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Monday, January 29, 2007


This is my picture for Illustration Friday the theme is red. "Red" was drawn on a piece of watercolor paper with a Faber-Castle 3-H pencil and colored in with watercolor pencils, water and a fine brush, then inked over with my Gel-Roller.

It is, in fact, a picture of my Gel-Roller. I was sitting here, thumping the desk with my pen and wondering what I was going to draw for Illustration Friday.

"What the Hell am I going to draw?" I thought to myself. "Red. The theme is red."

Thump, thump, thump.

"Red. What do I draw for red? What's red?"

Thump, thump, thump.

"What do I use everyday that's red? My hearts red. I have one red shirt. Sammy Hagar loves red."

Thump, thump, thump.

"Bah! I don’t know what to draw. I'm going to do the crossword puzzle. Where's my pen? Oh yeah, it's in my hand."

A light bulb goes on over my head.

"Oh Sweet Jesus! My pen!"

And that's how I decided what to draw for Illustration Friday.

Here's a photo of the real deal.
I love this pen. I've had this pen for seven years. This pen lasted longer than my marriage and it only cost me a buck fifty, plus the occasional ninety-nine cent ink refill.

Fuck! I should have married the pen.

Is your hindsight 20/20? Is you going to leave me some love?

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Super Hero

This is my picture for Illustration Friday the theme is super hero. "Super Hero" was drawn on the back of the January 4 and January 12 pages of my "Get Fuzzy" desk calendar. I ran out of room while drawing and had to tape the two pieces of scrap paper together. Heh, heh... whoopsie. I drew the illustration with a Faber-Castle 3-H pencil, then inked it in with my Gel-Roller and colored it in PhotoStudio.

I can't believe I'm got this picture done just in time to have another Illustration Friday theme to think about, but today was my first day off in a while.

It was a good day. I slept in. When I finally got out of bed, I headed downtown to have a meal at my favorite restaurant.

After that I used the last of my Christmas gift cards. With one of cards I got the Eels "beautiful freak" and "Ole! Tarantula" by Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3. With the other gift card I bought a double soymilk mocha with no whip.

The caffeine must have got to me because when I got home I was all fidgety and thought it might be a good idea to drawn the idea I sketched out while riding the bus to rehearsal a few days ago.
Never draw while on the bus.

What else has happened lately?

Hey, did I tell you all we got some snow?!

Pepe didn't like it. Heh, heh.

I held auditions for the show I'll be directing. That was really fun and exciting, until I realized it means I have to be the guy to call people and say, "I'm sorry, you're not what I’m looking for."

Blah! I've been on the other end of that call way too many times. In fact, the last time I every went to an audition for a commercial was a horrible experience. I thought my audition was going fantastic. I had been called back three times to read the part and they seemed to really like me.

Then, a week later, I got a call and they told me, "We decided to go with someone else."

I was devastated, but as devastated as I became when I finally saw the commercial on TV and discovered the part I had been reading for had been given to a sock puppet. I was beaten by a sock puppet. A FUCKING SOCK PUPPET!

OK, I'm just realizing I shouldn’t have large doses of caffeine. I'm babbling like the town gossip. I better go.

Have you ever been beaten by a sock puppet? Have you left some love?

Monday, January 15, 2007

More Than I Can Chew

It suddenly occurred to me I may have bitten off more than I can chew.

"More Than I Can Chew" was drawn on the back of the January 3 date from my "Get Fuzzy" desk calendar with a Faber-Castle 3-H pencil, then inked in with my Gel-Roller and colored in PhotoStudio. I drew this illustration early this morning, around 2am, when I should have been in bed. It's expresses how I'm feeling right now.

I hope everyone is having a great New Year. My started with a few horrible events, that turned out to be blessings in disguise.

First, of course, was our PC crashing. I thought I would be computerless for a few months, but we ended up getting a new, better, easier to use, PC within a week. (Thanks to Gorky.)

The same week the PC crashed, I walked out on an acting job. I probably should have quit months ago, but I kept hoping things would get better. Things didn’t get better and I finally blew up.

Long story short, she (the boss) tried not to pay me for the work I had done the month before. She even threatened to sue me. I, being the pig-headed jerk I am, showed up while she was auditioning new actors and told her she needed to pay me or I would start coming to her shows and asking where my money was. Two days later, I received my check and an e-mail telling me, that even though she could have sued me for everything I’m worth ($5.35) and against the advice of her lawyer, she was going to pay me.

After I got paid, I realized how much more relaxed I was not having to worry about working for an unorganized moron. Then I realized I didn’t have any work lined up for the next three months. (Panic starts to set in.)

Two weeks, later here I am booked until the end of May. Here’s why.

The 48HR film project I was a part of last year (Tooth and Nail) is one of the five, nationwide finalist, so our crew will be making another 48HR film over last weekend in January to determine the winner.

I now have three different improv shows coming up. The first opens in February and is loosely based on MST3K. Then Thursdays in March I’ll be performing improv about the injustices in relationships with "The League of Justice" and ever Friday and Saturday in March I have brainwaves shows.

I'm also involved in forming a new Murder Mystery Cocktail Party Theater Company that will be opening a show in May that I'm going to direct, and have a small role in.

I also have Live Wire shows once a month. This month at Live Wire I get to meet the great cartoonist Callahan and the super cool band Everclear! I’m the luckiest boy in the world!

I have one other project coming up that I'm extremely excited and nervous about. Drumroll please! I'm going to have an art show!

I know! I can't believe it either!

The theater brainwaves will be performing in has a little art gallery in their lobby and I just happened to mention I had some art I'd like to show off, if the gallery was going to be free during the brainwaves run. The theater said yes! I was stunned!

Now, I need to decide what's worth showing off, get some prints made and frame a few things.

I feel a little guilty about getting a gallery show, since I don't really consider myself an artist. I wonder if I’ll still feel that way after I actually sell something.

Anyway Loves, I gotta run!

Do you ever feel guilty about the lucky breaks in your life? Do you ever feel guilty about not leaving me some love?

Saturday, January 13, 2007


This is my picture for Illustration Friday the theme is 80's. "80's"was drawn on the pack of the January 2 page of my "Get Fuzzy" desk calendar with a Faber-Castle 3-H pencil, then inked in with my Gel-Roller and colored in PhotoStudio.


Nuff' said.

BWHahahahahahahahahahaha… ahem.

Am I a cornball or what? Are you going to leave some love or what?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Buzz II (Now in color!)

Whoot! I got my colors back!

I found out our PC has PhotoStudio!

This was the picture I used for
Illustration Friday. (My last post.) I thought coloring it with PhotoStudio would be a good way to learn how to use it.

PhotoStudio works great! Perfect for my needs and slow learning curve.

I'm back baby, I'm back!

Now if I can just find some free time to blog.

Can you loan me some free time? Can you leave me some love?

Saturday, January 06, 2007


This is my picture for Illustration Friday the theme is buzz. "Buzz" was drawn on the back of the January 2 page of my "Get Fuzzy" desk calendar with a Gel-roller.

This is a picture of me in the old days. (Late 80's.) Back then, for me, it was all about getting a buzz on and I was pretty damn good at it. Back then I was a good friend of the room spins.

Now, I only get drunk by accident. Like; "Oops! I accidentally drank three beers while playing poker." or, "Whoops! I didn't realize I ordered a 48oz beer!"

Have you ever been drunk by accident? Have you let any love lately?

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


This is my picture for Illustration Friday the theme is phoenix. "Phoenix" was drawn on the back of, the January 1 page of my new "Get Fuzzy" desk calendar with my Gel-Roller. It is supposed to depict our new PC rising from the ashes of our old PC, which crashed about two weeks ago.

I'm really excited about the new PC, but it doesn't have any Photoshop software. All I can do right now is scan pictures and post them. It will probably be another month or two before I can afford some good art software.

Any suggestions?

Now, I'm off to answer the 1000 plus e-mails I missed while we had no computer and maybe start to catch up on answering all the comments on my own blog.

Happy New Year Loves!

Has your PC crashed lately? have you left any love lately?