Saturday, November 15, 2014

CreationWise 20th Anniversary Giveaway #1 Results


The first giveaway is closed and the results are in!

There were a total of 34 entries. Thanks to all who participated.

The winners were chosen by using this random number generator.
 

And the winners of an autographed A is for Adam book plus development sketches are:

#2 - Kathy S

#19 - Christy W

#30 - Shannon H

Congratulations! The winners will be contacted by email.

Thanks again to all who participated!


There are three more giveaways to enter this month! Hope you win!

Join the CreationWise 20th Anniversary celebration HERE!


Saturday, November 08, 2014

CreationWise 20th Anniversary Giveaway #1

This contest has expired. See results here:


This is the 1st giveaway for the CreationWise 20th anniversary celebration and it involves some of my artwork! There will be a new giveaway each of the remaining Saturdays in the month of November 2014.

Disclaimer!
This giveaway is NOT affiliated with Facebook or Blogger in ANY way! In the video I mistakenly state the contest is on Facebook.  The 20th Anniversary Celebration is on Facebook. The giveaway is not! It is only here on my blog.

How to enter
You need to do 4 simple things:

1. Watch this 1.5 minute video and listen for the year that I sent Ken Ham a special batch of artwork in the mail. Write that down! BONUS INFO: That year is also shared in the blog posting referred to in step 2.

2. Google the words, " Lietha cover blog secret hidden Adam". It's important to get the spelling right! The top search result will contain a big secret about the original version of the book A is for Adam. Read the info in my blog about the secret and write that down!

3. What is the name of your favorite cartoonist NOT named Lietha?

4. Email me at danltoons@yahoo.com and tell me the correct answers to steps one and two as well as your answer to step three!

You will be entered in the giveaway! There will only be 3 winners.

Contest ends next Saturday, November 15, 2014 at  9:00 AM EST.

Winners will be chosen at random.

I will announce the winners on my blog as well as contacting the winners by email.
The prizes will be shipped out the following week.



Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Report: One Year of 50 Push-ups Every Day

On March 30, 2013 I began a year long task of 50 push-ups each day. I actually added an extra day to my year as I ended the daily push-ups on March 30, 2014. 

I did not begin able to do 50 in a single set and as I recall, I started by doing one set of 30 and then a second set of 20. It took me about two to three weeks to work up to 50 in one set. Then after that I started adding more to the minimum of 50. As you can see, I made it up to 80 a day before my shoulders started telling me to back off and return to 50 a day.  Actually I think I did 85 a day for a little bit. I know one day I did 100 (in one set) and set a personal record. Toward the end of my year of push-ups, my wrists started to hurt, so I had to change form and to do my push-ups on my fists to prevent my wrists from bending during the exercise. This was surprisingly difficult.

In this video my form is not perfect, however my chest touches the floor each time I go down. My extension on the way up could be better, but like I said, doing this on my fists added a challenge for me. Give the video a watch if you want to see an O-L-D man doing push-ups. It was rewarding to, in a sense, cross the finish line. 

My total push-ups for the year was between 20,305 and 20,500. I should have kept better records but these numbers are pretty close.

I do have to qualify my "50 a day" by saying that I missed doing my daily push-ups on around 15 days. Most of those days were lapses of memory and a few were for medical reasons. However, each missed day was accounted for a made up on the following day. I did more than enough push-ups for the entire year!

I hope this information encourages somebody out there to try something a little different. The benefits for me were the added muscle and strength for such a small investment of time and effort. I will now modify my exercise routine to include a variety of lifts and moves for a better all-around fitness and at least a two day rest of the muscle groups before working them out again. The year of daily push-ups was a nice discipline to build upon.

Push-ups numbers through the year:


March 30 - April 15 ……………….... 50 push-ups x 17 days = 850 push-ups
April 15 - April 30 …………….…….. 55 push-ups  x 15 days = 825 push-ups
May 1 - 15 ………………………...…..60 push-ups x 15 days = 900 push-ups
May 16 - 31 …………………..……… 65 push-ups x 15 days = 975 push-ups
June 30 days ………………………... 70 push-ups x 30 days = 2100 push-ups
July 31 days …………………….……75 push-ups  x 31 days = 2325 push-ups
Aug 2 - 12 ………………………...….. 80 push-ups  x 11 days = 880 push-ups

Shoulder started hurting. Backed off to 50 a day for the rest of the year.  

Aug 13 - 31 …….…... 18 days
Sept ……………….… 30 days
Oct  ………………….. 31 days
Nov ……………….…. 30 days
Dec  ……………….…. 31 days
Jan …………………… 31 days
Feb …………………… 28 days
Mar  …………………… 30 days

50 push-ups  x 229 days = 11,450 push-ups
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TOTAL 20,305 Push-ups


Monday, March 31, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Thirty: Ken Ham

This month of caricatures ends with a famous face that I know pretty well. He's my boss, Ken Ham. I've drawn for him for over 19 years. He's had quite a major impact in my life. Thanks Ken!  I hope I've helped you a little too. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Twenty-nine: Mark Lietha

Today's featured face is NOT Dr. Phil! In fact this face is not of a famous person, at least not according to most people. It's my baby brother Mark Lietha. Now I know the rules for my caricatures this month was that they are to be of FAMOUS people. Well, that's true, but today is my birthday and I chose to feature my brother. Not good enough for you? OK, it's my 50th birthday! Ah yes, I thought that might do it. 

I would like you to consider making my brother "famous" in a special way. I'd like you to think of him often and pray for him. A few weeks ago he was diagnosed with throat cancer and he is now undergoing chemo and radiation. As you can imagine it is not a pleasant process. The good news is that the doctors have given him a promising outcome and that is encouraging. 

Doctors and medical technology are a blessing, however, our hope ultimately is in the God of the Gospel. He is in control, and each thing that comes into our lives is in His hand.


Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10
And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Twenty-eight: George Younce


I've always liked to listen to singing with excellent harmony and quartets were always a great source of such harmony. By the early 1980's I was already a fan of the Oak Ridge Boys, The Statler Brothers and others. But it was George Younce that caught my ear and brought me over to become a fan of the Cathedral Quartet. That man had a DEEP bass voice and he was an excellent singer. I had the privilege of seeing the Cathdrals live in concert three times. They were a treat to see preform. George Younce and Glen Payne were quite a team and had a long history together. They sang together for a total of about 43 years. It was sad to eventually see the Cathedrals retire in late 1999 and then shortly thereafter lose Glen Payne to cancer. George continued to sing without his best friend and then we lost George

On April 11, 2005. He and Glenn are singing together again!

I miss those guys and am so very grateful for the many audio and video recordings they left behind. What a wonderful legacy we can all still enjoy. Praise the Lord!

Here are a few must-see clips featuring George Younce and the Cathedrals:

Should You Go First/Beyond the Sunset

Hymn Medly

Suppertime 

Mansion Over The Hilltop

Champion of Love

Boundless Love


Can He, Could He, Would He

Master Builder

George Younce Funny Moments

More Funny Cathedrals Moments









Friday, March 28, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Twenty-seven: Michael Card

For 27 days of this month I've drawn faces that have been important to me for mostly shallow fun and entertainment reasons with only a couple exceptions. Todays caricature subject has provided me with very meaningful and worthwhile musical entertainment, worship, and Bible study. Michael Card is a singer, song writer and musician and is probably my favorite Christian music artist of all. His songs are loaded with theology, scripture and biblical teaching. I really enjoy the sound of his music, most of which he writes himself. One can listen to his CDs and study the Bible at the same time! How many Christian artists can you say that about?

I've seen Michael Card in concert at least 4 times and saw him once in Nashville signing books at a Christian book convention. Unfortunately I didn't get to meet him but just gawked from a distance. I really would love to meet him someday to tell him what a difference his ministry of music has made in my life. 

Here's a VERY small sampling of my favorite Michael Card songs:

God's Own Fool

Love Cricified Arose

The Way of Wisdom

Things We Leave Behind

Why

El Shaddai

Poem of Your Life

Know You in the Now/Could It Be









Thursday, March 27, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Twenty-six: Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones

"Snakes, why'd it have to be snakes?" My favorite Indiana Jones line from all of his movies.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Twenty-five: Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa

Rocky was such an inspiration for athletic focus back in my younger days. I'd watch one of the movies and/or listen to some of the music to set my mind on the race ahead of me. I used to be a runner. The Rocky theme and Eye of the Tiger really got my heart pumping!

Even today, from time to time I'll play one of the Rocky movies (except for number 5) while I draw and it provides a focus for producing artwork too. However, I do have to control myself when the Rocky theme comes on and force myself to stay seated and not jog around the room boxing the air. But other than that, it's not the distraction you'd think it would be! I mostly just listen to the movie when I draw anyway.

I haven't seen one of the Rocky movies for a while. It may be time to watch one again! Yo Rocky!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Twenty-four: Brent Spiner as Lieutenant Commander Data

Since I drew Spock for the first week of this 30 caricature month, it's only right and fair that I also draw the Spock-ish character from Star Trek the Next Generation. Data was very entertaining and I enjoyed this Star Trek series very much. Something seems a little off in this caricature though. I can't seem to put my finger on it though. Maybe you can find it.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Twenty-three: Christopher Reeve as Superman

When I was a kid, Christopher Reeve didn't just play Superman in a movie. Christopher Reeve was Superman! I don't think any actor has become so identified with the look of a comic book superhero than he has. And I don't think any actor to play Superman will ever have the iconic look that Mr. Reeve had.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Twenty-two: Amy Grant

Amy Grant was the first Contemporary Christian Music star to catch my attention in a big way. Many other CCM artists have followed and surpassed her since then, but she was the trailblazer in that field for me.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Twenty-one: Cris Carter

I grew up in the house of a Minnesota Vikings fan, but it wasn't until I saw Cris Carter play for the Vikes that I became a diehard fan. Now he's in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Way to go Cris!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Twenty: Olivia Newton-John

If pretty girls are hard to draw, then Olivia Newton-John is the most difficult one in the world to draw! I drew this caricature at least ten times! Perfect faces are very difficult to caricature. There's not much to work with. They're perfect!

Here are a few of my favorite ONJ songs. Enjoy!

Hopelessly Devoted To You

Let Me Be There
Yes, I may possibly on occasion sing along with the bass part when nobody is around.

Don't Stop Believin'

Please Mr. Please


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Nineteen: Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys

Richard Sterban is the bass singer of The Oak Ridge Boys. And if you think you don't know who this is, you really do because they sang the song Elvira and Richard did the " Oom Poppa Oom Poppa Mow Mow" part that became so famous with that song.

I love male quartet music, especially with a great bass singer that can sing in the basement , and Richard Sterban started that appreciation for me. 

Here are a few favorites for you to enjoy:

Amazing Grace

Bobbie Sue 

So Fine

Hallelujah Chorus

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Eighteen: Agnetha Fältskog from ABBA

The 1970's provided most of the music that I remember from my youth and the Swedish group ABBA was a favorite from that time. The name of the group was comprised of the first initial of each of the four ABBA members. One of those A's belongs to Agnetha  Fältskog, the beautiful blonde soprano and my favorite member of the group.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Seventeen: Barry Manilow

Back in my younger days one of my favorite singers was Barry Manilow. Yes, I admit I like sappy, sad love songs and I would listen to a lot of them. Over the years my musical diet has grown to include much more positive music and while I still listen to a sad love song every now and there, I no longer have a steady diet of them. 

From time to time I hear people define the art of caricature as making a person's nose big. That definition is not quite accurate in a number of ways. For instance if a person has a small nose, it wouldn't work to capture their likeness by giving them a big nose. And even if a person does have a big nose, the caricature artist isn't the one that made it that way in the first place!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Sixteen: Lou Ferrigno as the Incredible Hulk

"Mr. McGee, don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry!" Actually, I like him very much when he's angry!

I've drawn Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk many times in the early days of my art education. The big green guy was just fun to draw.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Fifteen: Bill Bixby as Dr. David Banner



"Dr. David Banner, Physician/Scientist, searching for a way to tap into the hidden strengths that all humans have. Then an accidental overdose of gamma radiation alters his body chemistry. And now, when David Banner grows angry or outraged, a startling metamorphosis occurs …"


Those words were the intro to my favorite TV show in the late 1970's and early 1980's, The Incredible Hulk. Bill Bixby played the part of Dr. David Banner so very well. The ladies all loved him, he was so kind and helpful, even to the point of great sacrifice. However, as likable as he was, I waited for him to get beat up by somebody so I could see those fantastic white contact lenses! The Hulk was on his way!


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Fourteen: Lou Ferrigno

Lou Ferrigno was the Incredible Hulk. What more do I need to say? As a kid in Jr high at the time the show debuted, the Hulk was the coolest thing on TV, and I never missed it.  I'm not sure how long after I first saw the show that I saw Lou without all his green make up and other Hulk appliances, but I've always thought he was a cool guy. 


In the early 90's I actually got to meet Lou Ferrigno. I was a little kid all over again. I mean, look at me. I'm so little and he's so HUGE!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Marcia


Today I'm taking a break from drawing a famous face from MY list and drawing one from somebody else's list. Hmmmmmm. Who's list do you think it could be? And do you know who this famous face is?

Happy Birthday to my lovely wife Marcia!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Thirteen: Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson captured my attention in the mid 1970's. The story of Joni (sounds like Johnny) breaking her neck in a diving accident in 1967 is tragic, but very inspiring. The moment her neck broke she lost so many things in life, including the use of her legs and arms.  But she gained so much more in the way of becoming an instrument in her Creator's hands to share the love of God to a broken and hurting world.

Here is a small sampling of what God has done in and through the life of Joni Eareckson Tada:

In 1979, Joni starred in the movie Joni about her life. 

You can learn more here about her disability since the movie.

She has also become a:


Here is a short art interview with her husband Ken Tada.



She is the founder and leader of a ministry called Joni and Friends.
They minister with a special focus on those with disabilities.

She has a radio program.

And Joni is a singer too. A song she sang for a recent movie and was nominated for an Academy award for best song … almost. The nomination was taken away from her because … ? Listen to Joni talk about it here.

And if all that isn't enough, Joni is also a breast cancer survivor.

Why the clouds and butterfly in the picture? I recall Joni many years ago speaking about being discouraged and praying for some encouragement from God. Then after her prayer she'd see a butterfly flit by. She took that little encounter with a butterfly as a gift from God and ever since then she uses the sighting of a butterfly as a reminder to set her thoughts on things above and not on her circumstances. She said she'd be in the most out of the way places and there would be a butterfly to help remind her to look up and not at herself. 

Joni has surely risen above her circumstances through the grace of her Heavenly Father and she looks forward to the day when she will stand before Him in His presence. 

Colossians 3:1-4
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Twelve: King Kong

Out of all the famous faces I've drawn so far this month, none has had more influence on my love for drawing than the classic monster, King Kong. I was fascinated with gorillas as a young artist and I owned a few King Kong books with lots of cool photos that inspired many drawings. The version of Kong that I liked the best was from the original 1933 King Kong movie. That Kong didn't look like a real gorilla and had it's own unique look

Here's to you Kong. Thanks for your inspiration!

One of the Kong books that inspired me as a young artist.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Eleven: Sandra Bullock

My two previous March caricatures had bionics in common. So, is there any purpose and meaning in placing Sandra Bullock after Lee Majors and Lindsay Wagner? Yes! In a 1989 TV special called "The Bionic Showdown", Sandra was the new bionic girl, and I've been a fan of her's ever since.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Ten: Lindsay Wagner as Jamie Sommers

The Bionic Woman was another must watch TV show for me during the late 70's. Jamie Sommers was not only bionic, but she was also beautiful. I loved her facial expressiveness, voice inflections, reactions and mannerisms. She captured a young boy's heart all those years ago.

Admittedly, this is more of a portrait than a caricature, but I hope it reminds those who see it of the Bionic Woman TV show and brings back a few memories as it does for me.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Nine: Lee Majors as Steve Austin

The Six Million Dollar Man was a "drop everything and watch" type of show for me during the mid 70's. The sound of the intro alone was enough to cause me to sprint to the TV from whatever room I was in.  Some of the special effects are considered corny today, but this was ground-breaking stuff back then. I spent many an afternoon imitating the bionic sound while running around the house or the yard in slow motion. And even today I may still pretend to be bionic when nobody is looking, but I'll never tell!

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Eight: Ted Cassidy as Lurch

Ted Cassidy is an iconic actor that has had many eye and ear-catching roles on TV and in the movies. He's most famous for playing Lurch on the Addam's Family TV series which first aired in 1964. Do you notice a theme with a lot of the TV shows and characters in this March countdown to my 50th birthday? 

Ted Cassidy is another rare combination of height, voice, facial structure  and sense of humor that made him perfect to play Lurch. His "YOU RANG?"  is a sound clip legend. 

Ted Cassidy also played a very important unseen part in one of my favorite TV series The Incredible Hulk. He did the voiceover for the intro to the show, plus he also provided the roars and growls of the Hulk himself. The Hulk's voice in the last couple seasons of the show were voiced by another actor after Cassidy died from complications following open-heart surgery in 1979. 

Ted Cassidy had one of the coolest voices on the planet in my opinion. 

Here are a few classic Ted Cassidy clips. Enjoy!

Lurch

Lurch had his own song and dance!

Lurch on the Batman TV show



Other

Friday, March 07, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Seven: Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster

Another iconic TV character to be seen for the first time in 1964 was Herman Munster. Fred Gwynne, the actor that played Herman had a unique combination of height, humor, voice quality and a facial structure that was perfect for a wacky, Frankenstein-parody character. Other actors have since tried to play the part of Herman Munster, but none has come even close to pulling it off as Fred Gwynne did.

Aside from the year 1964 being the year Herman Munster was "born", Fred Gwynne and I have another thing in common; humorous illustration! Fred Gwynn was also an illustrator. In fact he picked up his art interest and talent from his mother who was a cartoonist!

Last year I picked up these three books,  written and illustrated by Fred. Very funny and well drawn too. 

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Six: Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock

I never actually got to see much Star Trek as a young boy, but I do remember the first time I saw it. I was probably 8-10 years old and my family and I were visiting relatives in the Detroit, Michigan area.  The big city downstate had a bunch of TV stations compared to the sticks where I'm from! I looked forward to the adventure of simply watching TV there because of all the shows I'd get to see that were new to me. One show had a weird pointy-eared man with funny eyebrows and he was on a really cool space ship. I'll never forget it. I'd never seen anything like it! I didn't know what the show was, but I wanted to see more. And over the years I have seen a lot more! 

Who knew how much more there would be to see? Star Trek has become quite a franchise. Talk about "live long and prosper"! Thanks for the memories Mr. Spock and the many crews of the Starship Enterprise! 

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Five: Karen Carpenter

When I was young
I'd listen to the radio
Waitin' for my favorite songs 

When they played I'd sing along
It made me smile.

Karen Carpenter was the singer of those songs. 
Her's was the first female singing voice I ever fell in love with. My heart broke when she died on February 4, 1983. I miss her rich, perfect, silky smooth alto voice to this day. 


As another favorite singer of mine sings, "let the memories live again."

Yesterday Once More


Rainy Days and Mondays

Only Yesterday

Please Mr. Postman


Sing


Top of the World

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Four: Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby was the first comedian to really grab my attention in a big way. His mastery at telling very funny stories was captivating and fascinating, and still is. As a kid I'd play his tapes and albums over and over again until I had them memorized. Today I listened to some classic Cosby on Spotify and a lot of the words that I fused into my brain as a youth are still there. Thanks Mr. Cosby for inspiring humor in me at a very early age!


Another link between Bill Cosby and this countdown to my 50th birthday is that in 1964 Bill Cosby released his second comedy album titled, "I Started Out as a Child." It's a very fitting title for me because I started out as a child in 1964 too.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Three: Bob Denver as Gilligan

For a big part of my childhood, my family watched TV on only three channels:  3 - NBC, 6 - CBS and 13 - PBS. Hard to believe in this day of hundreds of TV channels. How did we ever survive with so little to watch on TV? There were however, periods of time when I was able to watch cable channels either at my house (we'd get cable for a while and then get rid of it) or at a friend's house. Those times were real treats of TV viewing variety. One show I was sort of crazy about was Gilligan's Island. 

During those times when we did have cable TV at our house, I'd record episodes of Gilligan's Island to audio cassette and then listen to them over and over and over again until I had them memorized word for word. 

I recently watched a few of those episodes and while I don't have all the words on the tip of my tongue like I used to, I still know a lot of the words. The weird thing is watching the episodes as well as listing to them. When you only hear them over and over again, the action captured by the camera is forgotten.

Gilligan's Island has another connection to my March blog this year. I am doing these daily caricatures as a kind of countdown to my 50th birthday. I was born in 1964 and Gilligan's Island also made it's debut that same year. Happy 50th to the show! It's sad that only Mary Ann (Dawn Wells) and Ginger (Tina Louise) are still with us. 

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number Two: Charles Schulz

In the early years of my art interests, Charles Schulz wasn't just a cartoonist. He was THE cartoonist. Everything I learned about how a cartoonist produced his cartoons came through this great cartoonist.

I wanted to draw like him so at first I traced Peanuts drawings to impress my friends, later admitting I had traced them. Then after I admitted to tracing my drawings I learned the friend I was trying to impress was tracing his drawings as well! Silly competitive kids. 

Snoopy was a favorite of mine and drew him quite often. Even though the Peanuts characters were simply designed by Charles Schulz, I found them pretty difficult to get just right. The heart of the problem for me were those noses. Most of the Peanuts characters had the same nose, and if I didn't match the exact curve Schulz used for the noses, my drawings looked wrong.

An aspect of Peanuts that continues to impress me is the use of scripture and elements of theology in the strip. I can think of no other comic strip that has been used more as a source of sermon illustrations.

Biographical publications on Charles Schulz
Over the years I've collected lots of books of his comic strip Peanuts and about his life. I've read every biography on Charles Schulz that I know is in print. When he passed away on February 12, 2000, my dream of meeting the man in person died as well. A possible opportunity to meet him came in the mid 90's when he visited the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota area for what would turn out to be his last time. It never panned out and thinking about it makes me a little sad to this day.



One amazing and very fitting fact about Charles Schulz for this blog is that he drew the Peanuts comic strip for about as long as I've been alive, almost 50 years. Amazing. Charles Schulz was a legend as a cartoonist and he has influenced my life. Thank you Mr. Schulz.
I have piles of Peanuts comic strip books.
These are a few unique collections of his
comic strips and other drawings.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Marching Thru 30 Famous Faces - Number One: George Washington

It's that month again! For 30 of the 31 days this March I will draw and post a caricature of a famous face that has meant something to me over the last 50 years. Now to be clear, these faces don't necessarily hold the same importance to me that they once did and there are lots of not-so-famous faces that have had and have much greater meaning to me than any of these ever will. But what fun is it for me to draw faces that you wouldn't recognize? So, check out my blog this March for a famous face each day … except for one.

Today's famous face is George Washington from a U.S. 25 cent coin. Why George? Because in art class in 7th grade I drew his caricature and I got it! It clicked! Using just a quarter as my reference I drew a caricature that I really liked. It captured the face of George Washington in a funny way and my teacher and classmates liked it. I'd drawn other people's faces before, but something special happened with this one. And I've been drawing caricatures ever since, looking for that special feeling of capturing a humorous likeness and loving it.

 Here's to you George! Thanks for the memories and the beginning of a very rewarding caricature drawing career. I've drawn this George Washington caricature trying to recall a little bit of how I drew it back then. I believe I still have that first George Washington caricature buried in a box somewhere in all my papers. I'll post it someday, if I ever do find it.