Sunday, November 14, 2010

Disgruntled Fairy

Here's a sketch from lunch the other day.

I just finished a big painting commission that's had me busy for the last few weeks.  More on that and other projects soon!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I may not be posting for a bit… many things happening in many directions.  So here's a small drawing from this morning.  Ciao!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Young Queen Painting

This painting's completed - for now anyway.  It didn't turn out quite the way I expected.  I wanted to use more washes and transparent layers, but my planning wasn't so good and the underpainting was too rough.  It's not very big - about 11" by 15".  This of course is oil on canvas.

I'm not too crazy about the title.  She looks more like a peasant than a queen. Perhaps she's in disguise.

Although it is not meant to be Tolkien's character, this painting was inspired by Éowyn from The Return of The King. You can click on the label below to see the painting in it's various stages.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pencil Studies

Two head studies for a painting that flopped a couple months ago. I was going for a classical look, but never got around to posting them.

Monday, August 30, 2010

'Nother Monday

I knew I should have been more diligent in my high school Latin studies.  I just found that you can purchase Asterix and Obelix comics in the "dead" language.  Who would have thought!  Wish I had it when taking my classes.

Here's a sneak peek of an illustration done recently.  Snarling wolves can be tricky to draw.

And trying to get it right can lead to some involuntary face cramps that went something like this for me.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Making It Back

Have you ever had a creative dry spell?  It seems, starting a few weeks ago I couldn't draw anything to my satisfaction.  I thought of renaming my blog "Don't Slip On The Eraser Shavings!"

Above is an attempt I made to fill my sketchbook with cool things!  Usually for me that means breaking out the paints for a little color.  I've got a Strathmore hardback sketchbook with a slick black cover, and although the paint wrinkles the pages a bit, it's still fun.  At least the noise the crinkly paper makes when you turn it gives the impression that there's something substantial inside!

Here's some of my latest work on my Intuos pad.  I dug out an old comic skit from about a year back and took it to the drawing table for another go.  Hope you get a kick out of it... (you may have to click the image twice to enlarge it)

This was fun to do and as things have eased up a bit, I'm going try again in the direction of a Sci-fi humor comic.  The other site is currently under construction.

And a few other sketches.  Gotta run... somebody's calling my name.

Quick Note: Check out Ben Hatke's blog to pre-order his new graphic novel Zita the Space Girl! Ben has all the blog posts labeled, which is something I never can manage to remember. Congrats Ben! on the book I mean.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Beaming Cowgirl, and Really Miniature Horses

From a sketch session the other day - just to post something quick before turning in.

And here's a link to a fitting video that gave me a good laugh.  I like how the announcer continues ignoring the little guy while some try their best to catch him.  Click here for the video!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wood Nymph - From the Sketchbook

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Here's a quick watercolor sketch - first time in weeks I've had a chance to sit down and "relax/draw." Better get back at it!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Busy · Busier · Busiest

Here are a few sketches I did after work. Of course this is from The Lord of The Rings, specifically The Hobbit. I picked it up the other day and then sketched these to get loose.

I just received a big commission that will keep me preoccupied for the next few months.  Also I'm in a rush to finish a few projects before October, a deadline I've set for myself for a reasons regarding work, so I'm not sure how many "illustrations" I'll be posting.  For fun I may even digitally tint some of the sketches I do post along the way so this blog will not be devoid of all color!  Sketches can get pretty bland.

New book's out!  This one's from a couple months ago.

And a few interior illustrations.

 The Call of the Wild is available through Magic Wagon, a division of the ABDO Group or your educational wholesaler.

I've also been meaning to post about the Gulf oil spill. As one who lives on the coast, it's not easy I can tell you.  Economically things were bad enough before this happened, but with much of the local industries dependent on the water, things quickly went from bad to worse.

Jimmy Buffett's sister Lucy has been doing what she can to help and is promoting a T-shirt to raise money, something I've been involved with over the last few weeks (life can be adventurous in strange ways).  Lucy has a restaurant near the coast, LuLu's at Homeport Marina - you can check out her website and more about the shirt by clicking here.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Oil painting WIP

I know better than to do this (I really do!) but since I have nothing new to post...

Here is what I have so far on my current oil painting.  I'm about halfway there and need to repaint the mouth and chin.  She also needs a pair of ears, something she seemed to do fine without in the sketch, but I feel it would look better in the final piece.  It's been a ton of fun to work on so far and I hope it works out to the finish.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Young Queen

This drawing has been affectionately known around my house as 'knife girl.'  I've been trying to push 'Young Queen' but it won't stick.  The image is graphite on paper, and is slightly darkened digitally to appear as charcoal.  Gives better tonal values when going to paint.  I'm not very good with charcoal.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Messy Drawings - Messy Mind

I can't exactly explain my absence from the blog for the past few weeks, except... Life.  It's just the way things have been going.  I will catch up on my current activities in the coming days but for now a quick post of sketches.

The early stages of a painting, particularly the rough sketches, are a window into the mind of the artist.  You can look around the craftsmanship of the final piece and see how the artists thinks - what works and doesn't work.  Mine always tend to be a mess for some reason with drawings on top of each other, but someone said I should post this.  Perhaps I don't like it because I can see the struggle.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Oil Portrait

Well I have one painting down, and need a better photo of it before it leaves my hands tomorrow. I don't think I took into consideration while planning my 2010 calendar that I would actually have to work! I found a note on my computer of things to accomplish for the year - it's not much, but it's not done either. By this time I really thought things would be coming along faster, but anyway here's the painting.

Real soon I'm going to talk about a site I found and post some sketches. Lately I've been drooling over old Disney animation cels and animated movie stills. Anyway, until then!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Just a quick sketch to keep myself loose during an insane schedule. It didn't work, but I think the sketch looks alright.

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Last of the Mohicans

Here are a few more illustrations that didn't make it into the portfolio. Each of these took about five or six hours to draw.

The Last of the Mohicans is available through Magic Wagon, a division of the ABDO Group or your educational wholesaler.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dragon Sketch

Here is a dragon sketch from a few months back. Again not a part from the story, just some experimental concept work. If I can get this dummy together with everything else going on, it will surely be worth a celebratory toast of some kind! But it's happening.

I can't share at this time the work I'm doing for other projects, so it makes the blog a little slow.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

This blog gets less use than Charlie Brown's mailbox

Okay, so time's flying right along. Almost a month since I posted last. In that time it seems the Heat Miser has temporarily vacated the deep south. We've had snow! Amazingly enough, two days later we were back in short sleeves, but that's how it goes.

Here I am disguised as a bum. Actually I don't know who this is...

A southern snowman stands a staggering seven inches tall! Try saying that real fast...

And Sugar...

Artwork coming...

Monday, January 18, 2010

A Little Bit of Everything

I've learned a few things recently. That Pro was better than College Football this season (until late in the Playoffs), and that I can't draw with a non-photo blue pencil to save my life. I've simply got to come back over it with the trusty mechanical HB before inking. I discovered this while hurriedly drawing the big red eyed guy one morning last week. It's one of those times when you're in a rush to finish before starting the daily grind. I was royally messing it up when I had to break, and was harassed by the thought of my failure all day. Yet another motive for procrastination.

There are various styles here, which is kinda neat. I went for a more animated film look on the character sheet up top (again that's a comic story idea that's coming together), and here are a few medieval style drawings intermingled with other dragon character sketches. I've resumed work on that story after overcoming a slight case of writer's block. Writing... hmm... Now there's something I will be working on this year!

By the way, the dragon sketches are random and do not feature parts of the actual story. There is no swordplay or archery or theatrical violence of any kind.


Don't tell me you're disappointed!

Want to brush up on your writing skills?

Well take a look at the intro for Plan 9 from Outer Space, often referred to as the worst movie ever made. This film makes mediocre writing look great! I managed to watch the whole thing just to say I did... you know like skydiving or something.

Here's the Wikipedia article on the film. The mistakes are worth reading about if you can't watch the movie.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Painting with Oils

Just a quick post today. I recently put the finishing touches on the face in my latest portrait. You'll have to excuse the glare to the left and center.

I think I'm finally starting to settle with a painting technique I'm happy with. After I rough in the painting I apply thin layers and then accent tones with a coarse brush on the wet paint. You can see the effect better in the unfinished* painting below. It's a scan of an old piece I scraped down and repainted a few months back. I had hoped to post the whole image one day, if I'd just get around to finishing it. I haven't even put the epaulets on Col. Mustard yet!

*unfinished: this is how I escape saying I didn't catch the mistakes.