In preparation for a possible "Kiefer" DrawingBoard Jam and a personal challenge for myself to tackle what most declare as a tough subject to nail.


Mickey Rourke

Looks like everyone is glad to see his resurrection!


Inspiration: Harvey Dinnerstein

One of my biggest regrets in life is that I never pursued formal art training...not that I didn't have the opportunity but the discipline to do so wasn't there as a young man. This is why I respect not only the brilliant work but the work ethic of young artists like Joe Bluhm and Jason Seiler who at an early age are constantly focused on improving their already formidable skills...I mean at their age my main concern was trying to find an open after hours club.

Anyhow that is water under the bridge and so back to my opportunity to study under The Contempory Realist Master Harvey Dinnerstein. I attended The School of Visual Arts for a semester and a half in 1972 and although Master Dinnerstein was unfortunately not one my Instructors he was teaching there at the time. I do remember sitting in on several of his drawing workshops working from live models and being totally in awe(...and Mr. Meltzer was one of the models he usually brought to class). Only now do I realize how I blew a really big chance to learn from a modern master!!

I recently came across "Underground Together: The Art and Life of Harvey Dinnerstein", a retrospective of his life work. It's a beautiful book and for anyone who loves realist figurative painting it's a must! His portrait work is absolutely stunning as is his documenting of the civil rights movement.

Harvey Dinnerstein / Wikipedia

Underground Together: The Art and Life of Harvey Dinnerstein (Hardcover)

Frey Norris Gallery


...and now Angie

After attemping to do a sketch of Brad I figured I should do the "companion piece". Of course a beautiful woman is every caricaturists nightmare but Angelina does have distinctive features that one can emphasize. Anyhow I hope That I've come close!




Brad Pitt

I've been wanting to do one of him and Angie and was inspired to give it a shot after a recent post on the DrawingBoard...I found him a little tough to do but I think I'm close. It was an older reference photo and he had close cropped hair so maybe I'll revisit this should I come across a better shot to use.


Bob Marley

Happy New Year...let's hope sanity prevails over madness!!!