Saturday, February 21, 2015

Valentine Artshark

Hi everyone. Now that I'm publishing a newsletter for my school, our mascot Artshark will be making frequent appearances once again. Here's the latest from the newsletter sent out earlier this month. Presented in reverse completion...

Friday, February 20, 2015

The 3 Missing Crash Drawings have arrived !!

If you've been following this, the adventures of the missing original art Crash drawings have come to an end!

Thanks to the Postal Service of Brazil they did what the US Postal Service couldn't. That is to actually deliver a package to where it's supposed to go. In this case Great Britain. Finally got there on February 18 2015.

Took 3 months and 11 days!

Here's the blog topic from last December where you can see the artwork.

Next up will be an Ebay auction of the original world traveling artwork on behalf of The Animation Academy in Burbank and The Worthing Boys' Club in the UK.

The 3 wandering drawings will have a new home soon!

Good luck to you and Keep Creating!

Sunday, February 01, 2015


Hello and I'd like to say that life is like creating art while on a little boat on a wavy sea. Sometimes the waters are calm and you can really get a lot together and then the waters are all churned up and ya gotta ride it out. Well, that's what's happening as my school is bustling and lots going on all around. Never a dull moment and I'm grateful for that. Heading back into port soon with more to show. Meantime greetings to everyone and thank you kindly for the activity that you give the blog with your visits and also your comments. I appreciate your goodness.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Concept for my next book

I've self published two books and have an idea for a third. Over the past couple of years when I work with my students I mostly use blue pencil and black line. It's kind of a traditional medium in animation. The use of blue pencil goes way back. I've been doing enough of these sketches to easily put together a third book which I'd like to title "Black and Blue". Here's the latest example. The blue line is topped of with ball point pen...

I'd like to launch a small Kickstarter campaign to pre-sell the book and and see how it goes. It'll give me a chance to check out crowdfunding and get some experience with it as marketing resource. There's a large inventory of images for Black and Blue ready to go. I'd like to mention that I have plenty of recent Crash blue / black drawings that I could include as well. 

Your feedback is welcome. Let me know what you think. Thanks and remember to keep creating till you're you know what.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Artshark returns

I enjoy drawing my own characters and one of them is the legendary Artshark mascot who made his mark on the cover of the schedules I sent out in the first few years of my school. I recently began circulating a newsletter to our email list and thought this would be a good time to bring him around again.

Here's how Artshark looked on the heading of the newsletter...

And here's Artshark on his own in the final illustration...

Let's go backwards and see where this came from. Here's the line clean up done in Photoshop by hand with a little Bamboo tablet...

And in the beginning...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Creaturish concept painting

Sometimes when I get art together that's been lying around for a while I think better of it then upon its creation. That's the case with this ol' sport from April 26 2012. A month before I revved up the blog. It's from a class demonstration using acrylics on punched 2 ply Strathmore paper. The paper is antique. Who knows how old but it did pretty good holding up to the pigment. This was fun.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sometimes girls can be dangerous

I found these drawings while organizing art I created in class over the past couple of years. I drew them in April 2012 the month before I started the blog. They were faintly sketched so I finished them with a stronger line and here we are.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Yet another girl head doodle

Here's the latest image along the thematic line of what I've been sketching lately...

Monday, January 05, 2015

Different versions of Crash

One of the things that makes Crash Bandicoot an interesting character is in the varying ways in which his design can be altered. It's one of the unanticipated aspects of his look that has fostered different approaches to his appearance and something I like to experiment with on occasion.

Here's an example. I sketched these concepts last evening for some drawing practice. I used a straight ahead drawing method I call free form which utilizes a non-erasable medium such as a simple ball point pen. This is what I came up with...