Friday, October 20, 2006

Cat Dream

The goal when I started this was to fill up the page. Didn't matter when went on the page. Gimli was asleep nearby, so he went on the page too. I could argue that this is exactly what he was dreaming. Go ahead and try to prove me wrong....

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Ghostkin (and Illo Friday "Ghost")

Well, I said I wanted to do it, and so I did...

Watercolor in sketchbook with Micron .20 detail.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Eventually, I hope to post a little something of my own for the season. In the meantime, enjoy the work of some fantastic illustrators and artists:

Guy Francis
Kevin Cornell
Matt Sutter
Michael Fleming

Bonus late entrants:
BlueSky Studios Challenge

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Overcoming the Untouched Notebook

Akin to overcoming the blank page, overcoming the untouched notebook happens every time I have to...well...overcome the untouched notebook. It's the fear that the very first pen/pencil/brush stroke is going to be terrible and thusly "ruin" the rest of the book. Maybe it is a bit silly, but there you have it.

I cop out every time and cannibalize a Smithsonian magazine for the artwork of whichever artist they are featuring. The Moleskine I finished a couple of weeks ago featured Andrew Wyeth's work.

You can see the Smithsonian's June 2006 article about Andrew Wyeth here: Wyeth's World.

My current journal features Sir Alfred Munnings.

I make a practice of including more of the art and additional notes about the artist on the first few interior pages. This breaks the ice. The sketch on the opposite page was done in Door County, Wisconsin. Lookin' out the window, waiting to go to breakfast.

You can see the Smithsonian's October 2006 article about Sir Alfred Munnings here: The Painter Who Hated Picasso.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Random Stuff

Left page was done on a slow Friday at work. I was inspired to draw in the increasingly popular grid format. I was inspired, that is, until I reached the last box. Something about office supplies is just not exciting enough to keep me focussed. There's a hint of a keyboard, but the thought of it...ugh.

Right page was done on the train that evening. I was listening to KT Tunstall's Another Place to Fall off her Eye to the Telescope CD.

Thursday, October 05, 2006


The weekend before last I took a long walk uptown. On my way home, I stopped along the creek and drew a flower in my Moleskine. The following week, I dug out an old sketchbook and redid the drawing larger and with a bit more "remembered detail." Overall I'm happy with the results, but the enlargement is lacking some depth—must be faulty memory.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Illo Friday "Quiet"

A pencil sketch from my Moleskine tweaked and colored in Photoshop. The original with all of the false starts is below. Don't ask me what that creature on the right is supposed to be. Looks a little like the love child of a ferret and a raccoon.

This little mouse is not cut out for the job of "church mouse".