Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy New Year !


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cartoons for Gloria's blogs

My lady friend, Gloria, has two interesting blogs, Romance after 50 and The romance game. Go to my links and click on them if you want to have a look. She asked me to do a few cartoons to add some color and design interest to her blogs. You can see others on my blog






These drawings were all done with a brush and ink, then scanned into the computer where the color and type was added.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

What every artist should do


Artists must learn all the basics such as drawing, composition and color, but it's also important to experiment with new mediums and try oddball ideas. Creating art always entails growing and learning throughout one's career, an exciting experience. I find the computer to be an excellent medium for creating unusual concepts and is also a daily new learning opportunity with unlimited possibilities.



Thursday, December 2, 2010

Experimental self portraits

Here are a few experiments that I did using my self portrait as a starting point. Originally I did this in a woodcut type of style which I felt was an interesting approach.

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Here is the original art that I did for the portrait on my blogs. Below are a few interesting variations. See what fun you can have on the computer ?

SelfPortr HB2

SelfPortr HB 3psd

SelfPortr HB4

SelfPortr HB5
This image is actually a negative of my original sketch, then I added a few colors.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

More Fine Arts Comics

More comic book cover parodies. These are all created on the computer using Photoshop Elements 2.0




Thursday, November 25, 2010

Poster for new exhibit

The Scarlet Macaw Community Art Center in Sawyer, Michigan has a new group exhibition titled ROUND IN CIRCLES. I did a poster and price sheet for my new series ARTBUGS. If anyone out there is interested in purchasing a print, let me know. There are ten prints available in two sizes, 13 x 19" and 8.5 x 11".


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving !!

Have a great Thanksgiving from Gloria, Laura, Jpeg, Tiff, Blackjack, Shnicklefritz & me.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wine tasting/Benefit tonight !

Tonight is the Harbor Country Public Arts Initiative benefit to raise money to have one of my sculptures constructed and placed in Sawyer, Michigan. The event is being held at the Craig Smith Gallery at the Gordon Beach Inn in Union Pier, Michigan.

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The sculpture will be 18 feet tall and constructed of steel.

More new art

Here are a couple more new pieces for exhibition ROUND IN CIRCLES which will open on December 4th at the Scarlet Macaw Community Art Center in Sawyer, Michigan. These were created on the computer, as were the others in this series, and will be sold as limited edition prints.



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

More art for upcoming group exhibition

Three more images done on the computer for the upcoming group exhibit ROUND IN CIRCLES which will be at the Scarlet Macaw Community Art Center in Sawyer, Michigan.




Friday, November 12, 2010

Altering the art for the new exhibition

In the last post I showed a couple of new pieces for an exhibition which were done in black and white. I decided to add color and am thinking about entering these instead, they would certainly pop out in a group show. These prints are 13 x 19" and are printed on archival paper.




Thursday, November 11, 2010

More new art for new exhibition

Here are a few more prints that I did for the ROUNDS AND CIRCLES exhibition that's coming up soon at the Scarlet Macaw Community Art Center. These were all created on the computer using Photoshop Elements 2.0

ArtBugs copy

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Round 10


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fund raising benefit coming up

The Harbor Country Public Arts Initiative has chosen one of my sculptures to be constructed and erected in Sawyer, Michigan at the Red Arrow Highway and Sawyer Road. The Craig Smith Gallery is having a fund raising benefit to raise money for the construction of the piece which will be welded steel and painted orange. The sculpture will be 18 feet in height.

SculBenePoster Final 4

Sunday, November 7, 2010

New art for new exhibit

The Scarlet Macaw Community Art Center in Sawyer. Michigan is going to have a new exhibition soon titled ROUNDS AND CIRCLES and I started creating some images for the show. These were all created on my computer using Photoshop Elements 2.0



Round 6A
The above image is actually the view outside the window of my New York studio in the 1980's, minus the red ball, of course. That red ball is actually the ball that my cats play with, I've used it many times in my photomontages.

Friday, November 5, 2010

A step by step demo

One of my readers, Ruth Kaldor, expressed interest in seeing a demo of just how these parodies are created, so I produced this demo. It will probably appear much less complex than it is in reality, but an artist must keep practicing and experimenting to understand just how create art and graphic images on the computer

I first did this figurative sketch using a brush and ink on layout paper, then scanned the image into the computer.

Next, I placed the scan into the cover format and added a background color. This was all done in Photoshop Elements 2.0

I then added the image of my hand into the composition as seen below.


The next step was to start adding color to the figure so that it would appear that I was painting.

After that, I added more color to the masthead and also added the speech balloons and text. It looks quit simple and to me, it is, but I've had years of experience with creating images on the computer. For the beginner, this would be quite a complex endeavor.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


I'm having a great time creating these comic book cover parodies.

Here I used one of my figure studies which was part of an exhibition at the Craig Smith Gallery in Harbert, Michigan. Because of many problems, Craig has moved out of that space, but still has his other gallery at the Gordon Beach Inn in Union Pier, Michigan as well as the space in Oak Park, Illinois.

For this cover I used a cartoon drawing that I did of Gloria to use on one of her business cards. At first she didn't like it, but now has gotten used to it. These covers, like all of the others, were created on a Mac computer, using Photoshop Elements 2.0.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A couple more parodies

Two more of my comic book cover parodies. These are a lot of fun to create, I do them on a Mac Computer using Photoshop Elements 2. Presently, a dozen of these on exhibition at the Scarlet Macaw Community Art Center in Sawyer, Michigan, if you are in the area, stop by.


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Saturday, October 30, 2010

More Fine Arts Comics

Having fun continuing my new series of comic book cover parodies.