Friday, November 26, 2010

Tom DeLay

Okay, I've renounced most of my Bush-era hatred and bile, but I hope I can be forgiven for indulging in a little schadenfreude on this one: Tom Delay convicted of money laundering, could go to jail for decades.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Atoms, Motion & the Void: "Sarro's Balloon"

I've been wanting for forever to do a series of illustrations based on my favorite podcast, "Atoms, Motion & the Void", by the brilliant Sherwin Sleeves. This guy is a one-of-a-kind talent: he writes, he voices, he makes music, and he pulls it all together into a singularly haunting listening experience.

The next couple of weekends he's putting up a one-man show in New Hampshire, and I only wish I had the luxury of driving five hours to go see it. But it inspired me to kick out what is hopefully the first in a series of illustrations, this one based on a beautifully sad tale called "Sarro's Ballon".

(iTunes podcast feed here, list of AMV episodes from Sleeves' website here).

UPDATE: Just for shits & giggles, and because I can never leave well enough alone, I took another pass at this incorporating some of the ideas I developed in the later illustrations.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sketching at Sugar Cafe with friend

The public schools were closed on Election Day, so I took the Kindergartner to my favorite people-watching cafe and handed her her own sketchbook. To my great delight, she eagerly accepted it and went straight to work. We spent a leisurely morning alternately nibbling on breakfast and drawing the passers-by. I got to witness a wonderful moment when a light seemed to go off in her head and she exclaimed that peoples' heads arent circular, they're oval shaped! Like the consummate perfectionist she is, she promptly ripped all the circle-head drawings out of the book and started over. At some point we took turns drawing each other, something she pulled off with much more confidence than I did.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Katy Perry

Today's random celebrity practice sketch: Singer Katy Perry launches her new perfume, "Purr". Five minutes after being told she has a new perfume called "Purr".

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Greg Norman and wife

Golfer Greg Norman with his new wife, who is the same woman he was cheating with not one, but two wives ago. Now they can finally be together! Obviously it was destiny. It's like a fairy tale, if you think about it.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Michael Tarver

UPDATE: I had an idea to try this much darker, and pop the highlights out some more. I like the result, I think I'm gonna keep experimenting with this.

UPDATE 2: I went in and lightened up his eyes (Thank you for pointing that out, Joan.)

Monday, November 01, 2010

Baseball pitcher

Some doodles I did while discussing a baseball-themed project on a Skype call that ran waaaay over. I'm working for an English client whose American CEO mandated the baseball motif, leaving me in the position of having to explain the game of baseball to her, which is really the blind leading the blind. We spent a ridiculous amount of time just establishing the fact that "pitch" happens to be a verb in the States, and is not the word for the playing field.