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star freckles & wonder woman


koy geisha & maiko shark 
~yeah, i know. i crack myself up 😛

yellowcake & black rainbow

make a hawk a dove, 

stop a war with love, 

make a liar tell the truth~

Wonder Woman, get us out from under, Wonder Woman~

all our hopes are pinned on you. 

and the magic that you do~

stop a bullet cold, 

make the Axis fold, 

change their minds, 

and change the world!

in case you can’t tell, i wish i was at comic con! next year!

{body by betty page. face by liz taylor.}

~ i’ve been kicking this idea around for a year or so. i read, “hubris” about the beginnings of the iraq war & was struck by the perversity of of uranium powder being called “yellowcake”.

~inspired by arthur machen’s short story, “the white people” & raspuntina’s song, “we stay behind”.

2095, 2095, 2095, 2095
I love you, sincerely
Yours truly, yours truly…

I sent a message to another time
But as the days unwind, this I just cant believe
I sent a note across another plane
Maybe its all a game, but this I just cant conceive.

Can you hear me?

I drive the very latest hovercar
I dont know where you are
But I miss you so much till then
I met someone who looks a lot like you
She does the things you do
But she is an ibm.

2095, 2095, 2095, 2095
I love you, sincerely
Yours truly, yours truly…

Shes only programmed to be very nice
But shes as cold as ice
Whenever I get too near
She tells me that she likes me very much
But when I try to touch
She makes it all too clear.

She is the latest in technology
Almost mythology
But she has a heart stone
She has an i.q. of 1001
She has a jumpsuit on
And shes also a telephone.

2095, 2095, 2095, 2095
I love you, sincerely
Yours truly, yours truly…

Is that what you want? (is it what you want? )
Is it what you really want? (is it what you really want? )
Is that what you want? (is it what you want? )
Is it what you really want?

I realize that it must seem so strange
That time has rearranged
But time has the final word
She knows I think of you, she reads my mind
She tries to be unkind
She knows nothing of our world

Although her memory banks overflow
No one would ever know
For all she says: is that what you want?
Maybe one day Ill feel her cold embrace
And kiss her interface
til then, Ill leave her alone.

I love you, sincerely
Yours truly, yours truly…

from “louise brooks: lulu forever”

wonder woman!

“from action! cartooning” by ben caldwell.

also from “action! cartooning” by ben caldwell

and from “how to draw comics the marvel way”

from “louise brooks: lulu forever”.

fat boy running~

these are all from ben caldwell’s delightful “action! cartooning”. i’ve been trying to get a little rubbery with my drawings & feel all right about these. there’s some problems that need to be cleaned up. but nothing too terrible. 
cartoony guy running~

girl strutting~
all drawn with a non-photo blue pencil & hb

bridgman’s arms~

have i mentioned how in love with bridgman i am? seriously, if i wasn’t already married i’d become mrs. betty bridgman book.

this is from “bridgman’s complete drawing from life”. i’ve always dismissed him in favor of hogarth & i regret that now. hogarth’s book are amazing- AMAZING! but i have developed a serious problem with producing slick humans. frankly, i’m a little bored with my style. i want something rougher & bulkier which is where bridgman comes in. his people have a solid meaty look. they’re completely anti squishy body-builder. if you punched one of bridgman’s dudes in the stomach you’d break your hand, probably. i’m really liking the “wingy” shoulders & have started incorporating it into my other sketches. 


the next two are from “people & poses” by buddy scalera. this is a great go-to book. i have an old-old posefile book from the late 80s, but the pics are small & blk & white. i’m thinking of picking up buddy’s two other books- 
all of these were drawn in non-photo blue pencil & detailed in 2hb.

i’ve spent the last ten years or so producing heavily stylized art where my subject is wearing some sort of historical costume… or is a robot. so, my “actual clothes” skills have atrophied big time. 

fashion mags are useless to draw from. the photos are so heavily photoshopped you’ll never see the folds, shadows, & body curves you need. 
however, there’s quite a vogue for street fashion books. i took this young man from “fresh fruits”. overall, i’m pretty happy with it. not to mention his jacket’s pretty keen. 
drawn with a non-photo blue pencil, detailed with 2hb.