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Dead Line, Live Line

Manga Studio. Magic Marker and Kabura pen, respectively.

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Pen & Paper

Me and a pen...

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Old Man Wrinkles

I took liberties with the likeness, but it's based on a photo I came across in my research on Nepal.

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Hitchcock: Ladies Man

Hitch had a way with the ladies. Truly, he was one sick puppy on this score. He had a history of mildly humiliating his leading ladies since his earliest movies, and as he got older crushes on some of his actresses developed into obsession. Sure, he was married most of his life, and had a child (Patricia, who acted in a few of his movies), but was probably celibate most of his adult life. One repressed dude. And all that bottled up for so long manifested itself in increasingly strange ways as one actress after another moved on, gave up movies altogether, until the controlling, Svengali complex he divulged in his Vertigo was most fully realized with Tippi Hedren. For all his genius, the man had problems. But that doesn't mean we can't love his movies. I sure do. Someday soon I'll list my favorites...

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Take a Mulligan

Carey Mulligan, that is. I grown quite enamored with this wonderful actress of depth and gravity, and pixie-like features. If you haven't yet, check her out in An Education, Drive, and the Dr. Who episode, Blink. She good. I drew this one in Manga Studio, with the Kabura pen - no under drawing or rough. The nice thing about drawing digitally like this is that I can make marks, remove, clean up, re-do and spot blacks with a click as I go. It's like being able to quickly erase ink, giving you the flexibility of a pencil sketch while ending up with a pretty finished drawing. I wanted to capture the sly, playful expression, reinforced by the border and composition. I modeled the hair on a second reference photo.

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Ridin' a Hitch

A couple of the better latest sketches of Hitch, this time directly with a brush, the old-fashioned way...

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An Itch for Hitch

My pal, Jody Nilsen's recent rendition of Hitchcock lit the fuse for me to draw Hitch again, something I'd done many times in the past, as in this comic from years ago. Soon, I'll post more Hitch sketches, and show you a Hitchcock poster I drew thirty years ago.

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Snowboy on Whiteboard

I taught a comics & cartooning class here in Plymouth last month - had a great group of talented and engaged kids. We covered expressions, character design, story and storytelling, as well as many other drawing and comics basics. Always lotsa fun for me, and while the young artists work away I got to draw my li'l snowboy on the dry-erase board, each maybe a foot or so tall.



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Chained!

Who wants this more - you, me, or the White House?

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Doodling

10:30 last night, and I was a little pooped. Wanted to relax and watch something, but my daughter wanted us to draw. I didn't feel up to generating the mental energy, but I'm glad we did. It was easier for her as she'd napped at night and got a second wind. "I don't know why people always have to sit in front of the TV instead of doing something productive...." This after she'd watched several episodes of Parks & Recreation earlier in the day - LOL!

Anyway, it was fun to just doodle for its own sake - fill up a page with a brush, especially after like eight jobs this past week.


Doodling like this, I'm not fulfilling the needs of the client, not designing or developing a character, not practicing drawing women, not working on specific techniques. Just drawing, just 'cause. The brain works differently then. Many times I've a general idea of what I may draw and it evolves on the paper; others I just start making marks and see where it leads. When drawing with a pencil one can explore and scribble, build up a drawing. Here, with a brush I work fast but choose my marks somewhat carefully, chiseling form and shadow like a figure from clay. Sometimes it's not about choosing what mark to make, but what not to draw.

I did do a few explorations of my li'l snowboy, who I've missed drawing. And I notice the lighting by default usually comes from my upper left - gotta switch that up and do more varied light sources.

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