Monday, January 29, 2007

Sub-Level 2 progress report 4

So, I bought some old bowling lanes to make my desks out of. I was planning on using a solid surface material for my countertops, but a friend of mine told me about an old bowling alley that went out of business and talked me into getting these. With a little work they could be pretty cool. I'll keep you posted.

Sunday, January 28, 2007


A quick little gouache study.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Illustration Friday: Superhero3

Look, it's Jar Girl! Whenever little old ladies can't open their bottled pears, Jar girl is there! With her mighty POWER CLAW OF GRIPPAGE she easily loosens any lid. No jar is safe. Stuck jars beware!

gouache on paper

Illustration Friday: Superhero2

The Squid Patrol!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Illustration Friday: Superhero

I love drawing superheros with meaningless powers. I did these sketches during some meetings and then I poorly added a little color later with photoshop. For some reason I really like Mr. Rockethead. Fly (Fishing) Girl is a close second. I think I might be doing more of these as the week progresses. Later.

SL2- Progress Report 3

We did the floors this weekend. Concrete stain with an epoxy sealer. Sub-level 2 is one step closer to finished. Next step: baseboards.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Illustration Friday: 80's

1880's that is. It might not be the 80's we are used to, but I think she still might be hiding some Olivia Newton John leg warmers under that dress...maybe some parachute pants... or lots of zippers. I had some great costume reference from the 1880's so I thought I'd try something a little different. Just a sketch for now. I will add paint later. It may or may not happen this week. I'll post it as soon as it is done. Enjoy.

Monday, January 15, 2007


Quick sketch with color slapped on. 5-10 min.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

SL2- Progress Report 2

We have painted sub-level 2. The walls are primed and the ceilings are finished. We also have light switches and plugs that work now and I installed the in-ceiling speakers. Next step: floors. I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Illustration Friday: Buzz

Not too exciting this week. I drew this girl while I was waiting for a phone call and added the bee while I was painting it so it would work for IF. I did this guy at the same time. It's what happens when I doodle with paints nearby.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Sub-Level 2 progress report

I have been remodeling our basement (sub-level 2) to be my new studio. Sub-level 1 (my current studio) is just too small. I ripped out all of the flashy 70's paneling and hip red carpet out of SL2 over a year ago -- maybe even longer and framed it all in. Then I ran into two problems: time and money. I never seemed to pocess both of them at the same time. Progress of SL2 kinda died. During the past holidays the remodeling gods smiled upon us. Time and money collided and work started again. I was able to get all of the electrical work finished and the drywall hung. Now I'm waiting to get the walls textured. I'm hoping to get everything painted, or at least primed by the end of this week. Then I'll do the floors. It may take longer than I want because the deadlines are back and the "time" part of the equation is gone again (so is the "money"). My wife might end up doing all of the work herself. I think it is because she wants me out of SL1 so she can make it her new sewing room. I'll keep you posted.

The first photo is SL2 during framing.

Second is from last week.

Third is what it might look like if I ever get it done.

And the other angle

Friday, January 05, 2007

Wall Steet Journal

I got a call yesterday to do this piece for the Wall Street Journal. It had a very, very short deadline which makes for some pretty stressful painting. I wish I had a few more hours to put into it, but I was happy with the results in the end. Look for it today on page C1.