In 2005 Ann and I moved to New Orleans and wound up buying a house in Algiers Point, 420 Alix St. to be exact. I especially loved the “420” part from the start. Good thing because, little did we know, Hurricane Katrina hit four months after we got there, but that’s another story. A few weeks before Ann and Jaxin showed up in late April, I had already moved in and started getting as much ready around the house as possible for their arrival. On my second night there, I strolled down to the Old Point Bar just a few blocks away. There was live music, so I found a place at the bar and ordered a beer. I can’t remember the name of the band, but I loved their sound. I sat there sipping my beer and listening to the music, and all of a sudden, the guy sitting next to me – at the bar – started playing his trumpet. Yes, he started playing his trumpet from his seat at the bar right next to me! I remember thinking, “live fucking music!”
That man’s name was Jack Fine. Look him up! He’s a legend. I’m not the one to tell you who he is or who he was. I just know he’s been all over. We talked during a break, and every time I’d see him after that, on a regular basis here and there, we’d greet each other and continue the same conversation. I got to meet the man before the legend.
I was thinking about Jack Fine earlier today, so I searched Google for a photo so I could sped some time with him, drawing him from a reference photo from this source. Ladies and gentlemen, Jack Fine:
If you know or knew Jack Fine or of you’re familiar with his music/life, please use the comment section to share your two cents. Thank you.
Technical; I drew the image free hand using the photo at the embedded link above on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Sketch Club app along with a tweak or two in a cool iPad app called iColorama.
I needed a “yinz” refrigerator magnet to go with our “jagoff” magnet. The display at the Pittsburgh International Airport sports and sociolinguistics paraphernalia shop was attractive. This digital painting took 2 hours and 25 minutes, and I used the Sketch Club app, my iPad Pro, and Apple Pencil to execute 3,040 brush strokes followed by a tweak or two in iColorama.
Quick sketch of Chicago’s own Katie Kadan, 2019 finalist on The Voice, see her bio here.
[Sketch Club stats: 1,081 brush strokes, 2 layers, 19 undos, Time: 34 minutes; Brush: 433; Sketchy: 265; and Smudge: 383]
Katie Kadan, 2019 finalist, The Voice
Photo Reference for freehand rendition on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil:
At our recent annual retreat the Board of Directors, executive leadership, management, staff, interns, volunteers, and special guests selected N as the letter that best epitomizes our mission-driven 2019 portfoliolongo.com efforts. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays and, if applicable, Merry Christmas.
On our flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to Fresno I asked Mr. Foote, who will turn 90 soon, if I could draw him, and he said, sure. While I sketched, he told me stories. I learned a lot! I found out he’s an author, an illustrator, and a retired educator. Check him out on Amazon by clicking here. What a blessing, especially after a such a blessed reunion with my sister and brother and their loved ones!
Earlier today I heard Terry Gross on Fresh Air interview Christopher Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower and author of Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America; click here to listen to that interview, access the transcript, and purchase the book if you’re so inclined. Wylie outlines how in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election in the United States Cambridge Analytica, Steve Bannon, teams of well-financed social scientists, and some sophisticated Facebook algorithms targeted and harnessed the residual power of an interesting demographic, i.e., straight white men who felt humiliated and emasculated by marginalizing forces well beyond their control. They were manipulated and promised a return to an imaginary golden era that fortunately never existed. I’m considering getting the book. The title says it all! The interview prompted this: