Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Paul Lynde

As a kid, I always loved the smiling joking personality of Paul Lynde especially through shows like the part of Uncle Arthur he played on the TV show "Bewitched" and the game show "Hollywood Squares" which showcased his quick wit.  This pencil sketch is in honor of the man who shared his amazing gift of laughter.

Paul Edward Lynde (/lɪnd/; June 13, 1926 – January 11, 1982)[1][2] was an American comedian, voice artist, actor and TV personality. A noted character actor with a distinctively campy and snarky persona that often poked fun at his barely in-the-closet homosexuality, Lynde was well known for his roles as Uncle Arthur on Bewitched and the befuddled father Harry MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie. He was also the regular "center square" panelist on the game show Hollywood Squares from 1968 to 1981, and he voiced two Hanna-Barbera productions; he was Templeton the gluttonous rat in Charlotte's Web and The Hooded Claw in The Perils of Penelope Pitstop.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Wilford Brimley

Wilford Brimley - pencil sketch on smooth bristol paper.
Anthony Wilford Brimley (born September 27, 1934), credited either as A. Wilford Brimley or Wilford Brimley, is an American actor. He has appeared in many notable films including The China Syndrome (1979), The Thing (1982), The Natural (1984), Cocoon (1985) and The Firm (1993). He had a recurring role on the 1970s television series The Waltons 1980s series "Our House". Brimley has also done television advertisements, including for the Quaker Oats Company and Liberty Medical.
He has type 2 adult-onset diabetes, and has appeared in related commercials for Liberty Medical. Source: wikipedia... apologies in advance for any inaccuracies.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Director James Comey

James Brien "Jim" Comey Jr. (born December 14, 1960) is an American lawyer who served as the seventh Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from September 2013 until May 2017.[2]
Comey was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from January 2002 to December 2003, and subsequently the United States Deputy Attorney General from December 2003 to August 2005. As Deputy Attorney General, Comey was the second-highest-ranking official in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), and ran its day-to-day operations.
In December 2003, as U.S. Deputy Attorney General, Comey appointed the U.S. Attorney in Chicago, Illinois, close friend and former colleague Patrick Fitzgerald, to be the Special Counsel to head the CIA Leak Grand Jury Investigation also known as the "Plame affair", after Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself.
In August 2005, Comey left the DOJ and became General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Lockheed Martin, based in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2010, he became General Counsel at Bridgewater Associates, based in Westport, Connecticut. In early 2013, he left Bridgewater to become a Senior Research Scholar and a Hertog Fellow on National Security Law at Columbia Law School. He served on the Board of Directors of HSBC Holdings until July 2013.[3] Comey has been a registered Republican during most of his adult life, although he disclosed in 2016 that he is no longer registered in any party.
In September 2013, Comey was appointed Director of the FBI by President Barack Obama.[4] In that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing the FBI's investigation of the Hillary Clinton email controversy. His role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, particularly with regard to his public communications, was highly controversial.[5] His decisions have been regarded by many analysts, including Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight, to have likely cost Clinton the election.[6][7][8]
Comey was dismissed by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017 reportedly days after Comey requested increased funding from the Justice Department for the FBI's investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election; the Justice Department has denied such allegations.[9][10][11][12]

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Harry Dean Stanton

Pencil sketch of Harry Dean Stanton. - using primarily a Pentel mechanical pencil (.5mm). My college drawing class provided us with books on the pencil featuring the work of artist Paul Calle. Calle, who is now deceased, used a fast sketchy style of directional strokes create a more three dimensional look for subjects.

Harry Dean Stanton. (born July 14, 1926) is an American actor, musician, and singer.Stanton's career has spanned over 60 years, during which he appeared in such films as Cool Hand Luke, Kelly's Heroes, Dillinger, The Godfather Part II, Alien, Escape from New York, Christine, Paris, Texas, Repo Man, Pretty in Pink, The Last Temptation of Christ, Wild at Heart, The Straight Story, The Green Mile and Inland Empire. Stanton played a recurring role as an LDS polygamist offshoot leader for the first 3 seasons of the HBO television series Big Love.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell sketch with a no. 2 pencil on smooth bristol paper.
Kurt Vogel Russell (born March 17, 1951) is an American actor. He began acting on television in the western series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963–64). In the late 1960s, he signed a ten-year contract with The Walt Disney Company where, according to Robert Osborne, he became the studio's top star of the 1970s.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Deepika Padukone

pencil sketch on smooth bristol paper.

Bollywood actress most recently known to American audience through Her first project in Hollywood - the action film xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)

Deepika Padukone (pronounced [d̪iːpɪkaː pəɖʊkoːɳ]; born 5 January 1986) is an Indian film actress. One of the highest-paid actresses in the world, Padukone is the recipient of several awards, including three Filmfare Awards. She features in listings of the nation's most popular and attractive personalities.