Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sketchbook page

Drawing is a core skill for me and despite having done it since I was four, it's something I need to continually practice. Figure drawing sessions are great but illustrations tend to require clothed people. I live near a mall that seems to function as a town center--come to think of it, that's what it's called. Every Wednesday there's a farmer's market and I go there to draw people. I never realized how much people move until I began drawing them. I have literally seconds to capture someone's form. So what I call street drawing is a composite of a number of different poses and memory. It's an exhilarating exercise to draw a person with a few lightning-fast scribbles and it's also fun educating myself on what people wear, or in some cases what they don't wear. And what do people have in those giant purses? A couple of chihuahuas?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


An illustration for Illustration Friday (click on the word "acrobat" to see the site). Doing this piece made me think about my creative process. I screwed around all morning, went for a bike ride, came back and had lunch, wrestled with the cat as it kept walking on my art to get my attention, and finally started the painting in the late afternoon. I think it took about three hours to do. But it took about a day of thinking about it. I always berate myself for not getting right down to work early in the morning, but I think is like a baby--it's going to come when it's ready.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Some ideas take a long time to develop, others like this one just pop into my head. I was struggling with another idea for a few days so I decided to try something else. This one just came to me and only took a couple hours to work out. The image needed something in the foreground and then goofy rabbits dancing showed up and were a perfect addition.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Magic Box

Book cover art for a story that has been running laps in my head. I always have fun designing weird creatures. Acrylic on watercolor board.