From the Sketchbook (09222016)

Welcome to the first day of fall 2016, I love this time of year!  I hope to enjoy the outside colors and weather soon. I have been swamped at work, and at this point it doesn’t look like I will have a break anytime soon. But I am crossing my fingers. It is also getting close to October, which means Inktober (a daily ink drawing post). I hope I can participate this year, again I am going to see how work is going. But I do love the daily challenge.

Okay, on with today’s blog. As I mentioned last week, I have a few sketches I wanted to add to the blog. Most of these are recent, except the Robert Smith one’s, I drew those earlier this year.  Below each sketch will be a description, I hope you enjoy them and again . . . Happy First Day of Fall!

A sketch of Director, Screenwriter, Visual Artist, Musician, Actor, and Author David Lynch.

A sketch of Director, Screenwriter, Visual Artist, Musician, Actor, and Author David Lynch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A sketch of Composer Philip Glass.

A sketch of Composer Philip Glass.

A sketch of David Bowie from his "Outside" period.

A sketch of David Bowie from his “Outside” period. A difficult expression to draw.

This is a sketch I drew on a notepad earlier in the year of Robert Smith. I was anticipating seeing The Cure in Concert June 10th and 11th at UIC Pavilion Chicago, IL.

This is a sketch I drew on a notepad earlier in the year of Robert Smith. I was anticipating seeing The Cure in Concert June 10th and 11th at UIC Pavilion Chicago, IL.

Another Robert Smith sketch, this was drawn April 21 of this year on his birthday.

Another Robert Smith sketch, this was drawn April 21 of this year on his birthday.

A just because sketch, I call it SpongeBob Eyes.

A just because sketch, I call it SpongeBob Eyes.

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Tim Burton Tribute Sketches Part 2

Today we have  Part 2 of the Tim Burton Tribute Sketches at Don’t Pick the Flowers blog. A recap, on August 3 2016 I decided I would attempt to draw one sketch a day in tribute to Tim up to his birthday August 25 2016. Some were a little better than others, depending on how long my work day was. If you followed me on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen these.  I hope you enjoy the sketches and hopefully I will be back next week with a new blog, I have a few more sketches I have never posted here that I would like to share.

Top Left: Scarecrow from Sleepy Hollow. Top Right: Eva Green as Miss Peregrine. Bottom Right: Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. Bottome Left: Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd.

Top Left: Scarecrow from Sleepy Hollow. Top Right: Eva Green as Miss Peregrine. Bottom Right: Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. Bottom Left: Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Left: Helena Bonham Carter as Ari in Planet of the Apes. Top Right: Glen Shadix as Otho an Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice in Beetlejuice. Bottom Right: Me trying to draw in the style of Tim Burton, Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Bottom Left: Jack Nicholson as The Joker in Batman.

Top Left: Helena Bonham Carter as Ari in Planet of the Apes. Top Right: Glen Shadix as Otho and Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice in Beetlejuice.
Bottom Right: Me trying to draw in the style of Tim Burton, Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Bottom Left: Jack Nicholson as The Joker in Batman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Lock, Shock and Barrel from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Right: The entrance to the Tim Burton Exhibition.

Left: Lock, Shock and Barrel from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Right: The entrance to the Tim Burton Exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

My final artwork on Tim Burton's birthday.

My final artwork on Tim Burton’s birthday.

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Tim Burton Tribute Sketches (Part 1)

It has been a while since my last blog post, which is nothing new right? Well in August I decided to draw tribute sketches of a long-time hero of mine, Tim Burton. I started on August 3 and sketched one drawing a day leading up to his birthday August 25, 2016. Each sketch represented a movie or highlight in his career.  I wanted to share those with you today, at least part of them, and the rest will follow on the next blog post. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram this is will be a recap, but I hope you enjoy seeing them again. So finally, something new for the blog.

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Top Left: Tim Burton’s first stop motion short, Vincent. Top Right: Mars Attacks! Bottom Left: Frankenweenie Bottom Left: Voodoo Girl from The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories Book.

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Top Left: Large Marge and Dinosaur from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. Top Right: Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood. Bottom Left: Helena Bonham Carter as the elderly witch in Big Fish. Bottom Right: A mash-up of two films Dark Shadows and Big Eyes.

Left: Corpse Bride Right: Toy duck from the live action Hansel and Gretel for the Disney Channel (check YouTube for this one).

My favorite Tim Burton Movie: Edward Scissorhands.

My favorite Tim Burton Movie: Edward Scissorhands.

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Odds and Ends

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Since we are almost in the snowy season, and some already experiencing white flakes falling from the sky, I thought I would start the blog off with a snow scene I drew of Suzanne (on the left) from earlier this year. Today’s blog will feature drawings from my sketchbook, which you have probably seen over the past year if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram. I am still in the process of filtering some of my art and placing it on the blog here. There will be pictures of Suzanne, drawings of people I respect, various random “just because” drawings and a commission or two. So bear with me as I finish up the sketchbook drawings and extra art.

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From the sketchbook, Top Left: Even Suzanne needed cooling off from the heat this summer and went for a swim. Top Right: A random drawing of a ghost posing for a picture. Bottom Left: Random drawing, random creature. Bottom Right: A little drawing I did after seeing my work schedule (just a joke here).

 

 

 

 

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Drawings of people I respect, Top Left: Frank Black of the Pixies (I drew this on his birthday, April 6). One of the most original bands ever. Top Right: My idol Robert Smith of The Cure (I drew this on his birthday, April 21). Bottom Left: David Letterman, I always enjoyed watching his show when I was growing up and continued until he retired from The Late Show. I miss his show. Bottom Right: I drew this when I was able to get Morrissey tickets this past year. I was (and am) a huge fan of The Smiths and Morrissey growing up. It was an excellent show and was able to venture up to the front of the stage.

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Top Left: A random sketch of Peewee Herman, yes I have the doll! Top Right: This is a mashup I drew of Snoopy and Andy Warhol (the hair), for “Draw Snoopy Day” and Andy Warhol’s birthday, August 6. Bottom Left: This is a picture I drew of a younger Christopher Lee. I’ll be honest, this was not one of my favorite drawings, but here it is.

 

 

 

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To the left is artwork I drew for Robert Smith’s (The Cure) Birthday this year. I was watching “Play at Home”, the infamously weird (and wonderful) movie with Robert and Siouxsie Sioux the night before. So I wanted to give it a bit of a Alice in Wonderland feel with the teapot.

 

 

 

 

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I drew this one for Tim Burton’s birthday. A true hero of mine, and I really loved the way this one turned out. I actually drew this one last year, but added color for his birthday (August 25).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The artwork for this one was done for Vince Clarke’s Birthday this past year (July 3). Again, I drew this one last year but added color on his Birthday. I have probably mentioned this before, but my character Vincent was named after the legendary musician (Depeche Mode, The Assembly, Yazoo, Erasure,VCMG).

 

 

 

 

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The Pink Angry Poodle, this was drawn as a commission for a girls birthday. I had a lot of fun drawing this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is a commission of Rik Mayall. This one is on the way to it’s owner. She wanted a drawing of Rik in the fashion of the infamous Calvin/Ford decal. It turned out pretty funny, and may he rest in peace.

 

 

 

 

 

I think this will end the back catalog of sketches and drawings, unless I keep rummaging and find something. I hope you have enjoyed the review of sketches from this past year. Until next time, keep drawing, and don’t pick the flowers!

 

 

 

 

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Middle School Talk

20151110_113045It’s time for another blog post, and this week I would like to share some photos from my time at Livingston County Middle School. I was asked to talk about comics and art by Jennifer Bowles the Art Teacher at Livingston County Schools, the school I went to. Things have changed a bit since I attended, but I found the students to be very receptive to my “lecture” and I can’t say how much I enjoyed spending time talking with Ms Bowles.

Middle School is a very difficult age, at least it was for me. It’s that time you are trying to figure out who you are, from child to teenager. I can’t say I had a pleasant experience in Middle School, I can honestly say I hated it. But I wanted to encourage the kids to keep drawing and the world was at their finger tips with technology and art. And I do hope I at least touched on kids life, especially that kid out there who feels different and wants to become involved with the arts.

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Also I answered some questions over at The Root Beer Party, which you can read here: https://rootbeerparty.wordpress.com/2015/10/26/20-questions-with-web-comic-creators-david-hurley-from-dont-pick-the-flowers/  A great website for interviews with comic artists and reviews of comic art.

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