Thursday, April 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Willie Nelson


Another quickie. No time for colors or highlights or even a guitar. Way too much to do today!

Happy Birthday Daniel Day-Lewis (4-29-09)


His face offers almost too much to work with, but I'm kind of in a rush today. It could have been better, but not by much.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Jorge Garcia


If you are one who chooses to deprive themselves from a very great thing called LOST, it would be pointless for me to explain the references in this drawing.

Let me add that the Dharma patch on his jumpsuit is a real bitch to draw in such tiny dimensions.

Happy Birthday Jorge!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Ace Frehley


I was tempted to do him in his KISS makeup, and it would have been much easier finding decent reference photos that way. But then the drawing would have been more focused on his makeup design (thus burying his features).

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Al Pacino


Not the worst drawing I've ever done, but definitely not the best.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Roy Orbison


I never knew how tragic Roy Orbison's life was until I read CASH by Johnny Cash (they were long time neighbors in Tennessee). For example, 2 years after his wife died in a motorcycle accident, two of his three sons died when they accidentally started the house on fire, burning it to the ground while he was away on tour.

I can't think of an artist (with the exception of maybe Hank Williams) whose music can do a better job of conveying a longing for something better in life.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Jack Nicholson


Now here is someone who hasn't been caricatured to death by a million artists. Someone had to do it!

This is from a very flattering (aren't they all?) paparazzi photo I found when digging up reference material.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Iggy Pop


I referenced a painting I did of Iggy 3 years ago, and I think I still like that one better.

He may have freakish looks with all of his veiny flesh and bone, but to be honest, if it means not carting myself around in a scooter with an oxygen tank, I really wouldn't mind being in his shape when I hit 62.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler


The comic legend turns 120 today.

I never thought that drawing a pair of goddamn roller skates would take considerably longer than trying to capture a decent Hitler likeness. I guess some things in life you just need to experience.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Tim Curry


The human Grinch turns 63 today. He will forever be known to me as the terrifying Pennywise from It.

I have never seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and will probably never build enough interest to watch it. I blame that obnoxious Meatloaf song that seems to be so obligatory in the karaoke community.

Happy Birthday Conan O'Brien (4-18-09)


I am very much looking forward to his new job as host of The Tonight Show. In his farewell speech on Late Night, he assured us all that an earlier time slot did not mean he was going to start growing up. Although we had to say goodbye to the beloved Masturbating Bear, we have already been introduced to a new character, "Bear frantically searching for cell phone in fanny pack".

Here is a drawing that I wasn't all that pleased with, and thought airbrushing it would make it more appealing. When I was still unhappy, I thought colored pencil might help. I think the real problem is that I made him look old and sad.

Friday, April 17, 2009

BONUS! Happy Birthday Henry Ian Cusick


Desmond Hume of LOST turns 42 today.

Happy Birthday Jennifer Garner


A few days ago fellow illustrator and MCAD alumni Jess Riggle left this generous comment on my Sarah Michelle Gellar drawing: "...you really captured her borderline hideousness the world mostly seems to ignore."

And that's exactly what I was trying to achieve when drawing Jennifer Garner.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


Staying with the routine of posting a clip from Airplane! when I draw someone who was in that movie, here is Kareem Abdul-Jabbars' scene:

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Seth Rogen


He can be funny, but I sure am sick of seeing his face in the trailers for every other new "comedy" that gets released.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Sarah Michelle Gellar


Another day that was slim pickings. I get bored drawing blandly attractive actresses.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Ed O' Neill


He will forever be known as Married With Children's Al Bundy, but I always thought he was pretty great as the donut shop manager in Wayne's World.

I thought it would be difficult to miss this likeness, but sitting back now, I could have afforded to make his chin a bit larger, especially with this particular expression. Oh well.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Anton Lavey


Founder and High Priest of the Church of Satan would have been 79 today. Hey, today's birthdays were slim pickings. There was Joss Stone and Vincent Gallo, but this was the most interesting to me.

I completed this during some downtime at work. A co-worker asked if I was drawing "that guy who hosts Inside The Actor's Studio".

Friday, April 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Steven Seagal


Founder of Steven Seagal Enterprises turns 57 today.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Hugh Hefner


Kind of a lazy one. So much I could have done with him as far as stretching and pulling the features, not to mention the numerous gags available, but oh well.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Michael Rooker


Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is still one of the scariest horror films I've ever seen. And maybe one of the most amusing. But that's just me. Rooker was also pretty disgusting and hilarious in Slither. Both films worth checking out if you have the time!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Marlon Brando


Marlon Brando is yet another actor who I consider to be the "cop-out" caricature. Many of the drawings I've seen out there lead me to believe that a whole lot of artists tend to think that if they slap on a Wild One biker's cap or a Don Corleone mustache, BAM!, they have captured Brando.

As most legendary actors go, they have their share of bizarre and questionable roles, so I chose to depict my first Brando attempt as his role as Christopher Reeves' father. I'm not too sure about this, but here it is.