Wednesday, July 29, 2009

IF - idle

I always try to think outside the box with each IF word, sometimes ending up with an odd result like you see above. While the gorilla above may not be idle at the moment, perhaps idle time lead to his current activity! I guess it is better than the alternative activity often performed by others in the primate family.

And, for those who visited last week, I finally painted the "Tango" illustration. I included the caption again for clarity.

I was pwaying wif my jumpwope and I got aw tangoed up.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

IF - Tango

I was pwaying wif my jumpwope and I got aw tangoed up!

I had hoped to have this painted before I submitted it, but no time before the week ends. (My boss just doesn't understand my priorities!)

Anyway, check back in a couple days. Will have the painted version up.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Kitten paintings

Did these over the past week, and finally got the last painting done today. Again, just working on small paintings to practice. Below are some images showing the process I have adopted for my illustrations. Would appreciate any feedback!

First sketch quickly with a technical pencil.
My wife said the original looked a bit odd, so I did a quick alternate (left) to adjust it. :P

Next, I resketch the drawing using a non-photo blue pencil. This pencil allows me a bit more freedom as I can get the lines really light, and build the sketch slowly. Once I like the blue sketch, I outline it in pencil.

I put the finished outlined sketch on my lightbox, and lay illustration board on top, both taped down to avoid movement. I then redraw the illustration in ink with a nib pen. After I have the lines, I go back and add sketchy marks which give the drawing a bit more life and movement.

And finally, I paint it with watercolor.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


Just a quick painting done in between going back and forth on a project with my boss. My version of Corduroy from Don Freeman's book. I plan to do more small paintings like this as practice.

IF - Worn

This weeks word made me think of the worn blankets and bears kids carry around with them for years. My son won't go anywhere without his bear. Then I was reminded of a story I read call Corduroy by Don Freeman, which resulted in the image above. I had hoped to color it, but again I'll just have to settle for the finished drawing. I do plan to paint this in the near future.