Saturday, November 16, 2013

Geat Uncle Moustache Nov 16

I remember the fascination I felt as a tot, of a family member with a moustache. Other kids we drawn to glasses, but the whiskers were the big question imy mind. This was new. And unlike glasses, didn't get taken off. What was it, and WHY was it ?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Moustache envy Nov 15

Where would a kid get a moustache?  That was the thought leading to this week's series of moustaches - among which this was the first.  The big black friendly companion lent his aid to many childish capers and if this was not one of them in deed, it was definitely considered by more than one kid in the family.  The dog has moved on to play with star-bones, but is part of the everyday warp and weft of family life and memory still.

And images.  He seems to creep in to so many...

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Today I begin a week of moustaches and kids... Drawing is done, can't post it on this mobile.  You'll have to take my word for it or go dig up today's post on facebook.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ben, Nov 14

I asked my husband for an iconic sports moustache and Ben Davidson's name came up immediately. (Me, I was thinking of Lanny McDonald) A defensive end for the Oakland Raiders from '64 through '72, he was a defensive end who made things happen for the team; memorable for his off the cuff plays.  Describing him, former teammates come up with terms like 'larger than life' 'powerhouse' and 'you never knew what he would do'.  His handlebar moustache, it seems, was part of the mean image he cultivated as a player, but off the field he is remembered for being gentle and likeable.

It was only as I researched this iconic football player that I found that he had died of prostate cancer last July, 2012.  He was 72.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Gandhi Nov 13

Here's another moustache, and this one was out in front of a movement to change the way things were.

What IS Movember, anyway?

For the past few years at my son's school and in the neighbourhood, usually-clean-shaven gents began to look - well, some of them began to look pretty 70's, to tell the truth. After a while, you just have to ask.


And the answer was: for Movember.

The whole point is to get folks to ask.  When it's on your face, it's easy to talk about it.  Prostate cancer, however, is not so easy to bring up in conversation.  Movember is the movement to help change that.

Here are some links to information, and, should you feel so inclined, to donate (and thanks, Brett, for the links, for donating the space on your face this month).

This Movember, the month formerly known as November many men choose to dedicate their faces to raising awareness about prostate cancer.  The commitment is to grow a moustache for the entire month of Movember, which  will generate conversation, controversy and laughter.
4,400 men die of prostate cancer in Canada each year and one in six men will be diagnosed during his lifetime.

To help, you can :

*  Click this link and donate online using your credit card or PayPal account

All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

For more details on how the funds raised from previous campaigns have been used and the impact Movember is having please visit:

Thank you in advance for helping support men’s health.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Marcel, Nov 12

Encyclopedia Britannica credits this gentleman with "one of the greatest achievements of the modern novel," his A la Recherche du Temps Perdu.  Although he died quite young, Marcel Proust left a legacy of words that changed the literary landscape as we know it.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Chris, Nov.11

Of all the moustaches I will be portraying this week, this is far and away the most well-traveled.  I appreciate how this man has shared experiences and engendered awareness with as broad a reach as possible recently.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Charlie Nov 9

Here's a face we can't imagine without the moustache, and whenever he was present on film, the shenanigans perpetrated involved the wackiest expressions any moustache could imagine being part of.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Moustache Portrait - Nov 8

Now and again a moustache is so much a part of someone's identity that we would probably not recognize them without it.  Might even recognize them by the moustache alone...

Here is the first of this week's immediately recognizable moustachioed gentlemen.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Perplexed mustachio - Nov 7

When perplexed, this gent would advise one and all to don their most comfortable clothes, their oldest shoes and then mull things over.  Come to think of it, that would be my advice too.

Might as well be comfortable while cogitating.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Disguise-stache Nov 6

The classic disguise - a false moustache.

This bottle of ink is hiding out and after the way it bled and ran the other day, disguised is the only way it might hang around.  Also, the bottle is a pleasing shape.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Ready to draw -moustache Nov 5

Sim Sam Sooner - this fellow knows what's down but not what's up...

Still waiting for his world to step into the modern age with colour, Sim Sam is getting stiff fingers in his sepia word.  Soon, friends.  Soon.

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Focused and ready to draw, Sim Sam Sooner is ready to defend his claim. You'll have to take my word for it though, or find me on Facebook, since I can't seem to post the image from my tablet.   The image will get posted tomorrow. Maybe once I've found time to ink and watercolour him.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Waxing moustache - Nov. 4

A waxing moon grows until it is gibbous, then full before waning again to the nail clipping crescent past fourth quarter and then disappearing altogether for a night.

This moustache seems to be waxed and waxing at the same time.  Perhaps before the end of November it will reappear in gibbous, or even full form.

We can but wait and see.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Close Attention Nov 3

Reading over the closely-printed page, this editor has a keen eye for detail and is willing to reset the press if necessary. 

A keen eye for detail and willingness to deal with the nitty gritty is the basis for improvements in almost any area. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Trim Moustache - Nov 2

I've always enjoyed looking over the postcards from seaside resorts in England in the 1800s to the early 20s.  The strange idea of what would be appealing for vacationers to send home sends the mind on interesting curlicue pathways.  I always think I've seen the one that caps it all, and then I turn over another one and wonder:  what were they honestly like, these folks? 

Odd to think that somewhere in a distant future, someone will be thinking that of us as they turn over the ephemera we leave behind in dusty boxes.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Moustache a day

Challenged by an illustrator friend to ink and watercolour one moustache drawing a day this month.

Chris Jones, you're on!  (See Chris's posts here: )

Never done a month-long one-a-day challenge before, we'll see how long I last.

Comments appreciated, as always.