The First Mini Con in Singapore was a success!! I spent a week in a beautiful country, along with many friends, both old & new.
Here is the artwork I was able to produce in a couple of days.
Now here are the subjects, along with their drawings. First up is Insyirah, one of the Mini Con helpers, from Singapore.
Next, here’s Eri, a fun, sunny artist from Japan.
This is Peggy, a new friend from Taiwan.
And last, here is the trio of Mel (from Texas), David (from Hong Kong), and Etsuko (from Japan).
I very randomly decided to put these 3 into a single drawing, based mostly on the fact that both Mel & David are rather tall, while Etsuko is very short.
Here are a few of my recent live drawings.
The first 2 are from a trade show I worked a couple of weeks ago. It was a 1970s-themed event. So basically, all I had to do was to draw people in semi-outrageous clothing. This 3rd image is from Saturday at the mall. The girl was rather horrified by the result, but I THINK the guy was OK with it. These folks were quite possibly the ONLY child-free couple I drew all weekend. So OF COURSE, I had to cut loose a bit and have some fun with them.
Here’s another step-by-step color process. This time, we have my buddy Steve Hearn from London! We’ll begin with a finished, inked, black & white drawing (Steve is English, and folks over there tend to say “CHEERS” a lot…hence the silly gag). Next, the first bit of color, concentrating mostly on the flesh tones. Now for a bit of modeling on the flesh, adding shadows and contrast. Let’s add a bit more red (well, PINK, actually) to the skin, so as not to have Steve’s skin look too pale. And finally, some simple, finishing details in the hair, clothing, and background. VOILA! We’re done!!
The weekend of April 9-12, 2015, was the Main Street Art Festival in downtown Fort Worth. This is an annual event, where artists of all types can display & sell their work. Because there’s no admission charge (the vendors just set up on various sections of the street, which are blocked to oncoming traffic), a ton of people usually attend this event each year. Of course, this makes for an EXCELLENT opportunity to draw caricatures!! A total of 7 artists (myself included) pooled together their resources, materials, and funding (for the Festival’s entry fee), as we covered 2 separate locations over 4 days. The first day was, by far, the slowest (it was a Thursday, and kids didn’t get out of school till more than halfway through the work day). Still, we managed to make the most of it. Thursday was ALSO the day when OUT OF NOWHERE, we endured a brief—but strong—thunderstorm!! Dan, Amy, & I were literally holding down the fort, trying to keep our paper and electrical equipment from getting pounded by the rain that managed to blow its way into our small-but-sturdy little tent! After about 45 minutes, the the weather returned to normal, and patrons roamed the streets once again, well into the evening. Fortunately—and miraculously—Mother Nature proved to be VERY cooperative for the entire remainder of the weekend, and all of us enjoyed what turned out to be a profitable venture. Yaaaaaaaaayyy!!!
Only 2 more months until I head to Singapore for their VERY FIRST Mini Con! I’ve registered, and reserved a hotel room for the week! Now, I just have to book my FLIGHT (the most expensive part)…but prices looked pretty good when I last checked a few weeks ago!
Here are a few examples of some of the celebrity caricatures I drew 10 years ago, or more. I’m posting them here because I will most likely be removing them from my website very soon…in favor of NEWER artwork.