Thursday, December 31, 2009

In case you missed it...

OK, I lied, THIS is the last post of 2009...
I was flattered, and a little bit saddened to be asked to do the final cover for The Washington Post National Weekly Edition. Originally we'd planned on showing the first cover on the easel, but after drawing the blank "hole" for the image, I got this idea, and the editor liked it. In fact, she liked it so much, that they had it printed on t-shirts for the staff. Too cool.
I'll miss working with this editor. She was the best.
One more thing about this new year's eve - please don't drink and drive. Seriously, assign a designated driver.

Last Post of 2009!

Here it is - the last post of the year. Here's hoping everyone has a better 2010.


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New syndicate cartoon

This one came to me on Christmas day - like a gift.

Just a couple more days left in 2009, and one more cartoon to do.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy week.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Last post before Christmas

Here's my last cartoon of the week - I promise. Had to get this one out though. If you haven't read about the PAC money that is going to influence your Senators on Health Care, you probably should. It's amazing who's on the list. Here's a quote from one of their lawyers: "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu." I'm not sure which is more shameful; an uninformed public, or the fact that it's happening.

Whatever you're celebrating this month, make it GREAT.

All best,


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas to my friends up North!

Throw back a Molson for me!

More syndicate stuff

Here's another syndicate cartoon. This one has been laying around on my desk in sketch form all week. Finally got around to inking it this morning. I'm not sure if I will do another cartoon this week. There might be one more in the chamber. We'll see. Stay tooned.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Another local toon

We've got a bit of a "Nixonesque" controversy going on in St. Johns County right now. I’ll let you figure it out, but suffice it to say I won't be getting any more popular with the local gentry. I never miss an opportunity to draw muscle cars, old tin shacks or hunting dogs, especially when it aids me in rubbing the goons running things. I've got one more cartoon to do and then I can enjoy the the rest of the week. I think I smell a Mac under the tree! That’d be a first. Stay tooned.

Sunday sketch results

I was pretty happy with the drawings I did yesterday. In some ways I feel like I'm finally coming out of the funk I've been in. I've been working on trying to maintain spontaneity in the work, and think about different ways of approaching the drawings. Anyway, I'll post a few gestures, the two long poses we did (50 minutes each), and the final 20 minute pose for which I did a kind of planar portrait study. It's the one at the top of this post. I may do more of these in the near future. Comments welcome.


Monday morning toon

Getting a jump on my syndicate and local cartoons this week. Here's one that worked for both. I had a pretty productive Sunday sketch class - look for those drawings later after the sun peeks through.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Misc. Monday Marker Mayhem

Here's just a fun little practice sketch I did on Monday and forgot to post. I used some new Tombow markers I picked up in Savannah for the color. We've got Sunday figure sketch class tomorrow, and Hillary as our model, so stay tooned for that. I've also still got that news to post next week. Waiting for the project to go to print before I comment on that.

Happy weekend.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

New cartoon - Holiday Disconnect

This cartoon grew out of an article I had read in USA Today, and a conversation I had last night with my Wednesday sketch/coffee buddies. Thanks guys!


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

New syndicate cartoon

Here's the latest for the syndicate. With Bernanke, and the Wall Street bankers in the news today, I figured this was befitting our current economic situation. You would not believe how difficult it is to find a picture of the interior of Treasury. Must be a security thing. I ended up making something up from several vague references on Google Image. Hope it's close.


Man of the Year

In honor of him being named Time's Man of the Year, I thought I'd re-post an old illustration I did of Ben Bernanke back before the current economic crisis. I'll throw in the pencil sketch studies of his head as well.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday sketch results

I've been waiting for the sun to break through the fog this morning. These are still a little dark, but I wanted to get them posted. I'll post a couple of gestures and the (3) 20 minute poses.
This last drawing may actually get me out of the funk I've been in lately. It''s been months since I've done anything I've liked this much. Enjoy, and let me hear from you!

We've got another 3 hour pose tonight. I may do something a little different. Stay tooned.

Ebay auctions closing today

A few people are watching these. Get your bids in early - auctions close this afternoon.

Click here or here.



Saturday, December 12, 2009

I made the Daily Beast again!

I got a cartoon into the Daily Beast roundup again. Here's the link, edited by our very own Ted Rall. Thanks Ted!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

3 hour pose results

We did a three hour pose with a live model Monday night, and I wanted to have a chance to work back into it in Photoshop before I posted it. Here's the drawing portion. I want to get a kind of cross between a painterly technique and a graphic technique when I add the color. I tried it tonight, but I wasn't happy with it, so I'll hit it again tomorrow. All of the work you see here was done in Painter and Photoshop. Drawn directly from life on the Wacom tablet. No original.
PS - Big news on the illustration front next week! Stay tooned.

Local toon

The library addition and funding went off without a hitch. The jail renovation? - not so much.

Syndicate cartoon

I've started reading more about the student uprisings in Iran. As Westerners we should see this as a sign of hope.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunday sketch

Here's the results of today's class. Ashley was the model. Instead of several 20 minute poses, we did two, one-hour poses and a few gestures. For the last one I decided to use colored pencils. The gestures are done with an ink wash brush. We've got a three hour pose tomorrow night, and I think I'm going to try a portrait in Photoshop. Stay tooned for that, along with some potentially BIG illustration news on Tuesday. Hope you're having a GREAT weekend!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Last cartoon of the week

After hearing how Healthcare might be Obama's Waterloo, I started thinking how everything facing him now is like a Waterloo. Problem is, image and charisma ain't gonna be enough to tackle all of it. Eventually he's going to have to show some success, or his approval rating will continue to slide. I've got drawing classes on Sunday and Monday, so I probably won't send another post until Tuesday. Have a happy weekend!

Syndicate cartoon

Let's hope that recent signs of life are a harbinger of better things in 2010. It can't get much worse.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tuesday's local toon

St. Johns County conducted a survey last week to determine if it's students were being assigned too much home work. The numbers broke down like this: 53% no, 32% yes, and 5% don't know. I thought it would be interesting to see this from the kid's point of view. Enjoy.
Now it's on to the big guns in Washington. I'm tinkering with something on the Obama troop surge (call it what you will). Stay tooned for that.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Local cartoon to start off the week

It looks like the only ones to benefit from Dupont calling the County's bluff on the location of their new mine will be - you guessed it - the lawyers. Location and timing are the key sticking issues, and now that the lawyers are involved, you can bet it's going to get ugly.
I've got my idea for my other local toon this week, and will be inking it shortly.
BTW, a big HELLO to the latest follower of the blog! #41, welcome.

Sunday Sketch Post

Sunday was kind of a transition day for me. We've been on vacation for a week in Savannah, and it was great. Lots of art and architecture to look at, and VERY inspiring. I don't know what it is about that town that gets my creative juices flowing, but it does. Also, how funny is it, that the day we get back from Savannah, our model is Savannah? Weird.
Anyway, I bought some new art supplies while I was there (two of the best art supply stores in the Southeast are in Savannah), and I wanted to try them out. For these two drawings I was working with colored ink brushes from Japan, and some graphite blocks - also experimenting with some new approaches to my figure drawings (POV, mark-making, etc.). There was definitely some rust from being away for a week. Regardless of that, I told myself a long time ago that I was going to try to post everything here - warts and all. So here's a couple of the less "strained" ones. I was actually happy with the gestures too, so I may post those later. Comments welcome.