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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’

Sigue 1

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 →

Space Nicks: From concept to ‘Out of this World’!

Elf at the North Pole

When I first got together with writer, Richard C. Mears to develop Saint Nick and the Space Nicks into a children’s book my concept art was much different for the main character of ‘Venick’ than what the final version ended up being. The secondary characters remained the same for the most part. The only major difference was I ’rounded’ the aliens off. I removed claws or beady/cold looking eyes and … Read More →

John Lennon ‘LickedinPop Series’

I'm Paul, but I wanted to be John

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination – John Lennon John Lennon was the man. And the Beatles were the band. Fuck the Rolling Stones. I loved them from the start and John was always our favorite. As little kids we would pretend to be the Beatles and we would have to take turns on who would be John. Serious. Check out this pen and ink drawing I did. It’s … Read More →

The Phantom ‘LickedinPop Series’

The Phantom ‘LickedinPop Series’

The Ghost Who Walks  My illustration is based off of The Phantom from the is a 1943 classic Columbia Pictures cliffhanger serial starringTom Tyler in the title role. The serial is based on Lee Falk’s comic strip The Phantom. The illustration also features Ace the Wonder Dog as the Phantom’s trusty German shepherd Devil (who is a wolf in the original comic). The original pen and ink illustration is from my 8th sketchbook. Since the Phantom already … Read More →

Groucho Marx ‘LickedinPop Series’

Groucho Marx ‘LickedinPop Series’

Go and Never Darken My Towels Again! – Groucho Marx My pen and ink of Groucho Marx comes from my 7th sketchbook. The bold portrait with Groucho’s lazy eye has been used by other artists for their own illustrations for good reason. I had to draw it too.  And once the LickedinPop Series was under way I knew immediately that my drawing of Groucho would be a part of it. … Read More →

Clint Eastwood Josey Wales ‘LickedinPop Series’

Clint Eastwood Josey Wales ‘LickedinPop Series’

Dyin’ ain’t much of a livin’, boy. – Josey Wales I had an old art school friend at DuCret School of the Arts in Plainfield N.J. that always drew Clint Eastwood and his Josey Wales character. I remember a particularly good pencil drawing he did. Clint’s coolness got me drawing him too. In fact, my first ‘good’ airbrush painting was a portrait of Eastwood which has been in my friend … Read More →