Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Views of Drawing Class

I lead a drawing class Tuesday afternoons here in Sebastopol.  We talk world history, movies, and spirituality over our self portraits, value studies, and perspective drills.  Today we jumped into color with some watercolor still life of flowers.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Red Glasses

A self-portrait.

And speaking of red, here's a sketch I did the other night of Mike Mignola's Hellboy:

Saturday, April 23, 2011


     Growing up a Saturday morning couch potato in the mid-1980's one of my favorite cartoons was Thundercats.  I don't care if it was just another marketing ploy to get millions of kids to buy zillions of plastic toys.  Thundercats was awesome.  Lion-o, Lord of the Thundercats, fought against Mumm-Ra the Ever-Living and various and sundry evil henchmen alongside his fellow super-agile cat hero friends.  I tear up just thinking about it.
     Lion-o is pictured here with the Sword of Omens, his magic weapon that transforms from its modest knife-like size to a full-length battle sword when Lion-o dramatically utters, "thunder.... Thunder.... THUNDERCATS, HOOOOOOO!!!"  The phallic symbolism was lost on my 4 year old mind... thankfully.  
     Unfortunately I didn't think to scan before adding ink, but this series gives some sense of the process leading to the final colored drawing.

pencil, nib pen, brush and ink, and gouache... plus a little photoshop tweak to deepen my timid coloring

Friday, April 22, 2011


Practice practice practice.  I realized I've been avoiding creating environments because I'm afraid of doing a really crummy job...  So I decided to take the advice that I give anybody who asks me about drawing and just go for it!  Learn by doing....  I started this drawing out with a horizon line, then decided I wanted an uphill street scene, so it's kind of a funky perspective situation to begin with.  It was fun inking my sketchy pencil sketch with a brush...
I've probably drawn just a few handfuls of (matchbox) cars in my life, and this sloppy jalopy looks suspiciously like an old car I drew in San Diego 9 years ago.  There's some inadvertent M.C. Escheresque perspective stuff in here, too...   One exciting thing about realizing you have a long way to go is anticipating the fun and satisfaction of so much learning along the way!  Practice!

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Some pencil sketches of DC's Superman and Wonder Woman.  I was hoping to ink and possibly color them today but it's getting late and my arm is tired.  I think I drew and redrew Superman's right hand about 50 times...and now it's too big. Better too big than mangled/incoherent!  I have to thank my childhood hero, comic book artist Arthur Adams, whose internalized influence almost single-handedly steered my aesthetics on Superman here.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Some Artists I Know

Here are a few observational drawings from today...
some really cool blue and green water soluble ink and a nib pen (plus a little dirty water wash).

Charcoal pencil

Charcoal pencil

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Step Puppet

So my plan is to post a newly created drawing every day.  Here's a drawing I made this evening at the dining room table in my friend's trailer.