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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Fatty Potter Revisited

Last Saturday, I posted a quick pen and ink sketch of a 1930's mugshot...but as I kept looking at it off and on this past week, it just wasn't sitting right, seemed too flat and bland...so, this morning, I decided to antique the paper in the oven with tea bags and chicory brew to give it a little more color.  Then I went in with a faint watercolor and gouache to put in some more tone here and there.  To finish, a little white prisms color highlight here and there.  Hopefully, Mr. Fatty Potter, the now notorious thief, would be more approving...wherever he is.  

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Mr. Fatty Potter

One of the things that I like to do when I run out of creative juices, is to scour over pictures of vintage mug shots and just start sketching the folks that had the unfortunate opportunity to be saved in the annals of mugshot history.  This morning I found this very dapper young man nicknamed Fatty Potter, from the 1930's and decided to have a go at some cross hatching and sketchy poo.  Here is the result.  I don't know what I like more about this fella, the fact that he's got some nice swirls in the hair or the that his nickname was "Fatty!"   Reminds me of the ol' Morrissy song..."You're the one for me, Fatty"  
 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Playing with my Food

Tonight, after being inspired by just how beautiful a good sardine is, I decided to try drawing my food.  I've seen more and more people starting to sketch what they eat, or don't eat, if they're using their doodles as propoganda...but I haven't really dabbled much into sketching edibles.  So, tonight I gave it a whirl.  There's nothing better than a well prepared sardine, or any fish, for that matter. When I bust any of them open in my house, however, I'm promptly excused to the back of the house, or banned from using the kitchen till everyone is gone since the Mrs. doesn't care for the smell.  Her loss, my gain. Here's pre and post the addition of color to the drawing:
   
   

Saturday, April 09, 2016

The Donald


So, I'm not going to add my voice to the myriads of pundits that pontificate on politics day in and day out.  There is plenty of that to be found with a few key-strokes here and there.  However, I did take some time today to sketch out some caricatures, like back I did a few years ago.  I tried to get the Orange OOMPA LOOMPA like color that we have seen from the Donald on so many of the debates, but don't know if I succeeded.

Enjoy.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

A Little Butterfly for my Spouse

The other day, Cheristy said, "when are you going to do something that I like?"  So, hoping to avoid the walk of shame, I asked her what she wanted.  She said a yellow butterfly on a pink or red flower.  So, I knocked this out this weekend.  However, it looks like I'll be going back to the drawing board, because as I showed her the finished product she said, "that's nice, but I'm not so sure about the purple, we don't have any purple in the house to match it with."  So, I have a few options.  1. I can tell her I used purple to convey how calm and peaceful she makes me feel when she's around, (and hear her ask me what I've been drinking.) or 2. Crank up the photoshop. 3. Head over to Sherwin Williams to repaint the den as colorful as a bad Prince movie from the 80's. Oh well, it was a good attempt.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hummingbirds in my Backyard


Recently, my family moved.  Once we got the backyard put in, I put up my trusty hummingbird feeder and I love to just sit on the couch and watch the birds come and get their fill.  We planted orange trees as well, and it's fun to see the birds dart from tree to tree, then to the feeder.  Those birds are amazing...I guess it's the only species in this world who can suck down straight sugar water, non-stop, without having Bloomberg trying to legislate how much they can drink.  Too bad they don't carry around spare change, Coke and Pepsi could have a new revenue stream..... I did this little sketch, trying to capture the flurry of the little buggers.

Can......I can


Over the weekend, I got the Easter bug and had a few hours to kill.  I decided to go back to the trusty tin can as a canvas and knocked out this Christ.  It's a nice addition to the tin can gallery that I've been assembling over the past little while.