Thursday, December 24, 2009


This post has multiple meanings...

1. Obviously the illustration above is undone.

2. The sketch above represents my foray back into the world of illustration after a long "break". I guess you could say that I am "un" done with the possibility of illustrating professionally, though not full time. During the past few years, a desire to work with children has recently lead me to teaching, of which I plan to start training at the beginning of 2010.

I have had many would-be careers over the years, from wanting to start a bookstore (my wife still shutters at those words!), starting my own magazine, photographing/videoing weddings, photographing families, and also looking out-of-state for new opportunities in graphic design (my day job). However, my pure joy comes from art, and what better gift for me to give than to pass my knowledge and excitement on to future artists.

3. Always "un" done with learning, I love to watch videos of Quentin Blake (or anyone for that matter) drawing. His seemingly effortless style has made me re-evaluate my style in an effort to get more loose and dynamic (as can be seen in the sketch above; the dog on the right is the more "dynamic" version of the dog in the middle.)

Thanks for stopping by. I pray that everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas and a blessed new year!


Deb said...

Hey Tom...nice drawing. very loose. I like it!
Congrats on your decision to teach. I actually started a masters program in education last fall. Glad to know there is another soul out there wanting to teach art! :o)
We'll have to compare notes!

Happy New Year,

Krista said...

Nice! Follow your dream, Tom!

Shirley said...

Great post. All the best to you in the New Year! What a wonderful endeavor, to teach children. And if you can incorporate your love of art, that would be wonderful. I wish you a happy New year and much success and peace. Quentin Blake..he is a master and you are so right to follow that movement and back-to-basics sketching in your work. I try to do this myself..and I think the more you do, the better you get at it. All the best to you!

Edrian Thomidis said...

Great post Tom! Best to you with your goals for 2010. May you have a very creative and successful year ahead. Happy New Year!

Jannie aka Chickengirl said...

Hi Tom- Glad to see you are back blogging again! And what a wonderful decision to go into teaching children. You will be inspired by them, I am sure. I love this sketch-I'm interested in the characters- would love to see it finished!

Hope you have a wonderful and creative 2010!