Wednesday, February 1, 2012

1 Month Down, 11 More To Go!

Here we are into February already! I'm so happy with where these dailies have headed! I am having a lot of fun with these! Some days I feel that writing the bios is the hardest part, but I just take some time to reflect on it before uploading to my facebook page (, and I always manage to work them out! Sometimes I look back on them -- sometimes immediately -- and I think "How did I come up with that?!" All I can say is I get lost in trance while I'm drawing, and I let the sketches speak for themselves.

Here is the past week's worth!

Ever meet someone and they look EXACTLY like their name, and EXACTLY the way you'd expect them to look?!...

Yah. This is Edwin. Edwin O'Phiester. AKA Ed O'Phiester Island, as he has aptly been nick-named since elementary school. He's cool with it, though! In fact, he thinks it's pretty clever, and he's proud of it. He's 'solid' like that.

Second of all, he's a personal trainer and his career path led him to become a stunt man and, eventually, a body double for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The irony is palpable.

Copic markers and colored pencil on Bristol, 3.5 X 5.5"

This is Rita. She's a soap opera star whose on-screen character is going through a sordid and tumultuous divorce. Off-screen, she has 4 step-children who hate her guts, and whose real husband just gave her the long overdue gift of divorce papers. All Rita cares about is how serendipitous this all is, and if it will finally help her deliver a performance worthy of a Daytime Emmy.

The answer is 'no'. She's a horrible human being, and an even worse actress.

Copic markers on Bristol, 3.5 X 5.5"

This young man is Jason. He's a big ol' bear at 6'3", 235 lbs, but a teddybear at that. Jason is kind and funny, intelligent, and surprisingly philosophical. Surprising because he came from a terribly abusive home. He got mixed up in drugs for a while, just to help himself cope through the worst times, and this sweet young man spent more than his fair share of time in jail cells and emergency shelters.

I wish I could say that he's living clean and sober now, is getting professional help, has found a stable home and a purpose in life -- as I have no doubt he's capable of all these things and more -- but the truth is I have no idea where Jason is these days. He just fell off the true Jason style.
He knows he's loved, though. Despite all hardships, misfortunes, and just plain old shit-ends of the stick, he knows his worth and that he is cherished in this world. He's gifted like that! ♥ Besides, who couldn't love a teddybear?! xoxo

Copic markers on Bristol, 3.5 X 5.5"

This is Shirley, but everyone calls her Squirrelly because, c'mon...let's face it.

Copic markers and colored pencil on Bristol, 3.5 X 5.5"

This spry guy is Kevin! His personality is totally animated, so it makes sense that he's a professional animator (3D), and a really good one at that! He can do it all, from broad action to tear-jerking subtlety. Not only is Kevin a skilled 3D artist, he's an incredibly talented 2D artist as well. His only downfall is that he downplays his abilites -- not *toooo* much, but *juuust enough* -- and it has caused him to miss opportunity after opportunity for real success: raises, promotions, travel, title roles, credit, recognition, personal satisfaction, a sense of real accomplishment, peace. Etc.

The good news is that soon...really, in a couple of days from RIGHT NOW, my friend Kevin is going to have a breakthrough. And it is going to be a game-changer. ;) His career, his personal life, his mental health...his whole entire perspective will never be the same!

And he deserves it! He will have earned it! And he will finally *finally* KNOW it!

Yup! In a few days from NOW, the flood gates will open...and there'll be no stopping him!

"Congrats, my friend! ALWAYS remember this feeling!" ♥

Copic markers on Bristol, 3.5 X 5.5"

This is Cynthia, lead singer of "Original Cyn".

I really wish she wasn't a walking stereotype, but *yawn* she is. She knew about all the cool things before you did, but now she hates them because they're popular. Anxt, daily drug use, political dissatisfaction with countries she's never even fucking been to. All of her 'songs' are hate-filled screaming rants, she uses loud, graffic language in public places like she's the first person in history bold enough to do it, and she's always on hand at public protests, especially ones to "legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes". "Think about it, 'Cyn'. Your mere presence is only hurting the cause."

...One more thing to get mad about. As she storms off to 'expose' me in her next 'song'...

Yah, no, don't look too deep into Cynthia to find the good in her. Sometimes yes you CAN judge a book by its cover.

Copic markers on Bristol, 3.5 X 5.5"

This is an old picture of Annabelle, taken in the '40's post-WWII. Annabelle was a dancer before being conscripted into the war as a post-op nurse. She was with many a soldier the moment they crossed over. In fact, many of them requested "Nurse Anna" come to their bedside when they felt their time was near. With her loving smile and graceful demeanor, she was exquisitely gifted at putting them at ease and helping them find peace before they passed on, and many if not all of them, with dying breath, called her their angel.

Annabelle herself passed away today at the age of 92. And you had best believe that every single one of those soldiers were there on the other side, waiting to share a dance with her.

Copic markers on Bristol, 3.5 X 5.5"

Some people have been asking if these are true stories or made up, based on real people or not. The truth is, it's both. At least it can be both. The idea is that I don't censor myself. I usually get a feel for each one as I'm drawing them...something about a nose- or eye-shape or expression or hairstyle that triggers something I already know or imagine about someone I already know, and I just let it roll!

Soon I'll be trying my hand at caricaturing in public, at comic-cons and art markets, to see how good I actually am at capturing someone's essence...when they came first, not the drawing! Should be interesting! (Maybe I'll be posting some of those by next week!...)

Before I part for today, I just wanted to note how this February, of a leap year, I'll be making FIVE (5!) weekly posts because there will be 5 Wednesdays this month! That so rarely happens! And I'm excited for the extra 366th drawing that means I'll be doing this year!


1 comment:

Sjan Weijers said...

I love your drawings! Very cool the way you stylize characters :)