David Levine 1926 - 2009

How very saddening it was to hear the news of David Levine's passing. I think most of us who practise caricature are deeply in debt to this great man for igniting the fire that fuels our passion for the art form. His work inspired me to become a better draughtsman and of course it was the study of his expert handling of pen & ink that taught me how to crosshatch.

The words Genius and Master are thrown around loosely these days but in his case these are titles certainly more than appropriate. In my humble opinion he definitely belongs beside Daumier and Thomas Nast as one of the greatest caricaturists to have ever lived.

What a joy it was to meet him by chance at the Met in NY...I found him to be a very warm, generous and humorous man and he will be greatly missed!!!

~Leonardo da Vinci~
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death.



...this sort of reminds me of the "evil" Ron Howard!!!


King Richard

Richard Pryor - Live On The Sunset Strip (`82- Classic)


Random Scratchings



Brilliant & Chilling work!!!

LUCIA from diluvio on Vimeo.

LUCIA (Lucía, Luis y el lobo - Part 1 of 2)
Lucía is the 1st short video of the 2-part series “Lucía, Luis y el lobo” (”Lucía, Luis and the Wolf”). The video was shot frame by frame with a digital photo camera. Materials: charcoal, dirt, flowers, found objects and cardboard.

LUIS from diluvio on Vimeo.

LUIS (Lucía, Luis y el lobo - Part 2 of 2)
by Niles Atallah, Cristobal Leon & Joaquin Cociña
Luis is the 2nd short video of the series “Lucía, Luis y el lobo” (”Lucía, Luis and the Wolf”), it is a follow-up to the short video Lucía. The video was shot frame by frame with a digital photo camera. Materials: charcoal, dirt, flowers, found objects and cardboard



DrawingBoard Krüger Jam

Great Jam started by the ever brilliant Chris Wahl, (who by the way has added a stunner to the mix) on DrawingBoard's Caricature thread...time to pay homage to the "master" and have some fun while we're at it!!!
I had done a pencil sketch of him a few years ago while it was pretty tough to find good reference shot of him...so it's a bit funny that I added this one that was just a doodle while sitting at the computer without using reference...guess I've seen enough pics of him by now that his face is burned into memory :)

Check it out!!!


The Book Of Eli

I've taken this one as far as I want...I hope it resembles Denzel more than Dennis Haybert, but in any case it's a wrap!

I did notice that the new trailer for "Book Of Eli" has been posted...I'm absolutely looking forward to seeing this since I sort of had a preview of Denzel's special make-up for the film.


The Low Anthem


Beautiful, beautiful sound!!!!...oh and by the way an update on the "Denzel W.I.P."



Monty Python's Yank

The Amazing Terry Gilliam...and although the first reviews for "Parnassus" have not been stellar there's no denying the man can create beautiful imagery!!!


Andy Hardy & Some Other Things

One for the "Happy Birthday Mickey Rooney" post on the I.S.C.A.'s Let's Draw Thread and then some character concepts I'm playing with. Also a prelim sketch for a "Denzel" painting.


Inspiration: De Sève & Goodrich

Peter de Sève and Carter Goodrich's careers seem to have run on a parallel course...almost mirroring each other. Both possess unique humorous styles that have graced the covers of many magazines, particularly the "New Yorker" as well as children's books and recently character design for animated films.

What a great pleasure it's been to finally have Peter De Sève enter into the blogging world to share his thoughts and artwork. Unfortunately Carter Goodrich has not as of yet (any online presence) but I'm hoping that he sees the outpouring of admiration Peter is receiving and realizes there are many of us out here who feel the same way about his work.

Along with the images posted I'm including a link to a hi-res pdf of a 1994 Peter de Sève tutorial that was originally published in Step-by-Step magazine and details his working process.

Peter de Sève


Carter Goodrich

De Sève New Yorker Covers
Goodrich New Yorker Covers


Goodnight Quentin & Salma

Time to put these two to bed!!! Salma's pretty much a failure as a caricature...she's tough (well at least for me).

*...and I woke up to a very nice surprise this morning being notified that "Salma" was selected to be in the top tier at CG Hub. I consider this a great honor and thank them profusely!!!


Character Studies


Salma Sketch

For the ISCA's "Let's Draw" thread...you can only imagine how tough it was going through the reference photos ;)

Updated: Working on a color piece...progress so far.