Monday, March 27, 2006

Illustration Friday - Monster

You might recognize this guy as Eddie of Iron Maiden Fame. He was always a favorite album cover character of mine and my immediate thought for this weeks Illustration Friday topic of Monsters.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Sketches - San Diego

I few other sketches I did during the weekend.

A few people at a taqueria for breakfast. I notice that alot of other people are drawing in the kitchen of the table, but I find it very difficult as I'm worried I'm going to get food all over my book.

New Construction Downtown

A couple of guys on the bus to the zoo. The guy with glass is all wrong, but he was the only guy sitting still when I got on. the smaller guy is much better and was actually on the bus on my way back into town.

In addition to hosting the San Diego Zoo there are tons of places to sketch, Unfortunately I only had a half day at the park and really wanted to check out the animals.

A couple of guys on my plane ride back home

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

San Diego Zoo

Before the WBC final on Monday I went to the San Diego Zoo. With the express interest of doing some sketching.

Tortoises move quicker than I thought. They are fascinating and everytime I see them I think of Darwin.

I was most excited to draw Rhinos, Elephants and Gorillas. The Gorillas were very popular and uncooperative, but the Rhino was relatively alone. Unfortunatley most of the time I could only see his back, but he did lift his head a few times.

The Elephants were fantastic and very active, almost too active. But I think these are my best sketches from the whole weekend.

The Polar Bear and the some of the indoor reptile boxes. The lighting really caught me on the reptiles, but I don't think I captured that here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

WBC in San Diego

WBC Logo

I went down to the World Baseball Classic final round this last weekend in San Diego. This is the first year of this World Cup type event. It was put on to raise international awareness of baseball. With the hope of expanding the baseball market and gaining support to get baseball back into the Olympics.

The first Semi-Final game on Saturday at noon was the Dominican Republic hosting Cuba. Cuba won 3 to 1

The Petco Park Scoreboard

The second Semi-Final game on Saturday at 7pm was South Korea hosting Japan. Japan won 6 to 0

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Automobile Front

This is colored pencil on black paper. The subject is from a photo in class. I especially like the headlights.

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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Illustration Friday - Tattoo

My lastest entry for Illustration Fridays topic of "Tattoo" based on this photo.

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I'm not sure how international it went, but there use to be a TV show called Fantasy Island. It aired from 1978 to 1984 and one of it's main actors was a man named Herve Villachaize. He played a character named Tattoo. So instead of drawing a butterfly or a fairy or any of those other popular tatoos, I decided to practive drawing a person instead.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

EDM 57 - Frame

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I've been waiting to jump into the Everyday Matters group for a while and this topic finally caught my attention. Across from my bed hangs this print from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The framed print is by David Hockney, but not only do I have a story about the print, I have a little item about the frame as well.

I picked this up on the greatest weekend of my life. In the spring of 1998 one of my best friends was living in New York for a project. He was living with a couple of high school friends of another buddy of mine. Five of us decided to go to New York for Memorial Day weekend. While we were there we not only hit the sites, but lots of bars and restaurants as well. However the most memorable part was screwing around with our buddy Erik.

The first night we were there Erik left the bars early with his girlfriend (about 2am) and the rest of us stayed out a few more hours. When we got back to the apartment we were very drunk and decided to mess with Erik. In a pitch black apartment we took turns posing for stupid pictures with Erik. The best part was stumbling around in the dark and all you could do was imagine what the guy posing was doing because you could make out sounds but could see nothing. The poser would then say OK, the flash would do off and everyone would bust up laughing at the stupid pose.

The next morning we all laughed at him and told him about the pictures we had taken. When we picked them up in the afternoon, even the clerk at the photo shop was laughing. Erik vowed to get revenge on us. The next night Erik stayed up later than us. When he got back he was giggling so hard at what he was thinking about doing that he woke everybody up before he could pull his shenanigans.

The last night of the trip Erik was still hoping to get back at us, so we decided to take care of him. We bought about 4 or 5 rounds of shots, but in a round we would have 6 Dr. Peppers and 1 Jaegermeister. The Jaeger would go to Erik and the rest of use would take the soda. We did this with Tequila and Ginger Ale, Vodka and water. Needless to say Erik went home early and the night went off without incident.

Not only do I have a story about the print, but I have a small one about the frame. This was the first thing I got framed when I moved into my new place in May of 2000 (right after a different trip to New York and probably the second best weekend of my life). I got this framed at Rick's in my hometown. Rick bought the place from the Shepards who were my neighbors growing up. Not a great story, but a little bit nugget.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Illustration Friday - Insect

Here's this weeks entry for Illustration Friday, an Insect. I choose a beetle because of the hard shiny surface.

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