Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ah, Paris!

A lovely Parisian gal, fun to draw. The Amelie soundtrack provided inspiration.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Demon Stroll

When this little guy is out for a walk, lock the doors and windows and hide under the bed. And whatever you do, don't try to pat him on the head. Halloween greetings in a less serious vein!

Thursday, September 29, 2011


"Lady Westerly,riding out to the old cemetery at the edge of Dunsden Moor, discovers an open, empty grave under the ancient oak tree as the crows begin to gather..." I don't really have a solid story for this one, I just thought I'd get in the Halloween mood. Boo.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Super Heroine

When the asteroids are about to destroy the Earth, you'd better hope this super gal is there to protect us with her plasma balls! Or something to that effect. I was trying to think of a name for her but most of the good ones are taken. Plasma Girl?.... I dunno. Nope, it's taken.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Shaken, Not Stirred...

Tiffany was back last night as a fantastic Bond girl, sadly no gun. I suppose I could cheat and add one, but whatever. The soundtracks supplied by Bob Kato kept us all inspired. It's funny to compare the drawings as the night went on, she looks innocent in one and exotic in another. All 25 minute poses except the one at the top, that was 45.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Art Show

I have a few pieces going into an annual show in a few weeks, 2 paintings from a couple years back and a couple of drawings. The show is for Ryman Arts, a program for young artists in the L.A. area. I thought I'd post the paintings, both from life and both in acrylics. The drawings are already posted a few weeks back.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Practice, practice, practice!

Just for fun, I collect old studio shots of actors and actresses to do practice paintings. It's a good challenge to try to get the likeness as well as keep it kind of loose and fresh when working from a photo. The old studio portraits had such great lighting, it helps hone those skills. Remember, kids, NO TRACING!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Stop In The Name Of Love!

We had the lovely Karole Foreman pose for us last night, the theme was a girl group singer. Great work, Karole! Appropriate music was enjoyed by all.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Film Noir Floozie

I love film noir lighting, I figured a dangerous dame with a 45 would be a good subject. Don't double cross her or it's curtains fer ya.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fire Bug

I like the darker nursery rhymes, so I thought maybe I'd write and illustrate a few of my own. Little Lizzy is first. Dad the lighthouse keeper should have hid the matches better!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Satan's Little Helper

When Lucifer want's to add a few more souls to his list, he sends out little Satania to lure 'em in! If you bump into her at the single's bar, run the other way fellas. Clues to her true nature are little horns, a sharp tongue and the the smell of Brimstone by Yves Satan-Laurent.

Be sure to click the image to see it bigger than a postage stamp!
Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I broke my arm and I'm a slow healer.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Prince of the Desert

John as an Arab Sheik, in full regalia (so of course I did a close up) Even with the paste on beard, he was very convincing. He was the model for the cowboy drawings a number of posts back, you'd never know it.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hard Boiled

"It was raining cats and dogs here on the seedy side of the City of Angels, and I have the scratches to prove it...the smell of wet fur, all that meowing and barking. It was enough to make a guy want to leave Detective work and get into something simple, something soda jerking...or theme park design..."

And so our story of one hard boiled detective begins. He was a great model, I wish I had better drawings to show for it.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Gypsy Dancer

We had the lovely and talented Sara Streeter last night as a Gypsy girl. Great poses all evening. We're lucky to get such great models on a regular basis.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Lambretta Love

I love old scooters, they're such great art pieces in themselves (my old '66 Lambretta Li150 is the model in this illustration- not running for many years now) I thought I'd do a piece that was a little '60s, a little Brit fashion-y. I think it would make a nice poster.

Boxing Day

We had a "Gentleman Jim" boxer as our model the other night with the appropriate old teens-twenties music.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dinosaurs and Jennifer Connelly

Okay, maybe they don't really go together but I did them within a few days of each other. The dinosaur one started as "Hey, I should do a piece with a warm toned background!" and of course it turned into a Frazetta type dino-babe thing. But it was fun. Then, I thought a celeb portrait would be a good exercise (again on a warm toned background- ah, the thread!) so I found a photo of Jennifer Connelly. I like seeing how loose I can keep it in Photoshop. I think it's time to drag out the real paint again.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Russia was our model last night, I don't know how she kept her arms elevated and her back bent for so long. We have great models here for sure!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Mod, Mod World

Daniella was our model last night, great poses, great '60s outfit. Music was heavy on the Dionne Warwick / Burt Bacharach end, with some Kinks thrown in. Thanks to Bob Kato, our intrepid coach and organizer .