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Why Character Actors Make the Best Models

This sketch of a character actor in an historical drama (set in the 1930s) is not exaggerated. This is how he looked (essentially, OK there is always some exaggeration when you draw directly with ink, because if a line goes a little wonky I simply keep going…) It’s no secret, especially when I work with […]

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In Context: Thinking about Westerns, and, Oh, a Chicken

  I was watching something the other day (18 months ago!) and Jim Jarmusch said succinctly, what I’ve always felt about Westerns. And either that evening or on the next day there was a chicken documentary and I had to watch that too.  

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Lines: Achieving a Likeness with Different Approaches

I love working in a series just in an evening—sketching the same subject over and over to see how I can approach it with different tools, media, or even just something like line which is infinitely variable. I’ve posted three sketches of British actor Robert Morley in this post. I became a fan of his […]

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Since I Was on the Topic of Hair…

Hair, it’s one of the things that pulls me to draw a portrait. How does that person have his or her hair? I am particularly susceptible to Jane Austen dramatizations—so much wonderful 18th century or 19th century hair depending on how the film decides to go with fashion at the cusp of time. Or anything […]

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Sean Connery Dies at 90

I’m a little shaky typing this. I found out that actor Sean Connery passed away today. I’d gone on Instagram to post my photo of a new durum wheat loaf—and I saw my friend Tim’s note on Instagram. As a child in the 60s I wasn’t allowed to watch the Bond movies until I was […]

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Practice: Thinking about Ricky Jay

  Writer, historian, magician, performer, actor, Ricky Jay died on Saturday, November 24,  at the age of 72. While a man who knew how to run all the classic short and long cons might not seem the ideal role model you need to take a closer look. Here is someone who spent his life observing […]

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Legend—Tom Hardy’s Performance

Left: Actor Tom Hardy as Ron Kray in “Legend.” Pentel Brush pen with background of Montana Marker, in an 8 x 8 inch Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbook—which loves brush pen. If you don’t watch violent movies then don’t read my post today. I’m not going to discuss the violence shown in the movie I’m writing about, […]

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Leisure Reading: with Movie Recommendations

Above: No that's not the largest pear in the universe. I was actually sketching the spices we'd just come home with and extended the drawing, loosing my comparison points. My bike was still leaning against another table in the under-construction-kitchen at this time. (The kitchen has been under construction for years, don't ask.) I got […]

Friday Double Feature—Sam Rockwell

Since the actor Sam Rockwell is so different in all his movie rolls it's difficult for me to say something coherent about them except that even when I don't enjoy the writing (as in "A Single Shot") I can't take my eyes off of what he's doing on screen. When I was sitting down to […]

What is “Making It”? A Movie about Illustrators and the Business of Making Art

"Making It" Official Trailer from Tony Moorman on Vimeo. "Making It" is a documentary film which explores the professional lives of illustrators in the comics/fantasy industry. Woodrow J. Hinton III introduces and narrates this film in which he interviews three of his friends who have reached, like him, "the middle" of their careers in illustration: […]

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