Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Creatures While searching for "cows," in one of the "c" sketchbooks, I came across another little drawing that caught my eye. It must have been filed in there under "creature." It's the only explanation I can come up with. I liked it so much, I decided to throw some color into it, and show the build-up to finished rendering. Enjoy, but watch out! This guy might be lurking under your bed!
Creative Types One of the things that fascinates me is how other artists work. There are a bunch of books out on the subject, so this year I decided to treat myself with some downtime reference material. We creative types tend to be isolationists, so when we have the opportunity to see how others set up their studios, get their ideas, and basically create, we're always on the lookout for something they might be doing that we'd never thought of. Here's a few of the books I picked up for myself this year for my Birthday. Tip: you don't have to buy any of these books new. Spend a Saturday in your local used book store, or go to Abebooks.com, where you can find most of them for a lot less.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
This is an issue that has been around since I lived in NW St. Johns County. Back then, we really didn't mind having our address listed as Jacksonville. Since that time, a contingent of locals have gotten together, and pushed to make St. Johns the approved designation of the area. The problem with this is that St. Johns is also the name of the county, AND the name of the river that runs along side it. On top of that, there is an area within this area called Fruit Cove, and another area known as Switzerland. It's been very confusing to say the least. Anyway, the black hole comparison seemed appropriate.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Here he is clowning around in front of one of his cartoons.
Cartoonists in attendance were Jeff, myself, Dana Summers, and Doug Mac Gregor. Here's a group shot (red-eyed devils one and all!). And here's a shot of the lug head in front of his cartoons.
Jeff did a hell of a job putting this together, and from the turnout it looks like it's going to be a pretty successful show.
Also, on the ride home, I got an email informing me that I'd won a Florida Press Club award this year. They combined circulation Classes C & D, which put me in competition with larger papers, so that's kinda cool.
Also, today, I found out that one of my illustrations is going to be displayed on Berlin's subway system, 40 times a day on 4000 video screens. That makes for A LOT of sets of eyes seeing my work in Germany. And As I like to say, "Germans Love David Hasselhoff, but they REALLY love Ed Hall!"
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
During the planning phase, developers promised not to build along the Intracoastal waterway, which runs through the eastern part of the town. Well, since then, they've had a change of heart. That puts the scenic views of everyone currently living along the eastern bank at risk. Hence, this cartoon. I LOVE this idea for it's sheer simplicity, and subtlety.
Opinions: Political Cartoons Opens at Brevard Art Museum
MELBOURNE, FL - On Thursday, September 18 the Brevard Art Museum celebrates the opening reception of Opinions: Political Cartoons from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
During the exhibition planning process, the Museum sought assistance from the local paper the Gannett publication FLORIDA TODAY and contacted their resident editorial cartoonist Jeff Parker. Through his national associations, he was able to entice a number of his colleagues to participate in this unique exhibition. Drawing from cartoonists nationwide, Opinions: Political Cartoons, exhibits timely commentary surrounding the hot topics of this election and past elections. The detailed drawings use humor and line to comment on the political issues of contemporary society.
Contributors to the exhibition include the following: (P indicates Pulitzer Prize winner)
Don Adams; Rex Babin, The Sacramento Bee; Jeff Bacon, Navy Times and Marine Corps Times; Gary Brookins, Richmond Times-Dispatch; John Cole, Scranton, PA, The Times-Tribune; Paul Fell, Artizans Syndicate; Ed Gamble, Jacksonville, Florida Times-Union; Ed Hall, Artizans Syndicate; Tim Jackson, Chicago Defender; Shane Johnson, http://www.mylifeinacube.com/; Mike Keefe, The Denver Post; Steve Kelley, New Orleans, The Times-Picayune; Jeff Koterba, The Omaha World Herald; Doug MacGregor, Ft. Myers, FL, The News-Press; Jimmy Margulies, NJ, The Record; Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle; James Michaels; Deb Milbrath, Freelance; Jim Morin, The Miami Herald (P); Mike Lester, Rome,GA, News-Tribune; Pat Oliphant, (P), Tamarind Institute; Jeff Parker, FLORIDA TODAY; Mike Peters, Dayton Daily News (P); Joel Pett, Lexington, KY, Herald-Leader (P); Ted Rall, Universal Press Syndicate; Dana Summers, The Orlando Sentinel; Ann Telnaes, New York Times Syndicate (P); John Trever, The Albuquerque Journal; Gary Varvel, The Indianapolis Star; Matt Wuerker, The Politico; and Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News.
Doug MacGregor, editorial cartoonist for the Gannett-owned The News-Press of Fort Myers, will present a free Cartoon Lecture, September 18, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Museum’s Harris Auditorium. MacGregor will also host a Cartooning Clinic, September 20, from 11 a.m. to noon for ages 8 and older for $35, or $30 with Museum member discount.
Admission to the exhibition opening is free to the public. Expected artists at the opening reception are Jeff Parker, Ed Hall with the Artizans Syndicate (Jacksonville), Doug MacGregor, and Dana Summers with The Orlando Sentinel.
The reception is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Museum at (321) 242-0737 or visit http://www.brevardartmuseum.org/.
About the Brevard Art Museum
The Brevard Art Museum is a non-profit organization supported in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts; Brevard County through the Brevard Cultural Alliance; the Brevard County Tourist Development Council; and by members of the Brevard Art Museum.
Location: 1463 Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie District of Melbourne.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m., and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., sponsored by Gatto’s Tires & Auto Service.
Admission: Adults $5; seniors $3; children and students with I.D. $2. Free for Museum members. Free admission on Thursday. Special rates and tours are available for groups of 8 or more, and can be scheduled by calling Tina at 242-0737 at least two weeks in advance.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I've left the drawing board in these photos, so you can get a sense of scale (the drawings are pretty big).
I suggested he lay on his side this time for the long pose, and that the light be adjusted for a more harsh contrast.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Oh, one more thing...she may have Ronald Reagan sensibilities, but she's also got George Bush ears.