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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Inktober Drawings 2015 (Part 2)

Today at Don’t Pick the Flowers Blog I’m posting the last of my Inktober drawings from 2015. Just in case you missed it, Inktober is a challenge to sketch one drawing a day using ink. You can use nibs, micron pens or whatever type of ink tool you want to use. You can read all about it at Jake Parker’s website (the originator of Inktober), and challenge yourself to draw every day. I will admit, it was a challenge to draw and share every day, and some of my drawing are better than others. I’ll give a brief description in case you missed my personal drawings.

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Top Left: The Goblin King from The Hobbit Film by Peter Jackson. Top Right: A sketchy owl and bat. Bottom Left: As a child I was obsessed with Star Wars. Everyone is getting excited by the new Star Wars Film, so I decided to draw Snaggletooth (the first action figure my mom bought me). Bottom Right: Suzanne dances with the other Goblin King, Jareth. David Bowie from the film Labyrinth.

 

 

 

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Top Right: The Pumpkin man takes a nap. This is my original idea, and I am kind of fond of this one. Top Left: Another original idea . . . the excitement of reading. Bottom Left: Suzanne meets Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Bottom Right: Suzanne as Morticia Addams with Gomez Addams.

 

 

 

 

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Top Left: I have drawn a lot of Vincent Price sketches, here he is with Suzanne. Top Right: It looks like “Duck” is making a stew. Bottom Left: Suzanne walks . . . a creature. Bottom Right: This is one of my favorites, it’s Suzanne Bat.

 

 

 

 

 

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Top Right: A look in the mirror . . . it’s Edgar Allan Poe. Top Right: Suzanne chasing Nosferatu. Bottom: Suzanne (the cat) howling at the . . . pumpkin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that concludes all the drawing from Inktober 2015. It really did enjoy the challenge . . . until next year, keep on drawing!

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Inktober 2015 (Part 1)

I had mentioned in an earlier blog post you could follow my drawings for #inktober 2015 on the Don’t Pick the Flowers Facebook page or on Instagram, and now I will share half of those for you on today’s blog and the other half next week.  The challenge was exciting and a bit tiring. The tiring part was mostly posting to social media, yes I did also post them on Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest, but Facebook and Instagram is where I focused most. Drawing every day is very important, but I also work plus create and share comics at least 3 times a week, so October may have been a partial blur, not really, but I did stay busy! But I truly enjoyed the drawing and challenge of this year’s #inktober. So here are the inks and a little explanation of each one.

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Top Left: Suzanne with Tim Burton’s “Robot Boy” (from his book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories). Top Right: Suzanne being chased by a huge Raven Skeleton. Bottom Left: My own little creation here, kitty goes fishing. Bottom Right: Give a kiss to the Gargoyle.

 

 

 

 

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Top Left: Krustyjuice, Krustyjuice, Krustyjuice . . . my mashup of Beetlejuice and Krusty the Clown. Top Right: It’s an Umpa Lumpa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Bottom Left: My attempt at drawing Neil Gaiman. Bottom Right: Suzanne give Frankenstein a new hairdo.

 

 

 

 

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Top Left: Suzanne meets The Crow (Eric Draven) from the 1994 film. Top Right: Suzanne is a lost girl, here she is with David (Kiefer Sutherland) from one of my favorite movies as a teen, The Lost Boys. Bottom Left: Suzanne “Interviews a Vampire”, my comic version of the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. Some of my favorite books. Bottom Right: Suzanne gets a haircut, Edward Scissorhands is my favorite Tim Burton film.

 

 

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Top Left: I drew a Lewis Carroll type sketch adding Walt Disney’s 1951 animated version of the March Hare, Tim Burton’s Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), and Suzanne. Top Right: Suzanne meets The Mad Monster Party’s Count Dracula. Bottom Left: I am super stoked that The Cure will be touring North America in 2016, YES I HAVE TICKETS!! This is my tribute to my favorite band and my weird version of the song “Torture”. Bottom Right: Suzanne is “Bewitched” . . . yes my version of the TV show that ran from 1964-1972 on ABC.

 

And there is the first 15 drawings from inktober 2015. I used micron and copic markers in the drawings. Until next week, keep drawing and “don’t pick the flowers”.

 

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Suzanne Sketch Diary (Part 3)

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I am back with Part 3 of the “Suzanne Sketch Diary”, and possibly the last of this series of blogs featuring sketches of Suzanne. To catch you up, the last couple of blogs have been sketches of (mostly) Suzanne drawn throughout this past year. I do plan to post other drawings never posted here in the coming weeks. So to start this off, the picture above is an artwork I posted on Facebook, and used as the banner on the main page of the Don’t Pick the Flowers website.

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The drawings on the left are extra sketches I shared on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. You may have seen these before, or if you are new to seeing my work, they now have a home here. I am considering putting a book together with these and other sketches.

 

 

 

 

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Again, more sketches and doodles. The top right image gave me an idea which lead to an actual comic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I really like the picture to the left. I posted this online and ended up using it as an ad in the 2015 Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Brochure (in Black and White). I had someone mention this would make a great book cover. Hey, that is an idea!

 

 

 

 

 

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The cartoon on the right was to be used in a Berkeley Breathed Tribute. A group of cartoonist mentioned it and I’m actually not sure what happened as it never came to fruition, so here it is. This idea came from an early comic I drew probably 4 or 5 years ago featuring Vincent and Duck.

 

 

 

And there you have it, a look in my sketch book. It is really fun to have these posted here so you can see them, whether they are good or bad you can see some of the creative process behind my comic. And as I mentioned above, possibly there is a book of sketches on the horizon for you to have of your own. I hope you have enjoyed viewing the sketches and artwork. Until next time, Don’t Pick the Flowers!

 

 

 

 

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