Monday, March 23, 2015

Marker Monday 3-23-15

Spring has to get here eventually, right?

Last Monday was a little crazy - - so sorry, no post.  As with most of the Marker Mondays this is about 90% Prismacolor Markers with a little color pencil over the top to even out the gradations.  The white areas are solely color pencil.

This photo shows how cluttered my drawing table becomes as I work on this type of sketch.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Digital Watercolor Landscape

I did this painting in Photoshop (from my imagination) - - hoping to recreate the look and feel of a soft watercolor painting with muted tones.  Happy Saint Patrick's Day.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Girl In Hat 2

Another quick pencil sketch.  This drawing was done on the back of a piece of used copy paper.  Similar hat and hair - - slightly different face - - as compared to the one posted last Thursday.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Marker Monday 3-9-15

Prismacolor markers on grey toned paper.  The very fine/light orange and yellow stripes were done with Col-Erase colored pencils.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Girl In A Hat

A quick little pencil sketch of a made up person wearing a hat.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Celtics Basketball

OK, so maybe they're struggling a little this year.  Boston has been getting a lot of snow - - you know that can't be helping.

Character, sky and background drawn/painted in Photoshop - - to which I added a photo of the parquet floor and team logo.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Rower Version

As I mentioned when I posted this watercolor back in January, I intended to add a person rowing in the foreground.  I ended up doing this digitally after taking a better photograph of the painting one day when the Sun finally came out and the light offered me a chance to get truer colors.  The digital work is a bit of a cheat I suppose, but I like the look.

I think it's going to be a quite a while before we see any open water here in upstate New York.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Marker Monday 2-23-15

A marker sketch with some color pencil over the top to help blend the colors I don't have all the values for.  This is something that I may end up doing again digitally so I can add an environment.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Puppy Dog

Some people have suggested that a puppy dog was in my future and well, I guess they were right.  Here she is.

I sketched this out on paper first and then brought it in to Photoshop.  Once in Photoshop, I redrew the entire sketch modifying a few things as I went along.  I wanted it to be cartoony so I kept the rendering pretty flat and tried to focus on the expression and colors.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hultgren Horses

A couple of ball point pen sketches I did from Ken Hultgren's book.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Marker Monday 2-9-15

During the development of The Box Trolls many other character designs were explored including the one below which had the working title of Purple Pot People - - but, it was quickly abandoned as the title had confusing connotations.

OK, I made up the part about The Box Trolls.  The above drawing is my latest Marker Monday creation and is indeed entitled Purple Pot People, but solely because the body resembles a purple flower pot.  I haven't had a chance to watch The Box Trolls yet, so perhaps these characters could inhabit that world.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


After bowling his very first 300 game, Jebediah lets it all shake out and cracks a smile.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Marker Monday 2-2-15

The rarely seen or photographed Tiger Worm is depicted here in a classic defensive posture.  Measuring close to a foot long they spend the majority of their lives in the mud of shallow fresh water streams.  By the way, they make great bait for catching the very tasty Water Buffalo Fish.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Watercolor WIP

As I mentioned before, I am in the process of teaching myself how to paint with watercolors.  The painting above is one that I did after watching a YouTube video by Grant Fuller.  There is very little info on colors or techniques, but just watching him paint was enough to make me want to give it a try.  It goes without saying that my version hardly come close to matching his quality.  I did change a few things intentionally.  His appears to be a wet, sandy beach with waves off to the right.  I attempted to turn it into a pond with a fallow field off to the right.  My intention all along was/is to add a silhouette of a single rowing shell with a rower/person in the right foreground.  If I pull it off, I will post an update - - if not, the painting may end up in the shredder.  I'm very pleased with how it has come out so far - - and more than a little nervous about trying to "add" to it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Old Barn in Watercolor

Here's my version of the barn from Jack Reid's book painted with Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna.  Overall I think it came out ok, but certainly far from perfect.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Marker Monday 1-19-15

After feeling sick for over a week, (and not drawing) I finally started to feel better just in time to watch the Patriots roll over the Colts.  I'm fine with the outcome, but would have preferred a more exciting/competitive game.

My last post talked about some of the watercolor paintings I was doing from Jack Reid's book.  The next section of the book works through the same composition four or five times - - each time introducing some additional colors.  I thought I would give it go with markers before I try the painted versions.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Watercolor Studies 1-7-15

Some monochromatic watercolor studies from the excellent book Watercolor: Let's Get Started by Jack Reid.  I painted each one in my 5"x7" watercolor sketch book.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Marker Monday 1-5-15

My latest Marker Monday post is a portrait of infamous 1920's seamstress Regina Hornbuckle.

Two colors for the skin and two for the hat.  A little white color pencil for the highlights.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Digital Variation of Marker Monday

I think that the title pretty much says it all.  Before I began the most recent Marker Monday rendering, I had sketched out some different ideas.  I brought one of the ideas in to Photoshop where I redid the line work, then started adding color, texture and background elements.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Watercolor Study

I painted this flower in my watercolor sketchbook after watching a tutorial on YouTube.
Ya gotta love YouTube.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Marker Monday 12-29-14

I saw this colorful bug crawling under someone's Christmas tree a few days ago.

The bug was done with markers - - the background and ground was painted with watercolors.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Marker Monday 12-22-14

On this post I've included the preliminary sketches that I did as I worked out some of my ideas for this character.  If you look closely you can see where I cut the head off one piece of paper and taped it on to another thus allowing me to play with the length of the neck.  I used these sketches as a guide to create the final version - - which I first drew in pencil and then completed with markers and a little white color pencil.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Color Pencil Plus Digital

Do you recognize this TV personality?  Post your guess in the Comments section.  Eternal Glory for the first correct entry.

This drawing was created using black, white and red color pencil.  I then photographed it, brought it in to Photoshop and used a couple of different techniques to play with the face texture and darken the suit, while still retaining the hand drawn look.  I left the hair untouched - - how could anyone improve on that coiffure?