Jess Hutch.

Monday, September 25, 2006

victorian girls

Okay, more drawings! Why not? I'm working on some toys, but I probably won't show be able to show those for at least a week or so, so in the meantime, more glimpses into the Very Secret Sketchbooks of Jess Hutch.

I have a soft spot for late 60s/early 70s neo-Victoriana. You know, when restaurants were being named "Colonel P. D. Whippersnapper's Fun-Time Eatery" and Karen Carpenter was wearing high-necked Victorian-style polyester dresses on her TV appearances. So here are three drawings that reflect my love for this retro-retro-Victorian thing. I decided not to color them, so these are just as they appear in my sketchbook (with the contrast pumped up so you can actually see them).

Here's a Victorian lady, or rather, a Victorian lady as she would have been portrayed in a prop portrait in a movie or TV drama in the 1960s. Wow, that's a little high-concept, huh? Particularly in a movie or TV show with a ghostly theme, like Dark Shadows. Or, perhaps, in a dark ride with a ghostly theme, like for example the Haunted Mansion. Because I haven't been referencing the H.M. quite enough lately.

The second is a little character, a Victorian girl with little button boots (speaking of which, how amazing are these shoes?).

Also wearing little button boots is this saucy lass:

And those were the lovely ladies of the Victorian era, as portrayed by Jess. Click on the drawings to see them a little larger.


At 7:19 PM , abbyjane said...

I love the second drawing, the character. Just adorable and so funky.

At 10:41 PM , vegasandvenice said...

Oh miss Jess I am sorry I have been away so long, but I love all of your drawings and I am so very happy that Lisa asked you to share. As always your work is brilliant!

Hugs! Can't wait to see more!

At 5:25 AM , LLA said...

I am really enjoying these glimpses into the Very Secret Sketchbooks of Jess Hutch...

And I must second abbyjane - I am particularly smitted with the sloe-eyed tot in the middle....

At 11:30 AM , Jeff said...

I love these pics...particularly the first of the three. More, I say!

At 5:04 PM , rachael said...

i am quite partial to the upside down horseshoe nose, its got a lot of perk and dare i say...whimsy. as always, the pokey hand effect evidenced in your characters makes my heart thump faster, in a good way. yay!

At 3:27 PM , Alicia P. said...

Wow -- I have never even THOUGHT about retro-retro-Victoriana. As usual, you are a total original. I love it.

At 5:20 AM , Tom Dougherty said...

I just found your blog, and I'm having a great time checking everything out. Beautiful drawings here, and beautiful everything throughout.

I'm glad to have a touch of insomnia tonight.

Thanks for the pretty.


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