Normal History Vol. 601: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 36-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

In this video made by filmmaker Rami Katz, you’ll see David Lester take you through his intricate process of illustrating this notable protest and the challenge of depicting historic figures and events with contemporary urgency.” —CBC article, Aug. 5, 2020

It’s Called Rock ‘N Roll” from Janis Zeppelin (Smarten Up!, 2003) (download):

Normal History Vol. 600: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 36-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

“Lester, who has illustrated other historical non-fiction such as The Listener and The Battle Of Ballantyne Pier, continually adapts his style based on the subject matter.” —CBC article about David Lester’s graphic novels

It’s Called Rock ‘N Roll” from Janis Zeppelin (Smarten Up!, 2003) (download):

Normal History Vol. 599: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 36-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

“If it’s a radical subject you are dealing with, you want to take a radical approach to the drawing.” —David Lester

I Went Away For A While” from Janis Zeppelin (Smarten Up!, 2003) (download):

Normal History Vol. 598: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 36-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

A totally pro 10-minute documentary film was recently made about David Lester’s graphic novels, featuring various drawing techniques he used in 1919: A Graphic History Of The Winnipeg General Strike.

One Way Out” from Janis Zeppelin (Smarten Up!, 2003) (download):

Normal History Vol. 597: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 36-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Beware, doll, you’re bound to fall. Didn’t you?

Back in the 1960s, big stars like Dylan and regular Joes could call a woman “doll,” and while it would certainly be felt by women, it would be defended and dismissed by men, so let’s focus on how rhyming “doll” and “fall” is pretty slack.

Like A Rolling Stone” from Janis Zeppelin (Smarten Up!, 2003) (download):