Monday, November 22, 2010

Animals studies

I did this today at my local zoo. The story behind the words is that one of the llamas does not get along with the tapir.

Some studies I did with a brush tip marker.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Improper Bit Use

This is a drawing I started at my favorite bar. I came back to it a few days later to finish sketching it. Then, I decided to ink and paint it. I tried out a new painting technique by using a lot of gloss medium to layer colors on top of each other. I like the effect and it keeps my lines from becoming hidden. I really like how this one came out. Somehow I managed to carry over a lot of the energy that was in the pencil sketch into the final image. I have a tendency to nitpick and overwork my drawings to the point of lifelessness. The only downside to this is that it's only 5.5'' x 7''. I'd really like to start working bigger just to have something to openly show. Regrettably, this will forever be tucked away in my tiny sketchbook.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Minotaur Munny

This was my first attempt at painting a Munny. I think this little project was the most fun I've had painting in a really long time.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Today, I caught the eland at the zoo close to the fence chewing cud. This gave me a great opportunity to draw him since he is usually hiding in the back of the enclosure.

This particular guy has had a rough time. Several years ago the keepers found him one morning with a shattered jaw. Theory is that one of the zebras kicked him. Anyway, the poor guy ended up having half of his bottom jaw removed. During transit back to the zoo he managed to rip his ear and sit on his tail. Now he's missing a huge chunk of his left ear and his tail has atrophied off to a nub. Due to his lack of jaw bone, his tongue constantly dangles out of his mouth. A keeper told me they were afraid he wasn't going to make it after his surgery since he had such a hard time eating. He has since learned to deal with his missing jaw and is quite frankly the biggest eland I have ever seen in a zoo.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

New Orleans Zoo Sketches

A few sketches I did at the New Orlean's Zoo. Giant Ant Eater, Lion, Asian Elephant. Done with marker and white charcoal.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Abandoned toy design. I still dig it though.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Page 2 and Moon Bear

This comic idea has been pretty time consuming when it comes to doing art. I'm hoping it will get easier and quicker as I get used to inking in photoshop. This is page two v. 2. Version 1 had bad pacing and was not very interesting to look at.

For some color-- have a bear.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Aardvark Scouts Comic pg 1

I've finally decided to take a risk and try to work on a comic centered around some character's I've had since 2005ish. I'm trying not to think about how big of a project this is. One step at a time is the only way I'll be able to tackle this one. Below you can see the original sketch and then the finished page. This is the first time I've ever tried to do anything comic related, so it will certainly be a learning experience!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Women and Baboons

Oh Boy! As soon as I decide to be more active in regards to making art, school comes on to me like a fat guy wants pizza. I've done a number of things since my last post, most are still WIPs so I'll show them when/if they ever get done. Here a few sketches and studies just to keep this page active.

The two above are from a week I decided to try and do a portrait study every day. I got tired of the task pretty quickly and most weren't worth scanning. The two above were the only ones I did in ink. I like how the second one came out... even if the woman came out looking like a prince in a painting I can't recall the name of. The first one I found funny to draw since the sitter had a ridiculous amount of dead animals on her.

I've been in a bit of a cartoony kick lately. Here's an angry mandrill I rather like. The front view could use some work for sure. I discovered while painting this that my new sketchbook is not suited for acrylic. At least not in the way I use them.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Silly Stuff

Here are a few things I doodled during the past week. I'm not crazy about any of them, but at least I am drawing.

Above are possible ideas for a skateboard commission

Harvey Firestone

Something cute and cuddily