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Wednesday, November 30, 2011



I'm loving my lunch hour.
Spent my lunch hour today playing with Edgar Allen Poe's face.
Here's the rub: there are only a few images of Poe available. It is apparent that a percentage of them are flip-flopped left-to-right. The problem is, there is no way of telling which ones are correct, and which ones are backwards.
Which is weird, because he had a very unusual head shape, and his two eyebrows went totally different ways.
So the only thing to do is to play with the face until it 'looks right' - or until I laugh so hard that chocolate milk comes out my nose. Either way is good.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011



I took my sketchbook with me to the DMV today, to pass the time while waiting. For about an hour, I was the hit of the DMV! People were watching and we were all talking and it turned out to be quite an enjoyable couple of hours. One of the gals noticed some older sketches of Keef and commented that she liked them, so I sketched some more Keef.
In the process, I came up with a drawing that I really liked.
I had started the Keef painting, and I liked the lighting in it, but I'm thinking of starting it over, cuz this drawing is just....
To see more of the Keef sketches, click HERE.
To see the painting WIP of Keef (up to today) click HERE.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


From the sketchbook... regular, exaggerated, even more exaggerated...

George had GREAT eyes and eyebrows.

...and that smile was priceless... (when he was smiling.)

The page:

Friday, November 25, 2011

RENFIELD (Tom Waits) Work-In-Progress

I've had this one sitting around for awhile, thought I'd scan it and post it.
(At 11x14", the canvas just barely fits on the scanner, and crops out a couple inches all but it's still better than nothing.)

A very rough and messy Tom Waits as Renfield -
Acrylic painting with palette knife, drips, spatters, and resist... to get that turbulent, unsettled, chaotic feeling of the Renfield character (how appropriate.)





Prismacolor and Graphite, 11x17"

Saturday, November 19, 2011


The CheetOwl, a close relative of the Gryphon:

Reptiles and birds are fun to mash-up!

Persian Owl Kitten:


Hammerhead Croc:

Some sketches from my lunch break at work:

A juvenile TurtOwl stretches his wings for his first flight.

A baby TurtOwl waiting for dinner.

I'm getting back to the drawing board and loving every minute of it!!!
Here are some Creature sketches:

I've been following the muse lately. I have been enjoying drawing birds, particularly raptors; Peregrine Falcons, Harris Hawks, and the like.
Today I had a wild urge to look up reference photos of tree frogs. They have such interesting faces.
Later, I was looking at some of Bobby Chiu's incredible artwork. The guy is simply amazing! I started thinking of the tree frogs, and it seemed to me that their nose would be perfect for a beak. Next thing you know, I'm scribbling away, and having fun! I took the face of a tree frog, and added bits and pieces from a Peregrine Falcon. The result was a couple creatures with a decidedly 'baby-dragon'-esque look to them.
What FUN!
Thanks for the inspiration, Bobby!
btw, here is one of my all-time favorite pieces by Bobby Chiu: check it out!


Some pencil sketches for a series I'm working on:

Thursday, November 17, 2011


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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"The Man In Black"

Here is the finished piece "The Man In Black."
Original: Acrylic on canvas, 16x16"
I donated one of the Fine Art Print/Artist's Proofs to the silent auction for the 1st Annual CD Relief Concert, to raise money for the Colorado chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. There was a small bidding war, which was won by Sean Pound.
Here I am with Sean and Johnny:

The event was a rousing success, with a phenomenal collection of talent, both musical and artistic. The auction alone raised over a thousand dollars for the LLS.
Here is a link to video highlights from the concert:
1st Annual CD Relief Concert Highlights
For more on "The Man In Black," go HERE.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

ART SHOW: Studio Works by The Artists of *LOL* Caricature Company

This is my first gallery show since I moved back to Colorado!
Come to the Opening Reception at The Other Side Arts in downtown Denver this Friday, Nov. 4 from 6-9 pm.
My newest paintings will be there, featuring Frank, Johnny, and JIMI and others!

Also included are awesome studio pieces by Brooke Howell, Ben Bloss, and the other amazing artists of *LOL* Caricature Company!
This is a unique perspective on the art of caricature - don't miss it!