Monday, June 30, 2008

The Dude... painted

I started this out as a monochromatic study like the Beardman assignment. I ended up liking the skin tones so I decided to add color to the eyes and clothes. I can really see that I need to work on hair. I used Painter for this and haven't used Painter since starting this class. I really liked going back to it. I did the hair in Photoshop though. Now I'm going to have to cut the head off and add a body. That should be interesting...

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Eva Longoria sketch (with video)

I usually draw men, purely because they're easier! So I've decided to try and alternate between men and women to get more practice, and so I get to stare at photos of beautiful women for hours on end, without that guilty feeling. So here's the first, Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives fame. I also recorded the process, which you can see below. I'm always reluctant to record my sketching because I worry that it won't turn out well, but I guess I can always delete the video if I don't like it. Let me know if you enjoy this one, and I'll do more.

Eva Longoria Caricature

Hey! I finally got a Tutu that I'm really happy with... I did soooo many thumbnails and sketches and I guess the urgency of our deadline being tomorrow kind of kicked me into gear and helped me get things right. I also had been getting his head shape wrong in all my other sketches... once I nailed that everything seemed to fall in place. Would love to hear peoples thoughts ;)


Friday, June 27, 2008

marilyn again

This is my current Marilyn although it could all change.

I'm not sure if this is my preliminary final sketch or my last study for my initial final sketch or my last final outline final sketch......Help!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Anybody want to take a guess?

This is early, rough, and not near finished but I wanted to post it anyway. I like doing characters they play rather than the celebrities themselves. This is from one of my favorite movies.

Russell Crowe preliminary sketches

I sort of just picked Russell Crowe out of the hat because I couldnt think of anyone famous I was personally interested in and I thought he had easy generic face which to draw. But it turns out he has a lot going on in his facial features. As usual Im starting out portraity to get to know his face, I think I should be able to think of a way to make him look funny for the final drawings.


I figured that if I have to look at the same face for three weeks in a row, then I'd go for someone a bit easier on the eye than some of the exotic specimens we've been subjected to recently, hence my choice of Marilyn Monroe. I also thought she would be easy to caricature - hair eyelashes and lips and you've got it! Or have you...? It's turning out harder than I thought.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Sketches

I decided to do someone that might not be that well known, but has significance to me... hopefully people recognize him :)

I've been playing around with some sketches ... so far I'm pretty happy with both of these, but cant really decide which one I like more. Would be cool to hear some people's opinions ? ;)


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hugh Laurie sketches...

Just s couple of sketches of whom I'm illustrating for our last project... he's got some crazy features haha

Quentin for my book!

This week I will be at the Wizard World comic convention in Chicago, selling and signing books. If you're there stop by and say hello! I will be at booths 3300, 3302, 3304, hanging out with my Imaginism family!

This Quentin is one of my new paintings done for my book.

One of the special things about this book is that I have invited many friends of mine who's work I greatly admire to also be a part of the book. So I would like to thank my Guest artists for their amazing contributions to my book.

Roberto Parada, Drew Friedman, Joe Bluhm, Ismael Roldan, Wouter Tulp, Kei Acedera, Stephen Silver, Larry Seiler, Bobby Chiu, Hermann Mejia, Thomas Fluharty, and Jan Op De Beeck.

Click the button below to pre-order the book!

Hello all :)

Hey everyone!  I hope this is ok (if not I am sure the moderator can delete my post) but I went to Bobby's class last year (and learned a TON!) and I met Bobby and Kei this weekend at Heroes Con.

I did a sort of Fan Art from their book "Fairy Sketches" and I wanted to show it.  I just referenced one of Kei's awesome sketches and painted it up.  Had a blast!  Hope it's alright :)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Self Portraits

I did the one on the left about a year ago and the one on the right was a warm up sketch from yesterday. While one is caricature and the other one's not, you can still see the anatomy now that wasn't there before.

Just a quick sketch...

.... and not for class, just for fun. It cheered me up a lot.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Lesson 7 - Final project part 1: Dio

As part of our final project, this week we are doing sketches of a celebrity who will be put into a scenario next week and ultimately painted. So my celebrity is legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio. He's a skinny creepy old guy now, in his 60s, but still performing, and I daresay he's a still got the lungs for it!

So here are some of the thumbnails I have been scribbling out.

When he performs the Black Sabbath "Heaven and Hell", there's one part where he's lit from below with an evil red light, and the bottom right thumb is kind in that direction. Of course, the full body picture for the final scenario will have him doing his famous horns sign with his hands.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Father's Day Private Commission

Client hired me to do this one for her husband for Father's Day, a gift from her and her three boys, professionally matted and framed for his office. Wanted it to kind of look like a portrait, rather than an action shot, all part of the joke. Client was very happy as was the recipient. In fact, the recipient called me up to tell me how much he liked it, and asked me to drop off some business cards at his office next time I was in the area. He has a lot of clients that will see it, figures there will be a lot of interest, and he wanted to be able to tell people who did the work.

It's been hanging in his office for a week. Sure enough, I got my first referral inquiry from it yesterday afternoon. Never underestimate the power of word of mouth. And of course, always be nice to your clients.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Assignment 6: Dave B, Bannon & Bill sketches

I should have pushed these a lot more, but I went almost more portrait-like instead. Bill had some pretty AWESOME glasses(bifocals?), so I thought I'd exaggerate those a little bit. Value painting has really been helping to speed up my sketching.

It's great to see artwork still coming in from previous classes!

Simon Cowell final

Here's my final painting of Simon Cowell, which I started AGES ago! Click for a closer look. This was lots of fun to paint, but I'm glad to be finished.

Simon Cowell caricature

Obama quick sketch

After taking Jason's first class on caricatures I have become used to checking up on student work. I'm always amazed by how good the work looks, even in the first few classes.
Keeping up with some sketches and stuff myself- an obama I did last night.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Assignment 6

A lot of drawing - I think I like painting better :-)
I think I missed the chance to exaggerate more while I was thinking about skulls and all that fun hatching detail.

Well, off to start thinking about that final!


Here's my sketch of Bill. I'm going to do my skulls tomorrow and turn it in. I also fixed a couple of the things on Bannon to make the likeness a little better.

I bought and downloaded some Photoshop brushes from Portland Studios last night. I haven't had a chance to experiment with them much but the guy that uses them does some really awesome work with them. Here's the link if anyone wants to take a look.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Bannon sketch, no skull yet

I would say it turned out more haunting than cute and haunting...


Dave B


Dave B sketch, no skull yet

Al Gore warm up sketch!

I'm trying to learn how to use Painter X . . . I've never used it before and I'm finding it a new beast if you will. A lot for me to figure out. I started this sketch off in Painter, first using a color pencil, and then blocking in with various oil and acrylic brushes. It wasn't quite looking the way I wanted, so I took it into PS and finished it off . . . just a sketch, or study . . . all in all took me about an hour and a half.

Monday, June 16, 2008


I thought this would be easy after the last assignment, but the skull is quite hard to draw in 3D

I've muddled through this one somehow.

assignment 6 skull sketches


This is what I have so far... not too happy with likeness, but I like the overall sketch. It was great to get back to some sketching! Its sad that we're getting so close to the end :( I still need to do bannon, but so far I've been struggling with him and will probably only get him done last minute...

Everybody's stuff is looking really awesome, its great to be a part of such a talented group!

Assignment 6

Here's my take on these guys, I don't have my skulls included in this post, but you guys can check them out in the video crit later... the older man was fun to draw...

Sunday, June 15, 2008

exagerate or die

This guy has a face that looks like a JRR Tolkien character, he should be soooo easy to exagerate. Im going to draw this over and over and over till I get it.

Lesson 6 -- Bill thumbs

Here is some of the stuff I am doing with Bill. This is a fun assignment! I'm having a good time with these guys.

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Bannon sketches

something quick

Here's my thumbnails of Dave B. I'm blocking out this weekend to really get some work done. I'll keep posting as I continue. Your initials are looking good.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Dave and Bannon thumbnails

This week's assignment is focusing on the skull underlying the head... now that I am focusing on the skull, I am actually finding the caricaturing to be flowing easier from the pencil... err... tablet pen. I have a great reference, too... a have a life size skull candle holder that sits on top of my computer. It's perfect because I can pick up ol' Yorick and view him from all angles!

So here are some experimenting thumbnails of Dave and Bannon. I am still working on Bill.