Thursday, May 31, 2012


I worked on Jen from Dark Crystal tonight. Didn't get a lot of time to develop him.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jellyfish sketch

I was practicing drawing vines and tangled ribbons when I got the idea to make it into something. Thus... my own species of jellyfish.

Three sparrows and cherry blossoms

I have finished a drawing I was doing for someone. I've added a new bird  and cleaned up my initial sketch.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Grapes in sunlight

Playing with the translucency of grapes in sunlight tonight. I'd still like to so another study of grape leaves with a sunset illuminating them from behind. In color of course.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Ent drawing

Tolkien's Ents or the more basic fairy tale of tree spirits have been a favorite of mine. In the new Lord of The Rings movies Jackson's artists did a pretty good job with them, but I definitely believe they could be improved upon. Here's my little attempt for tonight...

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Alphonse Mucha study

Alphonse Mucha's art is some of the most iconic of Art Nouveau and a favorite of mine. By copying one of my favorite pieces of his I have gotten a better understanding of how he constructed his prints. What kind of line quality was used, how forms were depicted, and the overall technique.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Tomato drawing

Squigly line drawing of a few tomatoes tonight.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cloud studies

I studied how to create the 3-dimensional forms of cumulus clouds tonight. I used overlapping spheres with a simple single directional hatch to give a little more depth.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A ribbon in perspective

I used a geometrical construct to give myself an outline to draw a multi-edged ribbon in perspective. I haven't used this technique in some time... seeing as I had forgotten about it.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Drops of water

My sketch tonight is an exercise in lighting, reflection, refraction and shadow. These are all difficult things to visualize and I used a reference photo. But it did help me to understand what it means for these properties to exist in such a simple little water droplet.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sailboat sketch

I'm practicing my lighting tonight with a small sailboat out at sea on a stormy evening. I need a lot more work on my light effects.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Wild Cats

Arthur Rackham's style of illustration uses thin overlapping and twisting linework, with soft shadows and a muted color palette. I'm interested in his style as well as other artists who have worked in something similar over the years.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The finished cottage

I finally finished  the drawing I was doing for my mom. I framed it tonight and will give it to her tomorrow.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Wall-e drawing

One of my favorite of Pixar's inspiring movies. Wall-e is such a cute little character. Its amazing the emotions this metal shelled little guy is capable of expressing. Very much like Jonny-5.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Chunk from The Goonies

The Goonies, a classic from my childhood. Even before I can remember watching the movie, I was asked to do the truffle shuffle... yes I was a chunk myself. It was fun drawing Chunk in a stylized style. I'm working on my ability to do charactures, but I have to fight my instincts to retain realism and correct proportions.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Roses on an arbor drawing

Just a little drawing tonight in the new style I'm developing. A few roses winding their way up an arbor.

Monday, May 14, 2012

English cottage sketch

I'm working on my environments tonight and for the next couple of days. Landscapes are one of the most fundamental artistic traditions and important to have in an illustrator's portfolio. I am also studying the Rankin and Bass art style.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The reflection in a dogs eye

Tonight I had dinner at the rents with my Aunt and Grandma as it is Mother's Day. My aunt suggested that I should try to draw the reflection in a dog's eye and from a dog's perspective. I suggested that the most probable thing to be in a dog's field of view is another dog's ass but that was not what she had in mine... so I did this.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Neil Degrasse Tyson sketch

A smart man, in a smart pose, in a smart little sketch.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Pumpkin drawing

Pumpkins are realitively easy to draw, but tonight I decided to practice some cross hatching.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Daisies drawing

Just a few daisies tonight. One of the happy flowers and my second favorite to pick in bundles.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Headless Horseman

Continuing my Sleepy Hallow sketches with the big man himself.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A homage to Maurice Sendak

One of my favorite children's book illustrators of all time has passed away. This is my little homage to a truly classic story teller and a man who's spirit will live on in children's imaginations.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Ichabod Crane

I'm working on a set of drawings freaturing Sleepy Hallow. This is the first in which Ichabod Crane is riding for his life away from the Headless Horseman.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

A little owl

A little owl character tonight. I worked on taking a photo reference and turning it into a more stylized character.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Pinocchio drawing

I thought it would be cool to create a more realistic version of Pinocchio. More puppet and less Disney.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Dance motion sketch

Just a little motion sketch tonight of a dancer. I'm trying to get better at implying motion in a static frame.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Ain't nothin but a hound dog

I have a small beagle sitting on the floor right now. She's no blood hound but close enough for a small house. Hound dogs have been a favorite of mine since I read "Where the red fern grows".

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Shaun The Sheep sketches

My daughter's favorite TV show, and the best claymation for children I've ever seen. The way the characters communicate with just facial expressions and body gestures inspires me to do something similar with my children's book.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Coraline sketch

I love the look and feel of the movie Coraline. The artists involved did an excellent job with their art style. Plus I'm a big fan of stop motion. So tonight I did a Coraline sketch in my own style.