The kids

Here’s a couple of pictures of the kids in Mr. Lamberti’s music lessons. Ian on piano, Justin on guitar. The picture of Ian is a couple of years old, he’s being taught by Steve Colson at home now. Justin’s nearly finished with his current practice book and is getting pretty good at recognizing notes, although he still has to write them in the margins now.

Ian on the Piano
Ian on the Piano
Justin on guitar
Justin on guitar

I’m hoping doing this blog will make me get off my duff and draw more… (I still have to get back to doing a good picture of Obama!)

cheers!

Caricature practice

I’ve found that there’s no need to hire models, or get your friends or relatives to pose for you all the time in order to get practice drawing caricatures. Here are a few pictures of some ladies I drew in a waiting room. They were waiting to be called up to see the counselors for PSE&G to see if they qualified for a subsidy on their their energy bills.

Woman waiting for PSE&G bill assistance
Woman waiting for PSE&G bill assistance
Another woman waiting for PSE&G subsidy assistance
Another woman waiting for PSE&G subsidy assistance
2 other ladies waiting for PSE&G subsidy assistance
2 other ladies waiting for PSE&G subsidy assistance

The great thing about waiting rooms is that people usually don’t move that much, so you’ve got fairly compliant subjects. But as low key as you can get, people will often notice you drawing them and get a little self conscious. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and sometimes I’d show them my work afterwords, but it can make it difficult to draw strangers if you’re shy.

It’s also a lot easier to draw women than men in these situations. Without being sexist, it’s a lot scarier trying to draw a big guy, than a smaller woman in public, you just never know how someone is going to take a caricature drawing done of them. I’ve never had any problems myself, the worst that usually happens is that the person you are drawing moves too much, or leaves altogether – this forces you to draw quicker and make better decisions when drawing – working in ballpoint pen also forces you to commit to the decisions you do make.

I wish I was as prolific as Robert Crumb, the ultimate sketch artist, who’s sketch books you can buy at Fantagraphics books, I have 2 myself, and he has some great ideas on types of things to draw when your head is empty. I love his drawings of old cars and buildings, he can make them have a life you wouldn’t see without his eyes.

Enjoy! I’ll figure out what I’m going to do with this blog once I start writing with more regularity…

Hello World! State of the State

As I sit here writing, I’ve spent another whole week in my job search. Obama has his hands full fighting politics as usual, I feel he’s a good man, who’s trying his best to do what’s best for the country, but the Republicans seem to be Hell-bent on trying to demonize him into some Socialist monster. That’s not to say I totally agree with all his decisions, but really, what the Republicans want is their Dogmatic ideology in place and damned be those of us that are suffering. I think the worst thing he’s done so far is select Geitner as Treasury Secretary – he seems like a bit of a fox in the hen house at times, having worked the system before and during the start of the crisis. His solution was also so opaque and lacking in any great detail that it just seemed like another George Bush dodge.

Timothy Geitner

And why is Obama so afraid of the Socialist label? I don’t think he is Socialist, sometimes he’s barely Liberal, and he’s hardly Progressive, but he does mean well. I wish him well in his overhaul of the Health care issue – he really does need to clamp down on the issue early with some hard political decisions now, everyone is suffering. Even with the Federal Government picking up 65% of COBRA, it’s *still* a lot of money, and certainly a large enough chunk of change for those of us that have been downsized in this economy. Can’t he and Congress repeal that obnoxious clause in the last Republican PHARMA LOVE FEST they called the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, that said the government couldn’t negotiate bulk pricing for the drugs in the plan? What kind of help is that?

No wonder Conservatives HATE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENTTHEY are the ones who made it so bureaucratic and unwieldy these last 8 years. I still stand with my theory that the Conservatives’ secret agenda was to deliberately GROW the government, but make it so unresponsive, bureaucratic, wasteful, inefficient and inhuman, that the populists in all of us would be reviled by it, feeding right into their hands with the need for “government to get out of the way of (big) business”. And then we’re back into the hands of the big bankers and pharmaceuticals and big oil making decisions for us. Does anyone realize that the term “military industrial complex” came from that great conservative President, Eisenhower? He was forward thinking enough to see the dangers of where the Cold War was leading this country, as far as civil liberties and responsive government, too bad none of his fellow Republicans had his foresight on this matter.

Despite what Rush Limp-BORG says, nationalization of the banking system is not the awful thing he claims it is. The Savings and Loan scandal of the 1980s (more Republican shenanigans) was painful, but saved by nationalizing the S&Ls and then quickly liquidating them and setting up the Resolution Trust Corporation to deal with the toxic assets of that time by getting the private sector to buy them up again. Of course the current crisis is much worse and it’s effects are rippling across the world, but the World Bank has used this type of strategy the world over to save banking systems (the leading proponent of which has been the largest shareholder, the U.S.) – why oh why can’t we forego the politics this time and use this on our own problems? Why do we preach it to EVERY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD except our own? (Answer: politics)

Enough ranting, I had hoped to put up a few pictures, but maybe on my next post…