Sunday, October 31, 2010

Caricatures of Political Figures

I have done many caricatures over the years. Some of my first published works were caricatures I did for Bloomberg Market Magazine.
I continued to build up samples, celebrity and political. They are fun to do and its easy to research and find reference on popular figures. Since they were samples I was not tied to any medium or approach so I did them in gouache, pencil, Photoshop, etc. Here, in view of upcoming elections are samples of the political figures I caricatured.



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wash Pencil and Niji Waterbrush

One day this week I decided to take a walk with my sketchbook during my lunch hour at work. I walked into battery park and started sketching a tree with a brush pen. The next day I took some watercolor pencils and a Niji water brush. Now I look forward to my lunch hours more than before and I’ve taken the same tools and sketched on the train ride to and from work, on the bus on the way to my kids dental appointment.
During that time life was very busy, my 9 to 5 has been a busy place gearing up for various meetings and conferences which I have to print up material for, taking the kids to dental appointments and the eye doctor on the weekend and various other domestic chores. Add to that an assignment for five chapter illustrations which I enjoyed doing but wished I had more time on them. I enjoyed and appreciated the convenience of these tools, somehow being able to spend this small amount of time to work from life, to respond to nature rounds out my day and I always feel like doing more.

My son, sketched on the way to his
dental appointment
Tools I use while sketching. The kneaded eraser
is not much use with these tools
 but I also use mechanical pencils
which are of course erassable.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dinosaur Stories

When my oldest son got to be four years old I began to write and illustrate little stories for him. At the time he loved dinosaurs so I made up my characters based on that. I would print them up and let him take the copies with him. I loved that he liked the books and proudly wanted to carry them around with him.
The first stories I made up were the cute animal type, when he got older the stories became less cute and more witty.
The last one I did for him, (If I Had A Pet Dinosaur), I  did a lot of work on - I really thought I had something worth showing around, but I’m  not very good at  selling my ideas so other than some coworkers who purchased some copies and the ones my son owns not much was done with it.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Pen and Ink

Pen and ink drawing was something I was drawn to very early, wanting to imitate the drawings I saw in comic books and comic strips. I think somewhere in my junior high school years I learned about India inks and nib pens and I also got into Marvel Comics Savage Sword of Conan black and white magazine. In those pages I enjoyed seeing the elaborate ink work that the reproduction methods in four color comics would not allow. Always hungry to learn more I discovered Frank Frazetta’s work, Bernie Wrightson, Franklin Booth, Joseph Clement Coll, Harrison Cady and the list grew and continues to grow.
In this medium I also have continued to explore the tools available from different types of ink to pens, (nibs, rapidograph, rotoring pens, gel ink pens, etc.), brushes, (Sumi, watercolor, prefilled brush pens).

It is one of my favorite doodling mediums, I fill pages in my sketch book with ink doodles or I would go over an old pencil sketch when I can’t think of anything else to do and that would help jump start my creative thinking.
Best of all after all these years it remains fun. Fun to do, to see other work in it and fun to continue learning more.

The above are meant to illustrate the Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe.

These two are train sketches. The top left was done with a refillable brush pen and the other with brush tip marker pens.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Painting the Neighborhood

About three years ago I moved to my current address. Near a parkway, with lots of trees I kept looking around painting landscapes in my mind. sometimes I would come home from work and do a watercolor in my sketchbook before it got too dark. I also started to come out on the weekend and paint. It is a nice place to paint, I love trees and I would use the sketches and photos I took and finish a painting once inside. But nothing beats being outdoors and painting on location.