Thursday, March 31, 2011

Double Portrait

These don't really go together, but I like the way they seem to have some kind of quasi-relationship on the page, especially with the stark white background and the way the deer's neck lines up with the woman's collar.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Pair of Preachers

Our church was originally a Christian Science church. Some of the accoutrements of that building have remained and been adopted by us. Among them are the Corinthian columns at the front of the sanctuary. I used to hate them, but I have since read of the possibility of them being symbols of resurrection. Anyway, I put Corinthian capitals on our pastor and a guest preacher. Pencil and watercolor pencil.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Another Dimetrodon!

Have I mentioned the great pelycosaurs? The mighty synapsids? This is the Blessing of Dimetrodon! The mighty angels sing for joy at the approval of the great dimetrodon!

Horseshoe Crab

Again with the arthropods. This is a drawing of a shed "skin" of a small horseshoe crab. These Moleskines just do not accept wet media; I nearly went mad trying to lay in those brown washes. I know there are Moleskines specifically designed for watercolor, but I think after this book, I'm going back to hand made. Pitt and micron pens, watercolor pencil, brown and white ink.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Comedy

This illustration was a pain in the neck, but I am so glad I did it. I love the Comedy (all three of the books) and I was thrilled to get the opportunity to map out Inferno. The chart for Paradiso is a little outside of the norm for me, but I enjoyed making it as well.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Out of the Silent Planet

Here are three from CS Lewis' book, Out of the Silent Planet. They are a Sorn, Hrossa and Pfifltriggi. They are all done in Photoshop.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Moses, Aaron and Miriam

So Aaron and Miriam do not approve of Moses' new wife. Strife ensues.

More Sneaky Portraits

So I don't normally show these drawings to the folks I draw. The few times I have shown them to the people I have drawn, they have been either totally nonplussed or outright upset that I would draw them. So, as I have almost no fear that these will be seen by any of the "models" (because very few people actually see this site), I post here freely.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


This is the culopa on top of the school where I teach. I did this as a watercolor demo.

Friday, March 18, 2011


Again with the crustaceans and dinosauria! This is a cheliped from a crawdad and drawing of a plastic Tyrannosaurus rex that adorns a shelf in my studio. The claw is done in pencil, watercolor pencil and white ink.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

3rd Floor View

This is a watercolor done from my studio window. I used my new Schmincke watercolors.

More observations

A graduate and a crab claw. You have to get the colors down quick for crabs. After they die and/or dry out, the colors fade fast.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


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