Ol’ Blue Eyes

I was considering saving this post for Frank’s birthday… but who can wait for next December? I don’t have that kind of patience. Also, some days I just feel “Ol’-er” than others, so this piece seemed appropriate.

Any favorite Frank tunes?

Anyone have blue eyes?

Anyone have ‘the voice’?

Anyone a chairman / chairwoman of the board?

About this image: Charcoal drawing/portrait with digital selective coloring – gel medium transfer onto record (not an authentic Frank – it’s the Harmonicats… if I remember correctly) mounted on 8″x10″ panel.


26 thoughts on “Ol’ Blue Eyes

    • I always feel bad about asking people for a favorite song, show, etc. because I can never choose myself!

      My voice is a bit like a train wreck. Brutal.

    • Unless my audience recognizes the lyrics there’s no way they’re about to figure out what it is I’m ‘singing’ –
      be afraid…
      be very afraid! πŸ™‚

  1. I love this one btw. The whole piece came together so nicely. I especially like the retro color combos. They make his eyes pop!

  2. Nice. I have blue eyes, but can’t sing a lick.

    Technical question? Do you make an intermediate print of the drawing (laser or xerox print) and then make a gel transfer?

    • Sounds like we’re in the same vocally challenged boat, Mr. J! πŸ™‚

      Absolutely! Here is more info than you’d ever want. I:

      – make largish drawings
      – scan them in / scale them down to fit as needed (mess with levels/contrast, etc.)
      – flip image (or finished transfer will be mirror image)
      – laser print for gel medium (xerox print for solvent transfer; no examples of second method posted yet; I’ll try remember one next week)
      – apply coat or two of gel medium to image and ground
      – apply more gel medium to image and attach to ground; use a credit card, etc. to flatten and push out any excess medium / air bubbles
      – use damp sponge to break-up / remove paper leaving image behind
      (note: any true white in image is semi-transparent; if you’d prefer opaque whites apply a few coats of paint after first layer(s) of gel medium)

      Sorry – you probably knew all this already…

      • I know the basics and have used them in collage pieces, but was curious how you did it as there are several ways to get there. Thanks for the breakdown, enjoy the weekend. πŸ˜‰

    • I was nearly positive you knew more than me –
      (unfortunately I ramble on like crazy if there’s ever a slim chance I might be able to help).

      Thanks, Robert – and have a kickasstic weekend yourself! πŸ™‚

  3. OK, I am a member of the Rat Pack….whoops…I meant Rat Race!

    Hey, now Spilled Ink, here’s a challenge, you artist you… how’s about you do a Boulevard of Broken Dreams but instead of James Dean etc you insert Mubarak, Gaddafi, Ben Ali and Kim Jong Il. I have been waiting, waiting, waiting for someone to do this. I swear it would go viral and the t-shirt sales would leave the Three Wolf Moon t-shirts for dead. Hmm, but then maybe not πŸ™‚


    • Hahaha – I’ll admit defeat right off the bat – there is just no way I could ever capture the true spirit of such shining examples of humanity! πŸ™‚

    • That’s very kind of you, Binky!
      It’s really just a matter of gradually building up tone… oh, and having way too much time on my hands.
      I’m working on Beethoven at the moment (but he’s giving me fits)! πŸ™‚

  4. I love Frank’s music. Great photo. I am frantically trying to catch up with all my blog reading after the past weeks events. Not an easy task…

    • I made this one for my sister, who loves Frank, too. I think it turned out okay-ish. πŸ™‚

      Very understandable, Tony. I was terribly sorry to hear about all your family has been going through, and I’m wishing you all the very best…

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