Monday, November 10, 2008

November 10, 2008
Went down into the Beast yesterday for the Cowboy Artist's Show at the Phoenix Art Museum. Hit a big storm at Union Hills and Cave Creek Road. Lots of hail and rain.

The art show was great, although there were mighty few red dots on the paintings (I heard from an insider that sales were down 40% from last year). Came back out to Bell Road and caught a movie, Zack And Mira Make A Porno. Elizabeth Smart was cute as hell but Kevin Smith's story was a bit vile.

Spent most of the weekend on storm studies. Here's one that started out as a snow scene but ended up in the Topock Marsh:

Also, working hard on giving El Kid that infectious smile he is legendary for. Copped a couple smiles from Audey Murphy (upper right), Elvis (lower left) and two Hollywood stuntmen (Summers, bottom right). And that's Ron Howard (upper left), playing the stage driver in "Manos Arriba," my graphic novel I'm working on for the April issue:

Did six snow scene sketches playing with color. Some solid work. In fact, better than the finished stuff:

Which I'll post later today. I've been copying the masters, Victor Higgens, Monet (or is it Manet, I can't keep those Frogs straight?) and Berninghaus. Anyway, does all of this copying lead to anything good?

"Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for."

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