Ballpoint Reruns

Its been a year since I last took a sabbatical from Drawing On Observations to visit London and Paris. This year we have something special planned. I'll tell you about it when I return. In the mean time, I'm reposting some of my favorite portraits doodled over the past year Due to spam issues all comments will be turned off until I return. ...

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Ball point pen on todays newsprint

Richard Blumenthal's resume would be the envy of anyone running for public office, graduating from Harvard College magna cum laude, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, editorial chairman of The Harvard Crimson, selected for a Fiske Fellowship to study at Cambridge University, earned his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School, editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal, and serving as Connecticut's Attorney General. Why would a guy with that resume stretch the truth by saying he served in Vietnam when he did not?

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Ball point pen on todays newsprint

Singer and song writer Ronnie James Dio performed with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band Dio. Raised in an Italian American home, Ronnie remembered his grandma making a devil horn hand gesture to ward off the evil eye. It was that same gesture that he would begin making when fronting Black Sabbath, introducing a generation of heavy metal concert goers to the iconic hand gesture. His on stage persona belies the altruistic Dio who organized Heavy Me ...

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Brilliant draftsman, master painter and imaginative composer of pictures, Frank Frazetta passed away yesterday. Frazetta was an illustrator's illustrator who was as proficient with pen and ink as he was with oil paints. From cartoon strips to movie posters and book covers, Frazetta was a rock star. A few years back I, like so many illustrators, made the pilgrimage to the Frazetta Museum in Pennsylvania and I was fortunate to meet Mr. Frazetta. As admired as he was for his art, Frazetta was a regular guy who'd rather be pla ...

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