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A Family Christmas Card 
Tuesday, December 06, 2011, 10:24 PM - Caricatures
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It's not too often that I get to do a commissioned job that is edgy and macabre. Most people want something very flattering and inoffensive. Especially when it's a Christmas card. But the Nykoluk family is an exception, in many ways. They requested something along the lines of an Addams Family ink drawing for the cover of their Christmas card this year. I was already somewhat acquainted with them going into this, so I knew I could have a little more fun with it. The parents are both artists themselves. One's a graphic designer and the other designs tactical equipment and apparel. And they are very creative in their daily lives--from their original and intricate Halloween costumes to creating tiny themed lunch sculptures for their kids.

And I got a chance to really explore some ink hatching techniques. It's such a difficult and delicate medium that forces you to plan out every single stroke. The angle, length and thickness of the line, as well as its proximity to every other line are what create the illusion of value and form. But when it's done right, it's a very satisfying type of art to look at. The lines also help create a sense of motion that other types of rendering might not have.


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Hey Man. At least I'm housebroken. 
Saturday, November 05, 2011, 11:30 AM - Caricatures
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Just wanted to have some fun with a little oil caricature study of The Dude. 12 x 16"







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Walken a thin line. 
Monday, August 29, 2011, 04:18 PM - Caricatures
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I apologize for the lack of posts this summer. I promise to be better about posting new stuff!

This is a small oil painting I just finished for this week's Caricaturama Showdown competition on Facebook. The subject was Christopher Walken. He has always been one of my favorite faces to draw. And whenever I attempt another Walken caricature, I try a different spin to try to find the definitive likeness. I don't think I"m quite there yet. But this was a very fun one to paint because I was pretending I was Velasquez or Rembrandt in the overall look and atmosphere. So I changed the background and clothing from the original photo to create a more timeless portrait.

His face torments and haunts me in my dreams. So he is Walken, the tormentor.

Oil on Claessens linen, 16 x 20"



And a detail shot


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A new commission is well received! 
Thursday, February 24, 2011, 01:11 AM - Caricatures
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Recently, I received a commission to paint a fast alla prima style caricature portrait for a young man in the Netherlands named Bowie. He just received the original in the mail and sent me this really nice video thank you card.





And here is my photo of the painting. I did this one without much of a pre-drawing. Just a quick sketch on paper, and I used that as a guide to paint the 12 x 16 inch gessoed panel.



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Front Page, Baby! 
Friday, January 14, 2011, 03:12 PM - Caricatures
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Here's my latest illo for the San Diego Union Tribune's Night and Day section, weekend edition. This time, the editors added a small version of my work in the masthead of A1. That's top o' the front page, to you and me.




Here's the paper out in the newsstands today:




And here's the full illustration on the cover of the Night and Day section:




And here's the original image. I drew and painted this entirely in Photoshop from start to finish, because I thought all the different elements in the composition would be a little too much to tackle in oils. JLo's face gave me the most trouble. She looks so different in every photo. I tried several versions of her, working from different photos and expressions until I finally arrived at this one, which I'm really happy with.




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