Thursday, December 15, 2011


Just look at this! Can you beat it? Do you feel "esprit" respiring in its depths? Don't you wish you had been present at the creation?


Anonymous Steven Stwalley said...

Wow... Sullivant sure is fantastic. Wonder if it had a punchline at one time. Without one, the intense shadows over the cows heads seem to imply an alien spacecraft flying overhead.

Here is some fun Sullivant imagery I scanned from ancient newsprint for my blog a while ago:

Happy holidays!

10:47 AM  
Blogger Chad Woody said...

Egads, those pelvic ailerons, that brisket! Such brazen caricature of livestock anatomy is surely a lost art.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Gryf said...

I was about to say something to the effect of "Sullivant had to be the best animal caricaturist in the history of the medium," etc., but then I thought of Walt Kelly... Anyway, thanks for posting. Although I'd heard of Sullivant and his work, you sent me off on a very enjoyable web search looking for more of his stuff. What mastery.

6:02 PM  
Blogger Jim Woodring said...

Sullivant was a huge influence on Kelly. Kelly had the original of S's Naming of the Animals hanging in his studio.

6:58 AM  
Blogger Johnny B. said...

Hi Jim....great stuff. Did you ever do anything with your sketch of that piano player at the Mermaid Cafe in Homer Johnny B.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Jim Woodring said...

I left it was it was. I'll be around next March and hope you will be too.

9:30 PM  
Blogger M said...

during the holidays, i think about frank a lot. i always wonder if he has holidays like we do...ones imposed by his surroundings, obligatory celebrations and pseudo-festive what-nots. and i wonder how frank would react to them... with glee, or with inscrutable apathy. anyway. holidays. i mostly just double up on the ambien and wait them out.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Gryf said...

Jim - interesting note on Kelly and Sullivant. Walt's work was a part of my childhood, as my Dad was (and still is, at age 82) a dyed-in-the-wool Pogophile. I spent many happy hours with Dad's Pogo books... a near-complete set of the Simon and Schuster collections. He still has those books, some of them well north of 60 years old. I was poring over those books before I could even read.

Best, Gryf

6:30 PM  
Blogger Ted Blackman said...

That's a beautiful drawing. I don't get it, though.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Rocio _ minijuegos said...

Sullivant is a genius ... a monster ... I like his work ..
excellent article ...
congratulations on the blog ..

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