Monday, December 28, 2009

The ERA of Ted

This was from my sketchbook- done in colored pencil and then some photoshop color for the background. I didn't feel like it was completely finished, but I lost my reference, so here it is for now anyway.


This is colored pencil.

Sunday, December 27, 2009


Didn't have the clearest photo for this one, but sometimes you have to make do with what you have. It's colored pencil on Illustration board.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

2 Commissions

These are 2 commissions I did for a client: his 4 kids done with brush pen and colored pencil and pastel, and one of his wife in pastel.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Boss-2

This is the new Bruce Springsteen painting I finished last week; just been really busy, so I haven't had a chance to post it until now. It was hard to get a good photo, but I think this was the closest color-wise. It's acrylic on wood, 30 x 36".

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Old Bruce drawing

I did this colored pencil drawing of Bruce Springsteen back in 91 or 92 (I don't remember) for the Asbury Park Press. I'm posting now cause I never did, and I just sold it last week. Better late than never...

Ok- one more...

Just wanted to give you a sneak peek in case you actually go to my flickr page (it's worth it- trust me). So here's just a few of my friend's walls- Fred, Kage, Jason, and Tomo Tabata. Check them out from my links. There are many more friends with great work, but I can't list them all here- sorry- just go to the flickr page.
Also a photo of me and my 2 roommates, Don and Josh who were really cool. That photo was snapped before I could smile... what are you going to do?

Last ISCA post

Ok- this will be it for the ISCA Convention.
This is a drawing of Teresa Farrington referencing the movie "Dune". She liked it and wasn't offended at all; she's really cool. It's colored pencil, and unfortunately, I didn't get a good photo. The flash made everything too bright, so this is shot without a flash but with the shutter open longer- thus the blurriness.

The third one is done by Marlo Meekins and I include it here only because it really blew me away. It's a brilliant idea (it really looked like the guy) and brilliantly executed as well. Her subsequent work during the week was equally as good or even better, so check it out on her blog:
One day I will have an actual conversation with her.

I took many more photos, with many other brilliant artists, and you can see them on my Flickr page:

Better views

Here's my friend, Mongol Mike- from sketch to acrylic painting. The sketch was done from life and then the painting was done from the sketch and a few photos.
The one of Alison was done from life and is mainly colored pencil with some pastel in the background.
The one of Dan is the same medium as Allison, and is referencing the "Ministry of Silly Walks" from Monty Python, obviously because he resembles John Cleese.

Mt. Lar

The first sketch was done while listening to Lar's lecture "Caricature 101". Then I did the sketch of him as a mountain, and then took a better photo to get some more detail.
The last one is included to show the texture which was done with a heavy gel medium. I had to let it dry about 20 hours before applying the acrylic. (This is actually the first photo).

More ISCA (International Society of Caricature Artists) Convention

So, I'll try to include sketches where I can- like this one of Don, which I did from life, and then did most of the pastel that way as well, but took a photo reference just in case.
Here's a better view of the one I did of Ed Lilywhite with the photo ref. I used. That one was col-erase pencil on pastel paper with water. I discovered the col-erase pencils are water-soluble and had a water-color effect.

Monday, November 09, 2009

ISCA Convention-2009 in Sandusky, Ohio

Just got back yesterday from the International Society of Caricature Artists Convention in Ohio and it was quite a trip.
Here are a few photos for now.
The first one is of Theresa Farrington who reminded me of the actor who played Baron Harkonen in the Movie- "Dune". I was worried she might be offended, but she told me beforehand that she has a really thick skin and she really liked it. I actually wanted to color it all in but ran out of time...
The second one is of Mongol Mike and it's an acrylic painting on painters paper.
The third is of Ed Lilywhite and is done with a col-erase pencil on pastel paper with water.
The fourth one is of LAR, who had a seminar about caricature 101. I used a heavy gel medium to create a mountain, and then painted on top of it with acrylics.
The last one is of my roommate, Don, who was a great guy (follow up photo for comparison to come...), and it's done in pastel.
I have more photos to come, and will have all of them up on flickr eventually.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Commission complete

Just finished it- now I have to deliver it.
It's Acrylic on Pastel Paper.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

And the latest commission- WIP It

This is my latest commission; the first two sketch were rejected- because they were too caricatured... The last one of the 3 of them was approved (barely if at all caricatured)- now I have to paint it in acrylic and finish before Halloween when they get married. And now to get to work...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Boss-WIP

Here's my latest painting of Bruce Springsteen. The client basically wanted the same thing that's up at "Rumours" (55th & 8th Ave. in Manhattan), but it pains me to copy something exactly, so I altered it slightly. The original concept was to focus on a red, white, and blue color scheme, because I didn't want to show the typical American Flag in the background like it was originally requested from my client. After I explained it to him, he agreed. So, for this newer version, I added a bit more color and strayed from the original concept a bit.
I'm still not finished yet, and really have to start a new commission, because the due date is coming right up and I haven't started yet (the sketch is done, but not the painting), and it's pretty involved.
So, eventually, I'll have the finished version of Bruce-2 up here- with a much better photo as well (these were quick snapshots, and I couldn't get rid of the glare, so I had to take most of them on angles for now...)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Bank of America

This is 5 of the 11 quick caricatures I did for Bank of America. I worked in-house one day to get most of the work done and then did the rest at home. I never saw a trading floor before and it was a little overwhelming- kind of like the "Ministry of Information"in the movie "Brazil". People had at least 4 big computer monitors each in their cubicles and some had up to 8! It was like information overload, and there I was drawing caricatures from photos. A strange juxtaposition to be sure, but at least it was a new experience.