Monday, March 31, 2008

Fists of the Sloth, Feet of the Swine


"You must let the energy flow through you," said the Grand Master.

"Flow through me?" said Carl. "How is that possible, master? For I am a solid object."

The Grand Master pointed to a box of fresh, glazed donuts on the nearby table. Summoning one of the donuts into his outstretched hand, the kindly master pointed at the hole piercing the delectable center of the pastry. "The donut maintains its solidity, yet this hole allows the chi energy of the universe to flow through it. You must become the donut, Carl. Do you understand?"

A strange sound was the only reply.

Carl?"

The Grand Master turned to see Carl devouring the remaining donuts in the box.

"You are what you eat," said Carl, through a mouthful of sugary goodness.


Author's Notes: I have no idea how my mind went this direction from the simple drawing of a slightly portly guy in a karate outfit. It's Monday and I'm tired :P

Friday, March 28, 2008

Homage_Illustration Friday


Today's topic from IllustrationFriday.com is "Homage." This is the first image that came to mind and I was going for a quick, populated scene reminiscent of Sergio Aragones. As I sketched this out I could see the influence of Patrick McDonnell also. No time to ink or color today; I decided to just stick with the thumbnail sketch version. I think it still gets the theme across. Happy Friday! Have a great weekend.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Easter Eggs?


Only time for a quick pic today. Happy Easter! Here's the reason:

"In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him..." Matthew 28:1-9

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day


Just enough time for a quick sketch, but I couldn't put something on here without a little green added. So here's my speed colored leprechaun. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Heavy...Hitter


My entry into the Illustration Friday.com mix, this Wild West sheriff has both hands full. This week's IF topic was "Heavy." I dusted off an older sketch (apparently I was on a cowboy kick for a day or two) and had fun coloring. Inking still needs work and line variance. I have got to upgrade my artist toolbox :)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Blueprint for Sound...The Art of Music


My original rough sketch reminded me of a blueprint so I decided to go that direction when I colored and inked it. It turned out looking a little more finished than what I had in mind, but I think overall it has the look I was hoping to achieve. Blue paper, white pencil, and my limited personal knowledge of guitar. Had to put Dm on there. I love that chord!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Tree Lovers Unite!


Trying out a different medium. I think I would enjoy painting more if I had the patience for it. In some ways, Art Rage takes away the need for patience. No more waiting for paint to dry ( layers are our friends). And the paint eraser is a wonderful tool. Along with it, this was all done with paintbrushes and a palette knife. I really enjoyed painting this simple scene, I like the colors, and I think it ended up having some nice dimension to it. I'm considering using it as a backdrop for some characters in a children's book. If you're having nice weather where you are, go out and enjoy some real tree scenery today. Take your sketchbook with you!

Monday, March 3, 2008

War is in the Details


A drawing of a warrior that took me much longer than I intended. Art instruction for Goliath came in an old art book I have in my collection. The books from that era were great: over sized with color inserts, more like giant art poster-books. This particular warrior had much more detail than I usually draw. It was a good exercise, but I'm not sure I would have the patience to do these drawings on a regular basis. After finishing the pencils, I had no desire to ink or color this :)