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I’ll blog…but I still won’t facebook.

Some of my favorite artists have blogs, and some of their favorite artists have blogs, and all of those blogs combined are an inexhaustible wealth of information. Resources, techniques, advice and encouragement. I’ve found all of those by visiting the periodical creations of my peers.

And that’s why I started a blog.

I’ll be posting stuff that I’m working on, some mediums and techniques that I’m exploring , likely some links to tutorials or resources I’ve found, and anything else I think might be of interest to other artists out there, pros or amateurs.

What you won’t find here…long political opinions on the state of democracy in Canada, the US, the world, blah blah blah. There are more than enough political pundits out there, and most of them know a lot more about politics than I do. Whatever I have to say about politics is usually done in my editorial cartoons. I may explain the spark behind a cartoon from time to time, but I generally dislike arguing politics, as I really have no allegiance to any party or individual. If I could sum up the root of my political opinions…I think we’re getting screwed, and it doesn’t matter who’s in power.

See? No new insight there.

Time for some sharing…
I can’t get enough of learning new things. If I didn’t have to sleep, I’d spend that time watching training DVD’s from the Gnomon Workshop, taking Schoolism courses, getting bleary eyed over the tutorials, videos, and forum contributions on the National Association of Photoshop Professionals website, and trying to keep up with too many trade magazines that I like to read.

But there’s supposed to be some artwork in here, isn’t there?

So away we go. I’m currently taking a great online course taught by Jason Seiler. If you haven’t seen this guy’s work, you are missing out. An incredible inspiration and an amazing caricaturist. I’ve also found out that he’s really good at teaching his craft as well. I’m in Week 3 of this course, lots of stuff to absorb, and a heavy workload, but well worth it so far.

Assignments so far have been heavy on what Jason calls ‘citizen sketches.’ These are average folk with interesting faces. He supplies the reference photos. But there have been a couple of celebrities to caricature as well. Since I’m always trying to grow into a better artist, I’ve tried adjusting my usual style with these. These are pencil sketches, with some Photoshop painting after the fact. The likenesses…they could use a little more work, but since these are what I submitted, I decided to show them as is, warts and all.

Tom Hanks

Jesse Jackson

and since I’ve got to do caricatures for editorial cartoons from time to time, here’s one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper that I did this week.

The cartoon

and the closeup

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to come on back now, y’hear? Don’t worry, not every entry will be this long.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be populating a links list on the right-hand side. I’ll be listing links to those people and places who’ve inspired me and from whom I still have a lot to learn. Perhaps one of you will learn something from them as well.