It’s one in the morning and i just can’t sleep. Had a lovely day receiving the first few SISSYDUDE HOTTIE Q&A’s! So great getting such positive feedback from people that I like so much. They really know how to answer a “Tiger Beat” question! Almost hitting the one month mark of being unemployed. I promised myself a month of doing whatever I needed… sleep in… drink too much coffee… Sissydude post galore & watching some “porno gay” to get the juices flowin’. I’ll still be doing all this stuff but I really have to get on with the art and looking for creative work. I like today (errrr yesterday). Must get to sleep now… a photo session here tomorrow… tea party themed! I have to wake up early and get this place in order… and ice the cupcakes! xoxo J
THE NYTimes: But as the show prepared for its new season, which begins April 7, its creator, Matthew Weiner, inspired by a childhood memory of lush, painterly illustrations on T.W.A. flight menus, decided to turn back the promotional clock. He pored over commercial illustration books from the 1960s and ’70s and sent images to the show’s marketing team, which couldn’t quite recreate the look he was after.
“Finally,” he said, “they just looked up the person who had done all these drawings that I really loved, and they said: ‘Hey, we’ve got the guy who did them. And he’s still working. His name is Brian Sanders.’ ”
Which explains how a 75-year-old illustrator living outside of Cambridge, England — highly regarded in his own country but little known in the United States — came to create the image that beginning this week will be emblazoned on buses, billboards, magazine pages, Web sites and TV. The ad, depicting Don Draper, the show’s lead character, in a vertiginous pose on a New York City street corner that seems to be collapsing on him like the decade he is living in, looks as if it has time-traveled from the pages of an old copy of Reader’s Digest.
“What it did was take me right back, about 50 years,” said Mr. Sanders, who added that he was familiar enough with “Mad Men” to be in a bit of disbelief when the show came calling for his drawing board and brushes. The impressionistic image he created uses a scumbled acrylic technique that in its jazzy, textured effects instantly conjures 1960s illustration.
“It’s a style we refer to over here in England as bubble and streak,” he said in a telephone interview from his home in Essex. “I don’t work in that manner now, and I was surprised how quickly it came back, the ability to use it in that particular way.”
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