Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Obama Caricature-02

Today I tried a caricature of President Obama with a different facial expression than I've sketched before in my caricatures of him. This is all digital and took about 30 minutes to sketch.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Creepy Lady from "Drag Me To Hell"

Today I simply didn't have time to sketch and this evening before going to bed I did a sketch anyway. I decided to break from the caricature of severus snape I'm working on and do something totally different. So I chose to sketch the creepy old lady from "Drag Me To Hell". And I did it with my left hand. My left hand has a palsy or giggly line that I thought might make this subject more interesting.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Caricature of Alan Rickman-002

This is still work in progress. I have until next monday to complete this image for the Facebook group called Caricaturama Showdown 3000. I spent another 30 minutes on it today and I'm gradually moving closer to a likeness. This is all digital.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Caricature of Alan Rickman-001

Today I started a sketch for an upcoming Caricaturama Showdown 3000 contest. The target for this week is actor Alan Rickman. I loved his Severus Snape character he plays in the Harry Potter films. This is work in progress. All digital. 15 min.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sketch of Ian McKellen

The actor Ian McKellen has a very cool face. I think most older people do. Yesterday I started collecting reference photos of interesting older people and his mug cropped up a lot in my searches. Yesterday's sketch of the day was loosely taken from one of his on stage characters from Waiting for Godot. This took about 40 min. It is all digital.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Old Man Head Study

Today I was thinking about paintings done in "chiaroscuro". And I sort of synthesized this out of my head after looking at scores of portraits done like this. All digital - done in about 30 min.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Female Head Studies

This is one of the digital doodles I did today. I've been experimenting with different brush settings in photoshop. I have been painting recently with the settings set to full opaque much like an ipad or more simple paint program would work. I'm going to look for and find some more subtle and softer brush settings for future paintings.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Figure Study-001 May21 2011

I did a few figure studies today. This was a typical one. It took about 15 minutes. All digital.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Portrait of Cat

Today for my daily sketch I painted a Facebook friend who died yesterday. I decided to paint her as she looked when she was much younger and not ill. I don't understand why people seem to be remembered as they looked right before they died. I choose to remember this person young and full of energy. This took about 30 minutes and is all digital.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Mr. Schwarzenegger has been in the news so much that today I decided to try sketching him for my daily post on Facebook. This took about 15 minutes and is all digital.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Self Portrait in a Beret

Today I did a self portrait. It is my fall back position when I can't think of anything more interesting to paint. This took 30 min and is all digital.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Brain Phart/ Drawing Exercise: 4 Expressions Study

Today I tried a drawing exercise I haven't done before in my daily sketches. I took 4 expressions from my reference library of facial expressions and I tried to incorporate them all into a composition or illustration that sort of told a story. I put a 30 minute time limit on my daily sketches and I found that doing 4 faces maybe was pushing it for me because its very hard to get any sort of finished looking piece with four faces in it when you only have 30 minutes. This is all digital- done with a small Wacom bamboo graphics tablet and Photoshop CS5.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sax Musician-002

Today for my sketch of the day on Facebook, I used a snapshot of a musician that was marching in a UFO celebration parade in my home town in Oregon. This is all digital and it took about 30 minutes to sketch.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Stephen King on a Motorcycle

Today I was more interested in sketching textures like skin/leather and reflective metal than I was interested in sketching a caricature. I found this really cool reference photo of Stephen King in one of his cameo appearances in one of his movies. This was done in about 15 minutes and is all digital- done with a small Wacom Bamboo graphics tablet and Photoshop CS5.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Caricature of Stephen King-002

This was sort of a warm up for maybe a more serious sketch I may do for the Caricaturama Showdown 3000 contest at Facebook. This is all digital and took about 30 minutes to do.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sketch of a Gurning Face-002

Today I did another wild gurning face. Gurning is simply the art of making a distorted face. They even have national gurning contests. I went onto the web to find the photo I used as inspiration for this piece. This took about 20 minutes and is all digital - done with a wacom tablet and photoshop.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Strange Gurning Face-001

Today I was struggling with picking something to sketch for my daily sketching exercise on Facebook. I went to the internet and found a picture of a guy making a funny face in one of the online stock image catalogs. This is digital, done with a wacom tablet and photoshop. It took about 15 minutes to draw.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Left Handed Sketch of Franz Kafka

Today I tried a drawing exercise I use sometimes to knock my cobwebs off and shake things up a bit. I drew with my left hand. Because I'm normally right handed, this is hard for me and takes a bit of concentration just to keep the pencil from flying out of my fingers let alone make a line I want to make. This took about 15 minutes and was done with a pencil on paper.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Caricature of David Lynch

Today's sketch of the day on Facebook was Film Director David Lynch. This is all digital and took about 40 minutes to complete.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Old Black Man in a Derby

Today's sketch was just a practice exercise. I found a photo of an really cool looking face and I tried to paint it in color. This took about 30 minutes and was all digital.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Caricature of an Anonymous Woman

This was a for hire caricature job for a friend on Facebook. It is meant to be used on Mother's Day, in a few days and he wanted it to be a surprise for his wife. That's why I labled it the way I did. This was all digital, done with a small wacom tablet and photoshop cs5.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Caricature of Franz Kafka

This was my first warm up sketch of Dr. Kafka. I was exploring the basic shapes of his head and the planes of his face. He seemed to have had rather large ears! I think I could make his cheekbones wider under the eyes and his forehead narrower at the hairline. Some other minor adjustments and I may have a good caricature. This was very quick - about 5 minutes and was done in photoshop with a small wacom graphics tablet.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Caricature of Osama bin Laden

This face has been all over the media for the past two days. I thought I might as well take a stab at his face as a caricature. The man is dead, apparently. I'll say no more about him.