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Downton Abbey – cartoon versions!

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Here is a shot of the cast sketches I have done so far in my Downton Abbey series – Carson, Mrs. Patmore, Cora & Robert Crawley, Dowager & Moseley!

For larger versions of the individual sketches, click here:
https://staceychomiak.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/downton-abbey-sketches-part-1/

Stay tuned for more!

Downton Abbey sketches – Part 1

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WHO doesn’t LOVE “Downton Abbey“??? Oh my word we discovered it after season 1 had aired in the UK, and once we got our hands on it over here in Canada, we fell in love with the characters immediately.

We just finished watching season 4, and I decided to do something that is long overdue – draw the characters! So far I have done three of the cast members – see below. Also scroll to the bottom to see who tweeted at me after my first sketch!

Carson [Jim Carter]

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Mrs. Patmore [Lesley Nicol]

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The Dowager Countess [played of course by Dame Maggie Smith]

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The actress, Lesley Nicol, who plays Mrs. Patmore on “Downton” tweeted at me after I released the first sketch – as a HUGE fan of the show, that was a SUPER exciting moment!

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Robert (Hugh Bonneville) & Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern)

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Moseley – just gotta love him! (Kevin Doyle)

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Now to tackle the rest of the cast… stay tuned!

Caricatures for comedian Lianna Carrera

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Since the Christmas break, immediately followed by the GCN Conference in Chicago [stay tuned for postings on that!] things have just been a-movin’ and a-shakin’ – so I am a bit behind on posting about my latest projects!

I was commissioned by friend and funnylady Lianna Carrera to come up with some fun sketches of her for use on her shiny new website. Her site is up and a-runnin’ – check it out here!

She also indicated that she liked the style of [line master] Al Hirschfeld – ME TOO!! But, as an artist, that is a flipping TALL ORDER. I poured over a couple books I have of his illustrations, and tried my best to soak up his genius in hopes it would transfer over in even 2%!

Here are the final illustrations we came up with! ‘Twas a fun project, indeedy!

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Christmas Commissions

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This year I was able to do a few commissions for people as Christmas gifts [see previous post]…. this is something I as an artist take super seriously, and just love the opportunity to create these special gifts for people!

The first one was for a friend from the studio. She was flying home to the East coast for Christmas, and wanted to give her mom a “cartoon” portrait of her, her brother and her parents. They were a very fun bunch to draw, and apparently when her mom opened it, she said “Oh my soul!”. That makes me SO happy.

Brush pen and Prismacolor pencil crayons on Moleskin sketchbook.

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The second one was super special. A friend had lost her dad a few months ago to cancer, and her daughter had really fond memories of him carrying her on his shoulders. So for Christmas she wanted Santa to give her daughter a drawing of her and “Papa” together. I ended up doing two versions of the drawing, which I almost never do. The first one I did was a bit more cartoony, and the second one was a bit more realistic. I felt like it was such a huge honor to capture this moment, I just wanted to make sure I got it right. 🙂

Brush pen on Moleskin sketchbook. This is the first version – the second is the one her daughter is staring at in the frame.  🙂

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Showing the process of digital painting – ish.

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One of the commissions I had to do for someone as a Christmas gift this year, has been given, so I am free to post about it! 🙂 This one was interesting – well they all are, as every illustration has everyone’s own sentimental and individual expectations and emotions attached to it.

But this one had a lot of elements! A couple had just got engaged…. on a basketball court. The person who commissioned me to illustrate this for them, also wanted me to incorporate Mexico, where they fell in love; dogsledding – a passion of theirs, and their local SPCA – where they volunteer.

It was also to be full colour. I decided to do this digitally, as things are easier to manipulate, especially with all those elements. Here is a step-by-step snapshot of my process…. the bottom is the final one! I am happy to say they are happy with it and that’s all that matters in the end. 🙂

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A Mo’- Success!

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This was the first year I decided to jump into the Movember ring and try to raise some money for men’s cancer. Tams and I have men in our life who have been affected by this… and let’s face it, we all know or love someone who has been touched by this. Let’s do what we can to support one another! Some amazing people donated, and we managed to raise almost $400 throughout my month of sketching! It was definitely an exercise in major time-management, but I was so thankful for the opportunity to stretch myself and try some different styles.

My beautiful wife made a contribution, and asked me to draw Santa for Day 30 – so below is a digital painting of what we came up with. We had also just watched the Christmas classic “One Magic Christmas” – so the ending scene had some influence on it as well.

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Below is the month in sketches! Thanks again everyone!

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