Thursday, December 29, 2011

Adding Some Color

When I was younger I used to shade a drawing with colored pencil, getting the layers pretty thick, creating a wax like support for subsequent acrylic washes.  This keeps the paper from wrinkling and gives a fun painterly look.  I was playing here with different costume designs.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Illustration Update

I recently did this illustration for the Choice Eats tasting event in New York.  You can swing by the Shannon blog to read more about it.  I also updated the ole portfolio with a few of the pieces I've had here on the blog.  Check it out.

The image below is a snippet from another I can't show in it's entirety just yet.  Trying to go for the retro look.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sketchbook Scan - expressions

I've had a big project that I've been working on the last few weeks.  I've gotten a lot of practice drawing with my arm instead of my wrist, and using the side of the pencil more than the tip.  It helps with speed, fatigue, and proportion.  I can't show any of what I've done until sometime next year, so I sketched this stuff out.  Mostly wanted to play with expressions.  Happy Thanksgiving to all those in the States, and a great weekend to everyone!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Recent Illustration

I still need a better photo of this one, but I thought I'd go ahead and put it up. I painted this for my portfolio and after some editing and cropping hopefully for the blog header above. It's roughly 17" by 9 1/2" oil on board.

Friday, October 7, 2011

All You Need…

Sometimes all you need is a Great Helm and a two handed Iron Mace!

This one is acrylic on illustration board.  It's been some time since I got my hands in the stuff, and even longer since I've done a senseless bit of something for myself.  Brought back a few childhood memories!

A few months ago I finished this piece.  It's not one of my favorites or my best I think, but it looks much better than it did when I painted it in 2008.  And no, I do not have the courage to show that one to you.  It looked like a face on a shovel (really bad neck anatomy).  I had tried to paint over it and actually posted a close up back in January 2010.  You can click here to see all the posts on this one… sketches and stuff.

As I've said before, there are a few other paintings in the works, but the year seems to be picking up pace, not slowing down.  Hope to post them soon.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Very random stuff drawn while waiting for a delivery.

Big thanks to everyone who has offered support here on the blog and in emails.  Your encouragement is greatly appreciated!!!  To sum things up without going into too much detail, it's always difficult when you have doubt in the things you were sure of (directions in life, plans that were made).  Everybody goes through it one time or another.  You just have to keep moving forward!

Monday, August 8, 2011

The Wager

A night shot in the rain… Better place your bets!

I've been having a rough time lately, so I'm not sure when I'll be posting again.  I am however in the preparatory stages of a painting I'm anxious to share.  It's hard fighting back the urge to post my progress.  Maybe I'll do something closer to the painting's completion.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Climbing the Family Tree

The Cianachta or Clan Cian! ("Race of Cian") At least that is what has been found in recent family history digging.  This genealogical research started back in January after my grandmothers 80th birthday, which went very well fortunately.  My mother being the prime historical investigator, uncovered a few fun things.  Actually more than any of us thought possible.  Much of it appears to be accurate, but for myself I like to just imagine a bunch of blue faced celts living and surviving in a time that I'm glad I didn't live in, except in my overly fantasized imagination.

Alright, time to start the weekend!  Oh and the genealogy breakthrough name?  It was Carroll.  Finding the relatives coming to America in the late 1800's was the hard part - another century I'm glad I didn't live through.  Weekend!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sketchbook drawing - Warrior

A lot going on right now, and since I need to post something, here's a sketch for part of a painting I was doing… and still might do.  It's important not to desire vain things in life, but man I wish I could carry that look!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

More from the sketchbook

Been watching Errol Flynn movies the last few nights; The Adventures of Robin Hood (one of my absolute, all time, ever since childhood favorites!) and Captain Blood.  In addition to the above pages, I wanted to get a few good sketches from the movies, but it didn't happen.  Maybe next time.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sketchbook Scan - Romans and Gauls

To the left is Vercingetorix the Gaul, who gave the Romans serious trouble until the battle of Alesia in 52 BC.  To the right, a Roman soldier and a Gaul in forbidden love.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Travels of the Game Warrior!

I'm glad I didn't have this game when I was a child, or else I never would have gone outside.  I spent this past weekend breaking heavily from any thoughts of work (first time in a long time), and submersed myself in the virtual, medieval world of… 
Mount & Blade - War Band!

My brother downloaded the game just the other day.  He started and grew to be a count.  I started as a female warrior (to see the variation of game play) and turned out to be a joke.  I'm one of those, "do this and see what happens" people, so the results were a bit funny.  The game play is awesome!  You get to:

Receive encouragement from your men!

Vanquish enemies!
And meet old friends…

The game is more for teens with the blood sprites and stuff (you can disable that).  If you're interested in this kind of thing you can check out their website at Tale Worlds.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sketchbook Scan

I may add to this page later, but wanted to go ahead and post now.  I've put this little book down for far too long.  Bad habits you know - drawing on envelopes and paper found on the floor.  Hey, I'm sure you do it too!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Don't Stop!

Unfortunately due to work schedules, I haven't had a chance to pull out the oil paints in a few aggravating weeks, so I've tried to clear my head and pass the little free time I have creatively.  I finished an old page I had started months ago for the space comic I was working on.  I put it up over at the other blog.

Hey, if you stop drawing you die!  If you stop laughing, well… it gets even worse!

Click Here!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Nice to see green.

I had the pleasure last night of hearing distant thunder and rain falling on the roof - a frog singing his joyous song under the window, grateful for the wet stuff. Sky water has been terribly scarce here so it was welcomed. Not so to the north I know. Strange how not far way things are being wiped out by storms and floods and here things are being destroyed by the sun.

Here are a few garden photos. I don't think I'll ever grow to dislike tomato sandwiches, but with so many coming in, I'm sure it will be a good test. Yesterday we discovered a Mockingbird nest in the hedgerow by the garden, and after taking this photo, I realized just how mean these baby birds beaks look! Good reminder that momma is probably not far away.

And here's a glimpse at a few designs I've worked on in the last few weeks. More soon, hopefully.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Here's some paper with graphite on it!

No awards for creative writing here. My mind seems to be seriously overloaded with what I have going on right now (plus the added physical stress of this infernal heatwave). Maybe in the next few days I can get something up here that looks like an intelligent adult put it together.
Here are a few robot character studies, some are quite old.
These sketches were just to clear my head after last week. Amy Android hides from some thuggish mechanical villains!
And a few more sketches of robot designs.  I don't know if this is your kind of thing, but I've always loved robots.

Oil Sketch

Whew I'm worn out!  The heat has really set in here and weeks seem to be running together.  Above is a small unfinished head study of a young girl.  I fully intended to have several paintings finished before Summer rolled around, but apparently God had different plans.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

It's only thirty thousand feet...


I have no idea what happened with the order, but my Christmas present finally arrived the other day.  Almost in time for my birthday - go figure.  I've watched this movie about four times now, enjoying it the last time from an artistic perspective, studying the compositions, colors, and expressions.  I love how the very subtle gestures can communicate so much, which is something very important for the illustrator as well as animator.  Anyway, if you don't have the book, Get It!  Great artwork by many talented artists.
And while you're buying the Art of Tangled, be sure to add to the cart Ben Hatke's latest graphic novel, Zita the Spacegirl.  Fabulous book and a job well done, Ben.  I'm looking forward to the sequel.  Check out Ben's blog while you're at it for interviews and other cool stuff.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

This blog has been slow…

…but life has not.  Sorry for lack of activity here.  I'm working on a few paintings right now, and should have something in the next couple of weeks.

Just posting this sketch I did today because it had a nice flow to it, and I think she's cute.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New Sketchbook Scans

The drawings range from Slam Dunking Minotaurs to Nineteenth Century French soldiers.
Hope you like…

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Prehistoric Suspense…

Actually just drawings from the grocery store parking lot.
For some reason I keep imagining the T-rex reading an Ellery Queen novel.

My good art bud, Joe Sutphin kindly shared his sketchbook with me not long ago, and I felt inspired to try and bring up my own sketchbook awesomeness level by purchasing a Moleskine and attempting a sketch a day. Usually I'm too afraid of messing up a clean new book and often draw on scrap paper so we'll see how this goes. 

Click on his name to swing by Joe's blog and check out his work.