Monday, November 28, 2011

Bye Bye Unkle Ken

Ken Russell just passed away at 84. One of my personal favorite directors -I had just finished watching a number of his early films that he directed for the BBC. He re-imagined the Hollywood biopic. Nobody else depicted the triumphs and failures of the creative artist, with the rhapsodic splendor, squalidness and sadness quite the way he did. And he was often very funny.
Here's a 2009 drawing from my ballpoint notebook .


  1. RIP Mr. Russell.
    Damn Dude. That's an incredible pen sketch. One day I hope to have the cajones to try a ball point portrait.

  2. Thanks a lot Sam!
    Ballpoint takes a little getting used to, but don't let it intimidate you. It's actually a lot more forgiving than you'd think. If you go steady with it for 4 to 6 months, you'll have your own thing going on with it before you know it, and you'll have found ways to fix things that get screwed up, which I think is where most of the fear comes in. Just be sure to work on some good paper. The paper of this notebook is a nightmare!!