Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Laughs & giggles




















It's that crunch time at school right now. The semester's quickly drawing to a close. Soon-to-be graduates are scrambling to finish strong and land their first gigs. Their senior shows are also in the mix and the Juniors are scrambling to find an internship. Everyone is in a tizzy on the campus as the deadlines approach- but rather than panic, I'm gonna laugh my way through it.

Big chunky Faber Castell brush marker with some tweaks of the Pilot SCA-UF marker.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Big Moves




















We just had some neighbors move down south this morning. Sure, the weather up here this last week was miserable but like most Michiganders- we're always looking forward to the next season. But I can't imagine picking up sticks at this time of year and having to set up new roots at a new location any time soon. We can only wish them the very best and hope they find what they're looking for down there- and hopefully it's not just because of the climate.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Jane




















My friends' daughter, Jane whom I call affectionately "Stringbean".

Friday, February 24, 2017

Young politicians




















In the post election dust-up, it seems as though there will be more young people stepping forward (which is a good thing) to take charge and play an active role in future politics. At the grassroots level, it has to be thankless and even painful- but I couldn't help but try to capture some of that youthful exuberance and naivete.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Skill of Walking




















There's always been something interesting and magical about the ability to walk. I've always been fascinated by the amount of coordination it takes for bipedal locomotion; the brain has to be able to juggle all of the sights, muscles, balance, and then somehow coordinate all of the muscles necessary to put one foot in front of the other. It's something many of us take for granted.

And for those people who want to make it happen in a mechanical way? More power to them with trying to process all of that information. It must be daunting.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year, NPR & caricatures




















It's a new year and while on the holiday break, I'm one to tune into listening to National Public Radio (NPR) for my entertainment from time-to-time. One of my favorite shows to listen to is Terry Gross' Fresh Air program as she interviews all sorts of people. She gets diplomats, sports figures, writers, artists, entertainers, and every other walk of life.

And seeing as how in radio, they tend to do a lot of year-end Best Of shows, she had an interview with comedian Jeff Ross which I thought was very insightful. On stage he comes across as a bit of a slob with a barbed sense of humor but on this interview, Terry Gross really got him to talk about his childhood, his influences and his profession.

Every once in awhile I'll get asked to do a caricature and while I was listening, I couldn't help but look up what Jeff Ross looked like and draw him. I was probably too kind and cleaned him up far too much but it was still a fun exercise in line. Doing caricatures can be a mean business as you're supposed to pull out all of the quirks, facial distortions and exaggerate them. Here i decided to clean him up a bit and just have fun with it.