Saturday, September 30, 2006


This is a recent painting I did for a good friend who asked me to do a t-shirt design. He owns the local Harley-Davidson dealership. It was a fun project to work on. Acrylic on paper.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Sketchin' 2

Here are a few recent pages from my new little sketchbook.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Illustration Friday: Phobia

Waytoosweetcritterophobia- Fear of little those overly-sweet little critters with the big, wet, dewey eyes.

Come on, there is something seriously freaky about those things.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Halloween Time

It's getting close. Time to get some Gallery of Terror stuff going. Here is a sketch I did this morning. I'll paint it up when I get a chance.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A pirates life for me!

So, we went to Disneyland last week. That's a long time away from the the studio and the blogs. It was loads of fun. My wife and I didn't tell the kids about it until they were already packed and headed to school. We just got in the car and left. They were sooooo excited. And, to make it even better, Grandma and Grandpa flew out to California to join us for a couple days. I did take my sketchbook with me, but with all of the Princesses and rides, I didn't get much drawn. Here are two pages.
You can never go wrong with pirates especially on International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Arrrgh! We got to ride on the revamped Pirates of the Carribean ride. Very cool, but maybe not the best thing to take the two youngest on first. My daughter was kinda freaked to go on anything after that. And while we are at it, here is our run in with Jack Sparrow. Shiver me timbers!

Sunday, September 10, 2006


People used to tell me "You should always keep a sketch book!". My problem was that I hated sketchbooks. Not the idea of keeping one-- I like the idea. I think every artist should have one. I just hated the book itself. Problem #1: The stupid gutter. I don't know if it's because I'm a lefty and my hand always gets in the way or because it's just really inconvienent to have that big crack down the middle of the page. You can't even get a decent scan. They are just dumb. Problem #2: Putting that first doodle in the book. Do you know what I mean? You open a fresh, clean, new book with a big white page staring back at you and you think you're going to screw it up by putting a dorky drawing right there on the first page. Then you have to look at the same dorky drawing everytime you open the book. Pretty intimidating if you ask me.

My solution was to not have a "sketchbook" in the traditional sense. Instead, I just draw on flat 8 1/5 x 11 copy paper. My hand isn't getting in the way of nuthin. It's not just any old copy paper ether. I found some great paper that is heavy and very white and a dream to draw on called Cougar Opaque. It's the best! You'd love it, trust me. I never feel like bad about about sketching like this. If I screw up I can just throw it away and start again. No pressure. I sit at my desk all day and when I get the urge to sketch I just pull out a sheet and draw. Then at the end of the year I take my stack o' sketches and get them spiral bound. It works great for me. And for portability I also have this little aluminum clipboard (see photo) that I carry around. It holds a stack of my paper inside as well as pencils and an eraser. It's nice and works great but, I don't always carry it with me because of it's size.
I decided I'd better get me a pocket sized one. I've heard a lot of artists raving about these Moleskine sketchbooks. They sounded kinda cool so I went to get one the other day. I didn't find the Moleskine ones, but I found one called Modeskin. They seemed kinda similar and much cheaper. I got mine for under $4. Not too bad. Anyway, I'm converted. It's nice to have a sketchbook that is pocket sized, compact, and convienent for when you have a new idea or if you see some freak who is just begging to be drawn. Here are my first couple pages. I hope they aren't too dorky.

There you go folks. That's my stand on sketchbooks. I'm not saying it's the only way to go, but it works for me. If you're not keeping a sketchbook, you should. It is a great way to track your progress and improvement and to keep a journal of your ideas.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Digital doodling

Just playing around in Photoshop with the ole' Wacom tablet. Kinda fun. I might have to do this some more.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Illustration Friday: Safe

I drew this during a meeting and all I had was a pen and a scrap of paper. Nothing great, but It'll have to do. Enjoy.

Friday, September 01, 2006


Have you ever felt like your imagination was lacking? Can't get any good ideas? Maybe this can help. I found this little beauty, drawn by my daughter, in a pile of old sketches today. I thought it was great advice and I figured I would share. You have no more excuses now.