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Pacific Magazine's "The Art Event"  
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 10:57 AM - Exhibitions
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This month's issue of Pacific San Diego Magazine features a story on four San Diego artists, of which I am one. You can read the story here. The article has a short interview with me as well as a layout with some of my caricature and fine art work. And a couple nights ago, the magazine threw an art party at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla where my work was the centerpiece, along with works from other local artists. And when I say "centerpiece," I mean it literally. The hotel wouldn't let us hang anything on the walls. There really was no wall space to hang anything. So we had to display our works on easels. And the magazine decided to place my easels in the center of the room, which made me a little nervous for their safety, what with the loud music and open bar!

It was a nice event. I mostly talked with the other artists who were there and enjoyed watching the people looking at my work. Since I mostly do illustrations and commissions, and not gallery shows, this was a rare bit of personal interaction with the public.

I painted the Christopher Walken from the previous post for this event, as well as this Marilyn Monroe. After doing caricatures professionally for over sixteen years, I recently realized I had never painted or even drawn Marilyn, so I figured it was time. And this one got probably the most attention from the party guests.

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Facial Anatomy Class at the Watts Atelier 
Wednesday, January 04, 2012, 02:37 PM - Classes
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Beginning January 11, 2012, I will once again teach "Drawing Facial Features and Expressions" at the Watts Atelier, in Encinitas, CA on Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. For the first half of the semester, the class will focus on learning the proper construction of the individual facial features as well as how idealize them for portrait work and how to use your new anatomical knowledge to improve upon poor photo reference.

The second half of the semester will focus on the anatomy of the facial muscles and how they work to create the expression of emotions. Along with the internal anatomy, we will learn what the seven basic expressions are and how to draw them so that they read as authentic in your drawing or painting. This class is a must for anyone who would like to improve their portrait or caricature skills and to infuse more personality and emotion into their subjects.

The class will run for ten weeks and costs $385. As always, registration for classes at the Watts Atelier is open to anyone. There are no portfolio reviews or other registration requirements. Read more info and register for the class on the Watts Atelier website.

This class probably will not be offered again for another year, so if you are interested, be sure to inquire at the school or contact me with any questions.

Here is a group of ear studies in oil I did last week.

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Getting ready for New Orleans and Vegas 
Wednesday, November 03, 2010, 11:20 PM - Announcements
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That's right. I have back to back trips to the Big Easy and the Big Sleazy, the two sin sinniest towns in these United States. First, I'm heading down to New Orleans for a three day trade show for which I was hired to do live digital caricatures. That's one of the reasons I finally got a Cintiq last week. I did digital caricatures for this client last year, and my little Intuos just didn't cut it for quick clean linework.

I'm super excited about going to New Orleans. I've never been there, and I'll be staying very near the French Quarter. I won't have much free time. But I'll take advantage of the little I will have.

And then I will fly directly from Orleans to Vegas for the annual ISCA (International Society of Caricature Artists) convention. I'll be a day late for the ISCA convention, but will be there the rest of the week. My workshop is all set to go on Tuesday afternoon.

Here's a sneak peek of something I've been working on in preparation for the ISCA Con. It's actually already finished, because I have to leave tomorrow. I hope I will be able to get some sleep tonight. I usually don't get much the night before leaving for a con.

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