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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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A funny thing happened on the way to the 38th Brooksville Raid Reenactment.

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

I stopped at the Sheriffs Ranches Thrift Store to peek at the books quickly.

While looking I learned they were having trouble finding room to place two carts of books and organize them. I told them not to worry, I’d like to look through them anyway.

Almost two hours later, a lot of cardio flexing and meeting other book lovers, the carts are clear, books put away and I got some exercise in!

Maybe go to the Raid tomorrow. Right now, I have a gig to perform at!

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Pasco County Historical Society meeting & work done! – January 19th, 2017

by on Jan.19, 2018, under Caricatures, Cartooning, Florida History!, What's New?

Travelled to Dade City, Florida, for the bi-monthly Pasco County Historical Society meeting, of which I’m a member. Being a bit buried in work at the moment knew I had to get some work done while there. So, during, guest speaker, Susan NcManus’ talk I did scribble some work out!

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Springs Festival and Hiking! – January 18th, 2017

by on Jan.18, 2018, under Florida Outdoors!

Out early to our Florida Springs Festival meeting. Getting ready for the two day event, March 3rd and 4th. We’ll have an exclusive small coloring book there or new drawings by me. I’ll be there both days “signing” personalized drawings for those that want ‘em!

From there I scurried to Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area and hiked a couple miles.

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Book: ‘Hard lines’ by Ogden Nash – January 16th, 2017

by on Jan.16, 2018, under Books

Hard lines,Hard lines, by Ogden Nash
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nash was just turning 30 when this book came out and had already interacted with some of the greatest American writers. That interaction became part of Nash’s little ditties. Dorothy Parker, Marc Connelly, Bertrand Russell, etc. all get mention and a bit of skewering. Nash even challenges the great and powerful Mencken.

Most of these are great fun. a very few from this collection have become part of the American lexicon. Nash took the rules of poetry, twisted them like saltwater taffy and created his own style. I like his work a lot, but I’m not one who likes recreating words. Still it’s a fun set.

I should add, this is part of a library I have of friends of my great uncle, who knew so many in the literary world.

Bottom line: I recommend this book. 8 out of 10 points.

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My projects in progress: Group illustration! – January 21st, 2017

by on Jan.16, 2018, under Caricatures, Illusration

Here’s a current project I’m working on. These are loose pencils ready to go through the approval process.

I’m going to work to do better posting here….again! Thank you, Linsey Klein, for accidentally getting me to realize it! 🙂

Speaking of which, check out Linsey’s great family photography page : Linsey Klein Photography.

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