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Feliz Cumpleaños a T

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As much as I love being in New York, I definitely wish I could teleport to California for birthday parties! I don’t think the Mexican restaurant at which they celebrated gives out birthday sombreros, but I thought it might be cute.

Scchhmokin’

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I’ve had a Donald Duck model sheet as my desktop background for ages; this is my favorite, somewhat surprising pose.

One Year Down

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Who has flat feet and has posted to this site daily for a full year? [Awkward roundhouse kick]  This guy!!!

On the left are some drawings from 2011, 2012 on the right. So my improvement has been…subtle. If nothing else, I’ve improved my ability to draw quickly and with less frustration. My painting skills are noticeably better. So is my gesture drawing ability. Animation, sadly, has fallen by the wayside, but only because it’s so freaking time-consuming. I still love it and aspire to make a go of it.

Anyway, I know I have a very small core of readers, 50% of whom are my parents, but I’d like to thank everyone for their encouragement over the last year. Even though I generally raise a big skeptical eyebrow to compliments, your response has driven me to forge ahead with my harebrained “get rich slowly” scheme to become the Grandma Moses of my generation. Grazie mille.

Wascally Wall Art

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This is just on paper, but about 20 years ago I painted this exact same Bugs Bunny pose on my bedroom wall.

With Some Fava Beans and a Nice Lasagne

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No idea why this idea popped into my head!

Il Contesto Molto Cheapo

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One of my periodic tests of my ability to eyeball a cartoon model sheet. By the way, if you’re the first person to put the name of this famous kitty in the comments, I’ll send you the original drawing! Suitable for framing and/or kindling.

Yam a Dork

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Sketch theme of the day: draw your childhood hero. Amazing that I ended up a carnivorous non-smoker with no tattoos and no muskels.

Inkin’ It New School

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No real story here; just wanted to practice my comic sketching and inking process.

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.