Wednesday, August 25, 2010


On a cold winter day you need to feel the sun shining in the window and create a cozy, warm atmosphere.

It's is hard for me to imagine being cold right now. The temperature here has not been out of the nineties since June. The weather man is talking about it getting down to the eighties this week. Woo, I'd better go find my jacket.

This was an assignment I did recently. Maybe it helps you to feel cool if you are drawing cold folks trying to keep warm. That is the crazy part of being an illustrator. You always seem to be six months off. I can't wait till Christmas when I will be drawing people on the beach soaking up the sun.

Monday, August 09, 2010

puzzle time

Here are a couple of things I did recently that look a bit different from the other things I post here. These were done for the preschool set. And for the next group above the preschool set. Them little folks, small fries, crumb crunchers...

This is the old "Spot 10 things that are different in the two pictures" puzzle. Every time I do one of these I sing praises to the computer, Photoshop, and digital art. Otherwise, I would have to completely draw and color two pictures with slight differences. But now... now I can just duplicate one, change a few things, and I'm good to go. One of the few times digital art is actually quicker.

Oh... I didn't post the altered pictures here. I knew it would just be too hard for you to find the differences. I didn't want to get you all frustrated and wreck your day.

You're welcome.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Shark Week3

Day three of shark week. I didn't have time to make a great shark image for today, but I have this pencil sketch from doodling around thinking of ideas. The thought here was a shark with oil dripping off him. I just don't know WHAT could have inspired that idea.

What I DID do yesterday was repair my gas oven. A first for me. Thanks to the internets, we were able to diagnose why the oven was not working and then order a replacement part. The part (an ignitor) came yesterday and I put it on. This morning we had muffins to test it out. It really feels great when I can fix something myself.

Temperature today is to hit 100 degrees.... again... sheesh!
Give me a break....

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Shark Week2

Here is a shark that I did recently for an assignment. Not sure I would want a shark to be a lifeguared... but I draw what I am told. Usually.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Shark Week

It's SHARK WEEK on Discovery Channel. For the last three years I have drawn a few sharks during this week. So this year, instead of a pig with a banjo I have a Shark with a banjo. The pig ran away. You know pigs are tasty, but banjos are fun. So fun won out over the awesomeness of bacon this time.

I found some Photoshop brushes online and tried out a chalk brush on this. It did a great job of making that chalky texture, but I need more practice to get a handle on the thing.

Happy Shark Week!