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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


I Love Hairdos—Isaac Mizrahi

Above: Warm up sketch while watching a documentary on Isaac Mizrahi and a 1990s fashion show. I seem to have forgotten to write in the time, which was basically 30-40 minutes before starting the next sketch. All the sketches happen fairly quickly, but then I take time to watch the show. All images in today's […]

The Warrior’s Way—It Has Ninjas, How Could I Resist?

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The Perfect Host: A Very Short Movie Review

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Go See “Rio”

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“Lagerfeld Confidential”—Watch for It

A film goes behind the scenes in the fashion industry.

Not Roz’s Film Acting Debut

On July 15, 2008 I participated in the 48 hour Film Project in Minneapolis. "Teams" met on Friday night to draw genres and begin planning. I had volunteered to help and received a call that night that Greg Graham (who was directing and shooting the film) wanted me to show up at 10 a.m. Saturday and act! The film is now up on You Tube where you can view it if this embedded version doesn't work. The Pescado Affair. (The film runs about 4 minutes, you don't have time to not watch it!)

If you are unfamiliar with the 48 Hour Film Project you need to know that besides drawing a genre at the start of the 48 hours, all the groups are given the same following items to include: a character's name and occupation (Mr. or Ms. Perkinson; substitute teacher); a prop (fish— look for the many uses of fish throughout "The Pescado Affair"); and a line of dialogue: "You look very familiar.") All of these elements must appear in your film. The point is to eliminate attempts to pre-write and pre-plan before the competition starts.

The genre Greg and Andrea drew was Spy Genre; I think their interpretation is pretty fun.

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