[From the Desk of Bob Ito]

Ito Galleries, Ink (Gallery Page 11)

The works in this archive are due to the wonderful talent of Bob Ito, who can be reached at <ito@[...]> Bob really puts a lot of effort into his drawings, so please feel free to drop him a line with your input--he'd really appreciate it!

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[belleito.gif] Ito Galleries #051 (743x500x2, 11279 bytes) [GIF] [Desc]

[Text by lar3ry gensch]

"Belle Drawing the Itoraptor" (belleito.gif, 743x500x2, 11279 bytes) is the fifty-first in a continuing series of fine Disney fanart drawings by Bob Ito <ito@[...]>. You may wish to save this description in a separate file for future reference.

I'm very partial of pictures that combine self portrait and fantasy... the famous picture of Walt Disney casting a shadow of Mickey Mouse... Norman Rockwell painting a picture of Norman Rockwell painting a picture (etc.)... Chuck Jones' seminal cartoon "Duck Amuck"... and yet another picture of Walt Disney, looking in a mirror, and painting Mickey Mouse. So I was particularly delighted when this image arrived in the mail from the man for whom the Ito Galleries is named.

Associating with a lot of FDC members, most of whom are of college age, people like Bob Ito and myself, being "over thirty" tend to occasionally feel rather ancient. Bob took on the name Itoraptor to indicate a person of such an "advanced age." In this drawing, we see one of Bob's favorite Disney characters, the inimitable Belle, sitting at an artists board and drawing the Itoraptor.

[Maintainer's note: I have seen a picture of Bob Ito, most recently in a video of him drawing one of the cartoons in the Ito Galleries collection, and I can assure you that despite Belle's drawing abilities, he does not look that that at all. In fact, I can PROMISE you that Bob does not use a cane...]

[jasmer.gif] Ito Galleries #052 (578x770x2, 13499 bytes) [GIF] [Desc]

[Text by lar3ry gensch]

One of the more amusing types of drawings in the Ito Galleries are the pictures that answer "what if" questions... "What if Belle had posed for the Mona Lisa?" [Ito Galleries #5]... "What if Belle had posed for the Statue of Liberty?" [Ito Galleries #43]... "What if Belle was a mermaid? [Ito Galleries #2]

On request of an admirer of Bob's work (whose name Bob, alas, has forgotten), we now have a new "what if" image: "What if Jasmine were a mermaid?" In this picture, we see Jasmine, whose lower half has been transformed by the magic of Bob's pen, as a mermaid playfully dipping her fins in a pool of water. Jasmine's pet and bodyguard, Rajah, looks on with a bit of concern.

[jodimer.gif] Ito Galleries #053 (583x766x2, 9577 bytes) [GIF] [Desc]

[Text by lar3ry gensch]

Bob has cast a few Disney characters as mermaids in the past, including Belle (Ito Galleries #2) and Jasmine (Ito Galleries #52). Here we see the voice of The Little Mermaid, the talented Jodi Benson, sitting on a rock somewhere out at sea.

Bob Ito reports that this was his first try at drawing a non-toon in years. From the looks of things, I would say that this is an image that will appeal to all the Jodi Benson, Little Mermaid, and Bob Ito fans out there in net.land!

[bathtub.gif] Ito Galleries #054 (583x766x2, 9577 bytes) [GIF] [Desc]

[Text by lar3ry gensch]

Once again we see one of Bob's favorite subjects, Belle, relaxing in a bubbly bathtub, and indulging in one of her favorite pastimes. Unfortunately, we cannot see the title of the book that she is reading. Knowing how interested she is in reading, it could be just about anything, but her expression on her face indicates that is must be good reading.

[arixmas.gif] Ito Galleries #054 (583x766x2, 9577 bytes) [GIF] [Desc]

[Text by lar3ry gensch]

"Ariel's Christmas Surprise" (arixmas.gif, 503x890x2, 18486 bytes) is the 55th in a continuing series of fine Disney fanart drawings by Bob Ito <ito@[...]> and the 21st in the so-called "Bucketland Cards" series of handmade greeting cards, "when you're too cheap to buy a card."

Ariel and her father, King Triton, have taken time out of their busy schedules (busy?? Of course, posing for the Itoraptor!) to put out a special Christmas season tribute.

This is a handmade Christmas card that Bob made and sent out to his Christmas card list. The card came as a foldout, and is divided into the following sections:

    left:    front of card
    right:   inside foldout
    center:  The "back" of the card (The "Bucketland logo")  [smile]
    bottom:  inside" of card

As with all "Bucketland Cards," all personal messages have been deleted from the image.

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