Friday, December 31, 2010

Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire

Inspired by a book given to me by my lovely mother.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Honest Abe

Inspired by the deguerreotype of the young Lincoln that presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin was mocked for having remarked looked "sexy".

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Noah Webster

Inspired by a Christmas book I got from my sweetheart on Noah Webster, an American lexicographer, textbook pioneer, English spelling reformer, political writer, editor, and prolific author. He has been called the "Father of American Scholarship and Education" and well known for the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Jim Fisk

From Wikipedia:
Fisk was born in the hamlet of Pownal, Vermont in the township of Bennington on April Fool's Day. After a brief period in school, he ran away in 1850 and joined Van Amberg's Mammoth Circus & Menagerie. Later, he became a hotel waiter, and finally adopted the business of his father, a peddler. He applied what he learned in the circus to his peddling and grew his father's business. He then became a salesman for Jordan Marsh, a Boston dry goods firm. A failure as a salesman, he was sent to Washington, D.C., in 1861 to sell textiles to the government. By his shrewd dealing in army contracts during the Civil War, and, by some accounts, cotton smuggling across enemy lines (in which he enlisted the help of his father), he accumulated considerable wealth, which he soon lost in speculation.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Carson Robison

One of the grandfathers of American Country music, Carson Robison started out as a trick whistler who could whistle two tunes at one time. He went on to make the landmark recording of "The Wreck of the Old '97" b/w "Prisoner's Song" (1924), widely regarded as country music's first million-seller. There is a great article on him in the September issue of my favorite magazine, the Old Time Herald.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Go Bernie!

Yes, that charmingly disheveled U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the Independent Socialist of Vermont is leading a one man filibuster against the odious and Dickensian Obama-GOP tax cut deal. He has been going strong since 10 am eastern time. Watch live footage here or here. Here is his website if you want to give him a donation or ask him a question.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Key Players in the JFK Mafia Hit (18" x 24")

Inspired by the amazing new(ish) book Ultimate Sacrifice. I have read many books on the JFK assassination, including Six Seconds in Dallas and Jim Mars' Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy. This book is the best and most comprehensive in terms of background involving Cuba and the Mafia, mainly because of the wealth of documents that were only declassified within the last 10 years. It basically posits the theory that three southern mafia bosses infiltrated the Kennedy brothers plot to overthrow the Castro regime in Cuba. Once involved in this plan, these Mafia bosses used their usual hit tactics: moving vehicle, a communist patsy, and CIA/FBI connections to secure a government cover-up-therefore keeping there own nefarious, clandestine plans secret by way of a sort of governmental blackmail/embarrassment. I can't recommend the book enough.

Soundtrack is Son House performing his salute President Kennedy.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Two Ethiopian Beers

Consumed with our dinner at Mesob on Cherry at the back in the bar.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

New Animation for the Books live at Neumos, Dec. 4th

STG presents The Books | December 4 | Neumos from STG Presents on Vimeo.

This was done by myself and Amanda Moore for STG presents. The whole thing is based on the poster designed and illustrated by the talented Amanda Moore.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Albert In The Hay

Engraved on a piece of maple given to me by the great Carl Montford of the Montford Press. I engraved a second block for the clouds and the white of his shirt- but it didnt look right. Perhaps I will try it again with a different white ink.

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Singing Cowboy

3" x 4". Paper is from an old book called Good News, Bad News, Agnews given to me by the lovely Irene and Dave Weinmann.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mine Rescue Worker with Canary

Soundtrack provided by the uncomparable Mike Seeger from his 1966 Folkways album Tipple, Loom & Rail. The song is called Miner's Blues and was originally recorded by the Great Frank Hutchison on September 11th, 19 and 28 for the Okeh record label. Album given to me by Davey O'Houlihan.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Russian Fiddler

His fiddle is made from a mule skull.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Woodcutting with new tools

I just got my new tools from McClain's and some resingrave given to me by Russ Weicking for learning how to woodcut. Russ also let me try out his tools last weekend so I knew which ones I liked. Thanks again Russ! The Spitstickers are my favorite. The amount of detail you can get is amazing compared with the linoleum. I am going to illustrate a Russian Folk Tale as my first experiment in wood engraving.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Empress of the North Official Video

I made this animation for the Moondoggies for their song Empress of the North. The album is called Tidelands and comes out October 13th.
If anyone is interested, I am selling individual frames from the animation- each one is hand watercolored. Thanks go to everyone who helped out- Amanda Moore, Adam Powers, Kent Colony, and my parents Brian and Laurel Christie!

Friday, October 01, 2010

The Man Who Shot The Man Who Shot Lincoln at Local Sightings

My animation will be playing OCTOBER 2, SATURDAY AT 7PM at the Northwest Film Forum with a bunch of other animations. You can order tickets in advance here.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Man Who Invented The Swivel Chair

That's right, Thomas Jefferson invented the swivel chair and a pasta making machine as well as improving the patent on an early document copying contraption.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


My contribution to the Rain City Engravers 2011 Calendar. Printed with the help of Russ Weicking & Laura Fox, proprietors of Mallemok Press. It was printed on a Vandercook which, many years ago printed newspapers. Thanks again guys!
Soundtrack provided by the great Larry Hanks singing an ancient cautionary tale called Tobacco.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Pick Up The New Yeti

I contributed a linocut illustration of the late, great poet, publisher and Fugs co-founder Tuli Kupferberg. Every issue of Yeti has been amazing and this one (#9) is no exception. It features a great interview with Alasdair Roberts, Bruce Conner, Indian music scholar VAK Ranga Rao, Maryanne Amacher, hilarious etched comics and a great soundtrack/cd comp with Rev. Lonnie Farris and an outtake from the debut album from the the late, great Bobby Charles

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Check Out the Sept. Issue of Seattle Magazine

Cuz I'm in it! You can buy it at the store or read it here. These were two of the pictures not used by the magazine. Photos were taken by the amazing printmaker and wet plate photographer Daniel Carrillo. Here is his camera Daisy:

Friday, August 27, 2010

House Of David Jazz Band: Playing Jazz to Reunite The Lost Tribes of Israel

House of David was (still is?) a religious commune located in Benton Harbor, Michigan. It was founded by King Ben Purnell and his wife Mary with about 200 followers in 1903. King Ben claimed to be Jesus Christ's younger brother and the Seventh Messenger from God. To join the sect, you had to give over all your possessions to King Ben and renounce alcohol, tobacco, meat, violence, shaving, hair cutting and sex. But King Ben could have sex with your wife and your daughter when she turned 14. This last part is what brought King Ben down. He was brought up on charges and forced to hide in the underground caverns beneath one of his mansions. He was eventually caught in his bed with some under aged girls. He died before his trail concluded.

House of David at one time operated and owned a zoo, the largest fruit market in the world, farms, their own island, a hospital, factories, an Oldsmobile dealership, a theme park, a night club and a motor inn to name a few. They invented the waffle cone, the first cross-propeller system for cruise ships, powdered space meals for NASA, and the first bowling alley Pinnsetter. However, House of David is more famous for it's baseball team (see this old Sports Illustrated article), which traveled around and even hired ringers like Babe Ruth and Satchel Paige, who of course, had to wear fake beards and wigs so as not to give away their ringer status.

But most interestingly, House of David had a top notch Jazz Band, that's how I found out about them. I was perusing a Jazz book I had found and saw an entire band of bearded guys. No known recordings of them exist, but a song called House of David Blues does. Some members even made their own instruments! Here is a great article with photos and video and here is the House of David Museum website, lest you think I made all this up.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Riverboat Gamblers Bound To Lose

Born in Ohio in 1829, George Devol ran away from home and hired on as a cabin boy on a riverboat heading south. At the outbreak of the Mexican-American War in 1846, Devol took a steamboat to the Rio Grande to join the American troops in battle. However, while on the ship, an older gambler taught young George how to cheat at cards. Instead of going into battle with the American troops George ended up making $2,700 off of them and returned to New Orleans with his winnings.

In fights, Devol preferred headbutting, however, he kept a pistol called Betsy Jane for backup.
Devol's servant, Pinckney Pinchback learned his employer's tricks and became so good at gambling and winning, he quit his employ with Devol, entered politics and was elected Governor of Louisiana and in so doing, became the first non-white Governor in U.S. History.
Devol died penniless in Arkansas in 1903.
Soundtrack provided by The Holy Modal Rounders, Bound To Lose (taken from the old tune Walking Boss).

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Tall Timber

About 7 inches wide and about 18 or so inches tall. Tall Timber is a song by Bill Monroe and a prominent Bluegrass band from Washington State which you can hear on Voyager Recordings. Visually inspired by the Ralph W. Andrews book Timber.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

John and Estella Andrews in Monte Cristo, circa 1930

Inspired by a photograph in the book Monte Cristo by Philip R. Woodhouse. The book was recently given to me by Ed Miller and it is a fantastic account of the town-plus its got a ton of great drawings, maps and photographs.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Knutsen's Harp Guitars

Chris Knutsen was a harp guitar, harp mandolin, ukulele, and steel guitar maker in Port Townsend, WA between the years of 1887 and 1900. He was at the forefront of harp guitar making at that time and later became a pioneer in Hawaiian steel guitars, even influencing Weissenborn and his design of Hawaiin guitars(famously played by Fahey and Bob Brozman as well as others with deep pockets). While in Port Townsend, the lovely and talented Amanda Moore found a little pamphlet on Mr. Knutsen for me- she already knew of my abiding love and respect for harp guitars- but little did we know harp ukuleles and harp mandolins were being made by Mr. Knutsen as well. Soundtrack is Bob Brozman doing New Vine Street Blues from Hello Central...Give me Dr. Jazz (1985)- an album that features a harp guitar prominently on it's cover.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Fire, Fire is playing at the Northwest Film Forum this week and new post at American Standard Time and trailer for new animation

Fire, Fire I Heard the Cry is playing this week at the Northwest Film Forum with the film Bass Akwards by Linas Phillips. Also, my first post on KEXP DJ and all around nice guy, Greg Vandy's blog, American Standard Time is up- go check it out. Also, here is the trailer for my next animation The Man Who Shot The Man Who Shot Lincoln (it's about Boston Corbett) Original score composed by Spencer Thun.

The Man Who Shot The Man Who Shot Lincoln (Trailer) from Drew Christie on Vimeo.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Oliver Evans in the Arctic

Inspired by three books I am reading at the moment- Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez, Tracks Across America, and American Railroads. Oliver Evans was an American inventor who pushed for railroads and steam engine carriages in America as early as the 1700's. He was also the inventor of the Oruktor Amphibilos, the world's first self powered amphibious vehicle.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Me and an Animation on Art Zone

It already played on the Seattle Channel and you can watch it on KCTS 9 (PBS) or right here.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Westernized Ainu Settlement

The Ainu are an indigenous ethnic group of Japan and Russia. They are believed to have settled on Hokkaido before the Japanese and have what can be described as Caucasian features, including facial and body hair. They play a stringed instrument called the Tonkori that sounds mysterious and lovely.