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.