Here’s another wallpaper border I did, in markers and colored pencils. These borders were all incredibly time consuming—this one was 12’x6″, drawn to size—but fun to do.
PICTURE BOOK ART—HANNAH’S PAJAMASDrawing
This drawing is all that survives from my first, fumbling attempt to write and illustrate a picture book. I never submitted it anywhere, but I learned a lot working on it.
SHADY BUSINESS—MY COLORED PENCIL & MARKER TECHNIQUEDrawing
Back when I was designing rubber art stamps, my local stamp store (Hi, Ginny!) asked me to teach a class in coloring. Turns out, once stampers do their stamping, they sometimes like to color the resulting work. It also turns out that folks in the stamping community are uniformly delightful people, and the classes were great fun to do. This is a handout I prepared for the class, outlining some tips, and techniques that work for me. They may work for you as well.
ZOO ANIMALS—DIGITAL ARTDrawing
I drew dozens of zoo animals for a publishing company that creates products for zoo and museum gift shops. These were so much fun to do! Here are a few samples:
LIFE DRAWING 2Drawing
A few more life drawing sketches from high school and college.
HAUNTED HOUSE FACADE DESIGNSDrawing
I posted these to my Twitter a while back, but I think they’re worth a blog post. I was hired to design haunted house facades by a company that fabricates them for the industry. These were a ridiculous amount of fun to work on. I call these Victorian Skin, Cannibal Farmhouse, and Haunted Hill.
CHARLIE CHAPLIN & THE KID—PEN & INKDrawing
This is an old piece, from way back in high school. Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in a movie called The Kid.
I’ve done a decent amount of magazine illustration work over the years. Here are a few samples. These originally appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Now & Then, Gold & Treasure Hunter, and New Renaissance.
THE SIDESHOW—PEN & INKDrawing
I love working in pen and ink, and this is one of my favorites of all the pieces I’ve done.
MORE SKETCHES FOR A PICTURE BOOK—KENYADrawing
People seemed to like the sketches I posted before, so here are some more. I didn’t mention it last time, but these are two-page spreads, with an open area for text on each spread.
UNFINISHED SKETCH—COLORED PENCILDrawing
No idea why I never finished this, as I like the direction it was heading. But, that ship has sailed and I’m not going to finish now. I think it’s worth sharing, however.
SKETCHES FOR A PICTURE BOOK—KENYADrawing
I worked on a picture book set in Kenya for the same publisher I did the Galapagos book for. The project fell through, but here are some of the sketches. This was fun—so many animals!
BROKEN TOY—PEN & INKDrawing
I think the name for this one kinda speaks for itself.
I suppose there are pluses and minuses to being a packrat. Here’s a plus…I was cleaning out an old portfolio and found some life drawings from college, thought I’d share.
Back when I was designing rubber stamps for a company called Stampers Anonymous, I also created some digital collages for their in-house catalog. This is one of my favorites.
EMMETT KELLY—PEN AND INKDrawing
This is a pen and ink piece I did way, way back in high school. Looking at it now, some of the line work is sloppy, but I think it still holds up.
I drew this of my daughter Hannah when she was a toddler. She’s now 24, almost 25 years old. Damn, I’m getting old.
THE DAILY BAGEL—COLORED PENCILDrawing
This was designed as the advertising mascot for a bagel shop called The Daily Bagel.
MOUNTAIN MUSIC—COLORED PENCILDrawing
I did this for a CD cover—instrumental bluegrass versions of Creedence Clearwater Revival songs.
SNOW FOX—PEN AND INKDrawing
Just a quick pen and ink sketch of a snow fox. I love drawing animals. With this one, I was playing around with working without any outlines.
ROBIN—COLORED PENCIL GREETING CARD ARTDrawing
Not much to say here, this is pretty much what the title says. For just about all of my colored pencil work, I do a base layer of markers, then colored pencils on top. I like the rich colors I get with this technique.
YOUNG WOLVES—BLACK PRISMACOLOR PENCILDrawing
This is black Prismacolor pencil on coquille paper, which has a pebbly texture I really like.
I did this marker rendering as part of a magazine re-design. I really enjoy working with markers.
I did this pen and ink piece way, way back in high school. Yes, there are things I would do differently now, but I still like it!
THE FRENCH CONNECTION MASCOTDrawing
I designed this as a mascot for a sailboat called The French Connection.
Am I embarrassed by the name of this piece? No, I am not. Colored pencil.
I did this as greeting card art. Christmas, of course!
O. O. OCTOPUS, SHERIFF OF BLUE RIBBON SOUNDDrawing
Here are a few illustrations from a picture book I was hired to illustrate several years ago. this was done completely digital.
This started as a rubber stamp design, but I like him so much I did a colored pencil version.
Colored Pencil Study—Teddy BearsDrawing
Before I started doing wallpaper borders, the studio folks asked me to do some teddy bears so they could see my style.