes.”

Nina in NYC's West Village last year

She’s putting her art into the public pool. Take a dip.

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