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?

Sketching with students at Nina's

Today, I was sketching with my students at Nina's Coffee Cafe, actually spent most of my time grading but got in a quick couple of sketches, one here with some notes from my friend Zak Sally's presentation to my other class. In addition, a couple of sketches from September, sketchbook catching-up day. The top sketch is of a man who was sitting with his wife and little bean newborn. They spoke with an Eastern European accent. Another man sat with them who spoke without an accent or with a less noticeable one and resembled this man, maybe brothers?

This second sketch was drawn at The Bulldog in September, the bartender that particular day. He wore a PBR knit cap and served me a few Maredsous Blondes. The red drawing with him is a man from Nina's from today, two views, with some chairs and a cup.

This third drawing is from September, at the Irish Feis. This man didn't look as David Lynchian as he does here. I was also drawing some of the dancers' outfits, colorful, with shiny rhinestones and decorative stitching.

Financial services illo

I made this image last week for an FISVoice newsletter article about financial advisors dealing with stressed-out clients. The big hand represents the advisor and has arrived just after its client has jumped up and clung to the chandelier. The client is welcoming this helping hand by placing his hand in it and mimicking its orientation. The client has a subtle smile.

This was an opportunity to reuse my chandelier drawing from House of Hope, also used in my Kal Penn portrait as a background pattern.

The final went through a few revisions, ending up in a slightly better spot. I actually prefer the one above, which was the third version. The client {the AD} opted for the white chandelier with dark blue line work.

Below are the six versions of the final along with the sketch.