I Just Had To Show You These Two Sketches…

June 12, 2013

130228A_MangouacheLeft: Sketch of a character actor using the Faber-Castel Pitt Artist's Calligraphy Pen (outlined at end with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen), 8.5 x 11 inches, Richeson Recycled watercolor paper. Oh, yeah, and schmincke gouache in the face, and acrylic Montana markers all over the background.

I am pressed for time this week but while I let a longer post "rest" I couldn't resist sharing these two sketches with you.

I was watching "Perry Mason" and something hit me about this man and the tilt of his head. So I sketched him. And added some light washes of gouache, because it was out on the plate, and it was watercolor paper, and why not…?

I had the TV stopped while I was sketching. This is back in February when I had bronchitis and essentially was studying to take the California bar exam, or so it seemed from all the little facts I absorbed about maritime law…


Left: Pen sketch only—of the actor moments later in the TV show.

When I finished painting the first sketch I got called away from the TV (despite being sick I had some deadlines to meet). I came back after some phone calls and turned on the TV only to see a totally new expression on this character. Of course I had to sketch it too.

I have no recollection whether or not this character actor turned out to be the murderer (though I do have quite a lot of details about maritime law and insurance still retained in the brain), but when I was looking through my scans today I saw these and they made me laugh all over again.

I hope you have a great day, and week, of sketching, and have many surprises along the way.

    • Margo
    • June 12, 2013

    Love the way you captured the second expression, kind of a Don Knotts look.

  1. Reply

    ROZ: do not neglect ” THE INCREDIBLE MR LIMPET”!

  2. Reply

    These are wonderful, Roz – love how you went back and got a different side of him. The two media approaches you chose work so well with the moods you caught. Very nice!

    I’ve been watching old Peter Gunn pivate eye shows via Netflix lately. All in b&w and with Henry Mancini music to boot. Crazy good!

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    Thanks Mary, I’m glad you enjoyed these. I laugh every time I look at them.

    I saw one episode of Peter Gunn a couple months ago. It’s also on MeTV but only on weekends I think. I’d like to watch more but I have a lot of Perry Masons I have to get off the DVR before I run out of room! I look forward to branching out! (I have also watched a couple episodes of “Route 66” and there are some interesting things going on visually in that show with the landscape of the time. But the shots of the people haven’t been as fun. Needs more investigation.

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    Ellen, I think that’s in color isn’t it? I’m really focusing on the black and white TV right now. (Except for Murder She Wrote.) I like adding my own wacky colors and it’s easier if I’m just looking at black and white. I’ll save Mr. Limpet for the future! Thanks.

    • Margo
    • June 15, 2013

    I totally agree!

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