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I recall a great draftsman, artist and professor of mine telling of a courtroom reportage gig he once had of a high profile case. He showed up the first day and drew the defendant  dressed in his courtroom best, handsome and polished.... Innocent until proven guilty. As the facts of the case presented themselves his perception of the defendant changed. and so too did his drawings. Until, like a sinister twist on the idiom, beauty is in the eye of the beholder,  the drawings became as monstrous and twisted as the defendant's soul. Ball point pen on today's newsprint ...

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Taken from my comfy seat behind home plate I was glad that Yankee manager, Joe Girardi came to the realization that the Yanks need to clinch the regular season before deciding to rest players and line up his post season rotation. After dropping four in a row and falling out of first place, the manager reversed coarse, starting Phil Hughes... and, if there were any remaining doubt that Girardi wanted to win last night, he brought in Mariano in the eighth inning. Hughes deserved a better fate, pitching six plus innings, giving up only one run but exiting down 1-0 as the Yankee bats remained in deep hibernation. Ball point pen on todays newsprint It wasn't until the seventh inning that the Yanks got off the snide when A-Rod parked a Dice-K pitch into the Yankee ball pen with Teixeira on first to take the lead 2-1. Even though Mo blew the save as a light mist began to fall, Robinson Cano ...

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I'm taking a long weekend. That's always the cue for all the big news to break. Predictions? I'll go out on a limb and say Alex Rodriguez will hit his 6ooth home run. and Charlie Rangel will retire. Until those things come to be, here are some reposted doodles. Be back on Monday. All comments are shut off until I return. ...

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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint A-Rod broke out of his post season slump with a great series against the Minnesota Twins. Last night he hit a game tying home run in the seventh inning to help the Yanks sweep the Twins 3 games to none. In the series Rodriguez contributed in each of the three games, hitting .455 (5 for 11) with three runs, two homers, six RBIs, and set a personal record for most runs knocked in during a post season series. The Yankees will play the Los Angeles Angels (who swept Boston) in the A.L.C.S for the right to go to the World Series. ...

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Most days I work at home, so my mornings consist of finding the paper on my front lawn, doodling a portrait or two over my morning coffee and heading up to my studio to start my day. But occasionally, on days like yesterday, I have to commute to New York for a model reference photo shoot. On those days I wake up early, do my morning doodle, blog, then head to New York. I always buy another paper because the New York tabloids always have more fodder for me to doodle. The excursion is a bumpy ride on overcrowded trains with poor suspensions. I guess it is an obsession because I still draw. It's about a 35 minutes ride... This is how I passed the time. A bakers dozen doodles on yesterdays paper. Ball point pen on the morning newsprint ...

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