Monday, December 26, 2005

Illustration Friday: Holiday

Well we made it through another Christmas. Happy kids, worn-out parents, gifts, too much food--the works. I thought for this topic I would pick the painting we used for this years Christmas card. I thought it was nice and Christmasy, and because today is also the start of Kwanzaa, I figured this is a nice added bonus. It is an image from Santa's Kwanzaa, a children's book I did last year. See, two holidays with one stone. We don't celebrate Kwanzaa, but I did enough research on it while illustrating the book that I think we could. Here are a few other pictures form the book. My wife actually painted this last one. She sat next to me and I told what to do. I think it turned out pretty good.

I hope everybody is having a wonderful holiday season. Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting my blog. I've been able to meet a lot of great people here and I hope it will continue into the new year.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Snowball Fight

We have all of our Christmas shopping done. Whew! Now I only have a couple projects to finish up before the holidays and then I can relax. Won't that be nice? Anyway, here are a couple quick sketches from today's drawing. Nothing much, but at least it is something.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Illustration Friday: Surprise


Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Illustration Friday: Blue

Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox. When thinking about all of the things I could do to illustrate "blue" my mind just kept coming back to these two. I'm not entirely sure if I like it or not, but it was kinda fun to do. Enjoy.

Monday, December 05, 2005

My Studio

I was taking some pictures of the studio for something else, and I thought I would post them so people could see the place where I work. It is a rare look into the lair of a sub-basement dwelling artist. My wife even allows me to leave the lair once a day to get the mail. She thinks the fresh air might be good for me. She's a peach.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Snow Break

The other night I attended a lecture by Mark Buehner. He is a very talented children's book illustrator and he has done some really great books. Some of his more recent books are "Snowmen at Night" and "Snowmen at Christmas". After hearing him speak and seeing his work, I got snowmen on the brain. I went to draw something totally unrelated but instead this came out. Happy holidays!

Flyin' Pig

Just a quick warm-up sketch. Trying to get into the mood to work.