Friday, August 18, 2017

Yikes, it's been a long time since I've been here. It's been slow in the studio so I've been working on some personal projects. Take a look:

An oil on canvas painting of my wife in her happy place.

An oil on paper painting of Edward Pigford, Pittsburgh resident and survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Her returned to Pittsburgh after the battle and spent his later years trading his story for drinks in taverns. Unfortunately, I was too busy in the studio to get this done for the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators show in time. Oh well, at least it's a good sample.

I've always loved drawing with pen and ink. I have a HUGE collection of fountain pens from when I used to draw on paper. I wanted to see if I could get the same feel digitally and I'm pretty happy with how this Photoshop rendering came out.

Of course, I couldn't resist adding color to my line art. The color was done in ArtRage5. If you haven't tried that program you don't know what you're missing.

This painting of Puddles Pity Party was started before he wound up on America's Got Talent. BTW, why isn't it called America Has Talent? Wouldn't that be easier on the tongue? Anyway, it's oil on paper, which is a technique I'm really enjoying.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Well, it's the holidays, which is like having a second unpaid job for a month. There's ALWAYS some holiday-related thing that needs to be done.  Case in point? Here's our Holiday card for this year. Really had a hard time coming up with the subject due to the fear and anxiety about the future. Also, it had to be kinda simple in order for me to shoe horn it into my schedule. This is Prismacolor pencil on bristol with digital washes.
             I hope you all the best in the new year.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Whew, you know that old axiom that if you want something done give it to the busy person? Well, don't. Just kidding, my schedule is finally cleared up. So, got work?

Finished up 80 illustrations for a book about the Galapagos Islands for Penguin Random House. Now I can draw tortoises in my sleep!

Speaking of Penguin Random House, also just finished 80 sketches for a biography of Chuck Jones. Yes, now I can draw animators in my sleep.

Also had the opportunity to do a series of 9 illustrations for Cobblestone Magazine depicting important historical figures from Chicago. Since it's a kids magazine I always have to "youth-enize" the portraits.

A friend discovered this portrait I painted a few years ago. It's hanging in a doctor's office.

And I'm still hoping to find time to get back to this painting.

In the meantime, I've really been enjoying our weekly figure drawing sessions. It's nice to get away from the Wacom tablet and draw from real life.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Geez, I get started posting and then can't stop. Some more stuff going on:

Our local figure group has been going strong again. Yay! And I'm not saying that just because it's close to my house. The group of artists each week is crazy-talented and fun.

Decided to get a new painting on the easel in hopes that working on something for myself would cosmically cause new paying work to come in.

Chartiers Creek was nearly at flood stage last week so I talked a buddy into a mid-day paddle and beers after.

Last Saturday I joined a group of old friends for a brewery tour. I bailed after the 4th one but they soldiered on to do 9 breweries.
Once again, I've derelict in my duties to put some new stuff up here. Let's see what I can find...

This was something I cooked up for promo purposes right about the same time the new Harry Potter book came out. Total coincidence. It's all digital. Photoshop actually.

Spent time working on a new book project for Penguin Random House. This is one of the sketches for Where Are The Galapagos Islands? These are also done in Photoshop.

I painted these 3 little, 5x7", oils for a one day art show, Art In The Garden. Originally they were done as a goof but they were a shitload of fun to paint. I may do more. Anyone want a pet portrait?

I was cruising some singletrack on my cross bike and this little guy came walking right up to me. Can't make this stuff up.

Got plenty of abuse from friends for this modeling job I did. Remember kids, rehab is for quitters.

My adventure friend and her husband pulled up stakes and moved to Tennessee. This was from our last outing, a trail run and then flooded creek float with beer and bourbon.

And, as always, trying to spend as much time as possible in the woods.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Busy busy busy. If it's not studio work, it's yard work. Well, it's mostly yard work. Also trying to get as much bike riding in as possible so I don't die at the Hilly Billy Roubaix at the end of the month.

Got some good press recently. My submission for Illustration Friday got pick of the week a couple weeks ago.

And I got a nice write-up after doing the cover illustration for last week's City Paper.

Had the opportunity to do this illustration and design for a decal for some friends in California that I've never met. They also sent me a delicious bottle of bourbon!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

It's the time of year where if I'm not slammed with work in the studio, I'm slammed with yard work. Grass cutting, chainsawing, stacking wood, planting the garden, mowing the lawn again. There's always something that needs to be done outside.

Garden, mostly planted. 8 tomato plants, 4 bell peppers, lotsa pole beans, a potful of poblano peppers and some carrots. Oh, and weeds.

Had the opportunity to design a fun logo for a company in the food industry.

Did a bunch of storyboard frames to fill some downtime.

Sent off the sketches to my latest book about the Taj Mahal.

On a sad note, got asked to do a portrait of my friend Jeff Kowal for his memorial services.

And, on a happier note, am nearly finished with the latest painting of our niece if I can only figure out what to do with the background. This was only supposed to be an experiment but wound up being a finished painting. Doh!