Ian from Jurassic Park – Art For Sale

August 3rd, 2015

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Continuing my series of sales for the original art I created for a proposed Jurassic Park animated series commissioned by Universal Cartoon Studios is this character study of mathematician Ian.

It’s ink, watercolor and collage (the geometric background) on board. The image size is 7″ x 5″.

I’m still trying to figure out how to list these pieces in the “Original Art” section of my online catalogue. Until I do, please just go to my Bazaar and look at the “New Products” section.

Image size 7″ x 5″.

$800 (matted and framed).

Ellie from Jurassic Park – Now For Sale!

August 2nd, 2015

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Continuing my series of sales for the original art I created for a proposed Jurassic Park animated series commissioned by Universal Cartoon Studios is this character study of Ellie.

It’s ink and watercolor on board. The image size is 7″ x 5″.

I’m still trying to figure out how to list these pieces in the “Original Art” section of my online catalogue. Until I do, please just go to my Bazaar and look at the “New Products” section.

$800 (matted and framed).

Original William Stout Jurassic Park Art For Sale!

August 1st, 2015

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I am beginning a series of sales for the original art I created for a proposed Jurassic Park animated series commissioned by Universal Cartoon Studios.

First up is this character design of Dr. Alan Grant. It’s ink and watercolor on board. The image size is 7″ x 5″.

I’m still trying to figure out how to list these pieces in the “Original Art” section of my online catalogue. Until I do, please just go to my Bazaar and look at the “New Products” section.

Three New Stout Sketchbooks for Comic-Con!

July 6th, 2015

Comic-Con International is nearly upon us! I have prepared and Terra Nova Press has published three new books for the occasion. All three books are available in the Bazaar section (under “Store“) of this website. Get all three and just pay postage for one! Any ordered today will be sent out today or tomorrow by Priority Mail. Later orders will be shipped after Comic-Con.

Here they are:

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Volume 21 of William Stout’s 50 Convention Sketches series is a stunner.

There are actually 58 pics in this book, including four of Bill’s never-before-published ad designs for Monty Python’s Meaning of Life. There’s an unpublished pencil rough for the unused LP cover for Chicago 13, a guide to Bill’s intricate autobiographical cover for The Comics Journal, some Firesign Theatre art, a few blues portraits NOT found in Legends of the Blues, Harlan Ellison book cover designs, more zombies, a Van Dyke Parks/Inara George poster and Stout’s final illustrations for Pablo Neruda‘s Stones of the Sky (with Bill’s translations of the poems) — and more!

A signed, limited edition of only 600 copies (at $20 each) this book is sure to sell out quickly!

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If ever there was a book that displayed William Stout’s versatility, it’s this one: William Stout – T-Shirt Designs.

Illustrated with 71 designs (mostly full page), this book is packed with art dating from 1973 to the present. There are 17 WonderFest T-shirt designs, as well as designs for The Firesign Theatre, the Good Lizard Men World Tour, the (Edgar Rice) Burroughs Bibliophiles, Dragon*Con and two unseen proposed John Belushi/Dan Aykroyd WWII nose art-influenced designs for the movie 1941.

A bargain at only $20, this book is extremely limited to 300 signed and numbered copies.

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This is the book you’ve been waiting for: a stunning collection of William Stout’s drawings of fantastic women!

The 70 drawings, all hand-picked by Bill, range from 1972 to 2000 (plus brand new cover art). Many are from rare, out-of-print 50 Convention Sketches volumes and Edgar Rice Burroughs sketchbooks — lots of Barsoomian princesses and jungle queens; some are pieces from the Stout archives. All reflect Bill’s deep appreciation of the female form.

WARNING! Some of the pictures contain full frontal nudity! Not a big deal to Bill (he teaches figure drawing every Sunday), but it might be to you. If so, you’ve been warned.

Strictly limited to just 700 signed and numbered copies, at just $20 this book is sure to be one of Stout’s fastest sellers. Don’t miss out!

My assistant Kris (a pretty harsh — but honest — critic) considers these three of the best sketchbooks I’ve ever put together. It was Kris’ idea to do the Fantastic Women book.

For those of you attending Comic-Con, don’t forget to come by my booth! Come see my illustrated presentation (lots of rare visuals) on Sunday, too!

Phil Austin 1941–2015

June 19th, 2015

My pal Phil Austin, a member of that legendary four-man comedy team known as The Firesign Theatre, has passed today. My heart and prayers go out to his dear wife Oona (Phil nicknamed her The Big Blonde).

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Phil was a great writer, performer, musician and friend. His best known Firesign character was Nick Danger, Third Eye, a hilarious parody of 1940s hard-boiled detectives. When The Firesign Theatre broke up, Phil partnered with the Firesign’s David Ossman. One of the most brilliant and funny plays I ever saw was Austin and Ossman’s Radio Laffs of 1940. Phil also created solo works of comedy and music.

I am indebted to Phil for several reasons.

I met Phil and the boys in the mid-1970s. My publisher/comic book seller pal Dave Gibson had acquired permission to collect all of The Mixville Rocket (a sort of neighborhood humor fanzine produced by the guys) issues as well as The Firesign Sun Duck and publish them in a book. Dave asked me to do the cover. The Firesign guys loved my cover and asked me to do the cover for their next LP, In The Next World, You’re On Your Own. I got to attend their recording sessions and we became friends — especially after I found out they shared my love for the works of Harvey KurtzmanColumbia Records resisted using me (I was unknown) but Phil and the Firesign persisted and stuck by me as their choice. Columbia ended up loving my cover (covers, actually; I gave the LP two front covers so that no matter how the LP was placed in a record bin, the potential buyer was always seeing a front cover) and I began receiving regular cover work from Columbia. The Mixville Rocket cover was later re-cycled (with new dialogue) as the cover for their Rhino Records LP Lawyer’s Hospital.

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Austin and Harry Shearer introduced me to the films of Preston Sturges when one night Phil and Oona invited me to their Wonderland Avenue Laurel Canyon hideaway to see a film screening (this was pre-video and VCRs) of The Great McGinty.

I collaborated with Phil on my first film, a movie version (shot to the comedy album) of Firesign’s Everything You Know Is Wrong LP (soon to be released on DVD; I recently drew the cover — see below). I built props and appeared as an extra in the movie. This was film making at its most basic and I learned a lot. Not too long after that I scored work on Buck Rogers and then Conan the Barbarian.

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That’s Phil Austin hanging from the world bottom left with his fellow Firesigners.

Phil and I collaborated on several Firesign Theatre T-shirt designs for which, to my amazement,  I am still getting regular royalties!

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With his classic good looks and shockingly premature gray (and later, white) hair, Phil was the rock star of the group. I’ve always described The Firesign Theatre’s work as rock and roll comedy, so I was tickled to see Phil’s Wikipedia sidebar listing The Firesign Theatre as a “Music Group”. I know that music was very important to Phil; he saw to it that nearly all of his recorded collaborations had music or songs.

I got to spend time with all the Firesign guys but I think I spent the most time with Phil (and Oona). The last time I saw Phil was a couple of years ago at a Firesign performance in Barnsdall Park. We corresponded on FaceBook after that and I sent Phil and Oona some of my recent books. They had left Laurel Canyon a long time ago and had moved to an island near Seattle.

I’m already missing that guy…Peace be with you, brother….and lotsa laffs Upstairs.

Forest Lawn Museum Signing Tomorrow

June 19th, 2015

One more thing about the music illustration & design panel:
I’ll be signing books and other items tomorrow, so don’t forget to bring stuff for me to sign!

Historic L.A. Illustration Panel This Saturday!

June 17th, 2015

I’ll be joining a Who’s Who of the Los Angeles illustration art scene of the ’60s/70s/80s this Saturday at the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale. RSVP NOW!

Here’s a link for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/588231407983420/

ILLUSTRATORS 10 – Now Available!

June 12th, 2015

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ILLUSTRATORS is a fantastically well-illustrated squarebound magazine on the artists who create some of the most popular images in the world.

Volume Ten features a William Stout cover and 35 pages on Stout covering just about every aspect of Bill’s career, illustrated with a whopping 75 illustrations, all but 7 in full color! It’s a real treasure trove of Bill’s work from 1968 to the present!

Also featured in the 96 pp. magazine are artists Patrick Nicolle, Cynthia Sheppard, Amit Tayal and Wu Chen.

This UK magazine is now available from the William Stout Bazaar on this website for just $24 each (plus shipping). Every issue ordered from us is signed on the cover by Stout (unless you tell us you don’t want him to sign yours).

Christopher Lee 1922–2015

June 12th, 2015

The legendary Hammer horror film actor Christopher Lee has departed this mortal coil.

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I enjoyed Chris’ Hammer films as a kid. His Frankenstein monster in Curse of Frankenstein was terrific (in the true sense of the word) and he became forever associated with Count Dracula. He portrayed the famous vampire in at least nine films, the first being Horror of Dracula (Dracula in the UK).

I thought he made a fine Mycroft Holmes in Billy Wilder‘s wonderful Sherlock Holmes mini-epic, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (Chris played Sherlock himself in the Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady TV movie).

I met Chris while I was working on Conan the Barbarian. Our writer-director, John Milius, was executive producing his pal Steven Spielberg‘s movie 1941 at the time, so we were sharing offices with Steven. Ron Cobb and I would work on Conan during the day and then in the evening kick around ideas with Steven for his next film project, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Christopher heard about Raiders. He was living in L. A. at the time (he had been cast in 1941) and really wanted to be cast in Steven’s next film. Chris decided one of the ways to Steven and a prominent role as a German officer was through Ron and me.

We could hear him coming before he entered our room. This was a man more in love with his voice than anyone I’d ever met. A deep, booming, cavernous baritone, his voice seemed to reverberate done the hallway to our office.

He dressed somewhat casually when he visited us — nice jeans and a starched but casual dress white long sleeved shirt, sleeves rolled up past his wrists. I think he was trying to affect a younger look (appearing to be too old was a reasonable fear; he’d been acting in TV since 1946 and movies since 1948 — a year before I was born). He always seemed cheerful, peppy and energetic, however.

At first his visits were fun, but as he pressured us more and more to suggest to Steven that he be cast in Raiders (“Did you know I’m fluent in German?”), it started to kinda drive Ron and me a little bit nuts. But that wasn’t just Chris doing that…nearly every actor or actress we encountered seemed to be on the hustle. We just preferred when it wasn’t so obvious.

Chris didn’t get the role he coveted in Raiders but he went on to a spectacular Second Act to his career. After being typecast as Dracula, he somehow (and this was no small feat) overcame his typecasting and landed plum roles as a James Bond villain (Scaramanga in The Man With the Golden Gun), was in several Tim Burton (good ol’ Tim has never lost his love for monsters and the fine actors who portrayed them) movies and, most memorably, was Saruman in Peter Jackson‘s wonderful Lord of the Rings films.

I mysteriously ended up with a life cast of Christopher Lee’s face in the mid-1970s. I think I’ll retrieve it, prop it up on my sofa and watch one of my favorite Christopher Lee films with the head of ol’ Chris tonight. I’ll crank up my sub-woofer so that his voice is extra resonant. Cheers, my friend!

Left Lane Cruiser Stout Cover Art

June 10th, 2015

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Check out my cover for Left Lane Cruiser and listen to their great new raunchy blues album!

http://www.allmusic.com/blog/post/album-premiere-left-lane-cruiser-dirty-spliff-blues/