#caricatureresolution2017 day 12: RDJ

Day 12 calls for Robert Downey Jr. Of course, everyone is going to do him as Iron Man now (although I considered his role in Weird Science) and I’m not different in this case.

Since I’m doing most of these in the iPad app, Procreate, I  have the option of uploading the “video” of the screen capture that the program automatically makes. I did that in this case, so you can see the process of the sketch, but spared you the much longer video that shows the whole thing from the sketch to the ink to the color.

Procreate sketching process (Click to see the video, it’s only 41 seconds!)

RDJ as Tony Stark ink

RDJ as Tony Stark color

#caricatureresolution2017 Day 11: Paul Rudd

The celebrity subjects of this challenge were intentionally picked because most all of them relate to the one that precedes and follows them. In Paul Rudd’s case, he was in Anchorman with yesterday’s subject, Steve Carell and I have chosen to keep the Anchorman theme by portraying Rudd (an unusually difficult subject to caricature, as has been agreed upon by the challenge participants) in this more painterly caricature, in his role as Brian Fantana. Here he is shown applying his noxious and notorious cologne, “Sex Panther”. (I know, the sketch looks more like Geraldo Rivera than Rudd or Fantana, but I hopefully, got closer to a resemblance in the final, colored version.)

Brian Fantana sketch

Brian Fantana/Paul Rudd final

Caricature Resolution day 10: Steve Carell

I drew Mr. Carell in his role of Brick Tamland, from the movie, Anchorman with his much-remembered movie quote above. Here are the sketch rough and finished color versions. Created in Procreate on my 12.9″ iPad Pro.

Steve Carell sketch 

Steve Carell final

Caricature Resolution 2017 Day 9: Rainn Wilson

Rainn Wilson as rain.

Another sketchbook caricature. Everyone seemed to be drawing actor Rainn Wilson as his most famous role of Dwight Schrute and I wanted to do something different, so I did a lame, literal representation of him made of rain to varying degrees of success.

This will probably be the last one I draw in pencil in the sketchbook, as I just finally got a new iPad Pro and Apple pencil and will be trying them out for future caricature illustrations.

Caricature Resolution Days 7-8

Okay, so I waited a day to start every day doing this. I needed to do another combo of celebrity prompts and putting Liv Tyler and Elijah Wood together as Arwen and Frodo from Lord of the Rings seemed logical and expedient.

Here’s another sketchbook scan of them sketching in with a #2 pencil. I’m not that happy with the Liv Tyler resemblance, or lack thereof, but will have to accept it and move on. I will really, really start doing one each day, starting…… tomorrow!

Liv Tyler and Elijah Wood as Arwen and Frodo.


Caricature Resolution 2017

Even though I hate to add yet another nagging, daily chore to my routine, I can’t help but appreciate the results of joining a daily exercise regimen (for both body and portfolio) such as the “Drawlloween” art challenges I have done the past two years.

Now (a week late) I find out there is a similar challenge just for caricature artists, called Caricature Resolution. I will let the text from the group Facebook page explain it:

January 2017: one caricature a day!! Caricature artist Patrick Martinez was really inspired during #Inktober with the concept of doing a drawing a day for a whole month. It got him thinking why not do it with caricature? So here it is #Caricatureresolution2017

In the month of January we will attempt to draw a caricature a day! We encourage others to join and participate at your own risk! Patrick had a lot of fun making this list, each actor was in a movie with the previous listed (except for the last three).

As I said, I was a week late hearing about, and deciding to join the challenge, so I had to do some catching up and decided the best way was to use the same sketchbook I use for Drawlloween. Since the listed celebrities had movie roles in common, I put all the Batman villains on one side and all the Pulp Fiction actors on the other (though Uma could fit into either one.)

Tomorrow I will start on the daily caricatures. I could use the practice, because my normal “party” caricature style is purposely not very exaggerated or mean (for obvious reason, if I want to get paid) but this is an opportunity to not only practice better caricatures in terms of exaggeration (which, really, a “caricature” should be, not just a cartoon portrait, but also in terms of keeping the resemblance, something harder to do, the more exaggeration you put in. At least, it’s seems harder to me.

days 1-3

Days 4-6

So let the month of caricatures (a week late) begin!

Happy New Year 2017

2016 got such a bad rap that it was a popular joke to cheer its demise. I used that prevalent sentiment when commissioned by the Asheville Mountain Xpress to come up with a new year’s issue cover illustration.

Here is the original, finished cover art, before the text was added:

Here is the rough sketch I submitted to the paper, to show my idea:

Happy Veteran’s Day

Here is an art/military connected post. My two designs for a commemorative T-shirt for the class at Navy “A” school for the HM (Hospital Corpsmen) rating (job). It was at Naval Hospital Corps School in Great Lakes, IL (NCHS) in 1987.

I don’t remember exactly how we ended up with two of them, I think I did one and it was put on a sweatshirt, but I don’t know why that happened either, since it was summer the whole three months we were there after boot camp. The second design, we put on a black T-shirt, so I think we just had enough interest in chipping in for the printing to do a second one.

In any case, I got them out of storage and since they were barely ever worn, they still look pretty good for nearly three decades in age:


Now that the Navy is doing away with ratings, I suppose this will be a relic even more than it’s 29 years makes it already,

Drawlloween 2016: Days 30 and 31

Good news to all those out there who don’t like Halloween or art or Halloween art or just my particular Halloween art in general…. You don’t have to ignore these any more because today is the last day of Drawlloween 2016 in Inktober!!


Day 31 is: TRICK ‘R’ TREAT!


I really couldn’t come up with a good angle for these two, so I just drew whatever and inked it in. It’s a jack-o-lantern with some of what I imaged skulls and skeletons of pumpkins might look like if gourds had endoskeletal structures.

If I decide to do it next year I will be back, if not, you’re welcome.