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December 6th, 2010 – Dave Brubeck’s 90th Birthday

by on Dec.06, 2010, under Caricatures, Celebrity Illustrations, Friends, Palette of Artists

brubeckdaveToday is jazz great, Dave Brubeck’s 90th birthday. Here’s a drawing I did of him a number of years ago.


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October 7, 2009 – Abbie Hoffman

by on Oct.07, 2009, under Celebrity Illustrations, Florida History!, Friends, Various

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I’m digging up all sorts of items from the past as I clear through boxes. Below is a page from a sketchbook from around 1986. I love hearing all sides of an issue. Back then I had more time to do that. A dear friend told me about a retreat with radical Abbie Hoffman and I went to see first hand what this fellow was all about. During the retreat I made a ton of notes and sketches. Was I shocked to open the pad last night and there at the top is Hoffman’s autograph. I don’t recall getting it, butI did.

After the retreat, which was somewhere near Umatilla, we all gathered at East India Ice Cream Shoppe in Winter Park. I remember former classmate Missy Gaston working there that night. She was shocked when I told her later who she was serving.

What I have always remembered from the retreat was Hoffman speaking of the need for “one world” “an order” “a world dollar”. It was just a couple years later that George H.W. Bush started preaching a “New World Order”, essentially what Hoffman had described at the retreat. A major reason I have a problem with the Bush family.

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July 23, 2008 – Jason Robards!

by on Jul.23, 2008, under Celebrity Illustrations

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Had ‘A Thousand Clowns’ (1965) on. The film on Turner Classic Movies stars Jason Robards (Above), Barry Gordon, Barbara Harris and Martin Balsam.

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July 16, 2008 – Bert Lahr!

by on Jul.16, 2008, under Celebrity Illustrations

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I was really hoping to actually watch ‘Ship Ahoy’ on Turner Classic Movies with Bert Lahr, Red Skelton and Eleanor Powell. Work got in the way, so listening and glances had to suffice. I sketched during one of those glances.

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July 9, 2008 – Red Skelton – ‘I Dood It!’

by on Jul.09, 2008, under Caricatures, Celebrity Illustrations

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Working a way again with Turner Classic Movies on and along comes Red Skelton. I love his old radio shows. I join many others as a huge fan of the Mean Widdle Kid who would cause alsorts of mayhem. He would sometimes reconsider his daring deed and then charge forward anyway: “I dood it!”. That is the name of this 1943 Vincent Minelli film. In ‘I Dood It!’ there’s lots of great music and Eleanor Powell dancing, too!

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July 5, 2008 – Glenn Ford!

by on Jul.05, 2008, under Caricatures, Celebrity Illustrations, What\'s New?

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While I was working I had two Glenn Ford films running on Turner Classic Movies. First it was ‘3:10 to Yuma’ and then it was ‘Jubal’. I quickly did a sketch of Ford above.

I remember first drawing Ford as part of a huge crowd trying to pay their income taxes when I was about 14. It was for an my art class at Robert E. Lee Junior High School in Orlando. I specifically recall noticing how very big Ford’s ears were. Seeing photos as he got older those ears got bigger and bigger. I saw a photo of him not long before he died almost two years ago and there were those ears again. I sometimes wonder if I’ve been watching Ford all of these years or his ears!

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October 19th, 2007 – Joey Bishop!

by on Oct.19, 2007, under Caricatures, Cartooning, Celebrity Illustrations, Various, What\'s New?

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Being such a big fan of The Rat Pack, I’m very sorry to read of the death of Joey Bishop. Bishop was the last of the Pack living. I remember him oh so well guest-hosting The Tonight Show and his many appearance on television. After reading of his death I broke open a DVD set of his early ’60s TV show and played them as I worked.

The art is part of this weeks ‘It Takes A Village’ from the Glenn Beck site.

By the way, I’ve been couped up working on a very large project that I fianlly finished yesterday. It’s been quite a haul getting it done. But it is done. I can’t write much more about it. If and when I can, I will.

Today begins multi-weeks on the road for one reason or the other, so this blog should get more active beyond the books I’ve been reading.

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September 10th, 2007 – Jane Wyman!

by on Sep.10, 2007, under Caricatures, Celebrity Illustrations, What\'s New?

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I was sorry to hear of the death of another celebrity illuminary. She was great in many films. My favorite is her part in Frank Capra’s ‘Here Comes the Groom’. I love the scene of her and Crosby singing ‘In the Cool, Cool, Cool in the Evening’. One of the funnest scenes in film.

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May 14th, 2007 – Ring Lardner!

by on May.15, 2007, under Celebrity Illustrations

Rob Smith Jr - Ring LardnerThis weeks illustration is of the master of sports satire, Ring Lardner. This guy was great at the mound and could pitch a brilliant story for a home run.

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May 9th, 2007 – Scarlett Johansson!

by on May.10, 2007, under Celebrity Illustrations

Rob Smith Jr- Scarlett Johansson Apparently this actress has a thing for cheese, Woody Allen and some strange interest in being nude in movies. She sure seems to get a lot of attention for being, what I feel, a mediocre actress and for her looks, which are pretty average in my opinion.

Next week: Back to the humor column and Ring Lardner.

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May 1st, 2007 – Steve Allen!

by on May.02, 2007, under Celebrity Illustrations

Rob Smith Jr - Steve AllenSteve Allen is this week’s subject. I’ve drawn him in action after the next man on the street. I’m a huge fan of Allen. Not just at his lifelong pursuit of being humourous, but for also his intellectual pursuits. As much as many of his books were about comedy and satire, he also wrote of political issues. Though he leaned left, he spent his last years trying to clean up the filth on television. He did this by being a huge part of the ‘Parents Television Council’, of which we are members. You can learn more about the P.T.C. by clicking here.

As I put this together, I’ve learned that a “Man on the Street” has died. Tom Poston played the nervous and confused street guy that Allen would interview. By the way, Bill Dana and Pat Harrington, Jr. are two that are still alive.

A note about the drawing: I learned drawing this of Allen having oddly different eyes. I know everyone’s two eyes aren’t identical. Allen’s were very different and may explain the very thick glasses he wore in later life.

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