Friday, December 23, 2005


There just aren't enough holidays for SocMo, so he has created his own HOLIDAY. It is called SOCMOS.

The rules and regulations governing SOCMOS rival the U.S. tax code in sheer volume. However, it basically works like this. Pick any day AFTER Christmas but BEFORE New Years and declare it SOCMOS.

On that day, when you get up (sleeping in is highly encouraged) the first thing you do is eat a banana and yell, "Merry Socmos!" From that point on, you are to do ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING YOU WANT FOR THE REST OF THE DAY!

If you want to go to the mall and shop the after Christmas sales... so be it! If you want to lay on the couch, watch TV, and eat leftovers till you puke... so be it! If you want to vacuum the house.... STOP! That is NOT allowed! Nothing resembling work is tolerated on this day. However, if you want to vacuum nekkid, wearing only a big red nose and antlers, this IS permitted. This is one of the loopholes covered in the SOCMOS rules and regulations volume 17 section 42.

Merrrry SOCMOS!.... enjoy!

Sunday, December 18, 2005


click to enlarge

After watching King Kong, SocMo could only IMAGINE what it would be like to be 25 feet tall. I IMAGINE you will understand SocMo's gesture better after you have seen the movie... which is incredible.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

hello SocMo

6x8 oil on panel

I was inspired recently by the small paintings on Leif Peng's website. Thanks to Leif, I now know that this style is known as kawaii. I think of it as the HELLO KITTY style. Big heads... and OH so cute! I tried some plein air landscape painting this summer (I haven't got the hang of it yet... but that's another story) and had some small canvas panels and water soluble oil paint setting around. I thought I would have a go at painting SocMo in this style. I am still not very adept at using oils. I could have done something quicker with less mess using Adobe Illustrator... but It IS fun to use an actual brush now and then. What I miss the most is not being able to hit the redo button. I can make endless changes and try out color after color with digits. I have one shot at choosing the correct color when I paint... I CAN'T HANDLE THE PRESSURE! Choosing the background color was a HUGE decision... and I'm still not sure about it. Oh, well....

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

SURPRISE... the idea

If you are looking for my Illustration Friday entry scroll on down... then come back here.

People are always curious about where ideas come from, so I thought I woud recreate how I got the idea for this week's word.

> SocMo is fun to play around with. I have a mental list of some situations it would be fun to stick him in or different styles I could draw him in. I have always liked the Wizard of Oz and the flying monkeys. SocMo as one of the monkeys was one idea in the back of my mind.

> I saw that the new Illustration Friday word was SURPRISE... I have the usual blank mind. Nothing springs to mind, but I file this word away and continue to ponder it.

> At some point I begin some serious cogitation of a SURPRISE idea. (I had to throw that word in... are you impressed?) This is also the Christmas season with all of the images that brings to mind. I think of Santa Claus... and the sleigh... then I remember a Christmas card I made many years ago. I had Santa in the sleigh but instead of reindeer pulling him, I had several famous flying characters... Peter Pan, Dumbo, Mary Poppins, the flying nun and Snoopy on his doghouse.

> Well, if SocMo could fly, he could join the group pulling the sleigh. The Oz monkeys came back to mind... and SocMo in a jacket with wings would make it all possible. Hmmm... But SocMo has to be out front since he is the star... that would mean he would replace Rudolph. Hey, it would be a SURPRISE if SocMo replaced Rudolph for the big Christmas Eve run! BINGO... I have my idea!

> To keep it all simple, (I don't have lots of time to devote to these things) I decided to focus on SocMo and a few reindeer to get the point across and not bother with drawing up Santa and the sleigh and all that stuff.

...and THAT is how it all came about. I hope you found this interesting. It seems that the more things I can put in the bowl and stir around with the word of the week, the better chances I have of some of them coming together and turning into an idea.

Monday, December 12, 2005


In a SURPRISE move, SocMo gave Rudolph the night off and led Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve!

Didn't know SocMo could fly? ...SURPRISE! SocMo's uncle was a flying monkey in the Wizard of Oz. He gave SocMo his flying jacket. I was always both fascinated and frightened by the flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz. They may have been scary, but those monkeys sure had some snappy jackets!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

whipped cream!

This was one of my favorite albums from 1965. SocMo did a great job on the vocals and an excellent job playing the maracas.

SocMo had just finished eating a crate of Readi Whip he had found when this picture was taken.

is it Marge?

Speaking of Marge Simpson... this picture appeared in the paper recently... you be the judge!

Saturday, December 03, 2005


What is under SocMo's cap? It's BLUE hair! Good Golly Bum!
... SocMo is a Simpson!

I never would have guessed that you could make a hit show with yellow people. I never would have guessed that you could sell people water in a bottle. I never would have guessed that I would be drawing a sock monkey. My crystal ball has been out of commission for a long time!

Here are some preliminary doodles I did on this week's idea. I had been thinking of doing SocMo in various cartoon styles. I was wondering how he would look as a Simpson. When I saw the word for this week, I was playing around with the idea and BINGO... that iconic BLUE hair came to mind. Then I was trying to find something else to add to the scene. I like the little side kick. I think they make a good team... Mutt and Jeff. Anyway, it was fun to do.

Saturday, November 26, 2005


SocMo and his SMALL friend, MiniMo, like to get together and sing "It's a SMALL world" ...until people start throwing bricks at them.

This week I thought I would add another ingredient into the soup. Along with the WORD of the week and SOCMO, I added the classic comic strip KRAZY KAT and stirred it all up. This is what came out... it was great fun!

Sunday, November 20, 2005


Suddenly during FREE fall, SocMo discovered he had packed his lunch... and not his chute!

Did I mention it was a FREE skydiving lesson :o)
Please feel FREE to leave me a comment!

I found myself with some time to kill this weekend while I was in a university photography studio. I found a Bic mechanical pencil laying around... and then some paper... so I doodled up some ideas for this weeks word. I thought you might like a look behind the scenes on this one.

Monday, November 14, 2005


Sometimes it takes more STRENGTH than SocMo has to open a bag of chips. And when it does open... they go everywhere!

Sunday, November 06, 2005


At NIGHT when the moon is full... SocMo turns into a legendary weremonkey. Be afraid... be VERY afraid!

Hey... I have posted some other things besides my Illustration Friday things on the blog now... take a look!

Friday, November 04, 2005


Q. How does a pirate listen to music?
A. On his aye pod!


Dude Doodle

So... FIRST I discovered Illustration Friday a few weeks ago. It looked like fun. I made a Blog so I could participate in it. THEN I started discovering all the great drawing Blogs and started bookmarking them. There are SO many... my bookmark list is a mile long now. So many Blogs... so little time!

After 5 Illustration Friday posts and getting my feet wet in this Blogging thing, I think it's time to start puttting up some other things too. So NOW... in addition to posting my I.F. pictures, I will attempt to also post drawings and things that I hope will be fun and entertaining.

This is a doodle that popped out while watching TV the other night.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, October 30, 2005


SocMo bought some TROUSERS on eBay... but when he got them, they were BROKEN!

By popular demand, SocMo products are now available! Just click on the link on the sidebar.


Thursday, October 27, 2005

Mr. Obvious art tips

Have you ever been drawing and noticed that you have made a mistake? Did you want to just throw the thing away and start all over?

Don't do it! Here is a tip from a professional. USE AN ERASER! Yes... just ERASE that boo boo and keep on drawing!

I draw every day and I use this "Trick of the Trade" at least once a week... really! Try it yourself. Do this in front of your friends and they will be very impressed with your skills!

Check back here often for more Professional Artist Tips from Mr. Obvious.

Sunday, October 23, 2005


SocMo posed by this sign while on vacation this summer. It was a very peaceful place. He enjoyed playing count the vultures and prairie dog toss. When you are thinking of a place to get away from it all... think Remote!

Note: I went to a choral concert this afternoon and took along my sketchbook. It was nice to listen to good music and do a little drawing at the same time. I layed this out with a blue pencil and then inked it in with a Pilot Razor Point. At home I scanned it and put some color on it with Photoshop. I am using this as a way of doing some expeirmenting with Photoshop.

Sunday, October 16, 2005


Here is a little Star Wars trivia. In episode 5 when Hans Solo was frozen in carbonite, SocMo jumped in after him and was quick frozen also. This is the coldest SocMo has ever been.

Friday, October 07, 2005


What do the numbers mean?
I don't know.... I'm totally LOST!

Sunday, October 02, 2005


I stumbled across Illustration Friday this week. It looks like something that could be fun. SO..... I went over to Blogger and made myself a free blog to put pictures on. I am still trying to figure out how Blogger works. I did a quick little doodle for this weeks topic "FLOAT" just to see if I can make this all work.

If this DOES acutally work... this will be my first entry into Illustration Friday... Woo Woo!