Movember 28: Groucho Marx

Groucho was one of the Marx Brothers. They were a comedic trio that delighted audiences in the early days of cinema. What amazes me is how distinctive and enduring his persona was. I suspect he somehow tapped into an archetype that we all recognise. Or maybe it was just the eyes, or the hair, or the moustache. Yep, that moustache is unforgettable!


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Movember 26: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp struck a chord for countless people all over the world. The character still resonates with society today. The Little Tramp is poignant, quirky and sweet. He had a moustache too and no collection of moustaches would be complete with The Little Tramp.

The Little Tramp. An invention by Charlie Chaplin.

Charlie Chaplin wrote a song that seems to complement the Little Tramp character. It is beautifully sad and yet; hopeful. Just like The Little Tramp.

“Smile
Tho’ your heart is aching

Smile
Even tho’ it’s breaking

When there are clouds in the sky

You’ll get by
If you
Smile through your fear and sorrow

Smile and maybe tomorrow

You’ll see the sun come shining thru for you.

Light up your face with gladness

Hide ev’ry trace of sadness

Altho’ a tear maybe ever so near

That’s the time you must keep on trying

Smile
What’s the use of crying

You’ll find that life is still worth while”

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Movember 20th: Crumby Old Cowboy

Digital inked line illustration of a crusty old cowboy ala Robert Crumb.

Returning to my roots, this cowboy cartoon is inspired by Robert Crumb.

My first serious artwork attempts were created with an old dipping pen. This is kinda returning to my roots, though this illustration was created digitally. I used Autodesk Sketchbook on an iPad Pro to create it – drawing with an Apple pencil.

I was re-introduced to one of my first loves the other day. The American underground comic artist Robert Crumb. I was handed a his book: “R.Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country” by a fellow musician and Crumb enthusiast. I didn’t know Robert Crumb was an outstanding musician too.

I had forgotten what a master Robert Crumb is. He’s still producing some of the finest comic art to be seen today. Robert may be getting on a bit but he’s still showing us young ‘uns how to be authentic and creative. As the saying goes: “Beware and old man in a young man’s game”.

A man after my own heart.

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Dr. Watson of Sherlock Holmes fame.

Dr. John Watson is the sidekick to the famous Sherlock Holmes and the subject of todays’ Movember 17th moustache cartoon.

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Dr John Watson. I actually know a real John Watson, and he is every bit the rugged old War Horse and true gentleman that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle imagined him to be.

In the fictions, Dr. Watson is Sherlock Holme’s closest ally and partner in the great detective’s endeavours. Watson is rugged, dependable and always ready to pitch in and sort things out. The good doctor is often misguided and makes mistakes. The older man is a great counterpoint to Holmes’ incisive and observant character. Sort of like your trusty old hound dog

Dr. Watson reminds me of a typical Labrador. I tried to make my Dr. Watson look like an archetypal ‘dependable hound’. He is enthusiastic, reliable, tough, true and forthright.

I practice building nemonic triggers into characters as a means to create archetypes for Dave Snowden. He has developed a methodology to unravel and understand human behavioural and complexity. This is named ‘Cynefin‘. Dave or Sonja Blignaut can explain what this framework means. This framework I believe exposes complexities and designs interventions to help companies improve their situation and culture. If you recognise problems in your corporate culture you should give them a call.

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Movember 09: Rasputin

The evil Rasputin was the downfall of the Romanovs but I experienced a wild-eyed zealot who changed my future for the better.

Tallie van Rasputin

In my youth I knew a man called Tallie van Aswegen who most reminds me of the Russian Mystic Rasputin who was operating about the time of the fall of the Royal House of Romanov. They look similar and both had deep convictions.

He was charming with an infectious smile, bright eyes with an unruly beard and moustache. He wore shabby tracksuits & beanie and was constantly monologuing, including some very memorable sayings (You better flippin’ believe it!) and drove around in his ‘Tribulation Wagen’ – a clapped-out old VW Beetle which endeared him to me. This modern-day Rasputin differed in his hospitality. His home was an endless stream of young people, dialogue and cups of rooibos tea. He loved music too and always had great new music to share and exciting things to discuss.

I am certain he hasn’t changed. If not (and we are to assume an afterlife) he is definitely resting in Abraham’s bosom. Unlike Grigori Rasputin who is most likely in the other place. 😉

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Movember 06: Guido’s mum

Guido’s Mum. One look at her explains why Guido did such awful things! Well, tried to do such awful things. I didn’t know where I was going on this one. It began as a matador, morphed into Rosy the Riveter and finally settled as Guido’s Mum. I though like all latino guys who want to look like their mothers she inspired him to grow a moustache – not only to sop up the last bits of paella, but as a useful disguised too! 😀

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