Sketches, Plus an Interview (03272017)

It’s time for another blog at Don’t Pick the Flowers . . . which always takes me a while to actually put together. As you can tell, I am not much of a blogger. But nonetheless I have quite a few sketches to share and a interview with Melony Chitwood from Sweetly Dark Art which you can watch via YouTube. So let’s get started, below each sketch will be a description and if you follow me on the internet you have probably seen these and hopefully will enjoy them again.

Top Left: The Godfather of Ambient Music, Brian Eno. Top Right: Nick Cave Bottom Right: Kate Bush Bottom Left: This is a sketch of Robert Smith of The Cure. Without his makeup if you can tell through the scribbles. Click on image to enlarge

Left: The great film director John Waters. Right: Legendary vocalist Diamanda Galas. Click on Image to enlarge.

My sketch honoring Martin Luther King Jr on his day. Click on image to enlarge.

From the sketchbook, Icelandic singer/songwriter Bjork. Click on image to enlarge.

And last but not least, here is an interview with me on “The Trade” Podcast with Melony Chitwood of Sweetly Dark Art. Melony has a great podcast and wonderful art, please check out her work! The Trade:

 

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Heroes (01122017)

I hope everyone is having a great start to a New Year. The holidays are over and it’s back to a regular routine, which can be a good thing. I have a few sketches to share on Don’t Pick the Flowers blog. Some of these are from last year, so I knew it was time to post them. Under each set of pictures will be an explanation of who the sketch is, and when it was done. I will make this short and to the point, so you can get back to those New Year’s resolutions! Here’s to a fantastic New Year and enjoy the drawings! David

 

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Top Left: This is a commission drawing of the late and great Prince, which I just finished. Top Right: This is a remembrance sketch of George Michael I drew last year. Thank you for letting us sing along, George. Bottom Right: A new drawing of David Bowie I drew on his 70th birthday, January 10. I wanted to draw him at an older age, not the young Ziggy Stardust. I will post this same picture below, with the lightning on his face. Bottom Left: Another remembrance drawing of the great Leonard Cohen, . This one I gave to a close friend, his favorite singer/musician.

 

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The finished drawing of David Bowie I shared on his birthday. David is the only celebrity I have actually cried drawing a picture of. That was last year when he unexpectedly left us for the stars. I considered him my “Elvis”. We miss you David.

 

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Top Left: A sketch of Alison Moyet, one of my favorite female vocalists. Especially when I was younger. Top Right: The amazing musician and performing artist, Laurie Anderson. I have only seen her once in concert. What an amazing experience. Bottom Left: A sketch of Grace Jones, I have loved this amazing lady for many, many years. On the right side you will see a few drawings of Grace with years written beside them. These are drawings from over the years I have sketched, check out that one from 1985.

 

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This is a picture from last year on Veterans Day. Remembering our heroes.

 

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Inktober 2016 (Part 2)

Hello again, welcome to Week 2 of my drawings from #inktober 2016 (from October 16 through October 31). As I mentioned in the last blog, October got a little busy so you will see a variety of drawings with some sketches more detailed than others, but I was glad to be able to participate each day. Below each set of drawings will be a description (Click on the pictures for a better view). I hope you enjoy them again or for the first time. Until the next blog, keep drawing! David

Top Left: Ian McCulloch from Echo and the Bunnymen in Mummy attire. Top Right: My congratulations art for Depeche Mode announcing their nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bottom Right: Robert Smith of The Cure. Bottom Left: Alfred Hitchcock.

Top Left: Ian McCulloch from Echo and the Bunnymen in Mummy attire. Top Right: My congratulations art for Depeche Mode announcing their nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bottom Right: Robert Smith of The Cure. Bottom Left: Alfred Hitchcock.

Top Left: My Gargoyle drawing. Top Right: My little monster eating a stick man. Bottom Right: My drawing of Pete Burns of Dead Or Alive celebrating his legacy after his passing. Bottom Left: The Cookie Cutter from Edward Scissorhands.

Top Left: My Gargoyle drawing. Top Right: My little monster eating a stick man. Bottom Right: My drawing of Pete Burns of Dead Or Alive celebrating his legacy after his passing. Bottom Left: The Cookie Cutter from Edward Scissorhands.

Top Left: Alan Rickman as Severus Snape from Harry Potter. Top Right: The Bandersnatch from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Bottom Right: Chris Jennings as a Werewolf from the TV series Dark Shadows. Bottom Left: Maila Nurmi as Vampira.

Top Left: Alan Rickman as Severus Snape from Harry Potter. Top Right: The Bandersnatch from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Bottom Right: Chris Jennings as a Werewolf from the TV series Dark Shadows. Bottom Left: Maila Nurmi as Vampira.

Top Left: Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice. Top Right: My little odd Vampire drawing. Bottom: It was Halloween and Johnny Marr's 53 Birthday . . . a mashup!

Top Left: Winona Ryder as Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice. Top Right: My little odd Vampire drawing. Bottom: It was Halloween and Johnny Marr’s 53 Birthday . . . a mashup!

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#inktober 2016 (Part 1)

Hello and welcome to Part 1 of my drawings from #inktober 2016. I will post the rest of the drawings next week. This is my third year participating in #inktober, and things did get a little hectic with my work schedule. As you will see, some of the drawings are more detailed than others. But none the less I wanted to participate every day and I am proud that I was actually able to do it all the way through. Of course with #inktober there are no rules, you didn’t have to post every day. I was glad to see anyone post at what rate they could. Life gets busy at times. Also, I didn’t follow the “prompt” list. If you want to find it just look up “Jake Parker #inktober”.

So here is the first 16 days of #inktober.

Top Left: My take on David Byrne as Frankenstein. Top Right: Annie Lennox as a Vampire. Bottom Left: A drawing of Emma Thompson as Karen Eiffel from the movie Stranger Than Fiction. Bottom Left: My little creation of two monsters dancing.

Top Left: My take on David Byrne as Frankenstein. Top Right: Annie Lennox as a Vampire. Bottom Left: My drawing of two monsters dancing. Bottom Right: A drawing of Emma Thompson as Karen Eiffel from the movie Stranger Than Fiction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Left: Danny Elfman, dancing. Top Right: A sketch of Nicolas Cage as H.I. McDunnough and Holly Hunter as Ed McDunnough from the movie Raising Arizona. Bottom Right: My take of Edgar Allan Poe and the Raven. Bottom Left: My sketch of Ravens flying.

Top Left: Danny Elfman, dancing. Top Right: A sketch of Nicolas Cage as H.I. McDunnough and Holly Hunter as Ed McDunnough from the movie Raising Arizona.Bottom Left: My sketch of Ravens flying. Bottom Right: My take of Edgar Allan Poe and the Raven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Left: My sketch of Vincent Price and I added Kermit the Frog (yes like those famous pictures and videos you see every where). Top Right: My sketch of Elvira. Bottom Right: My take on a monster enjoying Candy Corn. Bottom Left: My crazy and hurried sketch of Gary Oldman as Dracula.

Top Left: My sketch of Vincent Price and I added Kermit the Frog (yes like those famous pictures and videos you see every where). Top Right: My sketch of Elvira. Bottom Left: My crazy and hurried sketch of Gary Oldman as Dracula. Bottom Right: My take on a monster enjoying Candy Corn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Left: My little fuzzy monsters. Top Right: The Cheshire Cat (at this point you can see things were getting hectic). Bottom Left: Another quick one, Tim Burton. Bottom Right: My little tired monster.

Top Left: My little fuzzy monsters. Top Right: The Cheshire Cat (at this point you can see things were getting hectic). Bottom Left: Another quick one, Tim Burton. Bottom Right: My little tired monster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there you have Part 1 of my #inktober drawings. Some of these I am really proud of and the others, like I said, I am proud to have sketched something. Hope you enjoy the drawings, until next week . . . keep drawing! David

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From the Sketchbook (09222016)

Welcome to the first day of fall 2016, I love this time of year!  I hope to enjoy the outside colors and weather soon. I have been swamped at work, and at this point it doesn’t look like I will have a break anytime soon. But I am crossing my fingers. It is also getting close to October, which means Inktober (a daily ink drawing post). I hope I can participate this year, again I am going to see how work is going. But I do love the daily challenge.

Okay, on with today’s blog. As I mentioned last week, I have a few sketches I wanted to add to the blog. Most of these are recent, except the Robert Smith one’s, I drew those earlier this year.  Below each sketch will be a description, I hope you enjoy them and again . . . Happy First Day of Fall!

A sketch of Director, Screenwriter, Visual Artist, Musician, Actor, and Author David Lynch.

A sketch of Director, Screenwriter, Visual Artist, Musician, Actor, and Author David Lynch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A sketch of Composer Philip Glass.

A sketch of Composer Philip Glass.

A sketch of David Bowie from his "Outside" period.

A sketch of David Bowie from his “Outside” period. A difficult expression to draw.

This is a sketch I drew on a notepad earlier in the year of Robert Smith. I was anticipating seeing The Cure in Concert June 10th and 11th at UIC Pavilion Chicago, IL.

This is a sketch I drew on a notepad earlier in the year of Robert Smith. I was anticipating seeing The Cure in Concert June 10th and 11th at UIC Pavilion Chicago, IL.

Another Robert Smith sketch, this was drawn April 21 of this year on his birthday.

Another Robert Smith sketch, this was drawn April 21 of this year on his birthday.

A just because sketch, I call it SpongeBob Eyes.

A just because sketch, I call it SpongeBob Eyes.

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