Friday, August 31, 2012

Pope's Nose

zdepski's illustration of the Pope's Nose

The Pope's Nose

My great aunt, Tante Emma insisted on eating the tail of the bird, no matter the occasion. She always claimed the "Pope's Nose" as her special prize... even after eating half of the turkey on her own. Really...

Pencil and Digital - click the picture to enlarge.

Friday, August 17, 2012


Zdepski's illustration - Cow Plus Boy Equals Cowboy

Cow Plus Boy Equals Cowboy

Teaching in its basic form; pictures. I used to love the books my older siblings had back in the 1950s and 60s where a small illustration would be inline with the text of the story. Such as: "the "illustration of dog" ran after the "illustration of fire truck". They were classic mid-century illustration technique with a wonderful "Dick and Jane" primer sensibility.

This same love has brought about a couple of illustrations I did called "Mathematics". Here's one of them, which currently hangs in the downtown bricked walking mall in Winchester Virgina, directly outside of the Discovery Museum... A choice spot!

Zdepski's illustration - Cow Plus Boy Equals Cowboy on the Winchester Va Walking Mall

I love the cow, in particular.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Town Council

zdepski's sketch of a local town council meeting

Town Council

I attended my local town council meeting on Tuesday to speak in favor of a proposed "Arts and Tourism" district. Like many small towns, we see much of our old downtown businesses struggling to survive, and new businesses unwilling to risk their lot in a ghost town. The proposed ordinance would aid start-ups with their water bill, and garbage, but not a huge incentive. ANYTHING to encourage an entrepreneur to take a chance on Main Street would be more than they're currently doing.

This sketch was done while listening to discussions about a smoking ban, street revitalization and the new district.

I don't know all of the council members, so I won't mislabel them here. The beards were well represented, from Full to Amish. My new attempt at handlebar mustache and devil beard rounded out the facial hair spectrum.

pencil in my strathmore sketchbook - tinted in photoshop. click to enlarge.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Blue Fish

Blue Fish watercolor by Paul Zdepski

Blue Fish

This is a watercolor study I did last month while in Ocean City, NJ. The idea was to get back into painting with wet media, which is my 12 pan Lucas watercolor travel set in my Moleskine watercolor sketchbook. The experiment is very graphic, if not unrealistic, but the focus was on the media and its manipulation. I tried wet on wet, dry brush into wet, wet into damp fields, and high saturation color into washes. I spent a few hours just pecking at the painting with a tiny 00 gauge brush. Lots of time, but lots of fun. I like the results, and hope to explore this same theme with other subjects.

click to enlarge the image.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Sea Life

zdepski's watercolor illustration of a Puffer fish.

Puffer - The ultimate indignity - Googlie-Eyes and a wicker hat.

I've heard of folks hitting these poor fish like a ball with a stick. They only bounce once... poor bastards.

zdepski's watercolor illustration of a mermaid

Mermaid - My take on a mermaid.

Both pieces are Lukas watercolor in my Moleskine sketchbook. Click to enlarge the images.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Darren Auck - Scaricatures!

Darren Auck Scaricatures 2

HEY ZOMBIES! My pal, Darren Auck is starting a new venture called "Scaricatures™". It's a great idea, and think you could use some creepiness applied to your next portrait, too! Darren is the guy to do it. He's been an artist for Marvel and DC Comics on such titles as the Avengers, Conan, and my favorite: Ren & Stimpy

Each portrait is hand drawn, 8x10 and color as low as $25 US... that's right, less than a photo portrait from your High School!

Contact Darren at (908) 894-9724 for a short chat and scheduling. He's ready to turn your best girl in to your Best Ghoul!

Darren Auck Scaricatures 2