Sunday, October 28, 2012

Painted Sticks - Photography Project

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Here's my recent photography project involving painted sticks. I'll probably revisit this project again sometime this winter.

Photos taken at Sunset Lake, Vicksburg, Michigan.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Obscure Personality Portrait Series - Lt. Joe Kenda

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This is my drawing of Lt. Joe Kenda and is part of my ongoing "Obscure Personality Portrait Series" depicting influential and interesting people many may have never heard of.  Lt. Joe Kenda is the subject of Investigation Discovery's TV series "Homicide Hunter". What I find fascinating about Kenda is that he's solved 387 murders and that his success rate is 92%. In addition to his amazing ability to solve murders, he has a really interesting delivery style when discussing what goes through his mind while investigating. (Season 2 of Homicide Hunter is now airing Tuesdays at 9:00pm).

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Obscure Personality Portrait Series - David Simon & David Chase

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In recent years, during my lunch hours, I watched a lot of past TV shows on DVD. Two of my favorite TV shows have been Northern Exposure and The Rockford Files.  Recently I discovered an interesting connection between the two shows. David Chase has produced, written and/or directed numerous episodes for each show. (He is also the creator of HBO's The Sopranos). So that gave me an idea to begin the "Obscure Personality Portrait Series" which depicts influential people many have never heard of.

380 David Simon
This is my drawing of David Simon, also part of my ongoing "Obscure Personality Portrait Series" depicting influential and interesting people many may have never heard of.  David Simon is the creator/writer of two of my favorite TV series, NBC's Homicide: Life on the Streets and HBO's The Wire.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Obscure Personality Portrait Series - Leland Sklar

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Drawing Detail 

This is my drawing of bassist Leland Sklar and is part of my "Obscure Personality Portrait Series" depicting influential and interesting people many may have never heard of.

Through the years I'd seen Leland (and his unmistakable b
eard) appear playing bass on quite a few live performance DVDs from a wide variety of big name performers. At the time I'd always wonder who is that guy and what's his story. So after a bit of research I finally found his name and was shocked to see the list of his 2000+ albums upon which he's appeared. It's a phenomenal list of albums and performers! Here's a partial List:

America • Clint Black • Laura Branigan • Regina Belle • Stephen Bishop • Clint Black •  Suzy Bogguss • Sarah Brightman • Jackson Browne • Peabo Bryson • Jimmy Buffett •  Steve Camp • Glen Campbell • Eric Carmen • Kim Carnes • David Cassidy • Steven Curtis Chapman • Ray Charles • Joe Cocker • Leonard Cohen • Phil Collins • Rita Coolidge • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young • Neil Diamond • Dion • Thomas Dolby • The Doors • Donovan • Chris Eaton • England Dan & JohnFord Cooley • Art Garfunkel • Vince Gill • Amy Grant • Arlo Guthrie • Sammy Hagar • Merle Haggard • Hall & Oates • Faith Hill • Don Henley • Engelbert Humperdinck • Julio Iglesias • Wynonna Judd • Carole King •  Kris Kristofferson • Lisa Loeb • Lyle Lovett • Manhattan Transfer • Ricky Martin • Richard Marx • Reba McEntire • Roger McGuinn • Bette Midler • Graham Nash • Aaron Neville • Randy Newman • Olivia Newton-John • The Oak Ridge Boys • Twila Paris • Dolly Parton • Bernadette Peters • Bonnie Raitt •  Helen Ready • LeAnn Rimes • Lee Ritenour • Linda Ronstadt • Diana Ross • David Sanborn • Leo Sayer • Neil Sedaka • Vonda Shepard • Carly Simon • Ricky Skaggs • Michael W. Smith • Rod Stewart • Stephen Stills • George Strait • Barbra Streisand • Donna Summer • James Taylor • Livingston Taylor • Terence Trent d'Arby • Tanya Tucker • Wilson Phillips • Lee Ann Womack • Trisha Yearwood • Warren Zevon 
Art Specs: Hand-drawn portrait on marker paper using Sharpie and copic pens. Illustrator CS3 for typesetting. Photoshop for clean-up and gray fills/strokes and final composite.