In 1991, Bob Dylan was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy by Jack Nicholson. Bob was dressed a little goofily with a fedora(?) and bow tie, acted absolutely hilarious and delivered a really wacky speech. I remember documenting it with the ‘Birds.
Here’s an old, old ‘Birds cartoon. It seems like Chuck T. was writing a diary?
In college, when my mind wandered in class,I would often draw my ‘Birds.
Chuck T., Otis, and Spike ponder what to do after a baseball mishap.
So here we have Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and Jeff Lynne in their birdie cartoonn personas: Lucky, Spike and Otis. This drawing may be from the early 90s.
I’ll get a better pic of Spike going eventually, but at the time, George had a rather magnificent sometimes-spiked black mullet that was so very eighties and at the same time looked quite good on him. So while Lucky and Otis get their names from the Wilburys in their first incarnation (The album Vol. I), Spike’s name comes from the names they gave themselves on the second album(Vol. III). And he became a black cockatoo, with a spiked ‘do on top.
Jeff Lynne was very difficult to peg; his head was, and still always is, sort of a big mass of bushy hair with sunglasses and a nose peeking out of it. But the more I looked at that nose, the more I kept thinking of a duck’s bill. So he became a bushy-headed duck. hey, there are ornamental breeds of all kinds of domestic waterfowl–I am sure there’s gotta be something that looks like this! 😀
Lucky I simply modeled on those big, bad-attitude farm roosters that you see in every farmyard that will attack you if you get too close.
This drawing is a vintage original, straight from an old sketchbook from my teen years. I am pleased to say that although my drawing skills have improved over thirty years, this particular drawing looks like it was on the improved side and Lucky didn’t look any different from this when I did a little practice drawing the other night.