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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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A New Caricature Portrait Commission in Oil 
Friday, January 07, 2011, 05:15 PM - Caricatures
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I just delivered a double portrait today to a colleague who commissioned me to caricature and paint him and his wife as a surprise gift to her. Some of you may know Dan M. from ISCA. He and his wife are a delightful couple who live in Southern California. I had lunch with them and spent the day hanging out at their ranch as I stealthfully took photo references of her (and him). In the end, we decided to use their wedding photo taken in a studio. The soft lighting presented some challenges. Modeling the forms required using a more narrow range of values than I usually like to work within. There were no strong shadows to fall back on to make them look three-dimensional. Just subtle half-tones. But I am very happy with how it turned out.

This was painted in oil on a 24 x 30 inch Claessens double oil-primed linen canvas.






And some details.








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