Friday, December 21, 2012

STOP! It's Pin Up Time

Here's a recent pin up project I've been working on. I never really do this kind of work, but I've been pretty happy with the results so far.

This was my first real attempt at doing a pin up. It was for a painting class project 3 years ago. At the time, I was thrilled with how it turned out. Sometimes I love looking back at old work and being completely disgusted with it. It's a good way to gauge progress I guess. I can still find some merit in this particular painting, but I love being able to completely rip it apart with a fresh eye.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

More Figure Painting

I took my Wacom with me to open life drawing again. The first pose that I got in on was the head shot on the left. We worked on it for 30 minutes, then another 20. Somehow I accidentally saved over the whole 50 minute pose, but luckily I still had the first 30 minutes saved elsewhere. Sometimes I really hate computers.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Forgetful Me.

Well, I'm sitting in my studio watching an old Bob Ross video and it occurred to me that I scanned in a doodle I did at open life drawing the other night. This was drawn with Prismacolor Col-erase pencils. Had I known it was going to be a long pose I would have brought actual colored pencils or maybe watercolors. Never the less, the col-erase pencils worked great.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bye Week Makes Me Sad :(

This past Sunday the Packers had a bye so in lieu of football watchin' I thought I'd do a painting of Clay Matthews. It just so happens that Dexter (a show that had me hooked after the very first episode) is on Sundays. It was clear to me that I must conflate the two.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Coming to Term, a Mini Comic

Here's a little project I just finished up. I had the intention of drawing a multipanel editorial cartoon, but as I started two write down gags and a "script," I quickly had a bit that was 700 words long. Perhaps I should have just cut a lot of the text out. That would have been the smart thing to do, but I figured I'd just make a mini comic out of it.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day Life Drawing

I spent the day live sketching the election day, something I've never done before. It was a lot of fun. While the campaigns provided a plethora of material to keep me drawing all day, I surprised myself that I did in fact draw cartoons all day (I'll post those tomorrow). But about the time that the polls were closing here in Wisconsin, I wandered down to the open life drawing on campus for a little r & r. I took my wacom and did some digital painting and sketching.

And by the time I got home, I had enough time to check the election results and of course Obama came out on top.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Life Drawing Bonanza

I've been trying to attend the weekly open life drawing sessions at Stout, and I hadn't missed a one until a couple weeks ago. Here are a few sketches I did over the last couple months. We haven't done any long poses (I think the longest so far was 30 min.) and usually that would upset me, however, I'm drawing in a sketchbook these days, anything between 10 and 30 minutes is fine by me.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Burnin' Brats an' Effigies

Well I started this painting yesterday before I heard about the resolution to the NFL Ref lockout. But I don't care, and I think this illustration still holds up.

With regards to this Monday's Packer game, it was an unspeakably crappy call that lost the game for the Packers. However, I hate the fact that the game was close enough that it came down to a hail mary pass. The replacement refs served as a distraction from what was a terrible game to begin with.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Illustration Friday: Crooked

Wouter "Gotye" De Backer is, in my opinion, a good looking man. That being said, the first time I saw his "Somebody That I Used to Know" music video, all I could think about what his jacked up mouth. Huge, crooked, teeth are always fun to draw.

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Finally I've gotten around to putting together a new mailing list, and I discovered that I had several Judaism oriented magazines on it. So I decided I ought to work up a Netanyahu caricature that could be used both as a mailer and a portfolio piece.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Illustration Friday: Burst

Not much to say about this one. I started rendering the drawing in photoshop and decided that I had a bit too much cross hatching in the drawing, so I think I'm going to color with water colors instead. Just some flat washes.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Cure For All That Ales You

I've had these brewing in my studio over that last couple days. Not literally brewing, sad to say. For whatever reason I really liked the idea of an India pale ale aptly named "Hoppington Bittersworth" so I sketched up a frog. The rest, as they say, is history.

Comrade Black Ivan Imperial Stout

Sly Rusty Irish Red

Sir Hoppington Bitterworth IPA

I've realized I have to brush up on graphic design. I'll be reworking these a bit so I can use them in my portfolio.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Awesomeness That Will Melt Your Face Off

I woke up early this morning, and felt motivated to start an Aaron Rogers caricature. I did a quick sketch and didn't know where I was going to take it. I got an idea to do a series of football card type illustrations (which I may do in the near future). Instead of doing that, I thought adding some slick photoshop effects in the background would suffice for the moment.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Illustration Friday: Imagination

Paul Ryan caught day dreaming about middle class, blue collar folk.

This isn't 100% finished, but I thought I would post it while I took a break. I still have to throw something a little more dynamic in the background.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Paul Ryan WIP

I drew up a couple Paul Ryan sketches last week during the RNC Convention. I had a bunch of ideas for editorial cartoons, mostly featuring empty chairs, but none of them would translate very well into a painting. As I wanted to do a few illustrations before school really got underway, I figured I'd just start painting Ryan and see where it would take me. This one is a couple hours of work, after blocking everything in and starting finer rendering. I'll make it into something a little more compelling over the next couple days.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

My ValleyFair Respite and Subsequent Reflection

The summer has come to a close for me, and because I have been so bad at updating this blog, I will throw gratuitous amounts of drawings at you over the next couple days. I didn't take many photos of my drawings this summer partly because some of them were uninspired, cutsey, tween drawings and also because I didn't think of taking photos at the time.

But without further ado, below are some of the pics I did snap while out at Valleyfair.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

It's been quite a while since I posted over here. For those who have stopped checking I say good riddance. For anyone reading this I'd like to thank both of you for your continued loyalty.

Anyway, this was a fun father-son duo. I haven't been doing much exaggeration this summer. I can't really say why, but with the slower business, I've found it difficult to really get in a groove. Even maintaining the motivation to really push a drawing can be tough.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Bushy, bushy eyebrows make me happy. These two guys were a lot of fun to draw.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Francois Hollande's Opus

I wasn't entirely sure about this cartoon initially, but after I worked out some of the dialogue, I felt better. Plus French President Hollande has a really fun face to draw. I'll be looking forward to drawing him again in the future.

Monday, May 14, 2012

I Could Go For A Slice

Not much to say about this cartoon. It isn't especially ideological or poignant, but I felt compelled to draw it none the less.

Birthday Reciprocation

For my 25th birthday, a month and a half ago, my good friend and poet Kyle wrote me this birthday poem:

Happy Birthday to the kind of man we all ought to want to become, the kind of man who makes others feel less like men while simultaneously being more for having known him, the kind of man who gives the goddesses he encounters reason to believe in the gender he comes from. Thank you, Marc, for empowering my simple and unworthy being, for progressing the integrity of all of us rogues who never even dreamed of having a sliver of it until you drew near.

My pride in you brings tears to my face, and it's the salt of those tears that flavors my regret of not having shared the anniversary of your birth with you, the man who, as legend has it, was there.

I wish I was. I wish I could sing about it in the key of B major, for Major Birthday. I wish you a happy birthday where friendship is the gift that keeps on giving and sadness is the only candle that gets blown out. I wish to be the Marilyn Monroe to your JFK. More than that, I wish to be the leap in every year you take in approaching old age. I wish sympathy for every other century that hasn't had you in it 25% of the time.

Your right arm was born, followed by your left, and the sky came to know Lightning and Thunder. Your bottom was smooth as a baby's bottom, and now they say a baby's bottom is smooth as yours.

Yours is the only chapter of facebook I care to read.

It is also the only chapter I care to read in braille.

Leave it to you, Marc--it's your birthday and you should be getting gifts, and still we are the ones getting all of your presence. I'll be damned if I'm not ashamed.

Ashamed, of course. Grateful, every single year.

So of course I felt I had to hit him back with a painting.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Scott Walker: Entrepreneur

It's been a while since I drew any editorial cartoons. I've had some time off this week and thought I would do a toon or two. Then I realized it was Wisconsin's recall primary elections on Tuesday which meant that the official recall election was less than a month away. What better time to start cartooning again. On another note, as of Tuesday, Scott Walker had raised $25 million in campaign contributions 60% of which came from out of state. Legal? Yes. Should it be? No.