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June 30th, 2014 – Today on the #Drawing board – Feature art for a cartooning class I’m teaching!

by on Jun.30, 2014, under Cartooning


Today on the #Drawing board – Feature art for a cartooning class I’m teaching at The Knowledge Exchange in Palm Bay, Florida, August 16th. Sign up now! –
It’s a one day intensive event!
Assembling a similar class for near Orlando for September. Details to come!

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Today on the #Drawing board: Happy Critters!

by on Jun.30, 2014, under Cartooning


This a watercolor painting of native Florida animals I created for a card.

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June 27th, 2014 – Today on the drawing board – Gator Guitar!

by on Jun.28, 2014, under Cartooning


This is the atart of a new project from a client that didn’t know I know how to draw alligators. Apparently the end client is being very specific about the guitar. So, i expect this artwork to change before I get to the color part.

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June 26th, 2014 – Today on the drawing board – Caricatures in Altamonte Springs!

by on Jun.27, 2014, under Caricatures


This has been a busy week of caricature events! this one in Altamonte Springs, Florida. A medical office brought me in for an open house. The event went very well. I was concerned because i haven’t been sleeping much in the past few weeks and especially the past week. My likenesses could have been better, but the engagement with the crowd was the best at this event than others in the past few weeks. What really assisted that was the lack of blaring music/soccer games and other noise. It gave me a chance to interact with the crowd and working at getting the crowd to interact with themselves.

Also dropped off an illustration that got got bogged down in massive miscommunication and ended up getting kicked back to me. Haven’t had that happen in – well, I don’t know when. Quite jarring and surprising. Part of the problem, as I saw it, is that I thought the conversation between me and the client were also part of the instructions to get the artwork done.

Apparently, we should have gotten more familiar with each other. It also would have helped if I hadn’t been on the road so much and finding myself in various parts of the state with car problems so that I could have communicated with the client better and not worked on the art work off and on. I also struggled with the project as the request was to create the illustration with pencil. i thought that would be a breeze and approached it as I approach all my illustrations. However, this had a lot of mechanical parts in a rather boring setting and that i tried to enliven it a bit, which I work at in all my work. The client, it seems was looking for a very technical look which is positively not something I do.

Bottom line is that client wasn’t familiar with my work as I thought and if I had developed a contract between us, we might have better nailed down what was expected. In that I was doing the project for a relative of a friend of mine, a contract didn’t seem necessary. I do my best to avoid these traps. Though they come up at times, I have always done my best to salvage the project and can’t think of a time that a project crashed and burned. The client does want to regroup and reapproach the project, but I think we are too far apart in what I do and what they want, so I’m stepping away so that they can find an illustrator who can accomplish far better what they want. Lots of time and materials poured into the project. My loss, just at a time when i can’t afford to let that happen.

Possibly more caricatures Saturday. But that’s likely the last for a week or so. I have plenty else to do and will be featuring here in the coming week.

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June 25th, 2014 – Book: ‘Hickory Dickory Death’ by Agatha Christie.

by on Jun.25, 2014, under Books

Hickory Dickory DeathHickory Dickory Death by Agatha Christie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

‘Hickory Dickory Death’ is a nice mystery with a slew of suspects, but a suspect plot. Hercule Poirot rather stumbles into what seems to be a mere issue of theft until turning into murder. His involvement seems a bit of a stretch to begin with, but as the story goes the narrative seems less Poirot and more the authorities as if Poirot seemed more interested in the theft than the deaths.

There area long string of suspects that Christie does her best to discern, but still seems a bit too similar and that confused me while reading. In today’s radicalism view of political correctness, it’s likely younger folks will needlessly cringe at Christie’s attempt to distinguish her characters. It is not one world. We are not one people. Unfortunately, Christie doesn’t do enough to kick up a notch the differences.

Something else Christie doesn’t expound enough about is the basis of the solution to the mystery. There’s a lot to it and could have been far better defined involving dangers which leads to murder.

The writing is good as Chrisite is, but she sets too much up with the assumption that all know Poirot. The rest of the plot becomes far too convoluted due to what i commented about above. There’s a very good plot here and the underlying mystery has been done many times. Just done far better than Christie has done. Though, in that this is from 1955, Christie is early in handling subject matter far more common today.

Christie is a legend and i hate to write this involving legends, but…
Bottom line: i don’t recommend this book.

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June 24h, 2014 – Today on the #drawing board – Critter Run – Color Version!

by on Jun.25, 2014, under Cartooning


Penciled and inked this weeks ago. Thought I would be coloring not long after, but more car trouble and detours in life have kept me from being as timely as I’d like. Here’s the digital color version of the artwork. I’ll share the digital notice about the event as it approaches.

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June 23rd, 2014: Today on the drawing board: Not much!

by on Jun.23, 2014, under Cartooning


Recovering today from a multi-day travel schedule carrying me through Orange, Osceola, Marion, Pasco, Hernando, Hillsborough, Polk, Lake, Alachua, Sumter, Clay, Duval, Pasco, Bradford and Sumter Counties. Little sleep and lots of work has conked me out. Getting rest tonight and will be back in action Tuesday.

In the meantime, i did the cartoon above with a similar message for the Swampy’s Florida website.

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June 21st, 2014 – Today on the drawing board: Caricatures in Riverview, Florida!

by on Jun.22, 2014, under Caricatures, Cartooning

















Drew caricatures galore in Riverview, Florida, for a private corporate event. Many were from Haiti and/or were very involved with their church. Irma, above, used to take many mission trips.






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June 21st, 2014 – Book: ‘Spanish Bayonet’ by Stephen Vincent Benet.

by on Jun.22, 2014, under Books

Spanish BayonetSpanish Bayonet by Stephen Vincent Benét
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very well told tale of Florida in the late 1700s. So much is historically accurate, as we know it. The writing is beyond superb. So much care is taken in describing scenes and people. There is a bit of over writing in certain parts, but they are well-written certain parts.

The best part of this book is that it is so very far from the formulaic style of today. My head started to carry the story forward with various typical, cliched outcomes of novels today, but this story has it’s own path to take. None of the Politically Correct entrapments and censors are around to get in Benet’s way to tell a terrific story.

I do wish the story wrapped up differently. It’s a bit short.

The story is about a landowner’s family that grows indigo, amongst other things, has a Minorcan harvesting crew and a guest that enters the scene from overseas and finds himself in more than he bargained for. All is set during British occupation of Florida on the heals of the American Revolution.

Interesting to note is that author Benet’s grandfather was a St. Augustine native of Minorcan decent. Would love to know more about that and if any of this story stems from family legend that might have become part of this book.

Bottom line: I recommend this book.

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June 20th, 2014 : Today on the drawing board: John Scolaro’s retirement card!

by on Jun.20, 2014, under Caricatures, Cartooning, Friends, What's New?


Here’s the Retirement card for my friend Professor John Scolaro who retires from Valencia Community College at the end of the month after teaching for 25 years. It was a crowded room today in Building 11 of Valencia Community College during the Scolaro celebration. Students, faculty and faculty leaders gave John quite a send off. I even knew a few people there such as Andrew Ray, who teaches architecture and engineering at the college.

Later most of us headed to Número Uno restaurant and a dinner was held.

I was a bit setback from the dinner part. Learned earlier that another friend had had a brain anyerisum and happened to be at a hospital down from the restaurant. So, I quickly assembled a get well card and ran down to the hospital to deliver it. Upon arriving I learned that my friend had been moved to another hospital. Also happens I’ll be going by the other hospital Saturday.

This friend us Larry Moore who, with his wife at the time Christine, got me productively involved in politics back around 1987. I can never thank them enough for all they did.


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