Monday, November 16, 2009

Jacob Marley sketch

Last night, I was doodling and thought it might be fun to play with some of the characters from A Christmas Carol. This has been a favorite story of mine for as long as I can remember. This is an character sketch for Jacob Marley.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Children

Ruby's Sunflowers
28 x 22
oil

A New Discovery
18 x 14
oil on canvas

In the Meadow
24 x 18
oil

A Quiet Corner
24 x 30
oil

Mackinac Bugle Boy
28 x 22
oil


Four Braids
20 x 16
oil



Feeding Time
30 x 24
Pastel


Curiosity
41 x 32
oil


Maggie
24 x 18
pastel

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Native American

Portrait of a Young Dancer
24 x 18
oil
Piaute Dancer
36 x 24
oil

Grace
24 x 18
oil

Portfolio

Below, you'll find a few links to selected work within my portfolio:





Seasonal Cartoon Illustrations












Cartoons - Jefferson Cougars

Here's a few of the characters I designed and painted for the Jefferson Cougars. My client requested a boy cougar and a girl cougar character that would be considered both cute and "cool" to Elementary School age kids and to have each of them doing a variety of school activities. (The Norman Rockwell "copy" was my favorite as I was able to add a few of my own personal studio elements into the image.) There was a total of twelve panels in all. The individual panels shown above were each 6ft. x 4ft. and the large stage panel shown below was 6ft. x 18ft. They were painted with latex on prepped osb sheathing.
























Cartoons - Seasonal

Here's a few seasonal character designs. I started playing with these a couple years ago. The Scarecrows were part of some window paintings that I'd done and most of the others are colored pencil on Shinky Dinks.







Monday, November 2, 2009

How to Draw a Horse Step by Step Experiment

Yesterday, while I was home fighting the flu with the kids, I noticed a job posting for an artist needed to draw a horse in successive steps that could be used as part of a tutorial. As a kid, I really enjoyed the "Draw 50" series of books along with several other how to draw books that my parents got for me throughout my younger years. As time went on, I slowly developed my own methods for mapping out and modeling my drawings, but I have never taken the time to photograph my drawing each step of the way. I thought this would be a fun experiment to try out yesterday. It is kind of interesting to see it broken up like this. Of course, this is a rough quick sketch, but it gets the point across. And so, here it is....As my kids would say as I make the grand unveiling: "DUNN-DA-DA DAHHHHHHHH!" And as my wife would, and did say..."Um, why did you draw his bum?"


* (I've just been corrected. She said "bottom". Not "bum"). My bad. Please don't infer that in anyway because of my misquotation that my sweetie could or ever would use such crass language. It's just not in her nature.

I LOVE YOU, JO! YOU ARE MY JO YOU KNOW!