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realist, or…?

Are you a realist? If so, what kind of realist are you?

If not, what’s your angle? I’m interested.


Struggling Realist


realist [ˈrɪəlɪst]


1. a person who is aware of and accepts the physical universe, events, etc., as they are; pragmatist
2. (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms) (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an artist or writer who seeks to represent the familiar or typical in real life rather than an idealized, formalized, or romantic interpretation
3. (Philosophy) Philosophy a person who accepts realism
4. (Philosophy / Logic) (Philosophy) (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms) (modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of realism or realists in the arts, philosophy, etc. a realist school
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003
"I'm in need of a remix" acrylic & ink on paper, 22" x 30" artboy68 2013

“I’m in need of a remix”
acrylic & ink on paper, 22″ x 30″
artboy68 2013

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sketchbook fodder

sketchbook fodder

5 minute goodnight sketch from imagination. Goodnight!

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new painting, different direction

Ok so I lied, this is nothing like what I said I was going to do but hey- I should just keep my mouth shut more often…

The walls before me

‘the walls before me’
acrylic & ink on panel
10″ x 13-1/4″
artboy68 2013

This was really fun for me, a welcome departure from the realism, which I do so wrestle with at times.

edge detail

edge detail

If you like it, let me know!  Thanks,


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new painting: “Porcine Man”

"Porcine Man", acrylic on paper, 18 1/2" x 22"

“Porcine Man”, acrylic on paper, 18 1/2″ x 22″

You may recognize this as a drawing I posted last year;  I’ve also taken the liberty of renaming it. (Hey it’s my picture and I can do whatever I want with it…)  Really though, this was a great way for me to get the brushes out without having to think too much- just what I needed to kick off a new year.

Enjoyed the process, feel free to leave your honest opinion!



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new drawing; ‘Electrolux’

'Electrolux' graphite study

‘Electrolux’ graphite study

Intended to be a quick study for a larger work;  got a little carried away as this is the first drawing I’ve done in a while.  (A wee hiatus).  This year I will be focusing on imagery which combines vintage machines with the human figure.  Click on the image for a closer look.

Thanks for watching,


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portrait #3: “muzzle”

“Muzzle”, 15″ x 15″, black carbon & colored pencil

Portrayed here is my alter-ego; the woodworker- my daytime persona.

I’m thankful for having work, but one day I would really like to hang up the mask and reveal my true identity.



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“Hello, darling”

Number three in the series The Portrait Within is “Hello, darling”. Open for comments.

"Hello, darling", carbon transfer on paper, 16" x 20"




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"Kitty", carbon transfer on paper, 16" x 20"

Juxtaposition is king. Second in the series The Portrait Within/Introspection, this image is open for interpretations and comments.

Do your worst.


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“carbon copy”

"Carbon Copy, (self portrait as my father)", carbon transfer on paper, image size 15 1/4" x 20 1/4"

The first in a series I’m calling ‘The Portrait Within’, “Carbon Copy, (self portrait as my father)”,  is the beginning of an intimate commentary on the person inside- the one we keep in the closet for introspection on rainy days.

The outward appearance only tells part of the story. I believe that as human beings we are the only animals inherently complex enough to invent ourselves on a daily basis to appear to others how we wish to be perceived. What follows here will be an exercise in peeling back the layers of the onion, revealing my interpretation of the unseen; the hidden parts.

Some may be pretty, some not so. Feel free to leave a comment.


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thirty seven (antonio occulto, super-villain)

Antonio Occulto, pencil, 2 3/8" x 3 1/8"

Watch out, Richard Ess*… Antonio Occulto has recently escaped from maximum security, and havoc lies ahead…
OK, I’m sure Antonio is a nice guy but I couldn’t resist putting that one out there. I told Antonio he was my next super-dude, so I’ve gone outside of my little box a bit and drawn him as a comic book illustration. All the same, just a bit different in the finish.
You can see Antonio’s painting of me here, or check out his very cool and unique paintings (as well as other things, including a very cool collection of typewriters) on his blog, http://occultoantonio.wordpress.com/ .
This is portrait 37 of 100. Go here to see previous portraits, or learn more about this project. To enter to win the 100th portrait (acrylic painting) go here.
I’ve included some process photos for fun:

sketching basic shape & proportions

placing features, outlines...

working out shadows, finalizing features & clothing

filling in shadows, final contrast adjustments


*Richard Ess, Hero or Villain? Taking Votes

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