I’m going to stop updating this blog in favor of a Tumblr blog. Until something changes and I decide Tumblr isn’t the thing after all. But this one has been going for years and is stuffed to the gills.
Last night, 06-13-13, I drew at a child friendly function for Edward Jones investment firm.
Initially I was drawing all the kids, which I no longer photograph when it’s just kids, I started drawing the adults.
Special thank to Kate at the Omni Severin Hotel for recommending me to the folks at Edward Jones.
Sunday I was up in Culver, IN (2.5 hrs.north of Indianapolis) for a graduation party for four young ladies from Culver Academy.
This young lady was very pleased with her caricature, calling it “marvelous.” She said she had gotten lots of caricatures and this was the best she’s every received. Thanks!
Here are Christmas cards I‘ve created for Barbara and I down through the years.
2003 (Barbara likes flying pigs!)
2004 The outside
2004 the inside
2005 (We liked watching Boston Legal with William Shatner as Denny Crane.)
Today in Indianapolis it’s been raining, snowing a bit with punishing winds.
27 years ago it snowed here on the day I married a lovely lady from Indianapolis, the love of my life.
This summer I’ve been doing some rearranging in the studio to make better use of what used to be the oil painting corner which was never utilized as effectively as it should have been. While I had my big easel set up and I could paint there I also had a model stand on the corner and I never used it for anything other than as a flat surface upon which to pile a lot of stuff. I removed that stand and shifted all the piled up stuff around, getting rid of a lot of it. I decided I wanted to build shelf units to fill that expanse of wall from the window to the floor to ceiling entertainment unit I built in 2001. The first two units would be for “stuff,” the third for books. This is the first unit to go in place.
As soon as they were completed they were filled. Each of the two “stuff” shelves are 8 feet tall and 16 inches deep. Here’s the second one in progress and in place.
The small bookshelf to the right is to be replaced by the 8 foot tall 14 inch deep unit pictured below which i just finished. Fourteen inches deep to match the entertainment unit.
Here’s all of them.
After 20+ years of collecting tools and some woodworking knowledge it was gratifying to be able to build this last unit which provided challenges in that it had to be assembled in situ due to the restrictions placed on it by the entertainment unit, the vent and the lack of true walls, etc. Challenges were presented at every stage but I was always able to find the correct tool with which to solve the problem. I’m glad I took the time to organize my garage shop before I started so I knew where everything is (mostly) so I could minimize any time wasted looking for tools. It also gave me the chance to make use of tools not used for years.
Back to the Hyatt Regency Downtown drawing for Deloitte, thanks to About Faces for scheduling me for this booking.
I’m working on a job to design a superhero motif for a client who declares she is a SUPER Hugger!
This was the sheet of color options for the logo;
She picked #4. And these are the first six costume designs I’ve sent to her from which she can choose, reject or mix and match.
Doing some preliminary, start-up sketches in the sketchbook using the iPad for reference.
Here in Indianapolis there’s a great place to get you car serviced, D&A Automotive. These guys have been servicing “the Caricature Van” for years and doing a great job. Thanks guys!
Yesterday, September 17, I spent the day at the Cincinnati Comics Expo and a good time it was for me.
After about an hour while, I assume, the attendees were getting settled as to what they wanted to see and do, I was drawing constantly, mostly caricatures of people as their favorite comic characters.
This gentleman asked to be Superman then was so pleased with his drawing he came back later and asked to be drawn as Nick Fury!
I also was asked to do a couple of character sketches, this one in someone’s “James Dean Sketchbook.” She was carrying a black hardbound sketchbook and asking various artists to draw, from the provided reference photos, James Dean. It was my first time to encounter a movie star themed sketchbook. Usually it’s comic characters, Muppets, mash-ups of the two or other similarly bizarre combinations. At an earlier convention this year I was asked to contribute to an Alfred E. Neuman sketchbook.
This time I chose a photo and caricatured Dean.
There is also a gentleman who always asks for sketches of Medusa, not the mythological character but the MARVEL character, she of the flame-tinted living tresses. He looks for drawings that highlight the strength he sees in the character (where most artists go for the sex appeal), luckily I got that bit of information out of him before I started and decided to show her hoisting up several other more notable MARVEL strong-man types. Or bits of them!
He liked that enough that he also bought a previous Medusa drawing I had done for my letter-size sketch folio that was more pin-up than this one.
I also sold my 11th Doctor marker caricature out of my sketch folio.
Which I may make prints of for future conventions. (Without the annoying © symbol.)
Yesterday I was in Fort Wayne, IN for the second annual Summit City Comic Con.
Along with my friend Scott Story.