Singer/musician Slim Harpo was a successful blues musician of the late 1950s and 60s, with a laid back singing style and a mastery of the blues harmonica, known in the industry as a “harp.” Evidently his hit song of 1957 “I’m a King Bee” was recently used in the series The Man in the High Castle.
I was thrilled a year ago when the British record label company Not NowMusic asked to lease an illustration I’d created previously for the sleeve of a re-release of the music of Slim Harpo. And I just recently found out the label was re-issued this past August, and I’m pleased with the clean, punchy design using my art –
My son performs with several improv comedy groups in DC, one of which is King Bee. Here’s the logo I drew for them, cleaned up from the sketch. I kinda thought they’d go for the insect with the attitude.
King Bee is one of the House Teams at the Washington Improv Theater, a terrific venue for comedy in the capital. I’ve seen a number of shows at WIT with my husband and they are invariably creative, lightning-paced and hilarious. They really do base a large number of the improvisations on words or stories suggested on the fly by the audience, and uncannily weave them into weirdly logical scenes of preposterosity. (And they are, happily, largely politics-free — surprising for DC, but then I guess the actors all get enough of that at their day jobs.)