Archive: 2008-03 1 - 4 of 7 posts

13WHAM TV

Posted Mar 2008

My friend Bippy (Caricaturist from Rochester) was interviewed this morning:

www.13wham.com

When you get to the website, click on the word "Video" in the rectangle near the top of the page. Then do Control F(ind), type in the word Caricature, and you can see it.

He has a way of making me feel good about what I do. While being acknowledged for the Flattering Caricatures he draws, he mentioned Kruger's Wild Caricatures. Mine are somewhere in the middle - between Bippy's and Kruger's. By seeing those 2 successful extremes juxtaposed with each other, it's clear that there isn't only one 'right way' to do this.

And here's some pictures that I drew of the Artist Bippy:


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Drawing in a Dark Bar

Posted Mar 2008

I gave myself a treat after last night's gig. I went to a bar to see the Arkham's playing music. They played some of my favorites: The Road to Arkham, and Hell is Where the Good Records Are:

http://www.myspace.com/thearkhams

They also brought in a band from Kentucky - The Rumble Club. I'm trying to make sense out of the picture I drew of the Rumble Club. Rough or Clean - I can't decide which is the better picture.

First, here's the rough drawing that I drew standing in the very dark bar. Not only were my subjects turning and bending and changing their expressions on the high stage, but the biggest obstacle to really seeing them was the apparatus in front of them - things like the curly part of the upright base and the microphone:

So I came home and cleaned it up a bit. Outlines and colors:

But the real surprise to me was this 3rd picture. More correct, but not nearly as good. It's clear that the Artist has to have the Feeling of the genre. Gotta be out in the world. Gotta experience. That's much more important than having the 'right conditions'. The 'right tools'.

I drew this 3rd person in the quiet of my Studio. Having seen them in person, I was able to make sense out of the photos on their website. I made this cleaner, more 'correct' picture in the quiet of my well-lit studio. It got no energy, no rhythm:


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Male Models

Posted Mar 2008

Artist Frank Zeigler recently told me that he did his curves as angular lines for a man. Gotta remember that, I thought. And I drew:

But I got wrapped up in wrapping the glasses around the head. I guess I forgot to focus on what I was studying.

So I drew this man again:

Then I drew another man. His face was so round. I thought that it was impossible to angular the lines for him. But I discovered that advice need be taken with a grain of salt. When I neeeeeded a curve, I drew a rounded line. But there were plenty of times that I had choice. And by applying the angular-lines-for-male principle, I happily maintained the guy's maleness - which might have been a problem otherwise:

I like this! So I thought 'angular!' again. Drew another man. This is good stuff. My regular pictures with the addition of a new awareness about drawings. I used to prefer to draw women, but now I think I grew up.


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At the Recording Studio

Posted Mar 2008

I was recently out in California. Had the opportunity to draw the owner of Deep Space Records. dspacer.com Keni was definitely a chance to use my new hat skills with the Hats!


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