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Anatomy Seminar Slides 
Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 09:07 PM - Anatomy
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For those of you who attended my seminar on facial anatomy at the recent ISCA Convention in Las Vegas (see previous post), you may remember I said I would upload some of the diagrams and charts to my blog. So here they are, and hopefully you will find them a helpful addendum to whatever notes or sketches you may have made. For those of you who missed it, enjoy some out-of-context facial anatomy information. :)

I occasionally teach a ten week course in facial anatomy and expressions at the Watts Atelier. This information is from the part of the class focusing on the expression of "Happiness" or the basic true smile (as opposed to a fake forced smile, of course). There are six more expressions I cover in the class. Explaining the inner workings of this single expression is a bit much for a blog post. But if you read over this information carefully, you should actually be able to get a fundamental understanding of what happens under the skin when we smile. And hopefully you can apply that to your live drawings and paintings, be they portrait or caricature.

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I'm Back! 
Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 12:15 AM - Stories
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So the trip ended up being a little longer than expected. I got a last minute gig in LA the day I checked out of the hotel in Vegas, which extended my home coming by another day. So I drove straight to Burbank to work a late night event with some Hollywood folks (more on that in a later post). New Orleans was a nice little trip. I don't go in for all the drinking and shenanigans. But the architecture was fun to shoot.

It's not quite like any other city. The vibe there is weird. The people are colorful and strangers on the street or in a restaurant often just start talking to you (or ask you to spank them, in one instance). I sampled the typical cuisine of Beignets at Cafe du Monde, Jambalaya, Gumbo and Po Boys.

The trade show was a lot of work, both in preparation and during the event. I worked for three days doing digital caricatures on my new Cintiq. Not quite ready to show my live digi sketches yet.

The New Orleans Museum of Art was pretty impressive. There were some decent pieces in the 19th century European room. Unfortunately, the Bouguereau was temporarily off display. And that was the main piece drawing me to the museum. But check out details from this Sargent and Gerome, respectively:

That figure on the left is only about six inches tall!

Anyways, after 3.25 days in New Orleans, it was off to Las Vegas for the 19th annual ISCA Convention at the Alexis Park

Since I got to the con a day late and had to prepare for my anatomy workshop on Tuesday...

(I will post some of the images from my anatomy workshop soon!)

... I didn't get much artwork done the first couple days. But I did manage to squeeze in two oil paintings and six inks and watercolors in the remaining 36 hours or so of free drawing time. I only got a couple hours sleep the night before the deadline, of course. Here's some of the pieces from my wall. They are of fellow ISCA members, and our guest speaker, Bill Plymton:

I am quite happy with the quality of my work. It's tough to do nice renderings without all the creature comforts of my studio. My stuff seems to be getting less and less exaggerated as time goes by. I guess that's the traditional portrait artist in me trying to get out. My pieces weren't that humorous. But the likenesses seemed to be there. I think there's enough people to do the really twisted stuff at the caricature convention. I just enjoy the process of working with the materials and obtaining a bit more complexity and visual interest with the brush stroke or ink line.

It was a nutty week, especially since I had to keep running my freelance business without easy Internet access. But Debbie had to travel home early for her job and was able to take over responding to inquiries and writing contracts. It's nice to have a business partner/manager.

(Oh, and here's the thing I was making that I teased in the previous post. It's a new, more anatomically correct, ecorche skull which I used as part of my anatomy workhop in Las Vegas. I will post a labeled version of this very soon.)

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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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His Popeiness 
Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 07:58 PM - Sketches
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So I just bought my own Cintiq today, which I am VERY happy about. Sketching digitally is so much more natural with it. Although I will need to spend some more time fiddling with the brightness, contrast and color settings, because when I import Cintiq sketches onto my desktop or to print, there's quite a big difference. I had to adjust the Levels in Photoshop to make this sketch look like I intended.

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Just a sweet transvestite 
Monday, October 25, 2010, 12:23 PM - Sketches
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A quick sketch for Halloween.

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