Another coffee shop girl. Sketched Wednesday evening at kava House. I took the hair and basic structure of the girl's face and embellished it from there. Add in some mid-century doodly-oos and some Photoshopic hoodoo and here she is.
This is an in-progress scan of a painting I'm working on just for fun. It's acrylic on wood and measures 6"x12".
It's an advertising image for the short-lived 1967 TV show "Monkey & Mann". The show featured the adventures of suave secret agent, Derek Monkey, and his unorthodox partner, Mannookoo, as they traveled the globe taking on the enemies of Freedom and Democracy.
The show debuted in June of '67 and was a critical success. Audiences, however, had had their fill of simian related programming. Also airing that year were such shows as "That's My Chimp", "The Ape from A.P.E.", "Monkeys, Monkeys, Monkeys!", the third season of "Nannette & The Chimp", "A Banana for Larry", "The Chimp and I", "The Monkeyshriners" and the game shows, "Mr. Monkey's Money Mania" and "Grab My Banana".
The show lasted a single season and was canceled after 13 episodes.
After the cancellation of Land of the Lost, Chaka's career hit the skids. Booze, drugs and carousing took their toll and Chaka was forced to make a living doing personal appearances at store openings and used car dealerships. Needless to say, his belligerent attitude (as exemplified in the above illustration) quickly ended even these pathetic employment opportunities.
A shell of his former self, Chaka finally hit rock bottom. He checked into rehab and found religion. Once sober, he shaved off all of his hair, returned to his given name, Stanley Chakenberg, and married a performance artist he met while detoxing.
He now lives with his wife and 22 children in Montana where he raises chemical free chickens and is working on a memoir entitled "I was a Hollywood Monkey Boy: A Cautionary Tale".
TRUE STORY! Back in '62, an artist named Art Crummy (hated seeing his name in the phone book) came up with a drawing he titled "Keep on Snappin'". He had it printed on posters, t-shirts and dozens of other products in an effort to get it to catch on with the nation's youth.
It never happened for him and the art was lost to the ages.
Years later, R. Crumb came up with "Keep on Truckin'" and gained the popularity that Mr. Crummy never knew.
Years after Crummy's death the original art for "Keep on Snappin'" was discovered in the basement of a Chuck E. Cheese in Des Moines and is presented here for your viewing pleasure.