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Sketchbook: Ladies of The Unit

Here's a page from an older sketchbook, just to prove I don't always and only draw dudes and weird creatures. A couple ladies from the now-defunct CBS drama, The Unit.

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Sketchbook: Men, Men, Men, Men!

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Ladle of Might!

Why a ladle?  No idea.  Why no torso?  Who knows?!  I've haven't a clue where ideas like this come from.  I just start drawing with no intention of where I'm going and end up with something surreal. Some friends have been surprised to learn I've never done any drugs, and who knows, that might spin me off to even weirder places, or might squelch the nonsense images. Anyway, I'll never know. Just keep drawing!

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30 Rock Sketches

Funny show, and regular viewing for us when there's not a writers strike. Some of the characters depicted above are incidental, and others are not getting as much screen time as the show has evolved to focus more on Liz & Jack (Fey & Baldwin). That's a good thing: it was funny before, but even funnier now.

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The Shield Finale: Real Bad Cop

I made this sketch while watching the series finale of the ultimate "bad cop" TV show, The Shield, which made its debut on the FX network seven years ago. The show pushed the boundaries for basic cable in terms of language, violence and sex, sometimes seemingly for its own sake. I know some folks don't like this kind of show, and I can understand why. I'm not always a fan of the genre, with movies like Bad Lieutenant and its ilk. The negativity, cynicism and darkness can be unpleasant to watch. At the same time, one can get a vicarious thrill from seeing what awful things these dark characters do and get away with, all from the comfort of our La-Z-Boy, no threat to us. Certainly, the same can be said of The Sopranos. But where David Chase and crew decided to flip the bird to his viewers and go all "post modern," avoiding a clear and satisfying conclusion, the creators of The Shield didn't take the weird and easy way out. Like I said, The Shield sometimes indulged itself and its viewers with seemingly gratuitous stories and situations, but I always held out hope that the show would close in a way it had to, justifying all that came before.  And they pulled it off, in spades. Watching this last season, they not only delivered a final arc that covered all the bases for characters and plot for this season itself, but for the entire series going back to the very first episode, delivering a conclusion that packed a punch, tragic in nearly a Shakespearean sense. Along the way, Glenn Close and Forest Whitaker stopped by for a season each with superb guest turns that became integral to the plot and themes. The cast is great throughout, but of course the series is grounded by the stand-out performance of Michael Chiklis as Vic Mackey, the baddest of bad cops. What a twisted journey he and his strike team make, and with the final show we finally learn who, if anyone, makes it out the other side intact. Kudos to creator Shawn Ryan, who scripted the finale himself. And if you haven't seen The Shield, check it out, as well as Ryan's other show, The Unit (CBS), which he co-created with David Mamet.

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Herman Humpback Sketch

While making new decorations for Halloween, I did a quick sketch of this Igor-type dude with a fine black pen.  After scanning, I inked up his twin with the trusty Niji waterbrush. Scary, keeds!

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Sketching From Behind

A couple backsides sketches: Mitchum in Crossfire; "Chuck" from ABC's delightful Pushing Daisies.

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Sketching Campaign 2008, Part 4: Perturbed Candidates

Roughly, in Latin: Candidati Perturbus. It's been a long campaign for them, too:

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Sketching Mariska

She plays Olivia on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (which has been awful good this season so far). It's a pretty grim show, so Mariska doesn't get to display her naturally sunny disposition often. Either way, she's gorgeous (must be the genes), now in her mid-40s, winning Emmys and accolades for her work on the show, now in its tenth season. That's great to see, since she spent so many years in the trenches before it clicked for her with L&O.

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Noir Soldier

Again from the movie Crossfire, inked with the trusty Pentel Pocket Brush.