Friday, July 29, 2011

Jason's Mother ... or "Arrangement in Grey, Black and Red"

Today's sketch is another "Brain Phart". I was looking at a bunch of Jame M. Whistler paintings online and in my searches, I stumbled upon a picture of Jason from the movie "Friday the 13th". Two cultural icons collide! This is digital and done with a small wacom tablet called the bamboo. I use photoshop cs5 on the pc.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Snail Man

This is just a whimsical brain phart. Every so often I get bored and draw something totally weird. For these daily sketches it is important to keep it fun I guess. This took about 30 min. and is all digital.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Whoopie Goldberg

Today I tried a caricature of Whoopie Goldberg but again, my sketch drifted towards portraiture. I really think I need to sketch a subject about three times before the caricaturing part of my brain kicks in. This is digital and was done with a Wacom Bamboo brand digital tablet on a pc using Photoshop CS5. It took about 30 minutes.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Donald Trump

For today's sketch I intended to do a caricature of Donald Trump but it turned out more like a weird portrait than a real caricature. I rarely get a good caricature the first time I sketch a face. I need to sketch several versions before the part of my brain that caricatures clicks in and goes to work. Oh well. This is all digital - done with a Wacom Bamboo digital drawing tablet in Photoshop CS5 on a PC. It took about 30 minutes to sketch.

Monday, July 25, 2011

MGM Lion Habitat

Today's sketch of the day was inspired by what I saw when I visited MGM Grand's Lion Habitat in Las Vegas last week. I'm trying hard to use really big brushes so I avoid getting caught up too much in details and focus more on the broader shapes and the composition. This is all digital. It was done with a small 4x6" Wacom tablet called the Bamboo. I use a PC running Photoshop CS5.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Blue Man

I'm home from Las Vegas this morning and for my daily sketch, I used a snapshot I made of a wax figure display of the Blue Man Group that was in the Venetian Grand Canal Shops area. This is digital and took about 30 minutes.


I sketched this yesterday, July 21, 2011 while still in Las Vegas. I posted it then on Facebook but was in a rush to check out that morning and didn't have time to post it here to my blog.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Most the people I have seen playing at the tables and slot machines have been in their 50's 60's and 70's. Interesting. I've seen a few younger than that but I'd estimate that about 85% are in that demographic. This sketch was done from carefully observing people then later sketching what I observed. It isn't a really accurate reflection of reality but it captures a little of what the reality was. This is digital and took 20 minutes with a wacom bamboo graphics pad and my laptop running photoshop cs4.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Urban Palm Tree

Today's post was not done from memory but from a photo I took out my hotel window yesterday. It was almost unnoticed and in the far distance but I zoomed in on it and felt it made a cool image with the contrast of man made geometry opposed to natural shapes. This is digital done on my laptop with a wacom tablet and photoshop cs4. It took about 30 minutes.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Las Vegas Casino Table Lady

I saw this lady yesterday at one of the casinos I visited. (I'm on vacation in Las Vegas this week) And I knew the minute I saw her I wanted to paint her for one of my daily sketches. Here she is, just the way I remember her. She looked like she had seen it all. This was done in my hotel room with a small wacom bamboo pad and my laptop running photoshop cs4. It took about 15 minutes or so. I used standard ps brushes.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Frankenstein Monster ( Karloff Version )

Today I drew something how I feel this morning... dull, and grumpy...A very quick sketch - digital.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Portrait of Zoe Fiesterman

Today I used my daughter as a subject for a study in blending and smoothing brush strokes. This took about 2 hours to do but my computer crashed about an hour into it and part of my video was lost. If I sketch longer than 1 hr, my computer runs out of memory and crashes , darn it.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Caricature of Liam Neeson

This week's target personality at Facebook's Caricaturama Showdown 3000 contest is Liam Neeson, the actor. I am a Starwars fan so I chose to depict him as his role as a jedi. This was done in two installments today of a half hour apiece. It's all digital and done with photoshop and a small Wacom tablet called the Bamboo.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Study In Facial Tones

Today I continued using really large brushes. I started this sketch out with fairly massive brushes then as I neared the end of it, I reduced the brush down about 50% or 40% of its orig. size so I could make a few details I felt it needed... like the corners of the mouth, lines in the eyes, ear details etc. This is all digital and it took about 30 minutes. I used reference from the web, which is okay for studies and practice like this but wouldn't be okay if I was making serious fine art for publication or exhibiting.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Old Man & The Sea

Its cold cloudy and damp here in Oregon today, even though its the middle of summer. So I decided to paint another beach picture. Once again I'm using big brushes. I'm forcing myself to look at the broader shapes and not get caught up in the details. This is all digital and it took about 30 minutes.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Caricature of Tim Burton

Today for my Facebook sketch of the day I painted a caricature of Tim Burton. He has a great face for caricature! This took about 30 minutes and was done with a small beat up Wacom Bamboo digital pad and Photoshop CS5.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Caricature of Bill Cosby ( final )

This was an entry of mine in the weekly contest over at the Facebook group Caricaturama Showdown 3000. This week's celeb face everyone is doing is Bill Cosby. This was all digital and it took a total of about an hour.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Caricature of Bill Cosby

I decided to enter the weekly caricaturama showdown 3000 contest which is targeting Bill Cosby this week. I figure if I put in about 30 min. a day on this, I should have a nice finished piece by the deadline. This is all digital- 30 minutes into it so far.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Vincent Willem Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh portrait. This was all digital and it took about 30 minutes to complete.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Jack Dale Collins Portrait

Jack Dale Collins was a man killed last year by the Police in Portland Oregon. He was a homeless person who suffered from addiction and mental illness. It is a very sad story. This was all digital and it took about 30 minutes.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Flag Girl-001

Happy 4th of July!! Today I simply took a web photo I found and used that as inspiration for a sketch of a small girl wrapped in a USA flag. The whole thing took about 20 minutes. It is digital - done with a wacom tablet and photoshop cs5.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Tropical Girl-003

Ugh! Its another overcast day in Oregon. I decided to sketch another tropical girl sketch. This is all digital - done with a Wacom Bamboo digital pad and Photoshop CS5. It took me about 20 minutes total. I used a photo I found on the web as inspiration.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Surprised Bald Man

I didn't spend much time at sketching today. This was whipped out quickly. I'll try to put in my full 30 minutes tomorrow.