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Painting a Norma

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In doing my own sketch series for “Orange is the New Black”, I thought I would do Norma in a bit of a different media – watercolour. I need to get back into the real paints!! Here is how she turned out, step-by-step:

1 – Rough sketch:


2 – Blocking in the skin colour:


3 – Adding hair and shirt colour


4 – Final details with brush pen and pigma liner



OITNB’s Big Boo

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Up next in my Orange is the New Black series of sketches – Big Boo! She is tough to love but still loveable ๐Ÿ™‚ [But don’t mess with her!]


Poussey & Taystee

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Life and work has been busy, so I haven’t been able to do many OITNB sketches lately – but watching season 3 now has made me want to do the rest of the cast!

Up next: Poussey & Taystee with their fun antics ๐Ÿ™‚ I did this one digitally. Stay tuned for more of the cast in sketch form!


Downton Abbey’s Elizabeth McGovern is holding my sketch!

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A few months back, I decided to do a sketch series based on the much-loved characters from BBC’s “Downton Abbey”. Here is a sampling of a few of them:

imageSoon after I posted the sketch of Robert & Cora Crawley (actors Hugh Bonneville & Elizabeth McGovern – see above in top right), I had someone contact me on Twitter. She said she was family friends with Elizabeth McGovern, who apparently also plays in a band called “Sadie & the Hotheads”. She wanted to know if I would do another sketch of her in the same style – but this time also as her playing in her band. She wanted to give it to her as a birthday gift.

Of course, I did have my doubts that she actually “knew” her – who wouldn’t in this age of social media?? But I did the drawing anyway; it sounded like a fun idea. See below what resulted.

Here is the sketch; I did the roughs in pencil, but cleaned it up digitally so I could email it to her in England to print out and frame.

cora_kirsty_signatureAnd here is a pic from Twitter that shows Elizabeth McGovern up close and personal – happily clutching my sketch! WHAAAAA—-!!


A cool moment, indeed ๐Ÿ™‚ High five, Twitter!

Orange is the New Black. Art. UPDATED.

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I did a quick sketch of Pennsatucky and decided to tweet it out the actress who plays her TOO well – Taryn Manning – for fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ To my complete surprise, she tweeted me back! See below ๐Ÿ™‚

pennsatucky taryn_tweet



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The wifey and I have jumped on board for the new-ish Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black”…. even though a lot of the time our mouths are gaping open and asking “WHAT did they just say???!!!”

Ya can’t deny the characters are amazing, and having completed Season 2…. what a great storyline! I decided to draw all the characters, but I started with Red [see below]. And then I heard of this fanart competition, and decided to create something for that too. [see above] Why not???


The night I saw Carol Burnett โ€“ in person!

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Like many, many people, I grew up watching “The Carol Burnett Show”. My parents always had always loved thoseย comedy shows, and while I may not have understood some [most] of the sketches they did, I could not help but love this wacky, loud, fun-loving female host who would not hesitate to make herself look ridiculous for a laugh. But there was kindness in her too – it was never mean-spirited comedy, just silly for the sake of fun. To this day I still remember dying laughing at the sketch of her playing the game “Sorry”, or her wearing the famed “Gone With the Wind” dress โ€“ more for her facial expression than anything else!

As I grew older, I followed her career and got excited to see her in a few films and even when she would guest-star on TV shows like “Touched By An Angel”. Last year, my wonderful wife sent me a link to check out – Carol Burnett was doing one live show in 2014 – and it was in Seattle. We HAD to go!!

In my excitement leading up to the show, I did a sketch of her [see above] in the famous dress ๐Ÿ™‚ ย She did not disappoint! At age 81, she almost danced out on stage [in high heels!], and proceeded to regale her favourite sketches from her show, her most memorable moments, and answered any and all questions the packed-out audience had for her.

What an AMAZING night! Thank you Carol, for adding so much joy and laughter into this world of ours!


More Downton Abbey sketches!

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Two more additions to my Downton Abbey sketch series – the Crawley sisters, & O’Brien!




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