Monday, December 22, 2008

Lady Wendlings...Duchess of Debinshire

This is another experiment with charcoal, white pastel, and a mars lumagraph (8B) pencil...Enjoy!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Growing Pains... here is yet another attempt of that photo. Again...solid technique, but the likeness is just slightly, slightly off. I am pretty satisfied with this version though. I may do another one with the entire pose in it. It is really tedious, but I am learning a bunch so its all good.

Forgive the wrinkles and highlights...the paper became warped from so much ink.


Friday, December 5, 2008

Hoopin' Lessons

I think its pretty clear what's going on here...Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Listen...she's going to say the words! the top one is a more fleshed out version of the thumbnail from the previous post. I added in some mice. I will do another one on an even larger scale (this one was blown up to 8.5X11) once I have some feed back from my instructors.
The next is a mousicature I is of some people I know, and maybe you know too?
And the last two are from yet another scene in the movie Labyrinth. The red version is the actual drawing, and the green is flatened and tampered with in photoshop...I will finish this one out fully rendered, but thought I would post it at this stage to show the process and also because I like the graphic qualities so far.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ground Control to Major Tom the top studies are done in red in copic marker and red ball point. The girl is the 2nd of 3 studies...the other two posted earlier. The thumbnail is for an illustration I am working on. And the guy is David Bowie as The Goblin King from Jim Henson's The Labyrinth. His likeness is slightly off still...he needs more hollowed looking cheeks, his eyes are too big, and his hair is a little off kilter...but I am pretty happy with how this technique is shaping up, and also how there is more of a feeling of atmosphere. This one took about 3 hours.

As for the mice...I was just having fun...I may take a few of the characters and inject them into the illustration I am working on, or I may use them for an entirely different series of illustrations...I don't know yet.


Thursday, November 6, 2008 here are some studies I am doing of a friend. I took a photo of this page to give an idea of how I establish a rough mannequin for the gesture of the pose...I also did a portrait study of a different photo on the same page...
...on this page you can see the finished version of the pose...I can see that I made her left foot too big...this is good, because now I can go pack to my earlier phase and see what an incorrect lay-in looks like, so in future studies, I don't make the same mistake. However, I am glad that I made the foot too big, because that means I am addressing another of my problems, which is perspective/foreshortening. So...the mistake isn't too horrible after all haha! I also redid the portrait study...I think it is pretty close as well, but still does not feel like the more study should do it.

And here is just a singular vignetted portrait. Again...very close, but no cigar on this one. I will say though...these are sellable drawings...just like to push as much as possible.
Anyway...hope you enjoy!


Here is a page of thumbnails I did at a friend's house...these were just to try and focus on composition, and work on my idea/creativity skills...they were fun to do. The top left corner is a poor caricature of one of the hosts...just trying some stuff out...sorry time.
These are a page of thumbnails. The page is roughly 8.5 by 11...these were from imagination mostly...with some real world inspiration.

Here is a full page sketch (8.5 by 11)...this took about an hour and a half to complete...It is done with Tombow (sp) ink brushes...I think I worked a little slower with these because I am not so familiar in working with them quickly. The perspective is off here and there...but it is nice and loose for the most part.

These are thumbnails on the same size paper as the ones above...2 are in red ballpoint...the others are in ink brush. The ink brushed versions were blocked in more painterly this time...for the most part heheh...Enjoy!

Figure Drawings... are the 2 remaining life drawings that I had promised from my "Extend Pose Figure Drawing" class. The top one took 9 hours and the bottom took 3...I actually like the bottom better, and wish I could have spent more time on it...I guess the fact that I was feeling rushed may have forced me to trust myself more and move forward quicker.
At any rate...they are what they are, and it was a pretty fulfilling experience...Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Thanks everyone! here are some more studies of women...still pretty simplistic, but I kind of enjoy it for now. I am going to have some more class work soon...just kind of taking a breather for a day. Thank you to everybody who has really makes me feel good about what I am doing, and I have enjoyed being inspired by all of your art too! Sometimes it seems pointless, but reading peoples' comments who I know I can respect and trust in really validates why I became an artist in the first, thanks again!

Well...back to it...Enjoy!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Portrait Sketches

About 20 minutes or less a piece...enjoy!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Bunch of Stuff the first drawing in this post is a study of horses from a Lyendecker piece...I placed the figures on them myself.

The other three drawings are from my conceptual environmental design class...these are tiny drawings (thumbnails) give an idea of scale...each of these pages of drawings is about 8 1/2 by drawing fits about the size of a credit card. We have reference for all...some are direct efforts to copy...some are inspired by a pile of junk...some are completely imagined. They are about 10 minutes a piece...I will have more soon too.

Well...until the next time (imaginary audience)...Enjoy!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

More Orchid Studies...with Bees

Enjoy...oy...oy...oy...oy..oy! Echo...echo...echo

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Wish I were you right now Norm

My dog Norm...some nude studies in quicksketch style...enjoy!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Life Drawing...Extended Pose

This one is a 6 hour pose...
...this is 3 hours...

...this is 9 hours. Depending on our next model...the remaining 4 weeks could be spent on one 12 hour pose...or, it will be two 6's. I have found that by slowing down, I am seeing things more clearly...I may not finish the pose, but what I do finish is finished better. This post is in chronological order too...Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Patty seems as though I want to keep doing this approach for a here is another...


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

need to add the hoops later...Enjoy!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Deep Tissue Message is a more finished piece...I used a sketch from that sheet posted a couple back...there is a glare on the aprin where the wax from the prisma (used to color the hair) caught a glare from the lighting...oh well.


Thursday, August 7, 2008

More Women From Memory

Eh...some kinda messed hands and poses...but some good too...Enjoy!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sunday, July 20, 2008

They call me Mo, cause I always want mo'

Friends, charcters, and a color test...that's the stuff!...Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Still struggling

This one took about 2 hours...looks better, except the face is a little long in the nose and time I won't second guess myself. Rendering is more believable, but not entirely true to the subject...still alot of room for improvement.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Ninjas and Starwars...enjoy.

Friday, July 4, 2008 here is an attempted portrait of Marko. I did a 20-30 minute study from life and then spent about an 1-1.5 hours bringing it to a finish on my own. It ended up looking more like a cross between Marko and Pee Wee Herman...both of which are over idealized. I think the chin and neck are too big, the back of the skull needs more mass, and the features are still too platonic. That is one thing that I am really struggling with. I keep on hearing people say that my rendering is good...but to me, it looks to perfect and not natural enough to the light. I also think the features may have drifted a bit from the original structure I had designed. I guess it just goes to show how little I still know. I remember instructors in the past telling me to study Vanderpol (sp) for rendering features more believable...guess I need more work. Anyway...sorry Marko.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Another Medusa for the Purgatory Sketch Club

Some people say that looks like me (Perseus), it isn't supposed to be, but maybe there is something subconcious desire to dress in a pleated skirt while chopping off a serpant lady's head...who knows

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Sketch Dump

Life model caricature, animal studies with crayola marker, Thumnail studies of Ron Lemen, hand studies and Cuba Gooding Jr. Enjoy!