Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Last post of 2008...

This one was a lot of fun for me, and I feel like I got pretty close to my initial goal of what I wanted to accomplish with this drawing, to get a somewhat painted look with the markers.  I don't mean that in the sense of the strokes used, because that would take FOREVER!  But I mean that more in how I build up form, and use color and what not...

Hope you all had a great 2008, and that 2009 treats you even better! 

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

In color...

I think this one looks creeepy... and I'm not sure if I enjoy that look, because it really wasn't what it was going for.  I was going more for the intense look he usually has, but this is what came out.  I think the grey scale drawing does him more justice.... but I did enjoy the treatment of colors on this one.

Plus, does anyone know what I am doing in photoshop to get this color negative look when I upload picture online?  This is a new problem for me, I experienced it with my "lot of chin" post, and never before that....  The JPEG image looks normal on my computer BEFORE I upload, and kinda cool like this after... I fixed it by saving it as a GIF image, and presto! no color negative... 

Monday, December 29, 2008

House Head

I really want to do a decent drawing of this guy, so I decided that instead of going straight for the exaggeration this time, I would focus more on nailing the feature of his very unique face.  It's not a portrait because I feel I focused on bringing out his subtleties, but the exaggerations are definitely toned down.  I have a color study currently in the works, and will be sharing that with you guys hopefully tomorrow... 

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A lot of chin.

Watched Get Smart the other day and this guy has a VERY unique face!  I just had to draw it, but I wish I had sketched him out during the movie because I couldn't find a picture of him that had the look I was going for.  I'm not completely satisfied with the way I handled the chin, and I let the vehicle get a little out of control in some areas...  But it is what it is! 

Friday, December 26, 2008

Yet another Christmas post.

This was done as a Christmas gift for my brother because he threatened to kill me if I didn't draw him... So I drew him.  I wish I could lighten up some of the reds I used (not all of them)  and I wish that it felt more of the same style of my self caricature.  But Alas... This one was done on official copic paper, bleed-proof! and VERY different from what I'm used to...  The ink kind of just sits on the surfaces of the paper, never soaking in, and is very susceptible to blending...  Sometimes good sometimes bad.  I don't know if I prefer it to your standard (cheaper) paper, but figured I owed it to myself to try it out... Plus to gift this I would have had to rip it out of my sketchbook if I had done it on the same paper... not something I am fond of doing...

Oh, and Nicholas... if you are reading, every line, color, shade, hue, exaggeration were completely and utterly intentional...  In no way was this just me experimenting with new paper... 

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas... 2006!

I meant to post this AWHILE back, like in 2006 when I did these as Christmas gifts for parents... Thought I should finally share.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sketchy Man in Black...

With Christmas just around the corner I've been a little busier than usual, but I'm still trying to keep up the daily post thing.  Heres a real quick sketch, sketchier than I would have liked to post,  But I didn't completely like the direction this one was headed.  Will probably try again, maybe more caricature at a later date, but at the moment, this is all I have...

Monday, December 22, 2008

Bedside Manner

I've drawn this guy numerous times and each time I'm never quite satisfied.... Including this time.  He just has so many facets to his personality its hard to capture "him" I think the biggest issue with this one it the color.  I do believe it's overworked... Maybe next time? 

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Delicate Skin

Okay, I was having trouble with colors, so I decided to choose someone that would be a challenge as far as colors go.  To force me to REALLY look at the colors that exist on her face.  I know most areas are near white, but I have about 15-20 different marker colors working in there somewhere, and thats just for the skin tones...

Friday, December 19, 2008

Last Muddy...

After I did this one I finally realized that the grey scale to color process isn't the best way to get to the final color product.  I need to jump right into color as soon as I can.  

Thursday, December 18, 2008

More color on top of grey scale...

More muddy colors, but they are not this muddy in my sketchbook... wish my scanner picked up colors better... 

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

And now in color!

Color added directly on top of black and white marker sketch. 

A little muddy... more experimentation to come! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

British Invasion.

In my new sketchbook, its funny how differently theses pages take the ink compared to my old sketchbook.  The last few have also been from the new sketchbook. 

Monday, December 15, 2008


When I finished this one, I noticed it was overworked... With the next couple ones, I will try to stop before they get to this point....

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Painting I Final

I somehow got my professor to agree to me doing a caricature self portrait for my final painting.  I put a LOT of time into this painting,  probably worked on it for a month on and off.  I couldn't even guess how many hours went into this, all I know is too many.  But I did learn something... so I guess thats good.  

It looks better in person, but heres the best picture I could get of it...

I go back and forth on whether I like it or not... I see sooooo many things I would change about it, so I know it could be a LOT better, but for my first attempt at something like this, I think its a good first step...  More to come like this I hope, lets see if I have the time...

Let me know what you think please! 

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Less Successful...

Did this one in a similar manner as the Clint Eastwood one.  Unfortunately, I think it was less successful.... Can't win them all....

Thursday, December 11, 2008

In class still life

Huge, giant still life set up in my painting class.  It was truly overwhelming.  I'll be honest, I don't really like this painting.  But to give you guys a break from copic... here you go! 

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The Good, The Bad, and the Uuuuugly!

This one was done a little differently than the rest, the hard black "defining" lines that I usually start off a drawing with, weren't added until the end, and in a lot of areas, at all.  More of a painterly approach, just blocking in value...

Monday, December 08, 2008

Missed Likeness

But I liked the drawing... and in an effort to keep the daily posts coming, I'm still sharing it.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Raising Arizona

I saw this movie the other day for the first time.  Very fun, I recommend it!  Plus this goofy dude is in it... 

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

"I got this!!"

Great way to waste an hour or so,  too bad there are only like 8 episodes, so it gets old real quick...

Plus he has an interesting face...

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Indecision 2008

Undecided whether I like this one or not...

yea... I lied (or forgot)

Remember how I said I didn't have anymore park sketches to share?  Well, I found a couple more from the last weekend of the season... actually from the very last day, it was a slow day... I think this was all that I did all day... so you can see why I may have wanted to forget about it....

Cash control peeps..

More cash control peeps.... loved the dynamics in size with these two..
My brother...

Last drawing of the season... came about 15 minutes before closing... yay for 4 people color?!

I'm pretty sure this is all she wrote for the 2008 season...

Monday, December 01, 2008

Droopy Dog

Once again, copic marker, the edited version lost quality somewhere, too lazy to do it again, so I added the raw scan at a higher quality, missing the ever so important droopy dog lapel pin. 

Sunday, November 30, 2008


I know I'm about a month late on the subject, but here is my cousin and I on Halloween of this year.  

She had no idea what I was going to be for halloween until the day of, I talked her into being a banana... it was fun. 

Saturday, November 29, 2008


I have an 11" x 14" sketchbook, and a 8.5" x 11" scanner bed.  Composite scan, thus the missing corner.  

Copic Markers. 

Michael Scott

Another copic sketch.  I liked this more before I scanned it in, I think it looks better in the sketchbook....

I have several of these coming in the next few days, and look for a pretty involved painting that I've been working on for awhile now.  End of the semester is here... that means more "fun" art to come shortly!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Figure Painting... again.

Here are a couple more figure paintings from my current painting class.  Mostly color experiments.  The professor suggests to start with bold vivid colors, and work our way to local color.  I feel grossly incompetent with a paintbrush and almost decided not to share these.  But I understand its a learning experience... so here they are.  

Hopefully I can look back on these in the future and notice improvements... thats the goal right?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Last Weekend Sketches...

These were done the last weekend the park was open, and are the last ones I have to share with you for this season.  More to come next March! Until then, enjoy!