Thursday, January 12, 2006


The show is over, nuthin' to see here, folks, move along!
Back to drawing.



jumpman said...

Interesting piece.

For some reason it reminds me of a woman I worked with when I was in my early 20s. She was in her 40s. She'd married her husband because she knew he was kind and would look after her financially. They'd been married for almost 20 years and had a teenage daughter when I knew her. Then one day she told me that she'd fallen in love with a man who'd come out to Australia for a holiday. She wanted to leave her husband for him, but couldn't do it to her daughter. The following weekend she committed suicide, gassing herself with car fumes (carbon monoxide) in the garage. To this day I still don't know if I'm the only one who knew why she did it.

Oh, hell...

Sorry for that! :)

Out of interest, Alberto, you mention models and photographs as primary sources. How often would you get a model in? And just how many plastic guns do you own?? ;)


possum4all said...

What, no perfect faces this time?

possum4all said...

Doh! I mean real faces.

El editor said...

Another real face.... so real that I can guess a young Joan Crawford.
Love & peace.

Process Junkie said...

Wow, that was a gripping story, a sad and tragic tale for sure. The concept of suicide is something I have always struggled making sense of, as you know, my father killed himself and to this day it's still a mystery to me how can someone who apparently loved life and lived it to the fullest could contemplate such an ending, then again I only met him a few times, go figure!

My aunt says he did it because a woman he loved and with whom he had two children, left him and married another, talk about irony, he did the same thing to many women; he was a big time womanizer who sired over 17 children, I guess it's true what they say: "If you live by the sword, you'll end up as shishkebob"

I don't use professional models, friends pose for me for free, you can't beat that! and given the fact that I don't leave the house much, since quitting commercial work I draw more from internet porn and memory these days, I had a really nice live session with a burlesque star back in December, I would love to fill a sketchbook with more stage performers, their bodies are built for line drawing. I used to go to the Art Student's League on 57th street (Manhattan) my friend Barry was an avid fan of the place, he recommended it, it's rather inexpensive and they have good models and great ambience. I have also been known to stop women on the street and ask them to pose for me, risking a slap on the face, surprisingly some have agreed to pose.

At conventions I have a blast, I think I have drawn more live at comics convention than at the Art Student's League, it's a lot of fun and a challenge when it's unrehearsed and spontaneous. I also LOVE drawing in the NYC Subway, although I don't get to do much of that anymore since moving to the suburbs, I named one of my books "Train Doodles" because I was constantly drawing on my way to and from Manhattan.

I own 3 life-size plastic guns, a space gun a generic cowboy pistol and a James Bond type Luger with a mounted scope, the first two are actually water squirts, I also have a quazillion toys and figurines who have guns, rifles and all kinds of futuristic weapons of their own, but I hardly consult those, usually I come up with my own weapons based on the main 3 plastic ones, I'm proud of my "original" guns LOL!

I almost forgot, I purchased a book a couple of years ago Called: The Complete Encyclopedia of Pistols and Revolvers , a great resource which I highly recommend.


Process Junkie said...

possum4all: Please! can't you see I'm a changed man? How old are you?

El Editor: You must have read my mind, she's one of my most favorite faces, very expressive and unique almost evil, those lips!! hmmm.

Here are some of my favorites classic beauties: Diana Dors , Betty Brosner, Hedy Lamarr, Lauren Bacall, Gene Tierny, Dolores del Rio, Real beauties with real faces.

jumpman said...

Thanks for that. In a couple of weeks I'm joining a life drawing class just round the corner from where I work. I've never done one, but I know I'm going to learn a heap. Even if just for the practice.

Went to pick up some back issues of Draw! today and can't seem to get my hands on issue #7. After seeing your take on it again, though, I did pick up #1 of Gun Fu The Lost City. Looking forward to reading it. Very cool art.


Process Junkie said...

I have a copy of DRAW! # 7, not in mint condition but decent, I'll send it to you.

jumpman said...

Hey Alberto,

You're a legend, but let me pay you for it.

I also wanted to ask you about doing a commissioned sketch for me. Is here the right place to do it, or better to send you an email?

Cheers, mate.

Miki said...

alberto eres un maestrazoooo dibujas excelente aki en mexico les decimos chingones eso es lo que tu eres , algun dia dibujare como tu en horabuena maestrazo

Process Junkie said...

Jumpman: Sorry mate, your money is no good here, besides, next year I'll be in your neck of the woods, I'll let you buy me a cold Corona and we'll call it even:)

Unfortunately, I don't do commissions, sorry again:))

Miki: Gracias mil!

jumpman said...

Done! (About the beer, that is). And, pity about the sketch. (But, I understand!)

Shawn Scott Palmer said...

I love your stuff! Very unique style. Thanks for your compliments on my girls ;)