Warm Up: A Beatle

I’ve been Beatles-obsessed the past month or so. Maybe it’s all the new Beatles products that have come out (The Beatles Rock Band gameplay, the remastering of their catalogue…) that’s got me interested in exploring them afresh. Also, with today’s internet you can easily explore The Beatles history, music, movies, etc. Mostly, though, I’ve been enjoying reading through Alan Pollack’s analysis of their songs. A musicologist, Pollack has, over a period of a decade, analyzed the bulk of The Beatles’ songs and covers. Unfortunately I don’t have a grasp on music theory so much of what he says is over my head, but I still find it intriguing and  helpful to hearing the nuances of The Beatles’ tunes.

Oh…The drawing. I wanted to just see what I could come up with quickly in drawing a Beatle. No real attempt was made at characterizing a particular one (though this probably looks the most like John, c 1964). I also didn’t want to include all four and do an elaborate scene. Warm-ups are for quick studies…like the above.

6 Responses to Warm Up: A Beatle
  1. Jess
    October 20, 2009 | 2:28 pm

    The Beatles’ music gets better with age doesn’t it? Amazing that they’re still so popular afetr all this time. You’ve really captured the Beatles look well! I think you’ve encapsulated all of them into one generic Beatle!x

  2. Liz
    October 20, 2009 | 3:10 pm

    Hi Paula–oh, how this image conjured up memories of my childhood. I grew up with four brothers. In the early to mid-60s, they would cut out and draw guitars and drums on flattened cardboard boxes. Then they would put on their little black Beatle wigs that mom bought at the drugstore. They’d invite all the girls from the neighborhood over and put on a “concert” in our basement by lip syncing the words to the songs from H.E.L.P. blaring on the phonograph behind them. And all the girls would scream. It was so much fun! Thanks for evoking that wonderful memory with your wonderful quick study…

  3. paula
    October 20, 2009 | 3:27 pm

    Jess: Thanks! And I totally agree. They are one-of-a-kind, made distinguished because of their talent, time-place in history, and just sheer luck. I was too young when they were on the scene but glad I can appreciate them now.

  4. Doog
    October 20, 2009 | 4:28 pm

    I wasn’t too young… I grew up with them and still like ’em. Sometimes you just need to hear some good old Beatles tunes! I really like that mesh/dot texture you are using… a new trick up your sleeve?

  5. Frank M Hansen
    October 21, 2009 | 3:41 pm

    Love the way you captured an inner calm nature or love of music in the character. Hard to explain, but I can feel it in your character. Very nice.

  6. Paula
    October 21, 2009 | 10:10 pm

    Liz: How fun! I love that memory and thank you for sharing it with me/us!

    Doog: Oh, you’re not THAT old, are ya?…Hee hee! Did you go to one of their concerts? Buy their albums?

    Frank: Thank you! I think that wash really softens the characters, etc. up. I appreciate your comments!