Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bug On A Stick





This drawing was done on toned gray paper with a graphite pencil for the lay in and then a black and a white Prismacolor pencil for the rendering.  Sometimes I think about taking photos as the drawing progresses, but then I usually forget about it when I'm actually drawing - - this time I remembered.  Leave a comment if you recognize what type of bug this is.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jester The Troll




On or around August 9th, James Gurney came across an advertisement for Troll Caught Tuna.  He was a immediately intrigued by the concept of fishing Trolls.  Most people don’t know the rich history of Trolls or of their centuries old fishing exploits.  I could dedicated pages to their history, but I can sum up their fishing endeavors with one word - disguise.  Think about any time period in human history and how humans would react to seeing a Troll fishing by the river, out on a boat, or bringing their catch to market?  I’m sure you can draw your own conclusions as to what might happen to the Trolls.  In an attempt to thwart off any knowledge of their activities Trolls would blend in through the clever use of makeup, costumes, and body morphing.  I have decided to depict the disguise used during the Middle Ages - - that of the Jester Troll along with his fishing spear.  Keep in mind that not all Jesters were Trolls, but all Trolls that fished were Jesters.  If you are interested in learning more about the other disguises they adopted throughout time, I encourage you to do your own research.  Modern day researchers need only walk to the nearest lake, river, or marina - - with your “awakened vision” you will easily pick out the Trolls amongst the humans.  Or perhaps they are all Trolls.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dog Sketch



I had a little time last night to do some sketching.  This drawing (5x5) was done on toned paper with graphite and white color pencil.  Total time approx 20-25 minutes.  I wasn't trying to render out the fur in a realistic manner, but rather to just capture the over all feel of this dog's face.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wooden Post - Watercolor and Digital





This painting (4x8) started off as a wet on wet watercolor which gave me a mottled underpainting of tones and colors - - this also helps to "get rid" of the white of the paper.  After everything dried, I drew over the top using watercolor pencils to create the textures, cracks, etc. to complete the wooden post (middle photo).  Using my camera and computer I brought the painting in to Photoshop where I started off by painting a soft background (third photo).  I then proceeded to add additional plants, grass, and sticks to fill in some of the area around the post (first photo).  As you can see, the original watercolor remained unchanged throughout the digital work.  Combining the three different methods to create this piece proved to be very enjoyable and something that I will certainly explore again.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Flowers Before The Sea



I did this painting from my imagination using my iPad and Procreate.  Overall I'm pleased with the soft focus look - - something in the Impressionism style, which is a bit of a departure for me.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Faces From A Shape



This is a very common character development exercise - - one where you create a simple shape and then create different faces using it as a starting point.  I did these in Sketchbook Pro.