Monday, September 6, 2010

Harvey Pekar

This one marks the passing (belated) of Harvey Pekar, American comic book writer. I must admit, I didn't know much about him before the American Splendor movie came out in 2003. Since then I've picked up a few collections of his books. His first book was self-published in the 1960s and illustrated by Robert Crumb, another fav of mine. What's nice about his series is that he always had a wide variety of artists working for him... you never knew what styles you'd see from issue to issue.

This painting was a bit of a quickie... which is how I want to do them these days.

I've been really inspired by Karin Jurick's ongoing "100 Faces" series. Great stuff. I'd love to be able to paint like that one day. This one's on a small canvas but I recently gessoed 10 or so 8"x 8" hardboards. The plan is to practice portraits.

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