Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Zoo pencil study

Here's a study for my next large scale painting. I probably won't do these life-sized, but I did want to at least experiment with overlapping the compositional elements before just diving into the large one. This overlapping is something I'm experimenting with in figure drawing as well. We'll see were it goes. Coffee and sketching tonight at the Lakewood Starbucks. Come join us @ 5:30pm and bring a sketchbook!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday evening Moleskine

Dat held his regular Monday night figure drawing session last night. I had never drawn this particular model before, and to tell the truth I wasn't sure what to expect. But I must say she was a total pro - she held the poses well despite having a slight cold, and I could see the bone structure incredibly well.

We started out with (3) 5 minute poses and then moved into (2) 45 minute poses. I worked in the Moleskine for the longer poses, and experimented a bit with overlapping drawings from different vantage points as I moved around the room. I think I want to do more of these.

Time to start working on cartoons again, and a landscape I'm trying to finish before Thursday. Wish me luck!


Friday, September 24, 2010

One more local cartoon for this week

Wanted to get this one in before the weekend. The controversy over the proposed Atlantic Beach sewer line project just got a little juicier. They say they're going ahead with the project - lawsuit or not.
Hope everyone has a GREAT weekend!

Today's syndicate cartoon

I've been waiting for quite some time to do something on this.
Enjoy, and let me hear from you!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wednesday Starbucks Moleskine Study

Dat, Henry & Bernard showed up to sketch last night at Starbucks. A good time seemed to be had by all. I worked in my Moleskine.
This woman knew we were drawing her, but she was a good sport about it, and just kept banging away at her computer - trying to ignore us.
Looking forward to getting a cartoon inked today.
Stay tooned, and let me hear form you!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thursday's Local Toon

Privatization of NEFSH has been an ongoing issue in Baker County for some time now. Employees have been mostly against it, as they fear any outside private interests will be detrimental to the future of the hospital. With the upcoming elections, Florida is going to have to decide between the current sitting Democratic Chief Financial Officer of the State and a wealthy Republican who comes from the private health business sector, and carries a not so stellar reputation. Take your choice.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Monday Night Figure Drawing

It was really great getting back to figure drawing last night. I had drawn this model a couple of times before, and always gotten good results. She has a classic form for figure drawing; good weight at the hips, and solid balance and proportion. We started out with a few 3 minute studies, then we did a 30 minute pose, and finished with an hour long reclining. For the 30 minute sketch I continued with my studies of people drawing people (and the back of heads) in the Moleskine. Finally, I broke the last drawing up into two different view points of the same pose; moving around the room until I found an interesting juxtaposition. I think this was the "keeper" of the night.
Would love to hear from you!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Local toons for the week

It was refreshing - and, quite frankly, a bit shocking - to hear this week that a School Board Member in Baker County has made good on his pledge to donate half of his salary to get the Baker County PTA back on it's feet. After a slew of bad press in other counties around NE Florida it is indeed a good sign to see such good faith measures taking place.
For the second cartoon, I wanted to remind readers at the beach, that this might not be the best weekend to take up surfing as a hobby. 8-10 swells are definitely NOT for beginners.

Wednesday night sketchin' at the Starbucks

We had a pretty good group last night. Bernard showed up and was drawing birds. Dat sketched a sexy Pocahontas with watercolors, and Henry doodled up some character designs in his new Moleskine. We meet at the Lakewood Starbucks every Wednesday at 5:30pm (unless there's ArtWalk or Dr. Sketchy's), so come on out and join us. And bring a sketchbook!



Saturday, September 11, 2010

Local toons and notes about this weekend

I had a VERY busy week, so I'm just now getting around to posting these. Both of these cartoons were based on local events that were precipitated by national issues (love it when that happens). Anyway, for the first one, Baker County is looking to cash in on larger ships from China making their way through a newly renovated Panama Canal (In 2014 it will have a wider pass-thru so they've dubbed it Panamax). Choices will have to be made as to which County in NE Florida has the best location for processing the extra goods. Baker is looking pretty good.

For the second one, with several storms passing just east of Florida, and a continuing economic storm on land, I thought everyone could relate. BTW, I was interviewed by First Coast News yesterday about my career as a political cartoonist. It will air tomorrow morning at 7:30am. The name of the show is On Point and it is moderated by Shannon Ogden. Those guys at FCN could not have been nicer or more accommodating. Great experience! Cheers, Ed

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Today's syndicate cartoon

This idea woke me up from a dead sleep at 5:55am. Inked it in about a half an hour. Sometimes it just works like that. Lots happening leading into the weekend. Stay tooned!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Photos from my opening last week

I would like to once again thank everyone who came out Thursday night for my opening. Seeing you all meant more to me than you can imagine. And thanks to Leslie Blumenfeld for photographing the whole thing. Besides being a great photographer, he also blows a mean sax. If you get a chance, you should definitely check out his band Close Enough For Jazz. Here's a link to their site for a schedule of events:
and here's a link to the online gallery from my show:

Friday, September 3, 2010

Weekly Syndicate toons & a great big THANKS!

Here are my two syndicate cartoons for the week. Nothing like waiting until the last minute. I finished them last night after I got home from my opening. AND speaking of which, I wanted to take a second to thank everyone who came out last night. The Corse Gallery really did a great job hanging the show, and everyone seemed to have a good time. The turn-out was great, and it was really wonderful to see both old and new friends. The show will be up through the 25th of September, so if you get a chance please stop by and take a look.