Sunday, December 27, 2009

Pink flower study and final

Images completed the end of November. I've done a little bit of traveling for work - five city tour for a recognition campaign. All done in theaters,, some traditional theaters and two in blockbox theaters. Each time the stage crew bourht a little more to the show. The final event in Melbourne was the best, the lighting scene also included changes to the audinece lighting for the finale. Images to come later.. I have them at work and ccannot access the file here at home.

If I may comment on my flowers. What a wonderful exercise that was for me. Disciplining myself to utilize the paper color as part of the flowers was a particular challenge. I think I pulled it off. My next task will be some pomegaranites.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Creative Commons

Link and's for my own good. Creative Commons read / register / add to page

Sunday, November 29, 2009

First time with Pastels

This is a friend's house up here in Mt. Washington. My first attempt with pastels, it took me almost 3 hours to get the guts to start it. Overall I am happy - but pastels need to be bigger in order to include detail in the work.
I'll post it on FB and then in 'skineart and hopefully do a second version as a gift for the owners of the house.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Orange study

Image from March of this year
The image below was the first orange study I did. I only had seven colored pencils. Immediately after drawing this image I searched everywhere for my Prismacolors. Once I found them I continued drawing the same orange eight more times. My son made fun of me and said they looked the same. He called it my fruit book. I told him to take another look, because they were all different. Different strokes and intensity of orange color.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Germans In the Woods

Germans in the Woods from Rauch Brothers on Vimeo.

Very touching story from a veteran of World War II

Blogger Stephen Gardner's latest sketch

Visited Stephen Gardner's blog today...he does some great work. Please visit his site, "Sketch of the Day"

Here is his most recent post.

What I like is that he tries to post his drawing as often as possible. I may not be able to do a sketch a day like he I will start a bit conservative and try to do a sketch a week.

Today is veterans day and I have the day off.

I am reading Dan Brown's latest book "The Lost Symbol". He makes me curious with his many references, Albrecht Durer as an example. So I did a google search of the engraving below and came across a large jpeg in a blogger's site. Whom had an interesting entry about making life simple so I posted it. See my entry of "10 Simple Rules for Living My Life" Back to Dan Brown's book. He makes reference to Albrecht Durer's symbols in the engraving Melancolia I which leads to another blogger, Theodor Pavlopoulis' The Peacock Tail and a interpretation of images form the Durer engraving and the golden ratio. Makes for some interesting reading, but makes me feel like there is so much to learn in this world and so much we do not know. Mysteries as well as reality.

10 Simple rules for living my life

This has been borrowed from another blogger. "north does not mean up", she simply identifies herself as kristina and I find her entries rather inspiring and wanted to pass it on to anyone else that reads my blog.
This is from The Complete Life’s Little Instruction Book. How many of these can you say you honestly accomplish? Stop judging others. Look at yourself. Are you doing all of these 10 things every day? You may find you are better at some than others. Do your bit – but don’t expect these of others. It’s not your place. Change yourself, change the world.

1. Do battle against prejudice and discrimination wherever you find it.
2. Be romantic.
3. Let people know what you stand for and what you won’t stand for.
4. Be insatiably curious. Ask “why” a lot.
5. Measure people by the size of their hearts, not the size of their bank accounts.
6. Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
7. Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes. Learn from them and move on.
8. Keep your promises.
9. Seek out the good in people.
10. Take good care of those you love.

“Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, ‘Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?’… Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, ‘We hate to tell you this, but life is a thousand word essay.’” — Charles M. Schultz

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Sketches from Chicago and October Peppers

Felt it necessary to draw the lamp I use to hang my three peppers. Even more reason to complete a studio. Mary gets inpatient with my drawing material all over the place, even though I only take up 30% of our table. Not to complain, I understand...but should I be sequestered in the studio all the time? I'm letting the peppers dry up so I can do at least one more drawing. She loves my work, that I know.
Some sketches from my trip to Chicago in July. So interesting drawing people, some ignore me as I draw, others become very uncomfortable and re-locate. I try to catch some of their personality in the drawings. A little of who they are. No name, no background. I moment of their life in this place with me on this day in our lives.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Illustration Friday 11-5-2009 Skinny Pepper

Re-posted this image at a smaller resolution so I can submit to Illustration Friday. I've been monitoring the peppers and I am almost ready to draw more in their current whithered state. Then on to something new. Still looking for a reputable figure drawing session.

Life is so fun...thank God he invited me.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Yellow banana pepper

Banana pepper hangs off my desk lamp, drying, changing colors, whithering, drying. Probably one or two more studies left before it becomes seasoning.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pepper Studies

Prismacolors, graphite pencils and ink.

Pencil and graphite penicls

Pencil study for my the two peppers I've been drawing. I had cleaned up my drawing area so we can eat, I've had my papers and pencils sprawled out on the dining room table. As i was cleaning I laid one pepper on top of the other and looked at it again and decide they looked great together... and the notion hit me that they should be suspended.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Orange Pepper

Same orange pepper as below. It is a very mature Hot Banana Pepper. I think this drawing has more form.

Orange Hot Pepper

Drew this before I went to Chicago. Pencil and prismacolor with ink .

Flying to Chicago - Pencil Sketch

Flew into Chicago. Drew only two images; I usually do more drawings, but I felt like reading.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Hot Banana pepper

I've drawn 3 peppers so far as well as the small grouping I posted around September 27. I finally broke down and purchased a new back pack. Not exactly what I was looking for, but most important it is very sturdy.

Not sure what will be next, I am thinking about letting the peppers dry and shrivel and then perhaps draw them again. I'm getting ready to go to Chicago and will probably draw people at the airport again. Love doing that - makes me feel good to look back at the drawings. Remembering the people, the things they did while I drew them, as well as their nuances while I secretly observed them.

Finished reading my spy between interest right now. Not Sure if I want to read fiction or non-fiction.

I did buy some new colored pencils and am looking for something new. I want to be able to apply lighter colors over dark colors and not sure what medium to use.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Red Hot Pepper

We made stuffed peppers today and I kept some to draw. Pencil, Prismacolors and ink in my Moleskine.

Hot Peppers

Drawn Saturday, September 26
Prismacolor pencils and ink

Saturday, September 12, 2009


Friday, July 24, 2009

Draw Serge blog

Came across this blog through a feed I subscribe to called The Little Chimp Society / the Illustration News Portal.

Wikipedia definition: Serge Wiki

Serge Gainsbourg (2 April 1928 – 2 March 1991) was a French singer-songwriter, actor and director. Gainsbourg's varied musical style and individuality made him difficult to categorize. His legacy has been firmly established, and he is often regarded as one of the world's most influential musicians. Not sure if the links from Wiki are active.

Gainsbourg led a very interesting life and this is the reason I love connecting to other illustrators and blogs. People have such varied interests. Just take a moment and look at the web site which is dedicated to Serge, of course it is called Draw Serge . There are a great number of ilustations and links back to the contributing illustrator. The Draw Serge blog is managed by Jonathan Edwards, who also has a very interesting site in which he post his own illustrations.

The Draw Serge blog is soley dedicated to illustrations of the muscian Serge Gainsbourg, Jonathan has included links to reference more about Serge. Please visit his site, dutifully maintatined. Below is an illustration from the site by Tom Crowley.

The Draw Serge blog interested me because of a particular illustration by Joanna Fallon. I loved the style, which led me to her blog, appropriately named Jo Fallon Illustration and she has a link to her web site, Jo Fallon . I've posted a comment on her blog and hope to do a short interview about her techniques and method. If successful and she is willing I will post the interview here and perhaps I may post it on one of the many websites I frequent.

I originally came across Jo Fallon throught the Jully 22 news feed from LCS. The Little Chimp Society/LCS posts illustrators from all over the world and their frequent feeds provides links to the illustrator web site or blog. They also conduct many interviews and are a good reosurce for additional links.

Below is Jo Fallon's illustration of Serge that piqued my curiosity and the original sketch before she manipulated it in Photoshop.

I must admit, I do not know much about this guy, this musician. So if you are curious check him out at his Official web site, SergeGainsbourg. He died of a heart attack in 1991 and it is reported that during his funeral Paris came to a standstill .

Garden flowers

Flowers currently in bloom in my garden.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Process Junkie

Very nice stuff, Lucio Alberto Ruiz-Diaz, from NYC illustrator and sculptor. Probably too small to see but great detail in his sculptures. It would be best to visit his blog page. He promotes many illustrators in his blog and features various books. The image bleow is from one of his sites called Scribletts.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Lichtfaktor light writing

Cruising the web through Scene 360 and this particular video was highlighted, more featured on LichtFaktor's Vimeo page

Starwars V Startrek from LICHTFAKTOR on Vimeo.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Brand blogs and design

I continue to be atracted to designer blogs as well as blogs that deal with branding. I've listed some in my links section. I found this one, Blog oMotives, particularly appealing. I would not take the risk of rating it, make your own judgement.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Wall Animation and Chalk Animation

I had read about this film by BLU and recently stumbled upon it while viewing some films on Vimeo. His work is, in my estimation, amazing! Partly becuase I can imagine the amount of work it took to do - including prep, pre-drawings, procurring a crew, location scouting, working around and with the contstraints of other peoples schedules. The list goes on, non the less a daunting task in terms of production. Beautiful work I must say. I really do not know much about this artist, he has a website called BLUBLU and he post a fair amount of Walls he has done as well as Videos.

I've also posted a video below that that was done on chalkboards. To me very fluid

The short film by Blu produced approximately a year ago.

an ambiguous animation painted on public walls.
Made in Buenos Aires and in Baden (fantoche)

music by Andrea Martignoni
produced by Mercurio Film
assistant: Sibe

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

This film was done in a circular space on chalkboards... I believe there is a mention in the comment section on how long it took to film. I like it mainly besause of its fluidity (yea..that's a word). The music is ethereal; just the way I like it.

Firekites - AUTUMN STORY - chalk animation from Lucinda Schreiber on Vimeo.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

David Palumbo

Hello. It has been a while since I posted. NO excuses.

A successful month overall. Coordinated a major staging event at Heinz Hall; a recognition dinner for work. I feel I covered every base that was expected and surprised them with the final look. I still find it difficult to deal with the owner of the staging company, but I feel I have more patience than he has and I know more of what we need and how to execute. A picture of the stage is below. I also know when to step back and when to step forward.

As I was catching up on the RSS feeds, I looked over one of my favorite illustrators, David Palumbo. He has a web site appropriately named David Palumbo and I follow his blog, which he call, Dave Palumbo blogspot.

Below are some samples of his work.

I think his nudes are exquisite. At times a bit raw in the poses, but the style of painting and his brushstrokes inspire me. The one above is one of the ones I feel is very tastefully done yet modest in the nudity.

alinastephanie 10X17 oil on illustration board

Most of David's paintings are small (5X7) but they can get rather large (18X22).
The particular one above, "AlinaStephanie", is very cool. Look at the image the two girls are standing in front of - it takes a trained eye and a fair amount of patience to find something like that. I am guessing that they were not even aware of the large mural behind them. A very cool exercise in wondering who they are. Are they looking at the approaching transit? Did an accident just happen and only one of them notices while the other is simple complacently waiting for the bus?

It gives me an idea for a way to do more figure drwaings. Taking snapshots of people at the transit stops - and then sketching from there. Yes, for sure, I am sure it is done all the time. I would also think there is some danger - I can imagine some young thug or grouchy person yelling because their photo was taken with out permission. I am also wondering if any artist actually get their subjects to sign releases?

Look at the eyes on this subject. I can just imagine the comment you might get after snapping her pic. She looks a bit innocent yet there is a hint of surprise in her eyes. And possibly an inquisition.

randi 13X18 oil on illustration board

The last two paintings were part of a series he submit to the Art House in Philadelphia. If you cruise through the artist list you will see his name.

David does a fair amount of commercial illustration for magazines, movie poster, book covers.
Please check out his page or blog.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Persepolis - Animated film

Watched the film based on Marjane Sattrapi's graphic novel about growing up in Tehran, Iran during the cultural and Islamic revolution of the early eighties. She gives you the perspective of what her family life was like during those times.

I've spoken to people from Iraq, Iran, Suadi Arabia and other mid eastern countries on the internet and for the most part they do not hate westerners, they are humans trying to make it in this world. . The people, as in the USA, are much different than the poilitical ideals of the government.

Marjane's perspective on adapting to the constant changes throught the 80s and 90s in a repressive country was very enlightening. A woman with progressive ideas was frowned upon by the government a govenrment that had become very fundamentalist. What happens in the home is very different from what public life is like. She takes us throught the cost of civil life during the Fals of the Shah, the Iran/Iraq war and the growing fundamentalist dogma. Pantheon books has a very good review of the novel, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood . Much better than I have written here.

I wish to give full credit to Random House and their Pantheon book division for the excerpt below.

By Marjane Satrapi, as told to Pantheon staff
Chances are that if you are an American you know very little about the 1979 Iranian Revolution. "This revolution was normal, and it had to happen," says Marjane Satrapi, author of Persepolis, a totally unique memoir about growing up in Iran after the Shah left power. "Unfortunately, it happened in a country where people were very traditional, and other countries only saw the religious fanatics who made their response public." In her graphic novel, Satrapi, shows readers that these images do not make up the whole story about Iran. Here, she talks freely about what it was like to tell this story with both words and pictures, and why she is so proud of the result.

Why I Wrote Persepolis
From the time I came to France in 1994, I was always telling stories about life in Iran to my friends. We'd see pieces about Iran on television, but they didn't represent my experience at all. I had to keep saying, "No, it's not like that there." I've been justifying why it isn't negative to be Iranian for almost twenty years. How strange when it isn't something I did or chose to be? After I finished university, there were nine of us, all artists and friends, working in a studio together. That group finally said, "Do something with your stories." They introduced me to graphic novelists. Spiegelman was first. And when I read him, I thought "Jesus Christ, it's possible to tell a story and make a point this way." It was amazing.

Writing a Graphic Novel is Like Making a Movie
People always ask me, "Why didn't you write a book?" But that's what Persepolis is. To me, a book is pages related to something that has a cover. Graphic novels are not traditional literature, but that does not mean they are second-rate. Images are a way of writing. When you have the talent to be able to write and to draw it seems a shame to choose one. I think it's better to do both. We learn about the world through images all the time. In the cinema we do it, but to make a film you need sponsors and money and 10,000 people to work with you. With a graphic novel, all you need is yourself and your editor. Of course, you have to have a very visual vision of the world. You have to perceive life with images otherwise it doesn't work. Some artists are more into sound; they make music. The point is that you have to know what you want to say, and find the best way of saying it. It's hard to say how Persepolis evolved once I started writing. I had to learn how to write it as a graphic novel by doing.

What I Wanted to Say
I'm a pacifist. I believe there are ways to solve the world's problems. Instead of putting all this money to create arms, I think countries should invest in scholarships for kids to study abroad. Perhaps they could become good and knowledgeable professors in their own countries. You need time for that kind of change though. I have been brought up open-minded. If I didn't know any people from other countries, I'd think everyone was evil based on news stories. But I know a lot of people, and know that there is no such thing as stark good and evil. Isn't it possible there is the same amount of evil everywhere?If people are given the chance to experience life in more than one country, they will hate a little less. It's not a miracle potion, but little by little you can solve problems in the basement of a country, not on the surface. That is why I wanted people in other countries to read Persepolis, to see that I grew up just like other children.It's so rewarding to see people at my book signings who never read graphic novels. They say that when they read mine they became more interested. If it opens these people's eyes not to believe what they hear, I feel successful.

You Have to Think Freely to Know What to Write
My parents were very proud when they read Persepolis. If I criticize them once in a while, it's because it's the truth, and they laugh. My father always says, "It is only an idiot who never changes his mind." My parents accept that times change, and they are not right anymore. They've taught me that you can make mistakes. They were extremely open-minded about what I said and they were demanding. I'm also tender with them because they were magnificent parents. They gave me the most important thing -- the freedom of thinking and deciding for myself. The best present anyone can receive is not being formatted because the world or a religion wants you to be.I Have Mistakes, Not Regrets
In the translation that my American editor is working on now, I tell about when I was only seventeen years old and a junkie living on the streets. It's a terrible part of my life, but I don't say it was a mistake. I learned from that that you can change your life anytime. Of course, I'd rather not have lost two years of my life. But I had my hippie friends in the streets. Maybe I would be boring without them. Maybe I would be an engineer marrying another boring engineer, and not a graphic novelist.
When I was featured in a prominent magazine, the publishers didn't want to print how my great-grandfather was a king, but I ended up a junkie. They decided I would not be a role model if I want to make this past public. But there is nothing I regret. If one is intelligent, one can learn and grow from her mistakes. I like myself now and that is what matters.

You've never seen anything like Persepolis--the intimacy of a memoir, the irresistibility of a comic book, and the political depth of a the conflict between fundamentalism and democracy. Marjane Satrapi may have given us a new genre."--Gloria Steinem
Read more about the book and view sample pages here.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Metamorphosis from Glenn Marshall on Vimeo.

Stumbled upon this beauty....Not sure what software is Processing, but Glenn explains it somewhat on his blog / website Butterfly . He uses Wordpress and has an RSS.

Processing software. Here is a quote from Glenn's website:

“Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and interactions. It is used by students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool. Processing is an alternative to proprietary software tools in the same domain.”

My mantra is still "search for inspiration" and perhaps with this I may find a way to animate some of my ideas.

However, everything at a cost. Spend money, invest in hardware and software. Invest time in my own pursutes and isolate myself from family. Lose touch or struggle for balance. The stuggle for balance is the better way to go - search for inspriation and find balance in life as much as possible. My biggest hindrance to relating to my kids is my lack of interest in sports. Of course that does not hinder my love for them. As usual I ramble on.

I've continued with the drawings of the orange and will post them soon. I am up to eight sketches and will complete my latest self assignment. To draw one each day for three days. Today is day two, the drawings are roughtly 2"X3". As promised I will post them all when completed.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Orange drawing

Below is a drawing I recently did of an orange given to me by Charles, it's the first time I posted any of my work. I did this drawing with a very limited palette, could not find my colored pencils so I had to make do. Since then I have found them out in the garage where I thought they were.

My sketchpad is a Moleskine and I've been drawing in it since the end of January. I plan to keep drawing the orange until it withers to... well what ever oranges wither to.

Still reading Wicked. The screenplay is formulating , but I am not allowing it to take dominance until I finish the book. I'm still thinking it will be about a child that gets to go to the theater where his father works.

Done traveling for now. It was fun, I got to go to many different cities. Cleveland, Columbus, Louisville, Cincinnati, West Palm Beach, Dayton, Kalamazoo, Indianapolis, Port St. Lucie and Chicago. Wish I had taken adventure photos at each one. Though nothing spectacular happened other than the experience of seeing all those places. I do have some cool images which I will post eventually. I promise to myself that I will work on the images and post them in chronological order.