Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mind On Parenting

About a month ago I found out I am going to be a dad for the first time. My wife and I are excited and I suspect I'll be doing more sketches like this as my mind dwells on the topic a little more than it used to.

Workshop Sketch

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Birdy Response Rough

Quick sketch of a panel that will be repeated three times on one page, with slight changes in each panel. I finished the final pencils of this last week and it turned out really well. This rough helped with layouts and saved me some time.

Monday, November 16, 2009

IF: Unbalanced

Dragon Nugget of Truth #14

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Beard and Brush Pen Practice

I found a great cartooning book by Jack Hamm, from the '60s, for a few bucks at a used bookstore the other day. It's filled with pages and pages of exercises for cartoonists and illustrators and it was perfect timing to practice with my newest brush pen. This is one of the best books I've read. And I've learned quite a bit more already about how personality can be conveyed with a brush and a minimum amount of lines. The beards I drew in my Moleskin mini suggested some characters right away and proved Professor Hamm correct.

Friday, November 6, 2009

New Brush Pen Experiment

Heard some good things about the Pentel Brush Pen, which I have to order. But I got a nice fill-in brush until the Pentel arrives, and thought I would ink some existing sketches.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Little "Dragon" Revived

Draft inks and colors on a revived character from a previous comic strip. He refused to stay in his own genre and has now worked his way into an in-progress children's book. I'm still experimenting with layers and coloring in Inkscape, but I'm getting the hang of it and tutorials are helpful.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Moving FAST for the Checkered...Flag? (Illustration Friday)

Finally got around to inking and coloring an old sketch. Thanks again to the illustrator who pointed me toward Inkscape. It's the program I've been searching for and has all the features I wanted and needed.

The Fish Race is my submission for this week's Illustration Friday topic - FAST.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Skunk Work Continues

Prelim sketch of a panel starring The Skunk of Skunk Works and his Female Friend. (Names have been omitted to protect the innocent.) I've started sketching further panels and pages in my Moleskin and something about that inspirational black book and the manageable page size has increased my art output. Maybe there's a reason Picasso and others used the little book so often.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Combining Sketch and Ink Elements for Page Layout

After sketching out the roughs in a moleskin, the images are uploaded and preliminary inks are done quickly to get a feel for layout. From there, page composition starts taking shape. This helps contrast shading and inks in mutiple panels on the same page. An image that stands alone well in a sketchbook might need to be tweaked when it's placed next to other panels on a page.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Rough Inks

Preliminary digital inks on a layout page to determine blacks and whites and dialogue space needs.

Thumbnail and Rough Pencils for Project

Working on layouts and panels in my Moleskin sketchbook. I actually prefer working on these small page sizes and I'm getting more pages done this way. From here, I do loose inks in CS4.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

DragonBird Training, New Coloring Program

I added this image earlier on the blog as a rough sketch. Now, I'm experimenting with coloring in a new program. I really like the flames of the middle dragonbird the best, so I need to thin the lines on the other two. This coloring process was so much faster than my old techniques!

Yes I Doodle

If there's a pencil and any available clean surface when I'm on the phone, I am probably doodling. This image is a prime example. Someone told me that recent research showed this was not a sign of inattention, but a way that brains multitask to help them stay focused (?) Whatever. I didn't need justification for my free-style art outbursts, but it's nice to know someone out there is thinking of doodlers as they conduct their scientific experiments.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Scanned Textures for Skins

Experimenting with scanned textures from random objects, I ended up using this scaly texture for a quick color sketch of the snake. I usually save these textures in a file, with no idea what they will be used for until I drop them on my drawing screen and start experimenting. Some of them present an obvious idea right away (like this one), others are more subtle (see Tango illustration below).

Friday, July 10, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Portrait with Color Pen

Still need to finish this, but it was a good exercise in using color marker for flesh tones. The scanner didn't pick up the color as well as the original shows it.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Where Are You?

IF: Hatched

A stealthy fox got to the eggs before they even hatched. Scribble Art. I think many people did this kind of art as a kid. I just never outgrew it! I colored in some random lines and scribbles and the colors and shapes started suggesting a theme. Voila! Fox in the hen house :)

Monday, March 23, 2009


Tiburon. Not my favorite ocean-dweller, but I like the car quite a bit. You can definitely tell that Hyundai took the lines and curves of the shark and translated them into the design of their car.
I don't usually do realistic animal artwork, but I liked the fins and shape of the shark enough that I thought I'd give it a try.


I drew this sketch in an art pad my wife bought me while we were in Japan. I loved being in a country where art is so obviously important to the people. Everywhere you go you see cartoon artwork used for marketing, advertising, subway signs, safety notices... It's a great place to find art supplies, too! I bought brushpens for $1.00 at the DiSo (dollar store). They're much more expensive in the states, so I got a few.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Poise - Illustration Friday

Can you maintain your poise under pressure? My submission for Illustration Friday's challenge.