This is part of one of the editorial cartoons I inked today. I’ll post one of the editorial cartoons I’m working on that is more of a commentary of Christmas life soon.
I love drawing dragons, dinosaurs and other types of reptiles. Dragons and monsters are especially fun. Don’t get much chance to draw them, except in caricatures. I could force the subject mater into the editorial cartoons, but that’s a lousy way to tell stories. So glad Nancy is a fan of dragons!
This event went fine until the past week’s grueling schedule caught up with me and really slowed me down.
I had to head straight home after this to get back to other projects I’m working on. It was a long drive and got home around 4am.
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Am I ever surprised that i found a book worse than the last Johnstone book I read a couple weeks ago. This is the 4th out of the last six Johnstone books I’ve disliked, this one being the worse. This is one of the worse I’ve read in a decade. I better check reviews and be sure to dip into a good one of the Johnstone clan or it’s going to be real difficult to continue with so many books I still have ahead of me in the various series.
This book is atrociously written. One thing that writers are taught is to cover the who, what, why and how in a story. However, don’t actually use the words. This book is full of the ‘w’s and ‘how’s. Throughout the book the rhythm changes constantly. The ending is completely ridiculous as suddenly out of the 15 or so Johnstone books I’ve read, a supernatural silliness occurs. Then their are all sorts of historical issues involved.
This book raises questions for me such as how many writers were involved with the project? The book’s writing style swings from heavy romantic to violent gunfights. Neither of those two written the same way. There are many scenes that have other styles. The supernatural scene suddenly finds no one asking “who”, “what, “why”, etc, when then it just might fit. The dialogue of Smoke Jensen also changes throughout the book depending on scenes. Apparently this was a collaborative effort gone real wrong.
Was there a continuity check? The usual setting descriptions are nearly gone. The only character who seemed to stay the same as in other books is Sally Jensen.
The book appears to have been planned with an ending in mind that, based on the 15 books I’ve read, is a real easy , simplistic plot device, that has to have the reader wonder if there are other astral entities floating about in the series not yet revealed. Is Smoke so fast because he’s really an alien from another planet? Will that be a plot in a future Johnstone entry? When a series suddenly breaks out into fantasy, readers have to wonder what the heck is going on.
The underlying Christmas theme is spotty and otherwise dreck.
Something that may not be helping is that just before this book i was reading one of Nancy Atherton’s Dimitry series books that is beautifully written. Coming to this is a major let down.
I almost took a further step down. This morning I thought i would start Rite Mae Brown’s ‘Santa Clawed’. Got three pages in and realized that I was about to read something worse than ‘A Lone Star Christmas’ and, for the first time I can remember, put the book down. I’m pretty sure cats and dogs are not thinking such trite, shallow human thoughts as applied by Brown. Yuck!
I feel pretty cheated by ‘A Lone Star Christmas’. However, I’ve had fun in this past year tracking down the Johnstone series and don’t want to give up on it. The next book I read will be selected carefully and I sure hope for far better results.
Bottom line: Don’t read this book.
Penciled and prepped this caricature yesterday afternoon before wheeling out to the event I posted about last night. As was the case yesterday, i met with Kristina, below, who requested this illustration. Yesterday we met in Winter Garden, Florida, and today met in Leesburg to watercolor the artwork at the Leesburg Library coffee shop.
I watercolored the artwork with the exception of the orange color seen. Used a Prang marker brush to really pop the color out representing the colors of the Tennessee college that has a football team, the Volunteers.Not surprisingly I know more about the name of the volunteers and it’s place in Civil War history than the name of the college that has a football team with the name.
When I woke this morning I had no idea the day would take so many sudden turns in so many directions! First I answered the call for a last minute caricature by changing plans and meeting the client and doing the artwork. While I was working on the caricature with the client, I got a call about a last minute caricature gig about an hours drive from where I was. Decided to meet that challenge and head in the opposite direction of home and drew at that event for a few hours. Now I’m staying overnight nearby and plan to see home tomorrow afternoon….. Depending on last minute requests!
I’ve been on the road most of the day doing Florida research in Brevard County, Florida, and have nearly no time to put pen to paper.
Needing to do something to keep me artistically acomplishing something today, which this Daily Inks helps me to do, I turned to the need for a Facebook “avatar”.Been planning to do a Santa and kitty drawing to represent my image in social media this month. So I whipped this up tonight.
I’ll get it home, scan and add color using Photoshop later this week.
Swampy’s Rob Smith, Jr. Is a member of Orlando Remembered that places displays around Orlando of the history of the areas involved with the display location. This newest display is in a congested development called Baldwin Park. The development land was once Orlando’s original airport, Orlando Municipal Airport, and military base, Orlando Air Base, for the Army- Air Corps.
The municipal airport land became the military base at the start of U.S. Involvement with the war in Europe that would be known as World War II. After the war the land was split north and south. The southern part, south of Colonial Drive, went back to being the Orlando Municipal Airport, being renamed Herndon Aitport. The north part stayed with the, soon ti be formed, Air Force.
The base stayed active as an air base until just before transforming into the Orlando Naval Training Center in 1968. Boot camp for those coming into the Navy was a main thrust if the base.
The Navy shuttered the base officially in 1999. Not long after the land was basically given to developers from Chicago who created a Chicago themed mixed-use development on the former military site.
This display has a terrific time line that goes through most of this, along with photos and a few artifacts.
Should note here that Rob was born near this dispkay, at 1313 Meeting Place, when it was still the Army Air Force Base.
It’s the Christmas time of year where I tend to find myself in a rash of Christmas parties entertaining with caricatures. Tonight was one such night in Melbourne. Here are a few I drew there. At the bottom is a photo of one of the many interesting baked items brought to the potluck party tonight. I hadn’t seen this type if cookie before and thought if interesting and very easy to make.
This is a portion of a larger illustration of a corporate Christmas card I inked tonight. It’s all part of a Christmas scene of the grandfather telling a story to his grandson. My next step is to set type and then color using Photoshop.
Here’s a preview of Sunday’s Swampy’s Florida cartoon which has something to do with horses and telephones. Want to guess what the subject is?
This is part of sketches for a project I’m working on that is being bounced around by the clients and I. We’ll come to a final rough drawing along the way for me to build on for the final illustration. I’ll likely post pieces of that project as it comes along in the next week. I’ll be penciling and inking on paper and coloring using Photoshop.