Monday, April 28, 2008

Holocaust Memorial


This image was created for the Holocaust Memorial started by Jillian Curtis. She has asked for stars representing the yellow stars that the Jews had to wear under the Nazi oppression of World War II. They also symbolize the lights that went out due to the Holocaust.

We must never forget these precious lives that were lost. Hopefully these stars will serve as a reminder of the evil that hatred can cause, and that we should never let it flourish in our hearts.

Thank you Jillian for inviting me to participate. This is something I will remember for the rest of my life.

You can obtain more information about the memorial at Jillian's page or at Winona Daily, who recently ran a story about the project.

"Update on the Project" ran a news report on the memorial!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Fairy Sketch

I've seen several artists do this with a video and every time it has amazed me. So I hope you enjoy it... it's not as clear as I would have liked... (and thanks to my brother Alex who let me borrow his camera)

The rough layout took five minutes, and the preliminary drawing took about ten more (these are the stages you see in the video). The finished drawing took a little over an hour to complete and can be seen below.

I had this idea Friday night during a bad storm that was supposed to come Saturday. It seems the poor meteorologist can't get it right until last minute (that's what the cricket is thinking)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Rough Night for the Wife of Dracula

Before diving into a project, I'll often doodle crazy pictures or cartoons to get loose. They also make me laugh and take the edge off of hard work. This one unfortunately did the opposite and turned more into a distraction than anything else.

I'm sorry ladies and gentlemen, but this is about as scary as I draw (subject wise)

Well I take that back... I found some poorly handled head studies I drew from memory when I was sixteen that were pretty scary! (shudder) I quickly buried them deep in my drawer.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Gumbo Pot

A light splash of color for a local festival... I had a lot of fun with this one!

A Quick Note

A quick note I forgot to mention the other day... "The Six Sillies" is from the Andrew Lang Collection... I found this particular version from "The World's Best Fairy Tales" by Readers Digest.

Monday, April 14, 2008

"The Six Sillies"

Here are some sketches I recently made for the old fairy tale "The Six Sillies." The story is about a young man who asks for a lady's hand in marriage only to find that she, her mother, and her father are the three silliest people he has ever seen. He then leaves, saying he will return to marry the girl once he finds three people sillier than they.

I liked the story myself. It's short and unlike many fairy tales, no one gets mauled and eat'n. It's just about a young man and woman and enough silliness for everyone.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Welcoming the Warm Weather

Spring is upon us here in the south and it seems that Summer wants it's turn. The hardest thing on my allergies is the quick change from cold to hot weather.

I hope to have more images on my site soon. Work seems to be coming in faster and faster. I think it's safe to say, the surest way to get work is to start on a project for yourself. Work is jealous and won't share your time.

Friday, April 4, 2008

"Pride and Playground"

This image is the only thing on my web site right now so I wanted to mention something about it. I had the thought to paint the text “Pride and Playground” across the bottom, using the same “ink blotty” edge of the picture and the soft colors of the background but I don’t want to take away from the image or necessarily be too cutesy.

The image was inspired by the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice. The acting is superb as well as the music and sets. The movie was an older production so I guess I was late in seeing it. (Which sounds about right for me)

It definitely has become one of my new favorites.

The First Sketch

Greetings everyone! I would like to thank all family and friends who have been supportive, offering words of encouragement, telling me to keep doing what I love. I’ll follow your advice and do just that, because it seems to be the key to happiness. I’ve loved to draw and create ever since I was a child, and I'm always finding new ways to express myself.

I am now in the process of revamping my portfolio. So hopefully I will be making new postings frequently

My first image is a painting I’m working on now. This will eventually be my home page, with the birds taking you to different pages on the site (each will be marked accordingly)

Hopefully I’ll have it finished this weekend, but I’ll need to really get at it....