Thursday, July 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Arnold Schwarzenegger

I've done my share of drawings of this Austrian death machine, but maybe only once as a profile. I very rarely do profiles of anyone, so here we go.

And now for the greatest unscripted dialogue he has ever spoken!

Happy Birthday Benito Mussolini (7-29-09)

Happy Bithday Elizabeth Berkley (7-28-09)

Here she is from her glory years as Saved by the Bell's Jessie Spano. Mighty slim pickings for a good birthday subject on this day.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Maya Rudolph

I haven't seen her in much, but she was great in the very underrated, under-appreciated Idiocracy. Do yourself a favor and see it immediately if you haven't.

Happy Birthday Stanley Kubrick (7-26-09)

Happy Birthday Tera Patrick (7-25-09)

As Wikipedia elegantly put it, this "American pornographic actress" turned 33 on Saturday. I didn't realize she was only a few years older than me. Yet so much further ahead in the game of life.

Happy Birthday Michael Richards (7-24-09)

Whatever happened to this guy? I haven't heard anything on his whereabouts in nearly 3 years.

For those who may have missed this, here's a hilarious video that came out the same week his "incident" broke news.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Woody Harrelson

I lost a lot of respect for this guy about 4 years ago when he became the first and only famous person to deny me an autograph (and I was only one of three people standing there). He was in town for the filming of the Prairie Home Companion movie. I always had a lot of luck in the past meeting famous people, so when I found out he was in town I thought it would be great if I could get him to sign my Natural Born Killers record store promo flat that I had been holding onto for a good decade. Juliette Lewis was nice enough to sign it a few months prior, and was quite the sweetheart about it.

When I kindly asked him, he glared with his intimidating little beady eyes and responded with a simple, "I don't think so, dude." I was stupefied. At first I wondered if I should be satisfied enough that Woody Harrelson called me "dude". I was at a loss for words and finally said, "Okay, fair enough." He kept staring and nodded. Who would have thought that mister liberal pot smoker would be against taking 2 seconds to sign something for the only person asking? It was thanks to Woody that I left Mickey Rourke alone when I spotted him at a SoHo neighborhood diner in New York the following year. I didn't want to find out he was the same way.

All that aside, I am still very much looking forward to this film:

Happy Birthday Willem Dafoe (7-22-09)

Fellow Appleton, WI native and my dad's former band classmate turned 54 yesterday.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Jon Lovitz

A couple studies. I'm not too thrilled about either one, if you can imagine that.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Billy Mays

A couple months ago I drew the Shamwow Guy for a theme park sample (pictured below). A few people at work said, "Now you have to do Billy Mays!" I would say, "Nah, the Shamwow Guy is funnier."

But then God (or whomever) granted Mays' wish to meet McMahon, Fawcett and MJ, so the time was right to get him on our wall. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would draw not one, but two pitchmen/infomercial dudes. However, I really wanted to do Ron Popeil years ago, but decided against it when I figured not enough people would recognize him.

Happy Birthday Josh Holloway

Better known as Sawyer from LOST. "Son of a bitch!"

Here's a funny montage of every time he's used what has now become his catch phrase. I didn't realize how often he actually uses it.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Harrison Ford

I don't know, I think I may have missed this one. He's actually pretty tough to draw.

I like this one better from last year. This was drawn for Rich Ostrom's review of the Blade Runner Final Cut DVD for The Scene, which happened to be just days away from the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It's an old person joke, get it? I thought it was interesting and funny that when the last Indiana Jones film came out, DVDs did not yet exist.

Happy Birthday Bill Cosby (7-12-09)

Happy Birthday Bruc McGill (7-11-09)

Another day for slim pickings. Here he is depicted as MacGyver's friend, Jack Dalton. I always cringed when McGill showed up in the opening credits, because it meant this would be a Dalton episode, and I hated that character.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Ringo Starr

The arguably ugliest Beatle turns 69 today.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Sylvester Stallone

Anyone can go ahead and make fun of how unnecessary the release of the latest Rambo film was a couple years ago, but hey, if you are only human and get a charge out of some all American quality violence, you really missed out.

Happy Birthday Heuy Lewis (7-05-09)

Happy Birthday America, and Geraldo Rivera (7-04-09)

A younger Geraldo from when he broke his nose. Remember that? Here's a refresher of how it happened:

Happy Birthday Tom Cruise (7-03-09)

It could be worse, I guess.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Larry David

*FUN FACT: When I was halfway done with this drawing, I was officially half done with these birthday drawings for the year.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy July 1st, and Happy Birthday Dan Aykroyd

In one of my first summers doing caricatures at the Mall of America, I saw Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi do a free performance to promote a blues album they had just released. It was rather embarrassing to watch, and downright lousy, but I didn't care. This guy was in Trading Places!