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Back to the drawing board! – February 8-9th, 2016

by on Feb.09, 2016, under What's New?

Back to the drawing board!

After the past few days it is catch up time. On he way home stopping at another Steak ‘n Shake and some speedy pen to paper! So much more to do Tuesday!!!

Looking forward to a hike along the Suwannee River Thursday!

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Comics from 50 years ago!…

by on Feb.03, 2016, under Cartooning

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It’s Andy Capp and Nancy from the February 3rd, 1966 edition of the Ocala Star-Banner, Florida!

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Drawing #Cartoon fun with a Pal & Florida books! – January 31st, 2016

by on Jan.31, 2016, under Cartooning

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Fun day running through Hawthorne, Interlachen and Gainesville, Florida. Thanks to Jack Owen for great vittles at Dianne’s Old Time Barbeque and picking up some fantastic Florida books.
 
Later with Steve Smith in Gainesville doing dueling pens filling a couple sheets of paper with doodles at a Steak ‘n Shake. Did a video using the video application Periscope as we each drew and our drawings reacted and answered questions as they came in from viewers.
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My sketches during the #GOPDebate! – January 28th, 2016

by on Jan.29, 2016, under Caricatures, Cartooning, Illusration

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This is a grouping of sketches I made during Thursday’s GOP debate. I took out the political references. Those can be found on my political site. The set is (clockwise from left) Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, J.E.B. Bush, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Ben Carson.

Below is a sketch I did of the earlier debate. Here’s the first showing of candidate Jim Gilmore.

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Work in progress: A commission of noir!

by on Jan.26, 2016, under What's New?

A very rough sketch of a commission project that ties in with my love of film noir. 

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Tuesday’s Comics: Andy Capp from today in 1984.

by on Jan.26, 2016, under Cartooning

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This one is from the January 26th,1984 edition of the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

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Sketching the Democrat Debate – January 17th, 2016

by on Jan.17, 2016, under Illusration

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This is a mosaic of some of the sketches I did during the Democrat debate tonight. I’ll have to do more of this for more debates and the like. There are captions involved, but my working hard to get in no political debates or discussions here, I omitted those.

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Book: ‘Top Producer’ by Norb Vonnegut – January 15th, 2016

by on Jan.15, 2016, under Books

Top Producer: A NovelTop Producer: A Novel by Norb Vonnegut
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Norb is light years away in mindset from family member Kurt Vonnegut, of who I know too much. ‘Top Producer’ is a top producer of detailed, yet understandable, words of how Wall Street works. To tie such a complex subject in with an involved case of murcer is more than admirable.

However, this book is struck by what I find in the bulk of contemporary novels: Massive excess. For me a quarter of this book could be cut loose and work so much better. Vonneguts asides of bicycling and food and over focus of a victim is, at times, ridiculous. Asides should be a paragraph or two. Not pages and pages.

With all of the excess a reader will learn far more than needed of each character. A better writer could have scaled the character development down to far, far fewer words. The settings are very well depicted. Excess here may have helped a bit.

Still this is a very good book with a rather simple mystery that is decked out in Wall street trimmings.

Bottom line: I recommend this book. 7 out of ten points.

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Cartooning on the road! – January 13th, 2016

by on Jan.13, 2016, under Cartooning

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Been on the road all day. Lots of stops taking notes, pictures & video of neat places to visit from south to north Florida. Nearing the end of my journey and realized I needed to knock out some artwork! Now to finally head home!

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Book: ‘The Coconut Killings’ by Patricia Moyes

by on Jan.10, 2016, under Books

The Coconut KillingsThe Coconut Killings by Patricia Moyes
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Here is another Tibbetts tale with massive holes. Despite an otherwise good story, the holes in the novel cannot be ignored. The worse is the use of a machete on a human with no apparent problem of the resulting blood being everywhere after the action. Apparently this was a clean machete murder. Seems Moyes didn’t learn about what happens when violently hacking a machete. She did learn about how it should have been done.

This problem makes the rest of the book impossible. Seems to me Moyes had an ending in mind, built and outline and then filled in the blanks. This would explain how few seem concerned about the violence of the murder involved and what happens later. Especially the Tibbetts, who are not even on their home turf. Moyes writes Henry Tibbett as nearly a superman who barges around with no fear of death and flies long distances in record time.

Bottom line: I don’t recommend this book. 4 out of ten points.

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