Abbey Lincoln portrait, revised

A couple of years ago, I drew this portrait of Abbey Lincoln in one of my sketchbooks. I was experimenting with painting a shape and then inking line details on top. The paper was a bit too thin for the gouache painting so some wrinkling occurred and came through in the scan along with the gutter fold of the sketchbook.

I opened the scan in Photoshop and converted the blue painted shape into a single color. This also captured a bit of the gutter fold shadow creating a crease across the face area.

I then converted all of the ink line details to solid black. This also captured some of the gutter fold shadow along with some additional shadow areas from the wrinkling of the paper.

I cleaned up the black from the wrinkle shadows as well as the sketchbook edges, but decided to leave the gutter shadow marks. I liked the accidental aspect of it and how it referenced the sketchbook, also how the line related to the diagonal black lines in the background. I didn't realize though that some might see this mark as a cut across the face, not my intention of course. And I realized that the reference to the sketchbook was probably only apparent to me. So I decided to remove the gutter shadow "cut" mark.

I also lightened up the blue a bit. And looking back at this piece, I remembered that I had made an alternative version, one with less distortion.

I liked how this version turned out, although I think it makes the body appear a bit odd in relation to the head. Overall, I prefer the distorted version, even better without the cut.

Tom from The Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin

perrin-tom-1-animated This is Tom from the 70's British sitcom The Fall And Rise of Reginald Perrin. Tom is Reggie's son-in-law. On a drive-thru safari with Reggie, his wife Elizabeth, their daughter Linda, Linda's husband Tom, and Tom and Linda's two children, Reggie as usual loses it and calls Tom "a bearded prick." Tom asks why he's a bearded prick and Reggie rants something about a playpen and Tom brewing his own wine and smoking revolting briar pipes and he built a gothic stone folly in their garden and he calls his children (something) and made them eat garlic the moment they were off the breast. Tom replies calmly, "I see, thank you." He later admits, "I think, on reflection, the safari park wasn't a very good idea."

Macklemore drawing

macklemore-tech-01 I made this drawing of Macklemore last night after watching a little bit of the MTV VMAs with my daughter. In Photoshop, I used the Threshold command to force all of the pixels to either black or white. I then added a medium gray background tone.

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Hiding the other layers and temporarily flattening the image, I changed the Color Mode from Grayscale to Bitmap using Halftone screen. I then chose Select All from the Select menu and copied the halftone background. I used the History panel to undo the flattening and then pasted the halftone pattern under the line work layer. I finished by adding some color.

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Star Trek: Day of the Dove drawing

klingon-sketch-1 Kang chews out Kirk. The Enterprise attacked his ship, unprovoked! Suddenly, Chekov accuses the Klingons of killing his brother, Piotre. Kang instructs his men to use the Agonizer on Chekov, forcing Kirk to surrender. But when Spock transports them all onto the Enterprise, he holds the Klingons in the transporter beam until a security team can arrive to capture them.

Kang was played by Michael Ansara who passed away a couple of weeks ago. Below is an animated gif made from the screen shots I used from the episode as reference.

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Barnabas Collins Dark Shadows drawing

barnabus-01 Barnabas Collins is destroyed, or is he? A mysterious stranger appears claiming to be a victim of Barnabas Collins. But he is identical in appearance to Barnabas! Is this stranger really Barnabas crafting an unbelievable tale? Quentin and Edward Collins are suspicious and drag him to the cave to check Barnabas's coffin. If the coffin is empty, they will know the stranger's story is a lie, and that he is really Barnabas! But in the cave, they find the body of Barnabas Collins still in its coffin with a stake driven through its heart! Can the mysterious stranger's story be true?