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My Projects in Progress: Bears and fish! – February 15th, 2018

by on Feb.15, 2018, under Cartooning, Illusration

This is a piece for a coloring booklet that will be available free at March 3rd & 4th’s Florida SpringsFest at Silver Springs State Park. There are 16 pages in all and I’ll post a few more of these images before the event. I’ll be there “signing” the booklets with your favorite critter. Hope to see all that can come to the Festival!

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My Friday Drawing! A bear in a swing! – February 9th, 2018

by on Feb.09, 2018, under Cartooning

Here’s this Friday’s drawing! Terisa Glover left a comment of a park. Here’s a bear and squirrel pal on the swing of a children’s park.
 
If you’d like to join in for next Friday’s drawing, leave a favorite animal, place or something you like to do. I’ll nab a few of the various answers and post the drawing here next Friday. If you’d like the original drawing, I’ll do my best to get it to you somewhere down the road.
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A peek at 1 of my finished pieces this past week. – February 8th, 2018

by on Feb.08, 2018, under Cartooning, Illusration

Finished an editorial illustration this past week. This is a part of the color piece.

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Book: ”Gaters, Skeeters, and Malary: Recollections of a Pioneer Florida Judge’ by Judge E. C. May – February 4th, 2018

by on Feb.04, 2018, under Books

'Gaters, Skeeters, and Malary: Recollections of a Pioneer Florida Judge‘Gaters, Skeeters, and Malary: Recollections of a Pioneer Florida Judge by Judge E. C. May
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

E.C. May’s book of his life is a wonderful view of life, specifically in the last half of the 19th century in the South. Unlike the fantasy conjured up today via radical political winds, May knows nothing of what will become and wrote what was. What was, as May illustrates, counters so much posted in the headlines of Southern history.

His writing leaves a lot to be desired. Considering he assembled this without aid of editors and the like, it is still a remarkable book. The layout of stories is linear, which makes following each much easier. Dates are also well placed.

Of course, this book is for someone wanting to learn south Georgia or Florida history. Others would become very lost about what he wrote about and it’s significance. As usual, a map would’ve been nice to have included somewhere for all to follow.

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

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My projects in progress: Manatee! – February 4th, 2018

by on Feb.04, 2018, under Cartooning

This is just another drawing of the set of illustrations that will be part of a booklette at our annual Florida Springs Festival, March 3rd and 4th, at Silver Springs State Park. One page of the booklette will be just for me to create a personalized drawing per your request. The booklettes will be free for you and yours!

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My projects in progress: Pencils for a coloring booklette I’m working on. – February 2nd, 2018

by on Feb.02, 2018, under What's New?

Let’s keep me drawing and revisit fun we had a couple months ago.

Post either a favorite animal place or something you like to do.

Next week I’ll post what I do with some of them. You can either pick up the original from me or I’ll try to deliver it.

We can repeat this next Friday!

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Book: ‘Dead Man’s Road’ by Randy Denmon – February 1st, 2018

by on Feb.01, 2018, under Buddies

Dead Man's RoadDead Man’s Road by Randy Denmon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Author, Denmon obviously has a great handle on the mechanization of the railroad business and well presents it here. He even crafts a decent story around it. It’s the rest that stinks.

Let me begin with the very good part: Denmon does an exemplary job of writing the construction of the rails and the physical, mechanical and governmental needs. The engineering part of it all from the plans to the trusses needed for a bridge are very accurately written into the story.

I find almost all types of music,TV, movies, books, etc. created in the past 20 years has elements of the Valley Girl in it. I was surprised to find elements of the Valley Girl in a western novel by a man. but it’s very much there. The use of superlatives is ridiculous. Just the last two pages include: amazing, magnificence and totally.

The dialogue is presented as if all have had some fine education. Even those described as being illiterate. The indians sound as if they attended primary school in New York. This is the worse element of the book. It’s one of the good guys that curses more than any other character. The bad guys are written with rather gentle dialogue and then written with very rough action. Most of the characters are written in narrative and dialogue very similarly.

Denmon also approaches the opening of chapters the same way. Seemed to me each opening had some color involved to describe the setting. Denmon did his best to include a solid setting, but it read as very mechanical.

The good guy was very frustrating and I had trouble liking the character. As much as he was written like the others in dialogue, Denmon included a lot of inner thought that didn’t match with the dialogue.

I could go on. I believe this book is just another example of a contemporary book missing a good editor who would’ve pegged so many obvious troubles and could be straighten out.

The overall book is fine, though pretty predicable.

Bottom line: I don’t recommend this book. 5 out of 5 points.

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My Work in Progress: Coloring Squirrels! – February 1st, 2018

by on Feb.01, 2018, under Cartooning

I have a staggering amount of very different projects swirling around and I’ll be posting here about them just about everyday. This is squirrel illustration posted earlier when rough penciled. Here, inks and some color has been applied. A lot more to do! I’ll share that down the road.

Tomorrow I’ll add a bit of fun to posts.

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Continuing to alter my way of drawing my caricatures. – January 24 – 27, 2018

by on Jan.29, 2018, under Caricatures, Cartooning

On my way to Cocoa Beach on January 24th to perform for a wedding I felt a developing cold. By the time I got there, I had a cold – and still have it. But, the show must go on! But could I continue my further altering my approach to caricature to some thing a bit more comic-booky illustration?

Somehow I did, in between sneezing and feeling awful. After the 24th event I rested and did all I could to be prepared for the next event on the 27th. Still sick for this event near Clermont, I really worked at not having a set place for the head and working harder to get each person’s story into the illustration….in between a runny nose and taking in many cough drops.

The 27th event had a lot of young people at it and worked on the larger paper for each. Three of those are the last of the pictures here.

Please let me know how you like this approach. I love, my friend, Trisha Kirby’s response of this approach. “It’s like an entire comic book or illustrated novel wrapped into one image.”

Here are a few from both events:

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My projects in progress: Water, water everywhere. – January 22nd, 2018

by on Jan.23, 2018, under Cartooning

Just finished a piece involving a whole lotta water! Here’s a section of the illustration.

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Tonight stretched further away from traditional caricatures and wait ‘til you see the cake at the event! – January 21st, 2017

by on Jan.20, 2018, under Caricatures, What's New?

This is Gio and he loves werewolves and science fiction.

I took a further step tonight with my “caricatures” to making each more of an illustration. Instead of beginning to draw faces and ask questions, I asked a couple first to start rolling a layout of images in my head and placing the head somewhere on the page to draw out from. Then I made the rest of the answers fit into the illustration. I really liked how so many of the drawings turned out.

This was also an event I turn down: Children’s birthday party. In this case I worked with the mother, who knows my work and insisted I be there. So, i took the approach I developed at the Florida Parent Educators Association convention last year and flipped from drawing one way for the children (Favorite animal to something they love to do) to the adults. First time doing that and it worked very well.

Frank loves Lord of the Rings and works toward better education options for children.

 

Bill, a former State Senator, works in actually wrestling involving young people going to the Olympics. He also works to clean up the internal problems the Olympics has had.

Juan strums guitar & saxophone for his church and with classmates. He also loves tigers.

Fun and very challenging seeing how much more I can get storytelling into each illustration.

Marion lives on a small island off the cost of Spain. She loves to paint cubist art and has a mess of pets, including chickens and cats.

The cake was amazing! And not for the sugary faint of heart. That is a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting made by AnnMarie. Kit Kat bars were used as was wood used to build a fort. AnnMarie then used a rubber band to seal it all together.

Next she added M & Ms in the middle, mini-Reese’s cups and mini- Hershey bars.

I had a slice and it was extremely good. But, at my age, one slice was enough! 🙂

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