Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A man for all seasons!

I was given just enough free range to have a lot of fun showing the big man having some off season fun in the sun. I needed to show his wife and with some suggestions from friends and family I settled on this idea. I will say that this was the funnest illustration up to date and can't wait to get some more assignments like this one.

Is that the Seacow?

I enjoyed developing the background on this one as much as the manatee in the forground. It was a fun assignment and one that I would do more of with the need for the free backgound.

So, it's a stick figure!?

A portrait of my wife that at one time I had framed on the wall to remind her of how cute she is when she is pregnant. I would love for her to be willing to model more often for me but as many people are they don't like to hold still let alone for a painting of themselves.

A crazy Dream

I created this guy while at a meeting that lasted too long and didn't involve me at all, but I was required to be there. So I had as much fun as I could. When I went to paint I borrowed the shadows off my bothers face, I am a little dissapointed in the way it printed here on the blog, it is a little darker than the original or the digital file I have. There was not an assisngment along with this one I just found a little inspiration from a few of the people around me and the idea of what I thought I wanted to be when I joined the Army. This didn't happen and I am glad, although I would like to still get some more training in this sort of work, but for now I will continue to paint and have fun.

Thanks Battle buddy!

I wanted to thank a friend of mine for being a great friend when we were both studying together in school, and what better way for an artist to thank anyone else than a portrait. I am including this on my illustration blog cause I love to work with people and trying to catch something from them that a photo just doesn't catch.

An Emotion in Paint!

This one was for a assignment on an article about pain and I chose to use the headache as a way of expressing that emotion. It was an enjoyable assignment to work on. Can't wait to do some more.

Monday, March 3, 2008


I thought this was the coolest little head, sort of weird eyes. More importantly I wanted to share a few thoughts that I had from a not so recent trip to L A with the multi-media department from UVSC. I don't know if this will help any of you not in the art industry but I wanted to share them in order to review them myself. I will include the thoughts that I also had on how they apply to everyday life as I see it.
1. Show off as many skills as possible at the same time. How well can you do what ever you are doing?
2. Make each mark say exactly what it is suppose to say. Is what you are saying and how you are saying it tell the story you want said?
3. The more time you spend drawing on something the more correct to the model it should look. If you do something, make it worth doing.
4. Exagerate the pose. When you perform an act, perferably and act of kindness really make it count, don't just do it half way.
5. In the portfolio, always pick your best work and make it bigger and better. In life, we always have the choice of what we will do, make it a good choice.
As you can see I tried to liken the ideas that the story board artist from Disney shared with me during a critic of my gesture book. It was great to talk to him and hear all he had to say. The representative from Dream works told us for our portfolio we should have life drawings, a little demonstration we can animate a walk, and fully demonstrate our ability to pick up any other cartoon style and create with that. I think I could handle the Cali weather, just got to find a way to pay for it.

Tommy Kat

I did this back in school as I was exploring different ways of creating texture with not only different surfaces but with the paint as well. I just wanted to have some fun with texture and try an match some colors to a picture I saw. I had a lot of fun painting this little head. How do you like the texture?