Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Ninja stuff?! Sweet!
Just bought a bunch of new colored Faber-Castell brush pens. I was very excited.

Monday, September 19, 2011

That's more like it...

If anybody out there follows my blog they'll know I always have several pieces that I tinker away on for years. Kind of like a mechanic with the old broken down car in the garage. This piece I began for the S.A.A.C. a billion years ago has gone through several changes.
Here is the original sketch and color study.
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I started this piece by cleaning all my line work. I didn't like it. It felt too clean and the colors are really drab.
A while later I got back into it reworking the line work and pushing the color. Also adding a single layer of shading.
Recently I realized I hated the line work and was always more interested in the color. Here is my latest attempt to breath some life into this piece. More like the energy in the original sketch. If I ever finish it I think this is the way to go.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Practice 09/18/11...

Nib over "Tinkerbell"

Pentel Artist Brush Pen over "Toy Story"
I tried this pen as a recommendation by several other artists. I can't say I really have the hang of it. I think I prefer a real brush for the time being.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


So it's cold outside, late, and I wanted to get some color on the 'ol blog. Popped open Illustrator and cranked out a quick Kanti from FLCL in about an hour and a half. I love me some Gainax fo sho! Now time for bed.

Practice 09/13/11...

Winsor-Newton Series 7 over "Tangled"

Monday, September 12, 2011


That's the furniture from the office I was waiting in while my car was being fixed. Pretty exciting.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Practice 09/10/11...

Winsor Newton Series 7 over Larry

Nib over "Tinkerbell"

I need to get some color on this blog soon!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Practice for 09/04/11...

Faber-Castell PITT artist pen over "Tangled"
Winsor Newton Series 7 over "SpongeBob"

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Practice 09/03/11...

Just one the other night. It was getting late.

Nib over Tinkerbell

Practice 09/01/11...

Why use coloring books? Well because they give me a quick and very clean drawing to work from and the art is usually pretty simple. It allows a lot of room to play and explore new techniques, textures, lighting and also makes me draw stuff I might not normally thought of myself. I would probably never draw fairies or flowers but here you go...

Nib over Tinkerbell
Winser Newton Series 7 over Toy Story
Faber-Castell PITT artist pen over Tangled

Practice makes perfect...

I recently started teaching and the one thing it's made me realize is you have to keep practicing to keep your skills sharp. One thing I never spent too much time on when I was in school was working with ink, nib and brush. So as I dish out my assignments to my students I am going to brush up on my own skills as well. The quickest way to do that is photcopy a bunch of coloring books and work over top. Saves me the time of having to fuss over a bunch of new drawings.

Practice for 08/30/11:
Nib over Tangled
Brush (Winsor Newton Series 7) over Squidward
Faber-Castell PITT artist pen over Toy Story