Early Years • Born 1936 in England. • Royal Air Force 1954-56 • Percy V Bradshaw Press Arts School Correspondence. • Publish his first cartoon in 1956 in the Manchester Evening Chronicle.
Kentucky Derby • In 1969 Hunter S. Thompson asked Ralph to help him cover the Kentucky Derby for Scanlan’s Weekly. • Hunter Gave Ralph psilocybin and he said it changed his life. • This is when the the duo started Gonzo journalism. • Neither of them watched the race they just drew and wrote about the crowd. • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw5jLgdXljM
Rumble In the Jungle • Hunter and Ralph set out to cover the fight of the century between Muhammad Ali and George Forman. • Ralph showed up 2 days later than he was supposed to and Hunter had allegedly traded their tickets to the fight for drugs. • Ralph wound up drawing in front of their hotel room’s T.V.
Paranoids 1986 • This is when Ralph took up another medium. • On a vacation in Turkey, Ralph discovered that he could manipulate Polaroid picture film before it set up and he could create new figures.
Flying Dog Brewery • In 1995 George Stranahan from the Flying Dog Brewery in Aspen, asked Ralph to design their labels for all their beer.
My Understanding • Ralph was constantly inspired by things around him. He even made a children's book inspired by his wife's one eyed teddy bear. • He used a lot of his drawings to show that people really are monsters. • His drawing were his radical perspectives of the world.
What I liked from Ralph • I was really inspired to do something with some sort of ink, after looking at a lot of Ralph’s work. • I love the Ink works he does. • I like his use of color in his drawings. • Awesome grotesque deformed figures that boggle the brain. • The realness that is behind his work.
What I did • Used pen ink to construct three works • Then Scanned them into photo shop where I colored them and edited them from there.