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Elvis Presley ‘LickedinPop Series’

Elvis Presley ‘LickedinPop Series’

I’m No Hillbilly Singer! – Elvis Presley I went to Paris for the first time in 1985 to visit my friend, painter Frank Bruckmann. Frank had left Plainfield, N.J. the previous year to pursue his dream of being a painter in Paris. Paris, France not Paris, Texas for all you philistines! Anyway during my visit, another friend, Rafael Sanchez from our art school (DuCret School of the Arts) was in … Read More →

Blade Runner’s Roy Batty LickedinPop Series

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It’s not an easy thing to meet your maker I saw Blade Runner for the first time when it opened in 1982 at a theater in Westfield, NJ with my friend, Louanne. The movie was highly anticipated, at least in my neck of the woods and we waited on line for our showing. I remember as we waited, the earlier showing ended and those movie-goers had to pass by us. We noticed two … Read More →

Jeff Chandler ‘LickedinPop Series’

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The Big Gray I was particularly drawn to this studio pose of Jeff Chandler as a boxer. Before I did the pen and ink illustration of it in my 3rd sketchbook, I did a finished oil painting of it. The only difference was I made the pen and ink version more of a caricature.  Check out the photo on the left. It’s from the same photo shoot that the illustration was … Read More →

Run-D.M.C. ‘LickedinPop Series’

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I’m the king of rock, there is none higher. Sucker MC’s should call me sire. The original pen and ink for my Run DMC illustration is in my 7th sketchbook. The ‘LickedinPop Series’ needed a little edge. Run–D.M.C. took hardcore hip-hop from an underground street sensation to a pop-culture phenomenon. Although earlier artists, such as Grandmaster Flash and The Sugarhill Gang, made rap’s initial strides on the airwaves, it was Run–D.M.C. that introduced … Read More →

Frank Sinatra ‘LickedinPop Series’

Frank Sinatra ‘LickedinPop Series’

The Best Revenge is Massive Success!!! – Frank Sinatra I like to draw. I like to draw realistically and I like drawing cartoons. I’ve been doing it for a long time. The original pen and ink illustration of  a young Frank Sinatra was drawn in my 4th sketchbook. The LickedinPop Series embodies what I like best from contemporary artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Pop Art, music,  old movies and not to mention … Read More →

Miles Davis ‘LickedinPop Series’

Miles Davis ‘LickedinPop Series’

I’ll play it first and tell you what it is later. – Miles Davis My ‘Miles Davis’ pen and ink illustration comes from my 8th sketchbook. This was during a period of being extremely fixated on cross hatching and attention to detail. The background might have taken as much time to do as the inking of Miles himself. This attention to detail made bringing him to the ‘LickedinPop Series’ a no … Read More →

Louis Armstrong Satchmo ‘LickedinPop Series’

Louis Armstrong Satchmo ‘LickedinPop Series’

‘All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.’ – Louis Armstrong This was one of my favorite drawings in my 7th sketchbook. I thought I nailed his likeness with the pen and ink. Bringing Satchmo into the ‘LickedinPop Series’ was a priority to anchor the musicians. When I was a kid I remember seeing Louis Armstrong all the time on the Ed Sullivan Show, … Read More →

Rocket Man ‘LickedinPop Series’

Rocket Man ‘LickedinPop Series’

Watch “Rocket Man” sweep from the clouds to battle America’s enemies! My original pen and ink illustration includes the heroine, Glenda Thomas holding on to Rocket Man’s arm. Unfortunately the illustration was completed as a double page spread in my 5th sketchbook. The actress’s face was almost in the middle and fell right in the fold of the book. It looked fine in the sketchbook but there was no way to … Read More →

Sigue Sigue Sputnik ‘LickedinPop Series’

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I’m your God I’ve just arrived, A beatbox Jesus dancing jive – Sigue Sigue Sputnik I have to be honest about this band. I could give one fuck about Sigue Sigue Sputnik and their music. Their Shock and Awe approach was a bit OVER the top, and their music came across as forced. BUT… That Lead Singer! What the fuck was that all about? I had to draw him. The … Read More →