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Michael Mencer – In Memoriam

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  Everyone has a cousin or cousins that are special to them. For me, it was the Mencers. Aunt Barb (my mom’s older sister), Uncle John, Johnny, Sue, Michael, Anne, and Mark. Mark Mencer was just a few months younger than me so I loved whenever my mom took us there– summer vacations, Thanksgiving, school holidays, etc. I can only speak for myself but I always had a blast. Mike was … Read More →

SPACE NICKS IN ARKANSAS!

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The Space Nicks have been spotted in Arkansas CAROLING ON THE CREEK This Friday, December 15, Saint Nick and the Space Nicks will be at a wonderful event. Springdale Public Schools Vocal Music Department presents CAROLING IN THE CREEK. A musical celebration in downtown Springdale, Arkansas. The Space Nicks books will be on display at approximately 15 different booths throughout the event. The main places to purchase Space Nicks will … Read More →

This is Soldier ON Service Dogs

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Serving Those Who Have Already Served Soldier ON Service Dogs is an NWA based 501(c)3 organization providing qualified, trained service dogs to local veterans living with PTSD and/or Traumatic Brain Injury at no charge to the veteran. History Soldier ON Service Dogs (SOSD) was founded by Angie Pratt in September 2014 after a close relative, a Marine bomb technician, was injured in Afghanistan and began experiencing the effects of Post-Traumatic … Read More →

Frankenstein ‘LickedinPop Series’

FRANKENSTEIN – The Man Who Made A Monster LickedinPop Series

  The Man Who Made a Monster Frankenstein was the coolest. Wait… check that. Karloff’s Frankenstein was the coolest. It was perfect casting. Even in the first movie when the monster is just a rampaging beast, Karloff still manages to make him sympathetic. Just look at what happened when Chaney and then Lugosi took over the role. Both just copy the original, but unfortunately for Lugosi when he portrayed the … Read More →

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 →