Sometime in the 1970’s I sent off in the mail for info from one of those “Draw Spunky” or “Can You Draw Me” advertisements you would see in the back of magazines. Sometimes these little ads would be on matchbook covers too. This brochure came in the mail. I didn’t take this course, which was a home correspondence style study, but I kept the brochure and ran across it recently.
The school was in Minneapolis, MN and it was open until 2018. Even though people have joked about the “Draw Me” ads over the years, Charles Schulz, the creator of the famous “Peanuts” comics, studied and taught there. Despite the unusual sales pitch, it was a bonafide school that created some pretty famous illustrators and cartoonists. The instructors had careers in addition to working with the school and were professionals in the field. I thought this was interesting, and I noted how there was only one woman in the group of instructors/advisors. Advertising and design, or “commercial art” as it was called then, was a male dominated profession at one time. This woman, Barbara Schwinn, was a very popular illustrator in the 1950’s. She did a lot of work for women’s magazines depicting glamorous fashion and romance style figures. If you are interested in design and illustration history, she’s a good one to research.
Happy Birthday my sweet little friend! I got her when she looked like this:
We had a little party today. I made her a special cake. Her birthday falls when the violets are blooming. She loves them. They were a wonderful ingredient. If you want the recipe for this bunny cake, leave me a comment and I’ll share!
Below are some photos and two videos. She had one party guest (besides me) ! 😉
These little lovelies are vintage thimble style “doll heads”. Most are by Avon, but one or two are just ceramic minis. These were in my Etsy shop, but have sold. I love playing with all the photos I took of them. Some of these faces may end up in collages!
Acrylic on Canvas – 3 inches square
A door “knob” from 1800’s. Made by John Vogler. Old Salem, NC.