Jules Verne


Apparently my computer doesn’t always ‘work’ these days. So, if I suddenly disappear, that’s probably why. Also, here’s my drawing of Jules Verne.

Jules Verne Drawing: “Imagine, if you can, a world filled with lighter-than-air machines… of submersibles… capable of exploring the greatest watery depths…”

Me: “Or, if you can, imagine a technology that always works… just as it’s been designed to do… with the simple push of a button!”

Jules Verne Drawing: “Dude! You are totally blowing my mind right now!”

About this image:ย charcoal drawing on Bristol Board


106 thoughts on “Jules Verne

        • Bob is our artistic Willy Wonka:
          Come with me and you’ll be
          In a world of pure imagination
          Take a look and you’ll see
          Into your imagination

          We’ll begin with a spin
          Trav’ling in the world of my creation
          What we’ll see will defy

          If you want to view paradise
          Simply look around and view it
          Anything you want to, do it
          Want to change the world, there’s nothing to it

          There is no life I know
          To compare with pure imagination
          Living there, you’ll be free
          If you truly wish to be

          If you want to view paradise
          Simply look around and view it
          Anything you want to, do it
          Want to change the world, there’s nothing to it

          There is no life I know
          To compare with pure imagination
          Living there, you’ll be free
          If you truly wish to be

          • This is just far too cool…
            I don’t even know how to follow-up in a way that’s fitting enough…
            although if there are any Oompa Loompa’s lurking around here I might not even get a chance…
            AAAHHH! RUN! RUN!

        • I’d pay you a commission to do an Einstein. If only the statute of limitations would run out on that bank robbery thing. And I knew where Guido (an old acquaintance from Detroit) had stashed the loot. No. the tips. Yeah. the tips.
          Seriously, would adore seeing what you would come up with on RapMaster MC Squared.
          your art, inspiration and methods always astound and delight me.

          • Hahaha… well, I’d probably accept ice cream as payment… and I suspect you’ve had quite a few people offer to drop some off!
            Speaking of Rap / Einstein… that Einstein vs. Hawking thing (I think you posted that, right?) was HILARIOUS!!! Seriously… so very wrong, but so very, very funny!
            Thank you so much for your incredible kindness, Ms. B! Your comments spoil me!

  1. oh wow, this is so well done, SIG! very impressive. thank you for sharing, once again.
    and yes, imagine such a technology….. would be most helpful for non-techy types like me ๐Ÿ™‚ all the very best to you and your computer. hang in there. you both have my vote!

    • Thank you very much P&K! On both accounts! ๐Ÿ™‚
      It’s pretty hit and miss… some days everything seems fine… other days it seems like it may never start-up again (I fear that machine might not be long for this techy-world)!

  2. Great drawing Robert and BTW I have no desire to play with his beard. I would have liked to have sat in on the conversation though. Hope your computer ills get corrected in a hurry. Most of my computer problems come from a loose nut on the keyboard or mouse.

      • I get upset every time I see things in metric measurements. I have worked for a surveyer and the metric system does not make sense. All of the Standard measurements we use can be estimated pretty closely without measureing tools. An inch is about the length of the first joint of your thumb. A foot is …well about the length of a foot and a yard is from the tip of your extended arm to the tip of your nose. I could go on but then that is what you would want me to do… GO ON!

        • Hahaha… I hear you, Bo! Everyone tells me it’s much simpler, but I have my doubts, because it messes with my mind (and if it really is an easier system to use my simple-mind should be proof of that)!

    • I have to admit I was kinda proud of that…
      for once I actually had the first clue what to write about! Although my computer can feel free to quit inspiring me any day now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Yeah, what Rachel said (in her poem!). Oh my, Amazing!!! I’m so impressed. I can’t believe all the detail here, Robert (look, I called you Robert). You are so talented!!! And, you can talk to your drawings and have them come to life, a useful skill. Best of luck with the machine. I feel for you. You know I understand. – Amy

    • You always spoil me, Amy… you are so very kind! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Hahaha… I thought that was kind of funny. For some reason it amuses me to imagine these great minds using words from our time… like ‘dude’. Always makes me laugh… not really sure why.
      Indeed! I was actually thinking about your previous experience(s) when I was writing this post! Awful! Anyway, it’s bizarre… sometimes it seems fine… other times it just goes dead and doesn’t want to start-up again. It would be really nice if it could just hang-in there a bit longer (I use the silly thing almost every day)…

    • And you are far too kind, as always, U.M!
      I always start with the eyes… I’m starting to wonder if my mood might not be affecting how I ‘translate’ them… because I know how I’m feeling when I edit a photo has a HUGE impact on the end result…

  4. Robert, your drawings are amazing, really they are, I don’t use that word often.

    And the conversation made me smile. I empathise: my afternoon post yesterday turned into an evening post due to the excessive rain.
    The network I use gets slower and slower when it’s raining and sometimes drops out altogether.
    That’s why I’m late this time plus I’m a bit under the weather myself. Ho hum, tomorrow is another day.

    • Thank you very, very much, S.E… I sincerely appreciate your generosity and kindness! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Sounds incredibly frustrating! Technology is so strange… the things we can do, when you stop to think about it… they are mind-boggling, really. But then when things don’t work as they should… grrrrrr!
      I’m very sorry to hear that, S.E… I hope you feel much, much better very soon!

  5. I hope you haven’t been exploring the great watery depths with your electronics. Jules was rather handsome, you have done a great job of portraying him. I had the same thought as Deb, the likeness looks like a photograph.

    • Hahaha! D-oh! That explains so much! I was just trying to clean-things up a bit! I mean… it had been weeks since my computer had taken a shower! Hilarious, Patti! I love it!
      And thank you, very, very much!

  6. “Mais le brouillard ne devait pas tarder ร  se lever. Ce n’รฉtait qu’une brumaille de beau temps. Un bon soleil en chauffait les couches supรฉrieures, et cette chaleur se tamisait jusqu’ร  la surface de l’รฎlot.”–L’รŽle mystรฉrieuse

    I wish I could attach an audio file! Jules Verne is so beautiful in the original that it deserves to be spoken rather than read.

    What a beautiful, beautiful charcoal piece. I’m at a loss for words, really. Hence the quote.

    Thank you for sharing your stunning work and also for visiting my artistic endeavor.

    • I wish I could speak French! It always sounds so beautiful! Jules Verne in his native language must be incredible!
      Thank you so much for your incredibly kind comment! I sincerely appreciate it!
      And not at all! I very much admire your talent, creativity, and honesty / courage!

  7. […] capable of exploring the greatest watery depths.”
    Having read that my first thought was “Oh, would you imagine this, Robert?”
    II am sure you will be delighted what Jams ‘ODonnell at the Poor Mouth posted today.

    In case you do not like commenters setting links, please just delete this and forgive me with a lenient smile.

  8. Another excellent artwork Bob – at least Charcoal always works ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ve really captured some of the 20,000 leagues in those eyes! And maybe there’s a hint of seaweed about the beard too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Great composition ! He looks very friendly, almost smiling not the typical stern pose of the times. Is it your interpretation or are there photos of him in a more relaxed attitude ?
    ” Around the Virtual World in Eighty Seconds” …..computer boot-up time may alter time frame of this goal. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It might be a little of both. I did get that impression from the reference image I was using (you might be able to pick it out with a quick ‘Jules Verne’ ‘Google-ing’). I suspect that carried through a bit when I was working on this, too! Kind of interesting, as you say, because I think the long exposure/sitting-times from photography of that era usually produced that more stern look. I get that feeling from a few old photos of Abraham Lincoln, too – not so much in his over-all expression, but in his eyes…

    • Thank you so much for all your kind thoughts! It is very rare that someone takes so much time to look through my posts… I really do appreciate it! Especially from someone whose work I admire as much as yours! Thank you again!!! Very much!!!

      • I take my time when I see good work! And I am not that kind of person who just looks at the latest posts and then move on… I have noticed that it’s very common on wordpress, people are stressed and they hit the like button and then they moving on to the next… If you know what I mean. Nothing wrong with that, but I like to really take my time and going through someones work.

        I really appreciate your kind words too and all your likes and commenting on my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ So thanks to you too!!

        • I know exactly what you mean! And I can very much relate to being stressed (or busy)… that happens to me more often than I would like (so I certainly appreciate any amount of time someone spends looking at my blog). It’s for that very reason (knowing how much time it takes to look at so many posts), that your visit particularly made my day! I sincerely appreciate all that extra time (and patience)! So I thank you again for that! Very, very much!!!

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