Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Goofin' On the Ghost Hunters Part 5

This past February, I was contacted by Bruce Tango to draw up some new versions of the caricatures I'd done of the TAPS/'Ghost Hunters' group for gifts to Steve and Dave (Bruce's son) for all their hard work, with the idea to possibly use them as images on t-shirts.
Here's the final version of Steve, Investigator and Tech Expert, drawn in traditional pen and ink, and touched up in Photoshop:
Steve has a deathly phobia of spiders, as fans of the show are well aware, so having one in the picture dangling above him with a flashlight was a blackly comic touch! Ideas provided by Bruce.

Next is the new version of Dave Tango, Steve's partner-in-ghostbust,er,hunting, on 'Ghost Hunters' AND the new 'Ghost Hunters Academy', and like myself, a native New Jersey-an:

I did several preliminary sketches to try out different styles than the originals and to fix some things that I thought could have been done better, but alas, Bruce loved the originals so much that we ended up going with those, with updated coloring and assorted details.
Here's the other sketches I tried out (drawn on tracing paper, which accounts for the 'wrinkly' look):


I really liked this version, especially the more exaggerated face and more dynamic stance. But you never know-I may yet get to use this one for another set of gifts?

I also tried out a more 'angular'/stylized version of Steve:

...and the final sketch which didn't make the cut, of Dave Tango about to kick some ghost a$$ -

Hopefully these will be given a chance to be used at some point- but for now, I just enjoyed the opportunity to draw these guys again and to help out my buddy Bruce. Thanks again Mr.T!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Goofin' on the Ghost Hunters Part 4

I got a chance to participate in the Tourette's fundraiser in Westfield, NJ several months ago for the second time, (post about the first one here) again hosted by Bruce Tango, and this time featuring members of both "Ghost Hunters" and its spinoff "Ghost Hunters International. I presented full color caricatures to Steve, Dave, Dustin, Joe, Bruce, and special guest comedian Kevin Meaney. Unfortunately, I was not able to make it in time to contribute the caricatures for the fundraiser raffle as I did at the previous event, but was able to get some pictures taken with the members of the cast. Met Joe and Dustin for the first time, and they were awesome - funny, gracious, down to earth guys ready to answer any questions the fans had about paranormal investigation and providing lots of anecdotes about the show and 'behind-the-scenes' tidbits. Once again, a wonderful time was had and looking forward to the next TAPS sponsored event. Thanks again to Bruce Tango for making this possible!



Here's some shots I got of the guys posing (and hamming it up) with my wife Jill's awesome chocolate chip cookies - click the link and order some now!


Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Well, hello there again, and welcome back to Caricatoonz! I've been away from the blog for about a month too long, so without further ado, I'll jump right in and share some of what's been going on.  
Here's some grooviness for ya from an Anniversary Party. MORE, MUCH MORE to come!

Got to draw Morris Klein - VP of the Philly Photo Society, of which my wife Jill, is a proud member!