Monday, September 29, 2008

Holding the milk man's hat and a bottle of gin...

Todays painting of the day went really quick. Four to four and a half hours tops. I've never met this young lady but she is the twin sister (not the identical kind) of a friend of mine and they've been kind enough to lend me their faces for studies. Thanks Danielle and a sorry in advance for my painting not giving you justice.

Song of the day: Carolina Drama from The Raconteurs

Sunday, September 28, 2008

punk punk, a punk rocker

Here is todays Painting of the day. I did it from life at the Bee downtown. It was of the lovely Meegin.

Chargers win.

Song of the day: Sheena is a Punk Rocker from The Ramones.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Freak out, far out, in out

I've been slacking on the Painting a day but I needed to put some finishing touches on some work. I should be painting tonight.
Speaking of work I was at Borders again today doing some anatomy studies when I passed by the comic section and saw some books that had my art in them. They are: Savage and Macabre: Gangrel and Hunter: The Vigil. Above is some art that I did for those books. Also in those books are some art from some of my former teachers and fellow classmates from the Watts Atelier Erik Gist, Doug Nation, Matt Smith and Matt Kolbeck.

I just got another cool art book I'd like to recommend and that's the new book on J.C. Leyendecker aptly named J.C. Leyendecker. Everyone interested in art should go and get this! Books on this master are few and far between and will probably go up in value one day.

Song of the day: Moonage Daydream from David Bowie

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I would give you the stars above...

Here's last nights painting of the day. Still haven't gotten to todays painting of the day. I think I might finish this one at the end of the day today.

For those listening (which is no one) but if there is I'd like to recommend some art books I just got. They are: John Singer Sargent: The Later Portraits and John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes. They are excellent books whether you are a fan of painting, art or Sargent. They are selling for $75 at Borders but a little under $50 on amazon.

Song of the day: For your love from the Yarbirds

Monday, September 22, 2008

Jack Skellington

Last weeks daily paintings ran from "bad" to "dear god NO!" but I think my slump is ending. Here is last nights study. Its a still life of my warped hillbilly skull. It took me a little under 3 hours to do. Also shown is this mornings study. Its off some current playboy bunny I got off the web. I did her in a hour. If I'm feelin' lucky I think I'll go back to her later today and take her further.

...update: fixed her up a bit plus Chargers win. Awesome.

Song of the day: Strangers from the Kinks.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Running ladies

I knuckled down to some work instead of getting to a painting of the day for yesterday. Today's painting of the day is still just a lay-in that I did this morning. Hopefully I'll get to finish it tonight. Here are today's Anatomy studies. I have tons of life drawings of people I see out on the street or shops but most are messy and aren't worth posting. People tend to run away from me when I begin to draw them and I can't get anything down in time. Its not like I'm talking to myself and swatting at imaginary snakes while I draw them. Or at least I don't think I do.....

Song of the day: House of the Rising Sun from the Animals as well as Jimi Hendrix's instrumental cover of the same song.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Why? WHY?

Maybe its still too early but today's color "experiment" was not workin'. After 45 minutes I quickly cut my losses and stopped the insanity before I could do any more crimes against the sanctity of Art.

I should go back to bed.

Song of the day: Can't You Hear Me Knocking from the Rolling Stones

Sunday, September 14, 2008


I did two paintings for painting of the day today. One that was REALLY BAD and one that was so-so. For the first three hour class I tried a portrait which from the get go didn't feel right. The lay-in never connected and once I started painting it it only got worse. I thought I could fix it in the second half of the class but it just wasn't working out so I scrubbed it and started a whole new painting. The rough figure above is from the later half of the class.

On a side note, the Chargers got gypped!

Song of the day, I Don't Care About You from Fear

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Quiet...Dignity...and Grace.

How I feel about this painting is alot like that scene in a cheap movie where the protagonist is just about to see his family or friends be horribly killed and he screams in the most cliche way possible "NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!". Or maybe its like that part in Young Frankenstein where the Doctor fails to bring the monster to life and falsely shows grace then abruptly beats the monsters chest screaming "I DO NOT WANT TO LIVE!".

Everything was going good on this one. In fact it was moving along rather quickly and then towards the later half I got cocky and put in a odd background which started to screw it up. Then I tried to cover it up with more paint and it only made things worse till you see the monstrosity that is above.

Many apologies to the lovely Mrs. Hubbard for lending me her face for this study and another project that I am currently working on.

Oh well, better luck next time...


Song of the day: I Fought the Law from Bobby Fuller Four

Friday, September 12, 2008


Funny how if you skip out on the one thing that sets the tone of the day it throws everything else out of whack. I have YET to do my painting of the day. Hopefully I'll get to it this evening. Till then todays illustration work, anatomy studies, and Bugs Bunny will have to do.

Thats all folks!

Song of the day: Pearline from Son House

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Shellshock study

This mornings study. I'm sure Mr Elvgren is flippin in his grave. Study took a little over an hour. I doubt I'll finish it.

Song of the day: Powerman from the The Kinks.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Heart full of Napalm

Here is yesterdays painting which was basically today's painting's lay-in. It took a little over an hour to get it close to right! Maybe I couldn't focus because thanks to that awesome 10th anniversary dvd coming out I decide to watch the Big Lebowski for the 10 millionth time while painting and I couldn't focus.
Or maybe its because I suck. Either option is viable.

Also above is today's anatomy study and Painting of the day final. The portrait final took about 6 hours counting the lay-in.

Song of the day: Search and Destroy from the Stooges

Anyone care? NO

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Lebowski? That's your name Dude...

This came out today. I think I'm gonna get it just for the amazing packaging alone.

The Dude Abides.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Miss Nov '73

This mornings painting study was of a Miss NOV 1973. This young lady was flashin' her goodies a full four years before I was born. Makes you think. The study took about an hour.


Sunday, September 7, 2008

Todays Painting

I slacked off on the painting yesterday because I couldn't decide what to paint and was tired of painting nekked ladies (GOD FORBID!) so today I mixed it up and did a portrait of Olympic medalist Allyson Felix. During the Olympics I was really pulling for her to beat the Jamaican sprinter in the 200m but alas she got the silver again. Latest news says that those jamaicans might have been juicing. Well duh, did you see how ripped that chick was? I can't give credit to the photographer of the reference because I got it off the web and it looked like it was a Chinese advertisement. I'm sorta proud of it being how the reference was of a pretty low resolution. The painting took about 5-6 hours to do. I tried painting while listening to football. Bad idea. I spent WAY too many times turning my head just to look at the fuzzy reception on my TV with the rabbit ears antenna. Crazy first week huh? Colts lose. Brady maybe out for the season. Chargers play pretty lackluster at the opener and lose. MADNESS!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Free Anatomy class

I just remembered that I said in Thursdays post that I'd put up some anatomy studies instead of more pretty ladies. So here they are. I try at least twice a week to make it to my local Borders and do some anatomy studies for an hour or two. First I start with some body studies from Goldfinger or Bridgman and then I snatch up some boxing or mma fight magazines and draw some of the figures from there. When I'm done I put the magazines back on the rack and come back the following day or two to repeat the whole process. Its free and I get do my own little figure study whenever I can. I prefer boxing and mma magazines because you get to see the anatomy in true motion and not just stagnant standing poses. Parts of the body are pinching and moving and you can really get the understanding of what is active and what is inactive during movement. I don't study from bodybuilder magazines because there bodies are too big and unnatural and they try to activate every muscle when they pose which defeats the whole purpose of the study. Plus its really gay.

I actually have a story about that. One day when I was doing my anatomy studies two ladies were buying their coffees at the Borders Cafe. I was doing torsos from the Goldfinger book when I noticed the ladies had taken a notice of me drawing. If you frequent drawing in public like myself you tend to catch this from time to time. In fact only the really old or the really young ever politely come up to me to see what I am drawing. Everyone one else usually sneaks around pretending not to take a peek. Anyway, I noticed the two ladies whispering about me. They were no doubt discussing whether I was a artist or not. Then as soon as their coffees were ready they both picked them up walked to the exit and just as they were leaving they both looked at each other and said as if settling a dispute "gay!" and walked out. I was more humored than offended but I have to admit I was thoroughly burned.

I am the Prince of your UNIVERSE!

Here is yesterdays painting along with the 20 minute lay-in and first hour progress. It took about 5 hours to finish. I was watching HBO's John Adams on DVD while painting it. I've just started it but so far its a really great show. I highly recommend it.

On a personal note: I have been eating tomatoes every day for the last 6 days straight! Thus proving that I, like Conner Macloud of the documentary "The Highlander" am Immortal. Take THAT Reaper!

(kicks up Queen on the stereo)


Thursday, September 4, 2008

New painting studies.

Here is this mornings study and yesterdays. This mornings was about an hour and yesterdays was about 5 hours. I think its safe to say my friendship now with the model of the portrait is estranged at best but I think I didn't let that effect me making a decent portrait study.

I think with my next post I'll post some of my anatomy studies or something so I don't seem like some "Jackie Treehorn" misogynist who treats objects like women painting nekked ladies all the time.

Go Team Venture!


Monday, September 1, 2008

Binary solo:


Come on sucker lick my battery.