Last drawing session of the month for me. New model, new challenges, but same old crap.

5 min—


10 min—


20 min— This one is on gray toned paper, with just graphite and white chalk.








This is 25 min— The rest of these are marker with white chalk on brown paper.


35 min— don’t like her mid section- in the drawing, not on her.


This was the last pose, and was supposed to be 55 min. Anyone who attends these art sessions knows that I work like a Japanese rail system, timed to the second. I had just started the to add white and do some blending in the last 10 minutes of this pose, when the gallery shut the whole thing down. Apparently we hit 9pm, end of session, time to turn off the lights. Who knew other artists watch the clock as much as I do? You can see I was working my way down thru the figure, so the legs got no attention at all.


Yea, yea, went sketching, but not to my normal place. This session was at a functioning gallery, and the model said she was fairly new to it. She didn’t go for extreme poses, and she seemed a little shy, which is understandable, but she was a living statue. She didn’t drift at all, and she was aware of what poses she could, and couldn’t, hold, so that was smart on her part. I’m sure it’s a balance, to push the pose for your audience, but not attempt something you know you can’t pull off. If she sticks with it,  I bet she’ll push the open stances more, but I was impressed with her.

The lighting in the room wasn’t the best, as they set things up in a corner of a gallery space which has work on the walls. All the lights are adjusted for those rather than the model, which made for some weird shadows. When she faced the wall, these old eyes had a bit of a time trying to figure out the backside edges. It did force one to really look at the figure, and the contour of things, and ultimately that’s what I’m supposed to be doing. This place is much more regimented with the poses, starting with short 2-5 min. at first, then a few at 10 and 25, then a last pose of 50.

Here’s the 5 (left side) and a 10 (right side)–


Here are a couple 25—



And the last that at 50. I spent more time blending in my highlights and tweaking my darks since I had extra time, but I’m not sure that’s apparent at this image size. That little spot on her hip was actually a tattoo, and this was the only drawing I included it in— the prerogative of the artist I guess.


Just a note that this coming weekend (Apr 20-21) I’ll be appearing at AwesomeCon to be held in the Washington DC Convention Center. Come meet actors Phil LaMarr (MAD TV), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Nicholas Brendon (Buffy:Vampire Slayer), and the only guy I’d compare to Mel Blanc, voice actor Billy West (Ren & Stimpy/Futurama).

Comic legend Herb Trimpe (Wolverine/Hulk/GI Joe) will be there, and the writer of my current series… I think his name is Larry Hama. Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), Greg LaRocque (Flash), Steve Conley (Bloop/Star Trek), and Carolyn Belefski (Curls) will  all be there showing off art work that makes me consider other occupations. Some schmuck named Nick Galifianakis (who’s done a few cartoons for something called a “newspaper”) will be there, but apparently he’s better known for his School of Dating— that’s just what I hear.

There’s going to be panels on zombie apocalypse survival (always go with the machete= silent & reusable), the rivalry between Star Trek & Star Wars (geekfest alert), sci-fi speed dating (warning: watch out for Pon Farr symptoms), seminars on cosplay costume design, a Dr. Sketchy drawing session, movie screenings, and more. I’ll personally be sitting in on a G.I.Joe panel with Hama and Trimpe… oh, I won’t be saying anything, I’m just there to bring them bottled water. This is your big chance to get all your Joe questions answered!

Don’t worry, there’s tons for the kids to do with the great John Gallagher (Buzzboy) setting up his famous Comic Diner booth with drawing lessons and art supplies for the lil’ ones. Plus a costume contest where they can dress up without it having to be Halloween!

More details can be found at the AwesomeCon-DC website.


Doodles- Apr

April 13, 2013

So here’s the latest batch from drawing. The usual warm ups- these were 5 min on newsprint.



This was 10—



These were 20, on brown paper with Copic markers and white chalk.





And a last 20 but this time on a gray paper- that’s fancy.


Almost all of you (who bother to read this blog) are only familiar with my work in comics, but before this part of my art career I was an on-staff illustrator in the advertising and public relations field. I still get work in that arena on occasion and recently a chunk of work has come thru for the Clorox corporation. The stuff I’ve been doing for them has finally hit the airwaves, or in this case the world wide web. If you want to see me doing my best MAD magazine impersonation, then head over to Clorox’s Ick-tionary website. Tell em I sent ya!

Here’s a sample of what you’ll see—