Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Well, here we are in the midst of election season. Are you tired of it yet? I know I am. The name calling, bile spewing, lies and distortions make for great fun, but after a few years of listening to it I'm kind of done. Politics is a messy business full of people not smart enough or talented enough to get into the entertainment industry. I suppose they have to do something for a living and to keep all those 24-hour news channels going. Keeps people in business I guess.

As one prone to doodling, today I have uploaded a few sketches done over the last couple of weeks. Inspired by the lovable antics of tea party hopefuls and the beautiful drawings of Heinrich Kley I post them here for your perusal. I posted the captions below because they can be hard to read.

Enjoy!



"How to Reform a Banker"




"The Tea Party aims... and shoots"

"Who Stole Sharon's Tea?"



"Don't Cry Palladino"




"The Constitutional Scholar"




I hope to get back into the "blogging" a little more in the future, but we'll see how everything goes.

Thanks for hanging around.

Cheers!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Summary Judgement

Well, here it is. My 100th barbarian image, inked and all. No, I didn't make it one hundred days, but I feel good that I completed the task (and 97 days straight was a pretty good run).



I posted the inked version and the pencil from the last post. I think I prefer the pencil. I am trying to work in ink, but keeping yourself loose enough to keep a sense of life in the image is something I still struggle with. I think it would also help if I drew smaller pictures. Whew, this one is about 20"x24" which is a lot of background to cover.

That said, I'm pretty happy with the image as it stands.

I have been very busy with work lately which is a good thing in this day and age. Although from the sounds coming out of my TV are telling me that things are looking up. I don't think we're out of the woods yet, but people are spending money, profits are up for oil and insurance companies, CEO compensation keeps rising. Heck, I think we're all gonna be fine.

Life goes on, as they say. If we stop and actually consider all the ills in the world, all the things that can stop us from moving forward, growing and just plain living our lives, I think we would just curl up in a ball and cry. No time for that.

I am always amazed at the heights and depths the human animal is capable of reaching. From the depths of hatred that can be seen across the world (easy Tea Baggers, I'll get to you in a few, be patient) to the outpouring of dollars and help given to Haiti. It is jaw dropping.

I know that people can be passionate about things that they care about. I am. I get very riled up when discussing (some would say arguing) about things. I once had a very, mostly fun, but people thought it was real, argument about whether or not Santa Claus should be investigated for animal cruelty and discrimination due to his well documented abuse of Rudolf the "red nosed" Reindeer. I do love me a good argument, but I try not to feel "hate" towards my opponent and I hope they feel the same.

The degrees to which rhetoric has come in this country truly makes me sad. We actually have people openly talking about rebellion as if we are some third world country run by thugs. What has turned people into this unruly mob? I would love to know.

Now, this is not a set up to bash Tea Baggers. I actually think they make some valid points. People are scared. Their jobs aren't safe, they've overextended themselves and are feeling the crushing weight of not only their debt, but the deb Congress has raked up over the last few decades. But they also make some wild allegations, lies and ginned up conspiracies. And their "leaders", if you can call them that, are only stoking those fires. To me that is to their cause's detriment. If they actually came out to have an intense discussion on a topic instead of just "riling up the base", I might actually take the time to listen.

I'll wrap it up for now, but I want to leave you with this thought for the day.

It's easier to find a parking space if you turn the radio down and concentrate.

Cheers!

Friday, February 26, 2010

So close!

Okay, after way too long avoiding the inevitable, I am trying to get to working on this blog again. That said, I am going to try turning it into an image per week going forward. After 97 straight days of barbarians I crapped out. Below is the image I am currently working on.




This could be considered the 99 and a half barbarian image. I have been working on it sporadically for a few weeks and I am going to start inking it this weekend. I thought I would post the pencil first since my inking may ruin the entire thing.

Lately, I've been running my artistic life like Congress runs this country, sporadically, badly and mostly just not getting anything done. I could blame it on too much work. I could blame it on Republicans not allowing me to do my job, but the plain and simple truth is I have been lazy. Yes I have been working, but I have also been watching a little too much TV, drinking, hanging out with friends and avoiding art in general.

Why? I don't know. I love to draw and the barbarians were a hoot to work on. Maybe I just burnt myself out. Who cares. I am now trying to get back on the horse. I hope some people are still paying attention.

I won't rant on today because there's just too much to say, but I am ramping up and the rants are coming back. Healthcare reform, Liz Cheney, Walter Koenig's son, the Olympics and a recent MRI all come to mind as a starting point, but my thoughts are a little scattered right now due to some generic Vicodin that will help me sleep.

As soon as the inks are done on this piece I'll post it.

Cheers!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I'm workin' on it

In trying to create a last Barbarian picture I have become distracted and the holidays didn't help.

As I say, I'm workin' on it, but until I can finish here's a quick article that made me smile. There are still good people in this world and we should all learn from it.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-good-samaritan-06-jan06,0,4136827.story

Let's talk soon (I hope to try and finish something this weekend. )

Cheers!