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This Little Piggy Went to Art Class

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This week’s much-needed drawing class subject: hands and feet!

Subway Series

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Here’s some characters who got the sketchbook treatment on the subway tonight.

Heeeeere’s Somebody!

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Attempting two of my most amateurish skills: caricature and inking. I was having a real ink flow problem today; I think I need to go get some ink thinner, if such a thing exists.

Anyway, it’s supposed to be Johnny Carson, circa the late 60s, when he still had a lot of black in his hair. There’s a new special about him running on PBS right now.

All the lines are real ink; the gray tone is digital, and I also used Photoshop to clean up some ink splatters!

Inkin’ it Old School

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Here’s what kind of nerd I am; when I read about some of the pen nibs that were favored by long-dead cartoonists like Al Capp, I’ll hop online and order them from another country just to try them out. This here was scratched out by a Gillott 290 nib, and it’ll take some getting used to! Unlike some of the other nibs that came with the “Cartoonist Kit” from my local art supply store, these nibs are small, delicate and finicky, and you can’t really cheat them in more than one direction. What’s fun about them, though, is that the line is incredibly variable. Not only can you use pressure to give your lines character and weight, you can build up trickier lines by layering light, thin strokes into one thick stroke. I’ve actually seen video of Al Hirschfeld, master of line art caricature, building his seemingly smooth strokes in this manner.

 

Thanks For the Memory…

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…Of hotels filled with ghosts,

and dinners capped with toasts.
Of Spanish words,
and running birds,
and family from both coasts.

How lovely it was!

So thanks for the memory.
If I should live so long,
and someone writes a song,
I’ll stifle a few wisecracks
and politely hum along.

Thank you, so much!

(Reference for those younger than 75)

 

Sketchy Hotel

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A statue adorning the staircase at the Gadsden Hotel.

Centenarian

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