December 2015



The Pittsburgh Steelers faced their toughest test coming down the stretch run to the playoffs as the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos paid a visit to the Steel City. The Steeler offense was in top form as Pittsburgh won the game 34-27 after falling behind 27-7 in the first half. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown were spectacular with Big Ben completing 40 of 55 passes for 380 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brown did his usual amazing job with 16 receptions for 189 yards and 2 TD’s.

The Steelers now need to focus on the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns as they battle for a wild card playoff sport in the AFC. From the look of this game, no one is going to want to face Pittsburgh’s prolific offense in the playoffs.

Click on the image for a larger version. Pencil and ink on Strathmore multimedia board. Colors in PS.

CSE-XMas-Show-Band-Photo

CSE played the company’s Christmas party, the complete show can be seen here.

Lineup:

Paul McRae: Guitar and Vocals
Mick Sinha: Guitar
Ed Beingessner: Bass
Corey Ling: Drums
Tanya Ruppell: Vocals
Tom Elliott: Vocals

Setlist:

I Can’t Explain
I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
C’mon Everybody
Christmas, Baby, Please Come Home
Day Tripper
Snoopy’s Christmas
Tweeter and the Customer Support Man


“The Martian”, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon is a blueprint on how to adapt a complex, hard sci-fi novel to the big screen. Retaining the key elements of the book and resisting the urge to make major plot or character modifications (Mark is single in the movie, despite alluding to a different marital status in the trailer), “The Martian” is an entertaining romp through the travails faced by an astronaut stranded on Mars. The deadpan humor of astronaut Mark Watney from the book is translated beautifully to the big screen.

With a tremendous performance by Damon as well as solid supporting work by Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, and Donald Glover, the movie sets a great pace and keeps it up for the duration. Great special effects and sound round out the picture that ranks as one of the most fun to see movies of the year.

Watercolor on Canson watercolor board. Click on the images for a larger version.

Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry concluded his fantastic regular season with a spectacular performance against the Auburn Tigers, leading the Tide into the SEC Championship Game with a 46 carry, 271 yard day. Henry was there early, middle and late as he was the engine that drove the Alabama offence all day. Putting an exclamation point on ‘Bama’s win, Henry carried the ball 18 times in the fourth quarter as he set Alabama records for carries in a single game and yards in a season (1797).

It’s one thing to pile up yards against lesser opponents and in games that don’t matter, but Henry has responded in the biggest games Alabama has played. He should enjoy a trip to New York for the Heisman ceremony and, at this point, he is the favorite to bring home the big doorstop.

Pencil, ink, and watercolor on Strathmore Multimedia board. Click on the images for a larger version.