out life as a movie, but in the early nineties it was adapted into a stage
musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber & co., and that's what I've drawn from.
(From the London cast recording, specifically ... it's so much better.)
I'm still not entirely sure why I like this show so much. The songs are
good, but not that good; the story is an intricate piece of superb
craftsmanship but not the type of story I usually like; none of the characters
are particularly pleasant. Despite it all, it was the object of a particular
obsession, and a number of drawings came out of it.
Gillis - Saying the line "I just love Hollywood."
Joe is one of the few characters who made his way into my sketchbook with
hardly any trouble at all. I discovered a couple years later that I'd
likely subconsciously based him on someone I did a show with back in high
Norma Desmond - She was, and is, very very hard
to pin down, which is why there is only this one drawing of her. I am
not terribly good at glamour, and have little clue on fashionable clothes
and hairstyles from 1950 (must ... do ... research ...) so that may explain
Betty Schaeffer - Sweet young ingenue –
definitely the anomaly in this story.
At the Watercooler - Joe and Betty celebrate
the completion of the script; Betty expresses misgivings.
Downshot - How I would shoot the line "leave
this luxurious existence?" ... slight drift out.
Joe Thumbnails - I listened to this soundtrack
a lot at work, and every so often Kevin Anderson's superb subtle acting
would create such a vivid impression in my mind that I'd have to jot it
More Thumbnails - This is one of my scrap
pages from work with all the Sunset doodles on it, scanned intact.
Even More Thumbnails - Poses and acting for
the line "Nothing's wong with being fifty ... unless you're acting
twenty." I eventualy animated it, but I need to adjust it a bit before
I put it online. I did this on the bus, and there's the face of a completely
unrelated unsuspecting stranger I jotted down..
An Early Joe - The first step on the path to
the design I'm so happy with.
How's it Hangin'? - a gag sketch
The Car Chase - This show has a car chase in
it. How on earth do you do a car chase on a stage? This
is all I could come up with... For some reason I find this idea hilariously
American Joe - To illustrate the difference
between the London and L.A. casts, this is what the American Joe sounds
like when saying the line that inspired the first Joe drawing on this
Gagged - Joe and ... Inuyasha?! This was an
inside joke directed at my sister but I was very, very pleased with the
way it turned out. Especially the wrinkles on Joe's shirt.
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