Thursday, May 28, 2009

Jerry Lewis in THE LADIES MAN

I painted this cover to the latest CINEFAMILY movie theater program, as part of a film festival dedicated the films of the classic comedian and auteur Jerry Lewis. The movie we wanted to focus on was his 1961 slapstick "romance" THE LADIES MAN.The centerpiece of the film - apart from the crazy/extravagant cutaway dollhouse set that Lewis built - is the constant tormet experienced by a heartbroken man who has sworn off of women ... and naturally gets a job working in a boarding house for beautiful ladies.

I tooks lots of screenshots while watching the movie...... and tried to quickly sketch Lewis' hyper-physical, destructive goofball comedy while capturing the oily sexual tension that seems poised to combust at any moment. Here was my sketch.I ended up doing the drawing with colored ink (Faber Castell PITT pens) and coloring it with some cheap watercolours and a hot pink highlighter. It's about 16" x 20". Type was added later. You should really watch Ladies Man - it's weird and good. I need to watch more Jerry Lewis movies.

10 comments:

Jessica said...

gold

Bob Flynn said...

Man, you knocked this one out of the park, Dan! Those colored inks and watercolors are so refreshing. The design of the page suits the illustration as well.

Isaac said...

That's rad. The woman getting her finger into his open fly really knocks this one over the top. Perverse and perfect!

Fooksie said...

Solid! I love Jerry Lewis movies. The hard one that is rarely on is " Hook, Line, and Sinker ".
Great, dark comedy.

jenny said...

that lady at the bottom with her tongue hanging out makes me want to barf a bit - you must have done something right!

Mardou said...

Holy cow, Dan, that is AMAZING!

Owen Schumacher said...

Great picture, man. And they're straight-up opening his fly!

600 Series said...

easily the most salacious drawing I've ever seen by a hot-pink highlighter. epic!

El Siglo del Ruido said...

I was visiting LA about 2 months ago and i went to the silent theater and was very much impressed with this illustration. When i came back to Costa Rica (thats where im from) i looked you up and now i love your blog. I'm an aspiring comic strip and commercial artist myself so this has been great inspiration for me. The amount of work you have is really impressive and your style is super solid. Now im dying to get me some screen printing equipment. You're awesome, sir.

R. Standfest said...

Boy this is beautiful. Such a fan of this film. The color choices in this poster are spot-on. Any chance that this will become a print?