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Rock Music Caricatures
Cartoon Caricature Limited Edition Poster Art Prints by Don Howard
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Rock and Roll Celebrity Caricatures
I would say that Rock and Roll came into its own during the 1940s and early 50s. It was a combination of Blues and Country music with a smattering of Gospel music. Next to Blues, I would have to say that Rock Music Celebrity Caricature Art Prints are my favorite. The music was still pretty much divided back then--you had what was termed “race music” which included blues, jazz, boogie-woogie and rhythm and blues and then there was “hillbilly music”. Thank God for progress and we ultimately evolved to Rhythm and Blues and Country and Western.
I grew up on Hail, hail, rock and roll, deliver me from the days of old (Chuck Berry). Not only could we tell you who sang the song, we also knew who wrote it, who produced it, the year it was released and the record label. The minute our parents were out of sight, and hearing, we headed for the radio and couldn't wait to find that one station that played the most songs with the fewest commercials. We'd park her there ALL day long, singing along with the artist dancing. All too often we lost track of time and whatever chores were assigned were long forgotten. Little Richard's A-wop bop-a loo-bop, a-wop bam-boom! Tutti Frutti, oh Rudy could be heard for miles! Along with Elvis' You ain't nothing but a hound dog--that man could gyrate! Did you know that Elvis started out as a Country music singer and was known as the Hillbilly? Now don't get me wrong--we loved the Country Music too, after all, we did live in Denison, TX. My mother's favorite artist was Hank Williams, Sr.
The first caricature drawing I did in this category was Little Richard followed by Jimmy Buffett. I think Jimmy Buffett was the first of my Celebrity Caricature Art Prints that was critiqued by the fans, specifically the Parrotheads--for some reason they didn't like the way he looked. We are amenable to hearing what The Fans like, so if you have comments or suggestions, don't hesitate to e-mail them to us. There are a few others that I have created second cartoon prints of--Dave Matthews, Tina Turner, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Rod Stewart. I did seconds on these because I wanted to.
I have been asked if I use a computer to create my illustrations--the answer to that is no. Each picture is hand drawn. I guess you could say that I'm from the old school and believe in the hands on approach. We do offer caricature drawing lessons for the budding artist.
TRIVIA: it was not until 1958 that the term rhythm and blues replaced race records for the Billboard category.