Its like deja vu, all over again.

Graphite on Paper 5″x5″

Palomino /Blackwing 5B on Arches 88 – 300 GSM Cotton Rag

20 minutes10-18-15

Life drawing again after a long 6 month hiatus. I don’t forget how to draw but I am poor at time management with the pose schedules. When you are working under restricted time, you have to decide what you are going to focus on in the 20 min pose. I.E. Facial portrait, Tonal study of entire figure, with or without background reference, etc. You have to choose before you “go in” and stick to the schedule or loose it.

Nouveau Russo

A character design for a movie from 2002 I don’t even remember the name of it.

What I do remember is this,

The art director had me drive down to a sound stage in Long Beach from L.A. on a day rate. I did a couple of these Nouveau style drawings of the lead actress, and was finished, or thought so.

The art director said “well since we got you here…” the story is about this fashion designer and it would be nice to decorate the set with sketches of women can you do that?

I said, do you have any models? He lead me down the hall to the dressing rooms and tossed me into a room with about 35 beautiful russian girls they were using as extras on these runway scenes.

They didn’t speak much english and were all looking at me like “who’s this dude with the sketchbook in our dressing room?”

I don’t know where they got all these girls, but they had a handler/interpreter lady who was looking at me for direction so I just said “tell the girls to take off all their clothes and frolic”, and it was so.

Oh please Brer Fox, please don’t throw me in dat brier patch.

Shot, again.

I know I have posted this before so I won’t go into the graphic details. Today was the day my old pal Sneeky Pete was shot dead 3 years ago.

I just got news that the guy who shot him died today. Weird.

I was feeling all blue today for no apparent reason.

Now I know, I am just too sensitive to the turning of the screws of the universe.

Zorthian’s pencil


Zorthian would have been 100 years old this year. I knew him in his 90’s and he had more spunk than guys half his age. His wife Dabney gave me this pencil shortly after he died in 2004. She bought one of my paintings in 2003 because she said “I love the breasts. Don’t tell Zorthian I bought it.” I guess he would have been jealous, so I never did.

He loved to draw women.

Mark O’Connor/American String School

Mark O’Connor-graphite on Arches 88, 4×6

This guy is one of my musical heros since I was about 20 and he was in a band called the Dixie Dregs.

Now he is real bigtime and I might have the opportunity to help him with some design work for his American String School and violin method.

You just never know where life will take you.