The Real Frank Zappa book - original pen and ink illustrations (over 140)

The Real  Frank Zappa book - original pen and ink illustrations (over 140)

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eBay The ORIGINAL PEN & INK DRAWINGS featured in Frank's amazing autobiographyOffered for sale for the first time, from the archives of the family of the artist selected by Frank to present Frank's life and visions in pen and ink form.The pen & ink artwork in 'The Real Frank Zappa Book' started out as a series of hand rendered chapter headlines  of a specified font to look like an early 20th century schoolbook primer, as per FZ's intention. These were submitted to Poseidon Press' amazing editor, Ann Patty, and her staff. Frank then came up with a list of small spot art icons he wanted to represent certain content elements in the book, Frank's creative contribution could not be more in evidence as he personally supervised the blue line compositions and then oversaw the inking with his personal artist hour after hour at this home/studio compound on Mullholland Drive, Hollywood, California. The creative story and art sessions usually began at 11:30 pm over a dozen donuts of specific various varieties from 'Tastee Donuts' at the corner of Crescent Heights and Santa Monica Blvd. (recently razed). Frank would be chain smoking while almost always nursing a bottomless cup of coffee. The grueling and frantic pace to keep up with Frank's fluid storytelling, political insights, and limitless imagination was filled with good humor and absurd visual puns. Often the lengthy collaborative work sessions were punctuated with middle-of-the-night long distance calls to humanitarian luminaries such as Czech President Václav Havel, firebrand political leaders (who wish to remain off the record), select  musical performer peers, strange characters mixed with phone pranks on unexpected parties. He often interspersed phone interviews, would take a break to put down some tracks in his home studio, would occasionally call into random all night radio jocks or search for some bizarre Hollywood or Studio City late-late night delivery of ethnic food that he would often inspect and sample little of the savory contents, using the moment's distraction to redouble his focus and inventory of additional subject topics he wanted drawn in a very specific style and manner. His stinging wit directed the art creating and often he would insist on a revision(s) or modification(s) to add some intended subtlety or variation which was a second thought after inspecting the first 'blue line'. He was quite a taskmaster in these creative collaborative sessions, in much the same way that he ringleadered his staged musical mastery. Working this closely with FZ required intense concentration and facility to quickly render in sketch under Franks' watchful eye as he was describing what he required of the image to support a particular story inside his autobiography. Every night the pace was intense, concentrated and demanding. These 'reverse hours' were Frank's choice to be able to work without interruption or distraction not of his own. Frank presented his belief in illustrated full page chapter openers to Ann Patty and the first elaborately detailed pen and ink illustration was sent to New York in a campaign to add these to the manuscript. He actively supervised every line as it appears, leaving nothing to accident. All the imagery sprung from a story or recollection from his life that he particularly wanted to share with his audience readers. He felt they were essential to add to the record. They are his intended visual story line adventures for his friends and fans to pour over. There were discussions to create a later color version of these illustrations to be published in limited signed series portfolio in oversize proportions suitable for wall hanging presentation. When his physical condition from fatal prostate cancer sidelined him permanently the idea was shot down by his wife and business manager, Gail Zappa, much to Frank's disappointment and frustration. These major 11 illustrations gave him a new dimension of expression and visual story telling in a quaint Black & White Pelikan fountain pen and jet black FW ink look. Frank remarked to his personal artist that the final illustrations were the visual equivalent to his musical compositions and created just as exactingly for the reader.Over the years from Frank's passing, various fans and collectors have contacted the original artist's family in hopes of acquiring one or more of these original pen and ink illustrations. Several national auction houses have  inquired and sent staff members to propose including them in the sale of rare Frank Zappa artifacts/memorabilia auctions. The family of the original artist has decided to part with these in a single lot so as to insure that they may be kept whole as a group. In this way they may be later exhibited as a whole as Frank had expressed as his wish.What you are getting with the F. Zappa Autobiography original Artwork pieces:Likely the most comprehensive collection and creative ensemble time capsule from 1989 ever offered of important and autobiographical artwork directly from the imagination of Frank Zappa for sale.'The Real Frank Zappa Book' original rough spot sketches, notes, and Frank's specific instructions transcribed and abbreviated as references for all the artwork originated. All the original final camera-ready inked illustrations inventoried below.Whether you are an international friend/fan of Frank's or domestically based in the good ol' U.S., someone will obtain through purchase this complete project that was most personal in content and creation by Frank Zappa. You can read from the inventory list below how extensive this is. It comes directly from the family of Frank's chosen personal artist/last art director who have decided that it now deserves to go to the right person, institution, archive, group, collector to whom it could be most meaningful. It is not an easy decision for them to arrive at and various national and international auction houses and numerous collectors of FZ original objects, memorabilia and artifacts have tried to persuade them since Frank's passing to part with this legacy body of work that meant so much to Frank and his personal artist.Please note that any questions in email form you might have as to specific items, will be answered as quickly as possible. For qualified buyers with a refundable deposit it might be possible for arrangements to be made to view the artworks and notes, rough sketches, etc. that comprise this offering in the Los Angeles area. Unfortunately space here does not allow greater detailed descriptions for each item, but in a reply email we can attempt to do so.Thank you and good luck...1. Two, first concept black ballpoint rough layouts of 'The Real Frank Zappa Book" front cover, on gray lined legal pad paper 8.5" X 14"2. One, front cover working mock-up of 'The Real Frank Zappa Book", cover color photo by Greg Gorman with acetate overlay and hand rendered acrylic lettering size of outer edge of paper base: 11 " X 14 "3. One, B & W photo, book cover session by Greg Gorman size: 8" X 9 and7/8ths"4. Two, front cover 'The Real Frank Zappa Book' ink on vellum mock-ups size; 9"X 11 and 7/8ths" and 8 and 1/4th" X 10 and 3/4ths"5. One, front title page, hand inked on vellum, on specially provided blue ink production sheet size: 11" tall X 17" wide6. One graphite on vellum opening Title page size: 6 and 3/4ths " wide X 11 and 1/2 " tall7. One, blank double-wide printer's production layout page, specifically printed for 'The Real Frank Zappa Book', outer dimension of this printed stock size: 18" X 12.5"8. One, mocked up production page with copy position stat insert right side, layout notes in red ballpoint. outer dimensions size; 11" Tall X 17" Wide9. 'The Real Frank Zappa Book' hand drawn, hand inked on vellum Chapter Heads, (20 of them). Frank came up with this font design look and oversaw it to sarcastically resemble the Early 20th Century School Book Primers.10.Three, 8.5" X 14" yellow lined legal pad paper concept notes for the spot illustrations from Frank's conversations, instructions.11.Six, 8.5" X 6" front side spiral notebook lined pages of FZ's art concept verbal notes from Frank12. One, blue line pencil roughs of 9 small spot art illustrations on gray lined legal pad paper size: 8.5" X 14"13. One hundred and twelve Spot Art Illustrations; varying sizes and compositions inked B & W. All individually suitable for framing, original artwork conceived, directed and micro-managed By Frank Zappa personally to the smallest detail and visual puns as intended.14.. Three oversize big B &W photostat prints 20" tall X 16" wide of Frank's favorite composer and continued source of inspiration, Varese (Born 12-22-1883, Died 11-6-65). Some discoloration dye stain near the top.15.' A Sicilian History Of The World' blue line rough sketch drawn on half the Bristol sheet 14"X 17" with notes given by Frank.16. Original Frank Zappa hand inked sketch 14"X 17" on 2 ply Bristol with his 'FZ' initials. On back in blue pencil Frank drew out: 'New Perfect America Products' and 'NU -Pe"17. Three production photostat prints selected by FZ for inclusion, but not printed in final editionA. Certificate, Members Of United Mutations Of Laurel Canyon size; 11"tall X 14" wideB. The Garrick Theater May 24. 1967 The Mothers Of Invention ticket size: 5" tall X 8" wideC. 2 Ladies size: 5" tall X 8" wide18. Eleven, Original chapter facing pen & Ink illustrationsA. 'Mothers Of Invention' group Illustration from photo, pen and ink on duraleen size; 9" x 10"B. 'An Alternative To College' outer paper dimension size; 9.25" X 13", 2/25/89C. 'Hot Rats held Over' outer paper dimension size; 10" X !4.25", 2/4/89D.'Old Bailey' outer paper dimension size: 9" X 12.5"E. 'History Of The World'outer paper dimension size: 11.75" X 15", 2/19/89F.'Book Of Toolz' outer paper dimension size: 11" X 14"G.'One Nation Under Beer' outer paper dimension size: 9.75" x 17", 2/16/89H.'All About Schmucks' outer paper dimension size: 11.75" X 14.75", 2/14/89I.'God-Ko, Chump-Ko celebration Of The Infernal Joint Venture'outer paper dimension size: 10.75" X 15.25" , 3/12/89J.'Star Wars Nuclear Umbrella' outer paper dimension size: 10.25" X 14.5"K.'Failure Toybox' outer paper dimension size: 9" X 12.5"19. One, Cover letter from Poseidon Press, Simon & Schuster Publisher and Vice President Ann E. Patty September 8th, 1988 to Frank's personal artist size: 8.5" X 11"These original reflective artworks and sketch notes are being offered for sale only. All existing copyrights and reproduction rights retained exclusively by publisher and Blue Sky Film Design.com .To see 'The Real Frank Zappa Book' online in its entirety with all the artwork corresponding inventoried above in this collection offered for sale go to:http://pierroule.com/ZappaRealBook/TheRFZBook.htmPlease inquire about international shipping.

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