Friday, September 30, 2011

Caricature of Tom Waits - day 1

Today I've been working on an acrylic painting of a caricature of Tom Waits the musician. Its for this week's contest at the cs3000 caricature challenge group. So far I have about 6 hours into it. I'll continue tomorrow.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Head Study

Okay this was supposed to be Tom Waits but there are some drawing accuracy issues so I'm callin' it "Head Study". If that camera right eye had been sketched any lower this would have been called Quasi Moto head study.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tom Waits as Hellboy

Today I went digital for my daily sketch. I'm working on a concept for my entry to the contest at CS3000 this week. I want to do a morph between Hellboy and Tom Waits the musician and songwriter. Waits has similar facial features as Ron Pearlman, the actor who plays Hellboy in the movies. Other than that there isn't any connection at all. This is a classic brain phart. Mixing two or more ideas that little to do with each other together to make something ...different. I may have offended the fans of both Hellboy and Tom Waits. Oh well. :-)

Stressed Out Face

I did this at the last minute tonight before going to bed.

You can purchase this original gouache sketch at my auction site at

Monday, September 26, 2011

David Suchet

Today's sketch was a quick wash with gouache of actor David Suchet. It is challenging for me to switch to non digital sketches because I had grown used to being able to make last minute adjustments to make a better image or likeness. It is very easy to move an ear or change the shape of the head even after you have finished the major part of the sketch in digital. But in watercolor or gouache wash drawings, once you lay the paint down, it is there. You can cover it with white gouache but that is messy. So watercolor artists really get good at making a good solid drawing first thing or else they get better at sketching with the brush. I like to just dive in and not use a pencil very much. I like the process of painting with a brush more than cross hatching or drawing with a pencil. In the 30 years or more I've been a professional artist, I have started many drawing sketch books but always I have abandoned them after a few sketches. My goal with this new series of sketches on Facebook is to fill sketchbooks with sketches. This little sketchbook has about 200 pages.

This sketch is available for purchase at:

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Hipster

Today I drew in my small pocket sized moleskin sketchbook. This was done with a pencil and gouache paint. Gouache is very much like watercolor only it is finely ground tempra paint or poster paint. You can paint transparently like with watercolors or very opaquely like with acrylics so it is a very versatile medium to work with.

This piece is available for purchase at

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Caricature of Novak Djokovic-001

This was just a quick sketch exploring Novak Djokovic's face. The tennis star is this week's subject at CS3000 caricature competition.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Distant Badlands-001 (cropped to painted area)

I'm not sure if my water mixable oil paints are triggering migraine headaches. I have had several lately that corresponded with my use of the paint. I will work in gouache for awhile until I work out a better way to ventilate my workspace. This is a small 5x7" gouache painting on 8.5x11" dark card stock. It was inspired by a series of photos I took out my car window as I was on a Boise Idaho road trip from my home in Portland, Oregon.

This painting is currently for sale at my online gallery at

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Caricature of John Krasinski (The Office )

Today I tried a caricature of John Krasinski as my sketch of the day. CS3000 on Facebook is focused on him this week for their weekly caricature contest. I tried something different and sketched this on 5x7" colored cardstock then painted in highlights with gouache.

This piece is available for sale at my online gallery at

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Joshua Tree Rocks-001

Today I'm painting with real paint! This is work in progress. It is 5x7" in size. I hope to finish it by tomorrow. I'm using water mixable oil paint (windsor newton Artisan brand) This is real oil paint in every sense. It has been chemically altered to mix with water. If you use mineral spirits with it, it reverts to typical oil paint and loses that water mixing bond. I love it because it has no odor! No fumes.

I went back and finished up today's sketch so I could start a new one tomorrow for my sketch of the day. My goal is to do an oil painting a day.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Idaho Haystack-001

Today I went back to the snapshots I took out the window on a recent road trip to Boise Idaho. This is stack of hay bails I saw along the side of highway I84.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Quick caricature of Sting-004

Today I was looking at the sting caricature I finished and submitted to CS3000 and after a few days of letting the sketch cool, I hate it. It doesn't really look like him. I didn't have much time this morning to do a sketch but I tried another stab at the guy's mug. No time left to finish this or submit it. But it is a good example of why putting something up and then coming back to it with fresh eyes can help sometimes. This time I just ran out of time.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Self Portrait

I've been telling myself that I have the weekends off as far as the daily sketches go, but sometimes I simply feel like doing one. This was a quickie before I went to bed. This is my sketching style after drinking a little beer on a hot summer evening. hehe

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Idaho Landscape Study-001

Today I sketched a landscape inspired by a snapshot I took out my car window of an old metal silo while I was on a road trip to Boise Idaho recently. This is all digital and it took about 30 minutes to sketch.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Caricature of Sting-003

This is my final version of "Sting" for the cs3000 caricature contest on Facebook. After awhile, I simply want to move on and sketch other things. For some reason, Sting's face was a struggle for me this week.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Caricature of Sting-002

Today I spent another half hour working on a caricature for the CS3000 weekly contest on Facebook. This is still work in progress. I have spent an hour on it so far. I'll pick it up again tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Caricature of Sting-001

This week's target over at the CS3000 contest group is Sting. This is my first stab at caricaturing his face. This is work in progress. It is digital and took about 30 minutes.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Patricia Arquette-002

I'm going to go on a vacation starting tomorrow morning so this will be my last post until I come back in the middle of next week. I spent more time on this sketch today than I usually do, to compensate for the five days or so I'll be slacking off from my daily postings.