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Happy Birthday Christopher Walken! 
Saturday, March 31, 2012, 12:35 PM - Caricatures
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Today is the birthday of one of my favorite actors, and probably my favorite caricature subject. I try to capture how he can look both scary and funny at the same time. Walken became well-known, early in his career for playing bad guys or mentally unhinged types. But he has done a lot more light-hearted and comedic roles in recent years. Some of my favorite Saturday Night Live moments are from his sketches: The Continental, Colonel Angus, and Shinshi-Shinshi to name a few.

Thank you, Mr. Walken, for the years of entertainment! Also, I painted this for an upcoming art show. More on that in a couple weeks...

Oil on gessoed panel, 12 x 16 inches




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Recent Portrait Sketches 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 12:07 AM - Paintings
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I've been in a head painting class at the Watts Atelier taught by Stan Prokopenko and have a few oil studies to share. They are on either gessoed panel or a linen panel. Each one was done from a 3 hour sitting.










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New 'Oscars' illustration for the Union-Tribune 
Friday, February 17, 2012, 10:49 AM - Caricatures
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It's that time of year again where critics and publications are making their predictions for the Academy Awards. So the San Diego Union-Tribune once again asked me to do an Oscar-themed illustration for the cover of the Night and Day Weekend section. The composition was left up entirely to me. But unlike last year's illustration, which only showed the critic's choice for the best actor and actress, I wanted to include all of the major contenders for the Best Picture Oscar itself. And with the limited time I had to work on it, I needed a way to represent the films as a whole, in a simple way, and not make it look like I was focusing on just the actors.

In order to avoid having to draw and paint full bodies or complicated backgrounds, I came up with the picture frame idea, with Oscar himself playing the role of the critical viewer in a gallery or museum who is contemplating his choices. And each gold frame has elements which reference each nominated film in some small way. I kept the frame for "The Help" simple because it seemed appropriate that a movie about domestic workers have a less fancy frame. Still though, this illustration ended up being quite an exercise in rendering shiny gold surfaces.

And I'm so happy I finally got a chance to caricature Owen Wilson. What a weird schnoz!

This was done entirely in Photoshop.




And here's a larger version, without the copy.


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Some new oil studies 
Monday, January 23, 2012, 09:57 PM - Paintings
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I finally am back in a head painting class at the Watts Atelier. It's good to be painting from a live model again. Quick studies like this help loosen me up and keep me focused on economizing each brush stroke.



And this is a small 8 x 10 inch study of a crow from a photo I found somewhere


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Facial Anatomy Class at the Watts Atelier 
Wednesday, January 04, 2012, 02:37 PM - Classes
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Beginning January 11, 2012, I will once again teach "Drawing Facial Features and Expressions" at the Watts Atelier, in Encinitas, CA on Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. For the first half of the semester, the class will focus on learning the proper construction of the individual facial features as well as how idealize them for portrait work and how to use your new anatomical knowledge to improve upon poor photo reference.

The second half of the semester will focus on the anatomy of the facial muscles and how they work to create the expression of emotions. Along with the internal anatomy, we will learn what the seven basic expressions are and how to draw them so that they read as authentic in your drawing or painting. This class is a must for anyone who would like to improve their portrait or caricature skills and to infuse more personality and emotion into their subjects.

The class will run for ten weeks and costs $385. As always, registration for classes at the Watts Atelier is open to anyone. There are no portfolio reviews or other registration requirements. Read more info and register for the class on the Watts Atelier website.

This class probably will not be offered again for another year, so if you are interested, be sure to inquire at the school or contact me with any questions.


Here is a group of ear studies in oil I did last week.


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