Julie Dawson

Illustrator

Nothing Rhymes with Bukowski
Nothing Rhymes with Bukowski
"Ballantine's Blue Devils"
Ballantine’s Blue Devils
The Gray
Nothing Rhymes with Bukowski
Nothing Rhymes with Bukowski
"Ballantine's Blue Devils"
Ballantine’s Blue Devils
The Gray

Nothing Rhymes with Bukowski

For this piece I chose to illustrate the Landlady in Charles Bukowski’s The Pretty Girl who Rented Rooms on an Indigo Blue toned Cansen paper with light toned lime-green Pan Pastel, vine charcoal and Soft Pastel sticks. To elicit the eerie feeling in the desolate and overpriced room rented by our protagonist from the pretty girl. Illustrating the 75 year old landlady in a wonky manner with her inner eye visible in her uplifted hand reminding him that she may be old, her body may work against her, he mustn’t be fooled into thinking her mind is not sharp as a tack.

Ballantine’s Blue Devils 

After reading “The Blue Devils of Blue River Avenue” and sketching several ideas The colorful description of Sambeaux house with it’s “walls upholstered like the seats of a car, red plush with brass studs.” The ceramic Buddha and potted Venus’ flytraps that stood out the most. The Jack–in–the–Box with it’s clown who would take your drive–thru order fit nicely into the square black and white format since they no longer use the clown drive–thru the constraint of black and white ink wash added a nostalgic aspect and made for the ideal solution.

The Gray

For this piece, I’ve illustrated a “Steal Your Face” with a One of Clubs inside, the One of Clubs is Ben’s birth card. The Steal Your Face is held by Ben’s hand donning a ruffled shirt reminiscent of the Elizabethan era. The background features designs based on the artwork of Vanessa Jo Behr; which she created for the fretboard and headstock of Ben’s custom made Mandolin The Gray #33 crafted by Jay Brafford of Gray Mandolins.; located in Gray, Kentucky. Drawn with Sumi Ink and accentuated with Caran D’Arche Silver Metallic Watercolor.