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Doodle Swap beginnings

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

I’m doing the Doodle Swap this round and did not realize I had to do TEN doodles (way to go reading things.) Still – very fun. Also very fun to get doodles in the mail (three so far!) So I’ve started doodling, though one of these is for IF and I am not sure if the guy in the lower left is going to survive. With a business trip Sunday through yesterday and lots of work to do, 2.5″ x 3.5″ is about the best I can manage, so hooray for size limits!

Click for quite a lot larger. The pencil is all still there, sorry. It’s several kinds of pens – a nib or two I’m getting used to (mostly the Gillott 303, possibly some of the Nikko G), Pentel Brush Pen, Micron .005 in a couple places and also my Namiki Falcon fountain pen which I wasn’t sure if I would like and wound up using constantly (with a converter so I can use Noodler’s ink)


Illustration Friday: Giant

Monday, July 5th, 2010

This is all-digital, much to the chagrin of my wrist, and many thanks to the amazing stumpy pencil photoshop brush.* But I think I like it all right. Any thoughts would be most welcome.





One of the things I learned about myself during my all-too-brief time with Pikaland’s Bootcamp was this: I will repeat nigh-identical sketches for a subject if I am not entirely confident about what I’m doing, until I either solve the problem, run out of time and do it anyway, or give up. In my mind I think I am solving entirely different, usually extremely minor problems, but in fact I am just redrawing the thing until the light bulb goes off in my brain indicating the thing that is actually wrong. In this case (having doodled a bunch of things first and selected this as the one I liked the most,) the giant’s legs were originally much longer, with his knees tucked up almost to his chin. While that was of course much more physically probable, it worked far less well visually than these stumps my poor giant calls legs. I probably drew it six times with long legs, and then another two or three with short ones.

The funny thing is that I am a very fast learner when it comes to learning information. What is turning out to be true, however, is that I am an inexorably slow developer of images. Even the seemingly simplest of my images winds up taking just ages. Maybe that process will shorten with time and practice. Or not.

* And which I heard about from Jon Davis, who deploys the brush with great flair.


Illustration Friday: Satellite

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Ok, well, this is one I can’t tell if it’s any good at all. I kind of like the loose crazy style and was shooting for that, but I’m having a hard time deciding if this is a success or just a messy thing. I drew it over a night or two late at night and while I did look at/study a photo or two of Yuri Gagarin I didn’t take any reference to bed with me. And then I wound up kind of liking the errors and left them in. All the black is real pen and I’m kind of annoyed that that’s what wound up looking sort of digital. The color is all digital, though, thanks to Stumpy Pencil and a mighty sore wacom hand.

The inspiration and the words are from one of my favorite PJ Harvey songs – Yuri G. I wound up there after looking at the definition of “satellite” and seeing the moon listed as our main satellite made me think of the song.

As always, click for larger.


Illustration Friday: More Ripple

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Annoyed with self – I posted an old link accidentally instead of this link here to IF. I guess I shall submit again…wish I could edit the original instead. Sorry, IF people.

Wasn’t overjoyed with the octopus. Here’s a pen-watercolor-digital Harrison Bergeron I did with a Gulf shrimp and some made-up marine stuff. I like it better.



Of course, this is also for the Ripple project – $10 for the sketchcard size. Kelly Light is doing good stuff over there.


More Ripple – Shrimp

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Works-in-progress. Shrimps. I wasn’t exactly overjoyed with the octopus so I did some shrimp from reference. The B&W one has a lot more stuff to get put on it. And neither is sketch card size, hopefully that won’t be too big a deal. Just started drawing and ran with it.


Illustration Friday: Ripple

Monday, June 14th, 2010

This week’s IF goes to Kelly Light’s Ripple project – $10 for the card, with 100% of the proceeds going to gulf oil spill charities. In this case you’d wind up with two – the original (brush pen, watercolor) and a print of the digital version. They’re pretty different; I darkened & colored the water a great deal in the digital version. So I figure I should send the sketch itself along with a printout of the digital version. The original is on the left and the digital is on the right.


I’m working on a couple of shrimp for the same theme/cause, too. WIPs are here.


Illustration Friday: Slither

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Well, this time I thought, briefly, that this would be the week I didn’t revise/edit/whatever till the cows came home, but I was as usual wrong. I’ll post up the final first, so those of you uninterested in the trials and tribulations are spared.

Click the image for medium-sized, click here for very large.


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Illustration Friday: Early

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

This girl (and a couple of her siblings/twins) showed up in my sketches from last week but I didn’t include them because I knew I wanted to use her & soon. So now I’ve got lumpy men and triangular-headed women populating my nascent world. No idea where I’ll end up with this but I like her face a lot. As for the theme, I knew I wasn’t going to do birds…and actually I probably will stay away from birds in general because so many folks are birds, even though I love drawing birds in various ways and do so rather a lot when I’m just doodling. So anyway, “early.” Interpret as you will, but this is where I wound up with it.

Click for bigger as usual.


illustration friday: equipment

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

oh, the sketches. the one million sketches, most awful, and having been squeezed desperately in-between work and herding a toddler. I didn’t much like this word but I am okay with the result, I suppose. I like his legs, anyway.

All digital, Scribbles and Photoshop. As usual click for large. On the right are some of my many brainstormy sketches, most in Scribbles. Click it for reasonably large, click here for enormo.


illustration friday: fearless

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

as is becoming my habit, I sketched about 8 different ideas for this before finally deciding to just draw something and be done with it. Part of the problem is that what I was having urges to draw were things that are really not my style (I may not know what my style IS yet, but I have some ideas about what it’s NOT), probably as a result of too much web surfing. Lots of scantily-clad ladies dangling from birds and whatnot.

So here is this. All digital, all Photoshop – default brushes plus Mark Molnar’s genius brushes. A little sloppy but I decided I didn’t mind that too much. Click for big, as usual.