See Jack. See Jack Draw. Draw, Jack, Draw!

Once people realize that Dave has a son, Dave’s often asked if Jack can draw. The short answer is “Yes, when he feels like it.” Nothing gets me more aggravated than when Jack half-assed rushes through creating a greeting card for his teacher or his Grandma, because I know what he’s been capable of since an early age. He can draw from his head, just like Dave, whereas I must have reference of some kind. Jack can draw varied perspectives and angles and even though they’re simple drawings, they’re very complex. Here’s a recent piece he just did that I found crumpled up in his backpack.

Graphite Dogs by Jack - Blue Dog article Rodrigue better watch his back...!

Graphite Dogs by Jack – Blue Dog art resellers better watch their backs…! Competition is coming…

And had I not witnessed this with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it, but Jack drew this from his head, with no reference, at age 6.

Cosmo from "Fairly Odd Parents" as done by Jack at age 6.

Cosmo from “Fairly Odd Parents” as drawn by Jack at age 6, out of his head, with no photo reference in sight.

And here’s Jack’s piece de resistance, which still makes me laugh. I remember I was so proud of Jack’s little pre-school drawing. All of my friends–plus Dave–thought it was hilarious that I (of all people) didn’t notice the phallic aesthetic to this piece. My practical joker friend Nancy (do I have any other category of friends?) asked to borrow the piece, on the premise of showing it to her daughters. I was so proud of it, I loaned it to her without question. The next thing I knew, I was the recipient of a glass cutting board made of Jack’s phallic art, as seen below. It remains one of my most prized possessions – that piece I’d grab to save as I ran out the door if, God forbid, the house were ever on fire.

"The Angry Pecker" by Jack Dorman, age 3.

“The Angry Pecker” by Jack Dorman, age 3.

I was razzing Dave the other day that I sold my first piece of art at an earlier age than he did, and then Jack inserted that he had us both beat – he convinced some kind stranger to buy his art at Star Wars Celebration for $10 when he was merely 6 years old. I reminded Jack that it was a pity sale, but he stood his ground in the debate.

I hope the kind stranger held onto it. It could be worth something someday…

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#1 Star Wars Artist & Chicagoland Resident Dave Dorman “Thrilled” About Chicago Star Wars Museum Announcement

Dave Dorman Lecturing on His Epic Piece "Lord Vader's Persuasion of the Outer Rim" at the Milwaukee Discovery Museum, October 2013.

Dave Dorman Lecturing on His Epic Piece “Lord Vader’s Persuasion of the Outer Rim” at the Milwaukee Discovery Museum, October 2013.

 

A collective “Whoop!” went up this afternoon in the Dorman household as the news broke that we had won the Star Wars Museum here in Chicago. Of course we’d been in touch with the Chicago Mayor’s office on and off over the past few months, and they suggested Dave come down to take meetings, but Dave was deep in the throes of pulling together his WASTED LANDS series for San Diego Comic-Con (a new Omnibus, a new comic, a new card game and more premiering at SDCC this year) so he could never pull away from his own projects to take a meeting. That being said, whether it’s strictly as a fan, as an advisor, as a vendor, or as a guest lecturer, Dave looks forward to working with the new Star Wars Museum on whatever he can do to help make it successful in its new home…Sweet Home, CHICAGO. Here’s a brief taste of Dave Dorman’s iconic Star Wars pieces over the years:

Darth Vader by Dave Dorman

Darth Vader by Dave Dorman

Crimson Empire by Dave Dorman

Crimson Empire by Dave Dorman

Darth Maul by Dave Dorman

Darth Maul by Dave Dorman

Some Book Covers by Dave Dorman

Some Book Covers by Dave Dorman

A Slight Disturbance in the Force on the Battle of Hoth by Dave Dorman

A Slight Disturbance in the Force on the Battle of Hoth by Dave Dorman

Jabba's Palace by Dave Dorman

Jabba’s Palace by Dave Dorman

Dewback Patrol by Dave Dorman

Dewback Patrol by Dave Dorman