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Lackadaisy Flimflam by tracyjb Lackadaisy Flimflam by tracyjb
A group of characters who've been around in one incarnation or another for a long while, but who I never seem to have time for. I started listening to some jazz while working on something else, though, and this happened instead. I had way more fun painting this than anyone should ever be allowed to have. Ever. This means I may have to do more. It'd be a shamelessly self-indulgent project, but that's never stopped me before. Zoot suits and tommy guns. Whee.
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CyrusGrayhollow Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
I love Rocky's smile! :D
KawwiiKitpup Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Student General Artist
omg I love your series so much! And if you have any spare time... can you use what you've learned in the gaming industry and some how turn it to an video, if ya not feeling up I can completely understand!
Hevflynia Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
and so its started :)
RobnRoll Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
got it, i guess...
EllaCastell Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Me encanto
lightningmaster2001 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Why does Freckle look as if he's gone insane?
xNickTheBestx Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student Filmographer
cause he goes nuts whenever he sees a gun
SirFerrick Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So. Did you have to do more on these characters, he asks sarcastically.
NotBambi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Strange to see Freckle like this. Even when he's in manic mode, he's not nearly as creepy as here.
MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
You were good then, and you've just gotten so much better. It's been like watching a garden grow before my eyes.
LacheV Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's AWESOMEEEEE!!! This just made my day, after going to work this morning listening to the Aristocats OST :) Everybody wants to be a cat!!
TealAntlers Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love that the characters developed in different directions since this drawing.
redflowerblooming Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FRECKLE!!!!! :iconlaloveplz:
64BFox Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Sometimes I begin to think that Freckles is occasionally crazier than Rocky...
mck0027 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love Freckle's face. Reminds me of Toothless from How to train your dragon.
mck0027 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the one on the left.
StrawberryDenim Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist
looking at this compared to now, Rocky looks a bit like Capone here... :D
Kafei79 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Amazing art style, keep it up.
ArsenicInYourPudding Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Hey... I'm a huge fan of Lackadaisy, and I happen to be doing a documentary about gangsters in the 1920s and 1930s. I was wondering if you'd be opposed to my using this fantastic piece of artwork as my end-slide? Credit would be given, of course.

Let me know?
emilition Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool! :D
zim8pikalove Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
you came up with all 3 characters by yourself? that's flippin' awesome!!! :meow:
RatofSpring Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student Artist
"I started listening to some jazz while working on something else, though, and this happened instead."
That's probably why this reminds me of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy!! :D
Willdabeast-0305 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I think this incorporates all the major visual themes of the time: zoot suits, trench coats, tommy guns, and girls with feather bolas and those long cigarette things.

I've heard a lot about your comics, and I figure it's about time I take a look. So far, I like what I see!
MiracleMili Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How cool~ This is the first piece to something to awesomely epic
Beatleboy62 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
You sgould listen to Cab Calloway if you don't allready, I'd think you'd like him.
tracyjb Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
I do =)
Beatleboy62 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
It's just that for the half hour I've been looking at this, I've had 'Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea' stuck in my head XD
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KheWolf Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
So I just went backwards through your whole lackadaisy gallery....and I got increasingly amazed. NOt just at the comic (although that is truly incredible) but at how long the comic had been building up and the amount of depth and detail that went into it.. some of which I'm sure I can't even imagine. But what struck me is that when I read the last few pages or so, it seemed like I had come into the middle of something. And that's what I liked. You just jumped into the character's lives, and there's just so many things that make it they all know eachother, their wierd little quirks, their attitudes, everything! And I got to see how Freckle and Pepper meet. :iconohjoyplz: And I love how theres always a little bit of mystery surrounding the characters too, and you wonder how they ended up where they are today...or back in the 1920s. XD
HOLY COW long comment. Buuuut if you read this, I love your comic, and I have the same trouble with finding time to do art/writing in general. But yeah. I really hope you keep up with the comic and I love the in-depth and highly-detailed/researched storyline. :) :clap: Great job, and I hope you're life gets less busy! Lord knows we all could use less busyniess in our lives.
Ummmm......I'm gonna stop wasting your time now. Bye, and good luck! :iconhappywaveplz:
AlbinoMime Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Amazing, love them. Your character design skills are flawless XD
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hannahmcgill Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You know what, as impressive as this is, I can see so much improvement between this piece and your later Lackadaisy works. You're more adept at detail placement, for instance, and the characters have become ever more likeable as your style has solidified.

You are awesome because even though you know so much about art and illustration, you continue to refine and improve. Don't ever stop!
BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
I gotta get me a zoot suit.
MadHatter1955 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
Great stuff, love your work. You know the tommy gun cat kinda reminds me of the Mad Hatter with that card in his hat and the zoot suit cat reminds me of the Cheshire Cat with that smile. Have you ever thought of doing an "Alice in Wonderland" pic?
Captain-Paulo Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, awesme!
An-archee Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
After recently reading your "Pinstripes" comic I read all of the previous entries, and holy crap--THis should be published.
Your art, your storyline--everything, amazing.

I love laughing at comic books, and yours makes me do that!
You have a talent, one that really needs to be shown everywhere, I love your work!

All Encompassing Awesomeness!
Loving the evil, cheeky grins :D

Thanks for sharing!

Blessed Be,
Yami xXx
tyleramato Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
And so it begins. A great piece that led to one of the most fabulous comics of today. :heart: Freckle!
questique Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
i love the Zoot Suits~ the fedoras are my fav hats xD
jamesprower Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
Funny, really, how a simple idea while listening to Jazz evolved into what became Lackadaisy.
Not that im exactly complaining, that is. Heh =P
And, currently, this is still my favorite of any of you Lackadaisy based works outside of the strips. Nothing says 1920's more then Zoot Suits and Tommy Guns. Much like the expressions on Rocky and Freckles faces are the perfect example of complete and utter Lunacy.
A Match made in heaven, in my eyes XD
Now, then... What else is there to do? Oh yes, of course, i nearly forgot.

*Repeatedly pounds the Favorite button like a Maniac*
Cola-Loca Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008
Are you serious?

I saw this same exact image on a jukebox's screen in Mexico.

How in the world...?
Temari25 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
"........." O.O ".........DANG!!!........." "how do you draw and shade like that!?!?!?!
Smaggers Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
Yeah, cats would so wear zoot suits. :)
Like meow baby.
The-Inner-Observer Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it! very well done:D
I have a question, how did you come up with these charecters?
And when did you notice you had such a great artistic talent?
, I know you must have a busy day, so if you could, could you please answer:)
tracyjb Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008
I'm not sure where the idea came from exactly. I used to draw cat characters all over my school notes. I had long since forgotten about them until I started listening avidly to jazz and swing music again. The concept for the comic grew out of a combination of those two things and an interest in Prohibition era history, I suppose.
Drawing ability came with years of's something I've been doing for years and years. Talent is only a small part of it - like anything else, developing your skills is mostly just hard work. =)
The-Inner-Observer Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I too love to draw charecters, mostly cats. very interesting that the jazz and swing music made you think of them again.
I always hope to be just as good as you are when I'm older, I am still very young, only 12. But your right, years of practice will just make you better:)
And thank you for taking a minute of your time out of your busy day to reply to me:)
On-A-WHM Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
Very interesting...

I look forward to more.
JennyFox13 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Spats on cats! Yay!
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Indigirl Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude, zoot suits + tommy guns = awesome:D
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