Tuesday, January 19, 2010

David P. Smith Corner

Howdy friends and neighbors, hope you had awful good holidays, by golly, and those crazy Houston Texans almost got to the playoffs.
Today's wisdom: "If'n I knew then what I knowed now -- I probably would not had as much fun!"

Remember, "Don't let your mouth overload your hardware." which simply means "Don't let your mouth write checks your ass can't cash." which translates to "The universe is entropy."

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Sample of boards for the movie- a bit dyslexic - should be Monsters vs Aliens.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

John Ford - caricaturist - who knew?

John Ford's caricatures of Ward Bond (as a gorilla). It looks very much like an animation model sheet from the golden age. Bond was a regular player in Ford's group and one of my all-time favorites. Ford is maybe my all-time favorite director. The drawings of Bond are mine and I couldn't resist doing a caricature (at right) of Ford's caricature. Ford drew these sometime in the 30's and I was astounded to see them in a biography of Ford (the name of which now escapes me), having no idea that he drew, though many directors are also artists. John Huston is another great director who also painted very well.

Caricature vs Flatterature

These are Andy and Mike Tyson head studies, which may or may not be flattering, depending on the point of view. My feeling is the Tyson studies are somewhat flattering,(with good reason), the Andy Griffith studies are more caricature, neither flattering or non-flattering.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Caricature vs Flatterature

Drawing 1 1985, is by Romeo Tanghal former room-mate and long time great inker on Teen Titans comics, definitely a flatterature. Thanks Romeo, damn, I used to be good looking!
2: Go-Go from Kill Bill I, top is more flattering, second is more caricature. The flatterature was done first as a study; also it does not resemble the actor as much as the caricature. You may disagree.
3: Two different artists, Ted Blackman and Tim Gula took a shot at yours truly.
Being the subject, I cannot be as objective though the 1986 sketch looks less flattering.
4: Two Sarah Silverman studies are less flattering, than the final, which also resembles her more.
5: Oscar De la Hoya with photo reference shows a flatterature that is essentially a study in portraiture bearing a strong resemblence but has little caricature to it.
Practice this on your friends and family, but show them the nice ones only.
Remember: "Do a caricature - lose a friend"
Guys: Always flatter a girl unless she just broke up with you.
Girls: Do whatever the hell you want.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

David P. Smith Corner

"Looks like those Houston Texans are better than I thought. Are we talking playoffs already?"
Below is an illustration from Mom's bible - a lovely fanciful interpretation of Noah's Ark. 1956.