Saturday, August 1, 2015

Ken Hultgren Horse

My version of a drawing from the book The Art Of Animal Drawing by Ken Hultgren.  Done on toned gray paper with a Bic pen, plus a little color pencil.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ink and Watercolor

Here's a simple pen and watercolor sketch of a tufted titmouse as inspired by a video on The Mind Of Watercolor.  Yes, the bird was that fat in the reference photo I used.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Marker Monday 7-27-15

I have included a few of the preliminary sketches and steps I go through when creating one of these drawings.  The first extra photo is a rough sketch that I did to flesh out the idea. I then did a couple of head studies for the customer.  After I re-draw it in my toned tan sketch book I start the process of coloring in the various sections.  Lastly, I blend some of the colors and add highlights with color pencils.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Zentangles 7-24-15

I created the Zentangle for these images in my Moleskine sketchbook.  I then photographed it, brought it into Photoshop for some digital manipulations.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Watercolor Study 7-18-15

Another small study - - this one is from a book by Cathy Johnson - - which I modified slightly.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Throw Back Thursday

As you can see from the date, I did this drawing in 2009.  It was from a tutorial either online or from a book - - I don't remember which.  I do remember being pretty happy with the end result, but I wonder if I happen to see the source material now what I would think.  Oh well, all part of the learning - improving - progressing process.  Your ability to "see" improves along with your ability to draw.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Marker Monday 6-22-15

As an admirer of both the Jurassic Park franchise and James Gurney's dinosaur paintings, I thought it was time to shed some light on a lessor known dinosaur family and time period.  After extensive research and field work I bring you my rendering of the Doufasaurus from the Spasazoic Era.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

House Final

Pretty happy with how this turned out.  I wish I was able to get a better photo of it, but the Sun was not cooperating.  The value of the two trees is actually closer on the original then it appears on this copy.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Marker Monday 6-8-15

Another colorful bird that happen to drop by the house long enough for me to work up this Marker Monday drawing.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

House WIP2

Small update.  The camera did some fish eye lens thing and threw the verticals out of plumb, but over all things are looking good so far.

Friday, June 5, 2015

House WIP

A little more than half way through a drawing of a house for a friend whose parents just put the family home up for sale.  Quite a bit of layout and measuring on this one - - perspective and symmetry are time consuming, but crucial.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Marker Monday 5-18-15

Today's Marker Monday post is brought to you by guest artist Kristin Hartlage.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day Cath

To a beautiful, wonderful, and loving wife and mother - - we miss you Cath.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Marker Monday 5-4-15

I did this one in my new Copic Marker Sketchbook.  I actually used Prismacolor markers for the drawing - - I hope that's not some kind of violation.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Car 7

Color pencil blended with mineral spirits, plus some ink and non blended color pencil.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Car 6

Prismacolor marker with color pencil, ink and gel pen on grey toned paper.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Car 5

Red Prismacolor pencil that was then blended with mineral spirits.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Marker Monday 4-13-15

Dan arrives home to find that yet again, his dog has sold all of the furniture.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Car 4

The blue, yellow, and orange on the car was done with Prismacolor pencils that were then blended using a stump and mineral spirits.

Ink, watercolor pencils, and graphite pencils were used for the other areas.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Car 3

Red paint done with watercolor.
Blacks are ink pens and color pencil.
Background done with watercolor pencil.
Some graphite pencil was used for shading and tinting.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Car 1

The colors for this car were created using watercolor pencils that were then "activated" with a waterbrush.  Some white and black color pencils were then used for highlights and darks. The blackest blacks were done with a black micron pen