Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Jeremy Jams

My best friend Jeremy stopped by Harris Manor to drink coffee and play some board games.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Birthday Party 1-26-08

Some of my favs from the party last night. The client wanted me to do them all in color and told me to take my time, which resulted in some pretty cool drawings. Although I do have to work on taking better photographs. I always love doing gigs where I am not pressed for time and can take about 10 minutes or more on one drawing. Also, they had a good sense of humor and encouraged exageration. That makes me smile.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

From the Sketchbook

Just having fun drawing people from the NCN. Nate Kapnicky...

I've got a gig tonight. I will post some of them on the blog tomorrow I have any good ones.

Friday, January 25, 2008

From the Sketchbook

I am entering my first contest with the National Caricature Network. The assignment is to do a caricature of Boris Yeltsin. Whoever comes up the best drawing will win an original Jan Op de Beek drawing of Yeltsin. This is only my first attempt. I plan on taking it a lot further once some of the issues are worked out. I decided to get into this contest because I have a serious lack of famous faces in my portfolio... also I really want an Op de Beek drawing.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

From the Sketchbook

...from my sketchbook, a few months ago...he was reading a book...

Friday, January 18, 2008

Mrs. Marty's Deli

About a month ago I was contacted by the owner of a local deli to do a commisioned piece. He wanted all of his employees caricatures drawn on one poster which he could then hang in his restaurant. He had one done a few years back by another artist and it has since become outdated. He had actually seen me drawing at a local street fair and took my card.

I started by setting up at their holiday party and sketching everyone onto one piece of illustration board, laying out the composition and general shapes of the faces. I also took photographs of each individual while they were seated for the drawing for later reference. While I was there I also got some really good food. One of the perks of being a caricature artist at parties.

When I brought the drawing home I began to ink over the existing sketches in pencil. You can see the faint images of the pencil drawing done at the party.

After inking I started to color with Prismacolor markers and color sticks. I liked Ron so I started with him...

Here's the final color drawing of all 36 individuals...

A detail of two of my favorites...

I dropped by there today to snap a photo of it on the wall. Nothing like seeing your art hanging crooked in a public place. I added the logo of the Mrs Marty's Deli in the middle of the piece to finish it.

This was a fun project. I was pleased with the results. It gets a lot of exposure in the deli which is very busy. Hopefully some more business will come out of it as well.