Monday, October 20, 2014

The Identity Group Advertising Campaigns

I did these two sets of rough drawing for an advertising agency a few years ago .The first set (images 1 to  6 below) Were for a campaign launched by West Hills Hospital called "Stuff Happens". The idea was to promote there services for treating day to day injuries. The advertising company and I narrowed down the possibilities of stuff happening to sports then baseball and basketball. The ideas included baseball, injuries incurred as a bystander not paying attention, injuries incurred as a participant  not paying attention, defending your son. Basketball included slipping on a banana peel and colliding with the net. I did these sketches in an afternoon, we narrowed the possibilities down to two which I cleaned up and forwarded to an illustrator for final art production.  The second campaign (image 7  below) was for a company that wanted a Superman like super hero, They had a give away superhero ring the whole deal. What I like about these drawings, firstly images 1 to 6, and the reason I hung onto them, was the spontaneity. Quick, loose drawings that captured the situation, conveyed emotion and had a feeling of movement, much like sketches I did when we had "Gag Sessions" or "Story Sessions" in animation production. With image 7, I again liked the spontaneity, and the discovery that my life drawing skills were still intact was immensely satisfying; Glad I paid attention to my super hero comic books when I was a kid, It came in handy.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


I joined a bowling league a year or so ago, it was great fun, one sport I really enjoy. I did these drawings, caricatures really,  based on persons on my team or other teams.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Appletree Medical Clinic.

Passed some time in a medical clinic waiting room doing some quick sketches. Lots of people filling out forms, reading or just waiting their turn, Kids make GREAT subject matter.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fellow Artists.

Over the years in various drawing classes, In-between models or because my attention was wondering I would sometimes do a quick sketch of other artists in the class. Image one is a selection of them that I had kept. Image two is an artist that sat to the front and left of me during a session of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School. He had a very strong profile and this great brooding expression that I tired to capture in a sketch. Top left is a stab at capturing reality, the other three images are caricatures that grew out of the first image. He made for great subject matter.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School

Roller Derby, 30 second warm-up poses.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Gesture Sketch Drawing For Animation

These drawing were done while i was taking night school classes in "Gesture Sketch Drawing for Animation" at the Animation Union in Los Angeles, fall 2002. The model concerned had a garage full of costumes and had dug out his pirate stuff. Great model , great guy and I enjoyed working with him. We had five minutes to do the establishing drawing (Image at top) then had three minutes apiece to do the drawings that "told the story". The center and bottom drawings are a sampling from about 16 drawings in a series.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Art School Days

I was digging through a box of drawings and found these. I had the great good fortune to be instructed in life drawing by Elmer Plummer (Pictured in the first image surrounded by the freshman class of the Disney Character Animation Program) during my two years at Cal Arts (1977/1979). He not only knocked life drawing into me but a whole lot about life as well. I am deeply deeply indebted to him.