Thursday, May 28, 2009

Daily Caricature - Kevin Bacon

I read today, although I had heard this before, that Hollywood is re-making Footloose. This was the dance/musical movie of my generation and introduced me to Kevin Bacon. I've remained a big fan of his since then.

I had a little more time today to work on my caricature so, I decided to try a different style. Something more sketchy with more detail. I know this goes against my premise of trying to simplify my work but, I wanted to try something else.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Daily Caricature - Ben Stiller

Mr. Ben Stiller had a good holiday this past weekend as his movie, "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian", was number one at the box office bringing in $70.1 million.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Daily Caricature - Adam Lambert

American Idol Runner-Up Adam Lambert is my choice today. A lot of people are comparing him to the late, great Freddy Mercury of Queen. I, on the other hand, see a reincarnation of Ziggy Stardust.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Daily Caricature - Kris Allen - American Idol Winner

Since all the buzz is around American Idol Winner Kris Allen, it was an easy choice for today's Daily Caricature. Not an easy guy to caricature since he doesn't have any peculiar features that scream out at you. Things that I tried to focus on were his hair, square jaw line and crooked mouth when he sings. Drawing Kris gave me the opportunity to pay homage to one of my hero's, Charles Schulz. It was easy to see Kris sitting behind Schroder's piano and belting out a tune.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Caricature Series

Charlie Brown and Bugs Bunny are the reasons why I became an artist. This I know. I grew up in a small town in Illinois where art was not at the forefront of education. This was well before computers, internet and satellite T.V. We didn't have an art store in town. The closest we had to an art store was a stationary store.

I mention all this because the basis for my art education came not from grand Art Galleries or Artist seminars. It came from the Peanuts comic strip in the paper and numerous Saturday mornings watching Bugs Bunny cartoons and Schoolhouse Rock episodes. To me this was art that could tell a story or convey an emotion in a few, well thought out lines. The simple silhouette of Snoopy. The round head of Charlie Brown with black dots for eyes. The wonderful, oversized mustache and small frame of Yosemite Sam.

It was the masters of this medium who shaped the type of art that I would pursue in my career. Lately, I feel like I've been swaying from the basic premise that I grew up admiring. I need to keep things simple, both in my illustration work and my paintings.

With that thought in mind, I decided that I would like to do a daily (hopefully) series of quick 3 - 5 minute caricatures. Caricatures of people who might be relevant in the news that day or, maybe just random celebrities or politicians that strike a cord with me. Either way the point of this is to get me drawing something on a daily basis and to search for what made the 7 year old in me decide to become an artist in the first place.

For my first caricature I decided to draw Rainn Wilson, a.k.a. Dwight Schrute on "The Office". No real reason other than I enjoy him as an actor. His facial features are simple and lend easy to my style of caricature.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Illustration Friday - Parade

Toby sneered from underneath his towering hat. His ice cold eyes barely seen through the shadows created by the brim. "In every outstanding parade, he exclaimed, there is an exceptional marching band! In front of every exceptional marching band, there is a seasoned drum major. Symbolizing every seasoned drum major . . . is the hat. The hat that commands respect and order."

Saturday, May 9, 2009


It's probably no excuse but, I've been really busy working on Illustration and Design work as well as moving my office and studio around that I haven't had time to post anything new. (Bad Robbie) But, with that being said I finally have something new that I would like to post.

As I've mentioned in older posts, every year my wife and I donate design and illustration to a great organization called Support Dogs. They train and place highly skilled service dogs to individuals with disabilities. One of my donations is to paint a pet portrait for someone. This years winner was Marci Zimmerman who has a beautiful, black lab named Bentley.

Marci sent me photos of Bentley to paint from and immediately I could see that he was a dog with a very caring and calm soul. You could see it in his eyes. I really wanted to capture that spirit.