Monday, September 28, 2015

Marker Monday 9-28-15

A blue, black, and red marker plane in my 9x12 toned gray sketchbook.  Some white and light blue color pencil for the highlights.  Sort of "cartoony", but not too much.  

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Alex Ross Fan Art 9-6-15

I did this Alex Ross Batman drawing in my 5" x 7" watercolor sketchbook using water soluble graphite pencils.  This is my first drawing using these (new to me) pencils and I really enjoyed the process.  I then went over the entire sketch with a wash of ultramarine blue watercolor.  In the third one I added a blue ink wash for the background which for some reason takes on a green tint when I try and blend it out - - perhaps it has something to do with chemicals present in the tap water I used.  I'm not sure which one of the three I prefer.  I may go back and increase the value of the darks on the mask and face, but I'm not sure.  The first two only exist in digital form at this point, but I will be able to look back at this post to help with future ideas.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Marker Monday 8-31-15

Mushroom structure and grass created with Prismacolor Markers.  The fuzzy background was added with Photoshop.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Watercolor Study 8-27-15

I had some extra paint on the palette so I tried my hand a "creating" a scene - - essentially making it up as I went along.  Overall I would consider it "not bad, maybe just ok", but hey, it's a learning process, right?

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

Marker Monday 8-10-15

The frog, blow gun, and log were all done with Prismacolor markers.  I added in the mottled green background and text with Photoshop.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Watercolor and Gouache Landscape

This landscape was done primarily with watercolor.  After the watercolor had a chance to dry I added a few details over the top with gouache.

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.