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Graphic Blandishment from a former Disney animation artist . Scribbler of talking animals and other people.
Interests: Animation , Cartooning, Art, Movies, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Theology, Arts & Crafts furniture and architecture, Broadway, Jazz, Classical Music, Conjuring, Reading, Wine, that Quest for the Perfect Martini, ---->Some Favorite/Influential ARTISTS (in no particular order):Ward Kimball, Fred Moore, Walt Kelly, Chuck Jones, Beatrix Potter, Wallace Tripp, T.S. Sullivant, Heinrich Kley, Hilary Knight, Al Hirschfeld , Milt Kahl, Ken Anderson, Bill Peet, Bill Watterson, Patrick McDonnell, Will Eisner, Winsor McCay, Frédéric Back, Eric Goldberg, Børge Ring, Dan Haskett. ---->Some Favorite BOOKS: The Bible, The Complete Short Stories of Flannery O'Connor, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, That Hideous Strength, The Wind in the Willows, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Chance or The Dance? ,On Directing Film (David Mamet), True & False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor (Mamet), The Illusion of Life, The Animator's Survival Kit, Modern Card Manipulation, Chuck Amuck, Chuck Redux ----->Some of my Favorite MUSIC/MUSICIANS : Bach, Mozart, most "classical" music, Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, Judy Carmichael, Django, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and most of the great swing bands, Cole Porter, Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Short, Stephen Sondheim, Leon Redbone, Diana Krall, Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Dick Hyman, William Bolcom & Joan Morris, The Boswell Sisters. ----->A few Favorite MOVIES : Singin' In the Rain, An American in Paris, Casablanca, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Bringing Up Baby, It's A Wonderful Life, Pinocchio, The 101 Dalmatians, City Lights, North by Northwest, Metropolitan, Broadway Danny Rose, Zelig, 42nd Street, My Man Godfrey, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, The Apartment, The Thin Man,The Man Who Planted Trees, You Can't Take It With You, The General, Citizen Kane, The Quiet Man, The Red Shoes, Easter Parade, One Froggy Evening, Feed The Kitty, Bully For Bugs, Book Revue, Kitty Cornered, Bad Luck Blackie, Little Rural Riding Hood, The Band Concert, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Rhapsody in Blue, and too many other Warner Bros./MGM/Disney shorts to list !,