Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Under the sea


My drawing for Illustration Friday is another childhood memory that sparked my interest in the water and my joining of the Coast Guard. Sea Hunt was a TV show that, along with COMBAT! was standard fare at my house after school.
Retired Navy (although they showed him wearing a Coast Guard officer's uniform at least once that I remember) Diver Mike Nelson, now an undersea private investigator, patrolled the seas aboard his specially equipped vessel, the Argonaut in search of sunken treasure and other stuff that a young boy thought was way cool. Underwater fights between Mike and the bad guys abounded, usually resulting in somebody getting their airhose cut (I could never understand why they just didn't stab each other, must have been worried about sharks I guess) , or many stories revolved around being trapped underwater with his limited air supply running out. Although fans were treated to a host of Mike's undersea dangers, no body ever died. At the end of each show, Lloyd Bridges would do a voiceover plea for mankind to save the Oceans as the Argonaut sailed into the sunset.
Lloyd Bridges was a great leading man, and character actor whose career was sidetracked in the 50's because he was blacklisted by the House on Un-American activities because as a very young man he had briefly been a member of the Communist party. He really was more interested in films than doing a TV show at the time, but with a wife and two boys (Beau and Jeff), he had to put food on the table so he took the job. I for one am glad he did. He went on to do some great comedies in the 80's and 90's ala Leslie Nielsen.

Not only this show, but The undersea world of Jacque Cousteau stoked my interest in the water. If there is such a thing as re-incarnation, I wonder if Lloyd is now a dolphin swimming the seven seas. I know that's what I want to be when I come back. Getting back to using only the #4 brush when applying ink. It's harder to do and much more technical than using a uniball pen (like I did on Bettie), but I think it gives each piece an "old school" comics look.

11 comments:

Deb said...

Ahh...Sea Hunt and The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau where two of my favorite shows as well.
Nice illustration --thanks for sparking a memory in me!

...perhaps you've fixed one of those electrothingymagiggymachines in the hospitals where I've worked...

ya never know...

Keep Creating --and always--swim like a shark! --you get less barnacles that way!

Rectite23 said...

My brother use to make me watch sea hunt with him afterschool before he would let me watch my tv show. bozo the clown. I used to hate it but you know now I long for those days of watching sea hunt with my brother. and yeah what was up with all that cutting of the air hoses?

Mark said...

I'm afraid to ask what "Rectite" refers to.....

Mark said...

http://www.origamiboulder.com/questions.htm

Must be Hong Fu's brother.

Tim said...

Twenty buck for crumbling a sheet of paper... I should try to sell that!

Mark said...

You buy wadded up paper now!

Hong Fu said...

Honorable Tim-san,

Drawing very spartan with colored. Not some frilly storey book drawling. But agree childhoods memory bear much on fact of life as adult. Moist people to see this. Like saying; boat float upon waters, move sale through waves - and sees truth in natural.

Perhaps deawing could be serve thourgh use of penises drawn periodicaly? This show realisms of nature at sea. How is man to go bathroom if not whip out penis?

Better to appeal is mermaid with double D breasticle showing underwaters hotness. Like Daryll Hannas in Splash? See?

Hong Fu help aspiring artist.

Hong Fu

Tim said...

I bow once again to your wisdom, the great and omnipotent Hong Fu
;)

Mark said...

How abpout Darryl Hannah whipping a tit out and lacting underwater? Would that do it for Hong Fu??

LOL

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

I really like your touch with the pen. The ink.

I wish you would do a Captain America.

Hong Fu said...

Hong Fu mus aswer mark-san as pertain to life question.

Yes and no, see? Yin/Yan answer dutiful. See watery tit make Hong Fu happy only see as art. Not see as erection. Hong Fu erection come from see people with puppies, or wind in rain. SEE???

Daryl hanna very hot though. Nice big american breast. Hong Fu probably get big woody looking at her under water or in air.

Sincerely,
Hong Fu