Monday, March 20, 2017

CHANNELING THE 1970s

This week’s portrait, Lorraine Lamour!
The art show opening, "Drawing Down the Moon” at Gallery 800 in North Hollywood was great! “A huge turn out” I love that line! But seriously, a lot of people came out  and I got to see a hand full of people I haven’t had contact with for the last couple of years, and they all live in Los Angeles, you really can lose people here, it’s way too big.
People were fascinated by the 8 pieces I had in the show and one in particular drew a lot of attention to itself due to it’s unique close up of a male model I worked with, not the above image, another one which was blurred (contrary to most people’s expectations, I didn’t submit a group of just nude women art, there was a nude guy among them).


I think that’s the challenge of creating art especially for myself, making it interesting and worth doing and showing in some cases. That’s why I find these weekly portraits worth doing and sharing. I try to challenge myself with each one. So far I think I am pulling it off, but it is getting harder each week.


In creating this portrait of Lorraine, I tried to bring out my inner 70s, trying to create a pop art look.

Also I did this just to surprise her. She’s an interesting person, I’ve never met her, only Facebook contact. She once sent me this “breakfast” video that took me off guard, I loved it!

So this is me giving back to a virtual friend the love and positive, crazy energy that she always sends my way.

Monday, March 13, 2017

CIRCLES, THE MEANING OF LIFE

This week’s portrait, Flora!
This Saturday I was working on one of my old school, Photoshop portraits. It was close to 11pm, after close to 7 hours of work, I was almost done. Hit save and a message came up that I saved already would I like to still save again and over write my current saved file. I hit yes and you can guess the rest.

Gone.

The file f----in’ disappeared like it never existed! I ended staying up most of the morning redoing it and with the time change, I didn’t get much sleep, welcome to the end of my weekend.

I’ve been doing these pen and ink portraits now for a while so this type of issue doesn’t exist outside of the computer. Though I have to admit, I did panic for a moment when I couldn’t find the original art of Flora to scan.

I know Flora from the Art Directors Guild’s Tuesday drawing workshops. What a great person. She’s an animator, very low key, and thoughtful. Flora reminded me of someone very close to me, my mom. I know that could sound weird, it’s just that she has a very trustful personality.

Working on this portrait I wanted to try combining an animation line style with the circles.

I wish there was a way to count all these circles. Would it be crazy if sub consciously I’ve been placing the answers to all of mankind questions about our existence in the universe within the patterns of the circles without even knowing I’ve been doing so? The circles and patterns are not random after all. Maybe I’ll hire someone to do the counting.


Wonder if I’ve done a million yet and what does it mean?

Monday, March 6, 2017

THE NERD SOAPBOX

This week’s portrait is, Flick!
It’s Monday! it’s early!

I am posting on time! I was worried I would be late again or worst miss posting today.

I am submitting a few pieces of art for an art show in a couple of weeks at Gallery 800 in North Hollywood. These are life drawings done on Tuesday night at the Art Directors Guild in Studio City. They are all pen and Ink and circles. Lots and lots of circles!


A couple of weeks ago was the Long Beach Comic Expo. I haven’t had a chance to post any of the pictures from the convention yet. A lot of interesting and cool things happened. I told you about the Girl Scouts, and the drawing event. I did get to see a lot of people I know. But I am horrible with remembering names.There are times when someone will say their name to me and we start talking and within seconds, I realize I’ve forgotten it. It especially kills me when it happens and it’s a girl I am trying to impress.


That said, there was one person who’s name I didn’t forget, but it wasn’t a girl… it was a guy, not your typical guy. His name was Flick and along with another person named, Hero, they are the celebrity stars of a You Tube channel called, "The Nerd Soapbox”.


I did an unplanned interview with Flick and it just got posted online. I think it’s one of the best interviews I’ve done, it made me laugh! I got to talk a lot about my art, which was fun especially given how excited I am about doing these circle pieces lately. And we relived some Recliner of Rage moments. Also at the end of the video you get to see me do a portrait of Flick at the convention. Here’s the link,

https://youtu.be/Cn4hDbzO2to


If the above link doesn’t work, just go to You Tube and type in “The Nerd Soapbox”. Or copy and paste the above URL in a new browser window. The video is at the top of their channel list.

If you have time, take a moment and check it out. Promise you’ll enjoy this!

Did I mention, Flick is a puppet?


I loved this video so much that I decided I’d make Flick my subject this week. Normally these piece take a couple of days to work on but I raced through this one Sunday afternoon starting around 5:30 and finishing at 10pm. My hand is killing me now, the typing seems to actually be helping a little, so this blog entry is a little wordy.

Thank you Flick and your production team for putting me right up there with the likes of Garrett Wang, Denise Crosby, and William Shatner and many other amazing actors and actresses you’ve interviewed over the years.

Ok, now it’s time for me to turn off for a while!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

IS IT STILL MONDAY?!

This week’s portrait, Rihanna!
I’ve seen and heard of her so much in the news that I decided why not.

Feeling tired and maybe a little sick today, so I really have nothing to talk about. The art is straight forward.  I just want to crawl in bed now and end the day.


It’s still Monday on the west coast so I’m technically not late in posting this?

Monday, February 20, 2017

ART BASED ON FEELINGS OR TIME TRAVEL

This week’s portrait, Lynette Davis!

I’ve known Lynette for a few years now. She’s an incredible art model that I’ve worked with on numerous occasions.


When I did this portrait of her about a week ago, I had no idea that the end result would come out the way it did. A few people saw the scribbles and random colors happening at a drawing workshop, but like myself they probably were wondering what I was doing. Honestly, I had no idea other than a feeling what I was doing was right for me, you could say I was possessed by the art process.

Lynette’s portrait took a few days to complete and I am glad I had the good sense to scan the image a few times during the process, just so I could see how I got to this.


This past weekend was the Long Beach Comic Expo and the a second time I was invited to introduce Girl Scouts to life drawing and help them earn their badges. What an amazing time I had. Watching the incredible art pieces that were created in the room was inspiring.

The kids had a very natural process in creating their art, with no hesitation in mixing art materials to complete their work. I saw a lot of what I did in this portrait to what they were doing. I wonder if it’s possible I was channeling their effort from this weekend’s future/ past into my current/ past moment in time?

Getting inspiration from the future and bringing it back into the past?

I also got a chance to meet a handful of Late Night and current Conan fans. And did an interview with a celebrity puppet named, Flick! He does a show called “The Nerd Soapbox”. It was a first, and I enjoyed it! I’ll post the link to the video as soon as it’s up.

I woke up today feeling a bit sick, glad I had the day off. But as a result I am posting this late in the afternoon. I really have to try and stay on top of this. Posting something meaningful every week isn’t easy, but I am enjoying it!

Monday, February 13, 2017

EVOLVING ART

This week’s portrait, Ashli Griffin!
Ashli is an art model I started drawing last year. I wish I had known her a few years earlier, I would have loved to had included her in my book. She’s very dynamic and a pleasure to work with.

I think it's no secret that a few of these portraits were done in advance so I would be able to continue posting on Mondays. This portrait of Ashli was done a few months back. It's interesting for me to see how much my work has evolved. The circles in this image are bold and spread out. The colors are very simple.

The skin tone was tone with a metallic copper pen color since at the time I couldn't find good brown ink pens to use. I think someone should make a line of pens with at least 72 or more colors, many of which should be browns and earth tones.

This coming weekend is the Long Beach Comic Expo! Long Beach conventions are so much fun. I get to see a lot of art friends in one place and of course putting on the drawing event with two of my favorite model, Jennifer Fabos Patton and Amina Santana! I will also be hosting life drawing for the Girl Scouts at the convention! “Bringing life drawing to the masses, one event at a time!”

I might do some portraits at the convention again as well but using colored pencils, no inks. Also, the drawings will be done on paper especially designed for use at the Long Beach convention. I think people will love what am planning!

Monday, February 6, 2017

REAL ART IS NOT SCRIPTED!

This week’s portrait, Tamron Hall!
Last weekend I had an amazing time at the Ontario Anime Los Angeles convention. The drawing events I hosted on Saturday and Sunday had great turn out on both mornings.

Another convention that I am excited about is coming up in a couple of weeks, Long Beach Comic Expo! This will be the 7th time hosting life drawing in Long Beach. This convention is so much fun, a lot of great people involved. I am really honored that they have welcomed me back so many times and that the attendees that come, are enjoying it and have a lot of positive things to say. In case you’re wondering, this coming event’s theme will be, “Harry Potter”. And this time around I will be providing images to color if you don’t feel up to drawing the models. So come draw… And color too!

Also at the long beach convention I will once again do a special hour with the Girls Scouts, helping several troops earn their drawing badge!

And thanks to Gina and Rob Nelson, “Themed Costumed Life Drawing” is back as well at Nelson Creative Spaces in the valley!

A lot of life drawing to host in the next few weeks, but I love doing them all. Drawing brings a balance into my life, it centers me, it is almost like meditation.

When I draw I like to have some kind of background noise, whether it’s music or the television. It was a few years ago when I had the tv on in the background that I heard and saw Tamron Hall for the first time. Her voice always carried a certain tone of fun in it, it made me want to stop and listen to what she was talking about. It didn’t hurt that she is beautiful too.

I think NBC agreed with me because Tamron was on just about every show the network had. NBC News, MSNBC, MSNBC Live, Today’s Take, appearances on the Today Show, investigative programs, the list goes on.

So it was a huge surprise to hear last week that NBC decided to let Tamron go and replace her with Megyn Kelly, a former Fox news conservative reporter.

Tamron seemed like she was a huge part of the NBC family and really enjoyed what she was doing, she never felt scripted. She was someone I could relate to given how I approached my art and the many projects I get involved with.

She was a work of art in terms of on air personalities, and she made it all seem fun. Myself, I don't know if I’d consider myself a work of art, yet, but I do hope people can see, and experience with me, the fun I am having when I create my art.

I hope I'll see her back in some form of media!

ps: in case one or two of you are saying, “What, that doesn't look like her, the hair is different!” Look her up, you'll see that I drew her with her natural hair. Her daily hair is part of the network script.

I rarely follow scripts with my art.