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?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pencil Sketches

Four graphite studies.  Trying my best to be Andrew Loomis and Alex Ross - - two of the best.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

iPad Sketch 12-3-14

An iPad sketch I did in Sketchbook Pro.  The "pine trees" are intentionally stylized.

Monday, December 1, 2014


Another original character sketch done with markers on tan toned paper.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Color Me Mine

Back in October I posted a self portrait that I had done in black and white color pencil.  Recently I re-drew that drawing (see second photo) at a slightly larger scale and then used markers, sepia ink, and color pencils to do a color version.  I then brought that photo in to Photoshop and did a little bit of a paint over.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tartan Fan

An original character who was mostly rendered with Prismacolor markers, in my 9" x 12" Tan toned sketchbook, except for the white areas which were done with a Faber-Castell PITT White Artist Pen.  I'm not sure why they call it a pen as it is fatter than my markers and has a tip on it similar to a Sharpie, but it puts down a nice "white color" so I'll go with it.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Skin Tones

A small study using SketckBook Pro to create realistic skin tones.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pencil Sketch

This is more of a straight caricature than my most previous post.  It was my intent to make her look a little crazy - hopefully it reads that way.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bob Crane

Back in the day we had 5 channels on the dial - - I think they were 2, 4, 5, 7, and 9 - - then you could turn the dial to U for PBS.  Although pickin's were slim, Hogan's Heroes was one of the reruns that I remember watching on occasion.  With this drawing I did not want to do a straight portrait, nor did I want to do a full out caricature so I aimed for a "stylized" portrait of the star, and questionable character, Bob Crane.

I couldn't find a name to credit the photo reference, but the drawing is Black and White Prismacolor Pencils on gray toned paper.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Yeller Bug

Why is it called the Yeller Bug?  Do you really need to ask?  
Inspired by the work of Adam Munoa

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

I did this painting (5" x 8") using watercolor pencils and a waterbrush from a photo I took back in 2005 when on a trip to England, France and Germany with my family, my brother and his wife.  A little internet research to ensure the correct spelling showed that many people took nearly an identical photo.  It is/was obviously a beautiful view framed by a small window in one of the upper sections of the château.  I simplified some of the elements in the lower right section of the picture and tried to suggest the thousands of "red colored stones" that make up the castle without it becoming overly busy.  

Friday, November 14, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

iPad Sketch 11-12-14

Continuing with the iPad art work.  This painting was done in Procreate on the iPad Original - - is that what I should call it - - I think it is about 4 years old at this point, but so far so good (knock wood).  My goal was to paint "layers" of color as opposed to just putting down flat colors.