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Archive for May, 2018

“If you can’t say something nice …

If you can't say something nice ...

WIP, 8×8″—Watercolors, Micron pen on Strathmore 500 series, 140 lb. watercolor paper.

… come sit next to me.” Said by Olympia Dukakis’ character in the film, Steel Magnolias. Somewhat weary of scrutinizing and drawing the faces I see on tv/internet regarding current events, I turn to spinning the backstory of completely fictitious characters. This guy’s supposed to be an iguana. He likes Ceylon black tea but he’s very sensitive to caffeine so he must limit his consumption. Unfortunately, moderation is not in his rather hefty toolbox, so he’s wired at the moment.

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Feelings

Oh, Jared.

Jared, as seen on tv in 2017. 7.5 x 10.75ish” Watercolors, Inktense pencils and ugly-crying bitter tears on Canson Mix Media spiral notebook.

The first sketch of Jared I attempted to do resembled Rose McGowan. It was on a sticky note and it makes me smirk a little when I see it even now, and then I start to feel horrible about myself for smirking. I don’t know if it might affect anybody else this way, so I present that sticky note here for my own (I won’t say, benefit…) purposes:

Jared or Rose

Sticky note pencil and Signo Uniball white ink sketch of Jared, as seen in the news in 2017, and which makes me smirk and also looks a tad like Rose McGowan?


Guys who wear glasses…

Guys who wear glasses

Scoured his images for a good one. A not-too-mean example of Rudy because I felt he did all of us good during the 9/11 crisis. Reference pic is from a May 4, 2018 Rolling Stone article I saw online. Tried to keep this 11×5.5″ sketch from resembling Robert DeNiro portraying Rudy in the upcoming movie of the current crisis. Watercolors, Derwent Inktense, Micron Pigma and white Signo Uniball pens and coffee on Canson Mix Media paper.


Mind the Gap

041018 iguana sketch 200p

Five years since my last post. That’s quite a gap. But just because I haven’t posted for such a long time doesn’t mean I haven’t been sketching (or obsessing over art supplies.) My present plan is to pick up where I left off without attempting to fill in the spaces — in those gap years, I’ve posted five International Fake Journal Month collections along with tons of sketches on my Flickr site to which there is a link in the sidebar. Over the winter I had my first book gig and my illustrations for a children’s book are in the can, as they say. When that is published I will be able to write about it and another book project I’m working on.

Meantime, I’ll be conjuring, sketching, gardening and sipping tea with aplomb.