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Self Portrait


I found this on The Electric Company DVD set, tossed in during the Joan Ganz Cooney interview with no context. It's a pretty cool image worth adding to the page (note Kukla and Ollie and Pogo on the far right), but has anybody seen this before, and knows where its from or who drew it? Andrew Leal (talk) 20:26, 18 May 2006 (UTC)

Oh, that's very cool. I've never seen it before! -- Danny (talk) 20:46, 18 May 2006 (UTC)
As noted excitedly by myself earlier on your talk page, that is supremely awesome. I cleaned it up a bit to more pronounce the detail. If it's not appropriate, feel free to revert. -- Scott (talk) 23:18, 18 May 2006 (UTC)
Hey, image improvement is always encouraged. It looks even better this way. If we don't find an answer after awhile, I'll stick it on the page anyway, since it's too cool not to display more visibly, but it's also worth waiting for more information, especially given the level of detail not just to copying the Rockwell work, but the inclusion of two of Jim's own known influences (Kukla and Pogo). Off the top of my head, I'm thinking this might have been from a tribute event souvenir book or something. Andrew Leal (talk) 23:42, 18 May 2006 (UTC)
The artwork looks a lot like that of Caroll Spinney. Compare it to his sketches in The Wisdom of Big Bird. -- MuppetDude 16:54, 15 November 2006 (UTC)
Not really. This is just a portion of the image. The whole thing overall is incredibly detailed and not Spinney at all. And even in the off chance that it were him, it doesn't help ID where it came from. -- Andrew Leal (talk) 16:57, 15 November 2006 (UTC)
His work can get to be quite detailed. -- MuppetDude 17:06, 15 November 2006 (UTC)
I'm not knocking his artwork. I'm just saying it's a stretch, especially the style used for Henson's face, and even for Kermit, plus the overall composition, spoofing a specific Rockwell pose and with Kukla and Pogo, seems more like something which would be commissioned by an artist, or for a tribute. It's not impossible I suppose, but there's also nothing in either Wisdom of Big Bird or the art samples you link to which indicates the hand of the same artist at work. Nothing to suggest the specific mode to portaiture in Henson, in contrast to caricature or the looser sketches of Kermit Love and others in Wisdom of Big Bird. If we can find out what this was for, we could probably get somewhere. -- Andrew Leal (talk) 20:45, 15 November 2006 (UTC)
Looking back at it, I see what you mean. Ah, well, it was worth a guess, at least. -- MuppetDude 17:19, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

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