A couple years ago when I was up watching late night crap on t.v. the Art Instruction Schools commercial came on with that froggy-voiced Tom Stuart asking once again. "Do you have an interest in art?". I've been seeing these commercials and ads in magazines since I was a kid and always wondered how I would be graded on my "art test". Would I get an A for amazing artistic skill? Could I sketch that pirate better than anyone had done before?
Being bored I decided to jot down the number and give it a call.
At 3:00 am the lady answered the phone and took my address. I couldn't wait for my stinking test to arrive in the mail. I asked her if she could send me seven of them just in case I made a mistake and she agreed.
Here's the stupid commercial, I'm sure you've seen it a million dozen times but watch it again just for the heck of it:
Every time I see one of these Art Instruction Schools ads in a magazine I rip it out and save it. Who would've known they had so many fun heads of characters with names ending with the letter "Y". You could make a whole cartoon series out of this crap.
And what do you think you can win for prizes? Is it like a competition? Maybe it's like a coloring contest like they have at the waffle house. If you are a little boy can you win a date with Tom Stuart. Who knows? It sure sounds exciting!
When my tests arrived I had so much fun, there was a fold-out brochure with a really mind-bending test and all kinds of new characters to try and sketch. I tried really hard to make them as smooth and perfect as I could since I knew they would be carefully judged. I really wanted those mysterious prizes...
The best ones I framed and sold at one of my art shows. but here are a couple leftover ones I scanned:
I'm going to dig around in my junk and find some of the other ones to post later.
By the way, the Art Instruction School is a scam. They just want you to teach yourself how to paint Bob Ross style and buy a bunch of their crappy art supplies. And you don't get a date with Tom either. It sure is fun to do that darn test though!!!
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Flipping through one of the crusty old magazines in my studio I couldn't help but laugh at these wonderful "beauty makeovers" from the April 1975 issue of Woman's Day. Some of these women looked better before the makeover, some looked 10-15 years older AFTER the makeover, and with some I think it was a hopeless cause.