Saturday, June 30, 2012

As I mentioned earlier, I have begun a new drawing book. I made rules for my last book - I only drew things that I could observe from life. So far, it looks like I am rebelling against that rule in this book. I have drawn a lot of monsters so far. The woman on the left is real - I saw her at a conference and drew her while she was listening to an unbelievably boring session on something or another. A true confession, I have always loved minotaurs. I do not have any idea why. But here she is, a middle aged minotauress as she sits in quiet contemplation.

On the other side is a man contemplating Rembrandt. So I suppose these two are joined in the act of thinking. This head is made from the leftovers from a collage I did years ago. (I almost never throw things away.) Rembrandt comes from a demo piece for relief printmaking I did for school. There's no real reason to make a print of Rembrandt besides the fact that I love him even more than I do minotaurs.

Friday, June 29, 2012

The thing I love about camping is all the nothing that needs to be done during the day. Especially while the baby is napping and someone has to stay around camp until he wakes up. I made these watercolors over a few days while up in the mountains of east Tennessee earlier this month.

As I look at these on the screen, they seem to be a bit washed out. Maybe I should spring for a new scanner?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

So this is what happens when you don't really listen to your art director all that closely. He says that he needs a simple line drawing of a Chinese dragon. I hear "Chinese dragon, line drawing". It's hard to hold back on something like this. But I thought I was holding back - it's just lines, right? But he said that it was great and would look good in one of my drawing books, but that it isn't what he needed. So I had to do it again. I made a time lapse of the smaller drawing that he actually wanted (below). By the way, go ahead and print out the big dragon as a coloring page - it'll be fun.

Here's a better look at the watercolor that I did in the time lapse that I posted yesterday.

This, by the way, is in a "new" drawing book (that I started 6 months ago).

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Here are a couple of time lapse videos I made with a very cool free app for my iPhone - iMotion HD. One I did for a very simple illustration project and the other is a page in one of my drawing books. I wanted to show how I go about painting one of my drawings. Incidentally, the little boy with the sword is a copy of a Frank Miller drawing for Lone Wolf and Cub.