Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
The Lovely Anna and I have been watching the Netflix series “House of Cards” and I have to say that is one TV show that can still surprise me on a regular basis. It took a few episodes to gather steam in season one, but once it got there it never lost momentum. The above is my take on star Kevin Spacey.
The format of the show, with an entire season being released all at once, is very interesting.” Binge-watching” is the new catchphrase around the water cooler these days, but considering how long it takes these elaborate series to be shot and produced, is it a good or bad way to go? Traditionally having a weekly episode allows for a TV series to stay relevant and in the public interest for many months, and then gives the creative teams time to produce a new season as the current unfolds. So, you at most have to wait a few months for the next season to begin. Here you can watch a whole 13 episode season in one weekend if you want, but then what? It might be a whole year before new episodes. I guess there are pros and cons.
Anyway, it’s a great show. I might do a series of SotW caricatures of the cast. Robin Wright is a particularity tempting subject.
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Spring training is underway for Major League Baseball, and all pro ballplayers are showing up at their teams spring training facilities to get ready for the 2014 season… well, not his guy. Alex Rodriguez is serving a 162 game suspension for the use of banned performance enhancing substances and obstructing the investigation of such. He actually could attend spring training under the terms of his suspension, but he’s staying home. Must have run out of “the cream” and “the clear”, and he’ll just concentrate on “the remote” this summer.
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
At least I think it’s Ashley Olsen… might be Mary-Kate. Very quick study from a pic I ran across doing a Google image search for “duck lips”.
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
I give up. Due to popular request from some very obsessive Doctor Who fans, I give you Doctor 8.5 aka The War Doctor, as portrayed by John Hurt. I will not be drawing David Tennant‘s hand, which having regenerated in an episode apparently counts as an individual Doctor regeneration, nor any of the actors who filled in for original doctors who passed away, nor Peter Cushing from the separate film versions. Thank you.
Oh, and here’s the whole lineup, with sketches inserted:
Clicky to Embiggen…
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
The BBC just released the first image of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, complete with his costume, so I could not resist doing a drawing of him as the official Doctor.
I will NOT be issuing another limited edition print with Capaldi added, because that would just not be right. I am happy that the drawing I was doing of him as the “12th Doctor option” on the current print was not too far from his actual look in the show:
For the few remaining ones of these I do, I will get the specifics of the costume more accurate. BTW, I have less than 30 of these prints left now. Going fast!
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
With less than a month before MLB pitchers and catchers report to camp, this week’s Sketch o’the Week is local Minnesota Twins
catcher first baseman Joe Mauer. This is a quick, live-caricature style drawing of Joe for a Twins-related event I will be doing this weekend. I’ll report on that next week sometime.
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Sorry but I have to cop-out on this week’s SotW as I am frantically trying to finish up a big MAD job, among other things. Therefore this week’s sketch is a rough of a recent illustration from Penthouse, one of my ongoing series for the header of rocker Dave Navarro‘s advice column in the magazine.
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Well, actually actor Sam Claflin, who plays Finnick in the new Hunger Games movie, “Catching Fire”—but I’m sure HG fans (or “Tributes” as they are lamely trying to be know as) don’t care. This is a quick study.
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
This week’s subject is superstar director JJ Abrams. JJ is a huge fan of MAD Magazine, so there is clearly something wrong with him. However, he makes great movies and TV shows, and I recently did a little project for him and sent this sketch to him as a thank you along with the original art. At some point I will be able to share the art I did for him… it was a sort of personal commission so nothing as exciting as a Star Wars illustration. I did ask to be paid for the work by being cast as a Jedi in the next movie, but he elected to pay me in money instead. You can’t blame a nerfherder for trying.
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Well, not really a sketch today… too busy with a couple of projects I will share later. This was a study of U.S. President John F. Kennedy I did for, of all things, an animated commercial for gold investment company SwissAmercia. This Friday marks 50 years since his assassination in Dallas, Texas.