Thursday, December 16, 2010
I was going through old project files and came across some great (but unused) photo reference. This is a friend of mine who turned out to be a fantastic model. A great big, and much belated, "Thank You!" goes out to family, friends and tenuous acquaintances who have been kind enough to model for me over the years!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Illustrator and author Allen Say was doing a talk / book signing at A Children's Place bookstore this weekend to promote his recent book "The Boy in the Garden". I headed down to listen and check out all the new titles and couldn't resist doing a drawing while the talk was going on.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Headed down to "A Children's Place" bookstore today to catch David Shannon reading "It's Christmas David!"from the latest in his "No, David!" series. Really good presentation and he did a "How To" drawing demo; to which, I dutifully followed along (although I noticed that none of the 4 and 5 year olds in the audience bothered to -- slackers)
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Continuing to refine the curriculum for the Background and Layout course.
I hope to get the students to develop their ability to draw a space from any point of view. To that end I'm trying out a little exercise I came across in "Creative Illustration" by Andrew Loomis. I know I'm a little late to the party in recommending that book but if you don't yet have it -- get it!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
By way of something completely different -- I'll be teaching a background and layout class this term and one of the technical issues I discuss is drawing cast shadows accurately. I've been setting up a lot of these little still-lifes and then diagramming on top of them.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
This is possibly the most beautiful door I've ever seen.
I've noticed that doors show up pretty frequently in my sketchbook. I'm sure there's some deep seated psychological reason for this -- security, portals of entry, potential mystery -- but since I tend to draw them in the fall I'm pretty sure it all comes back to trick-er-treating.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Playing with isometric perspective layouts.
Not something I typically use for my projects, but kinda cool.
On another note -- where did the last couple weeks go?! I've been working away on a series of YA novel covers (and interiors), and apparently have completely neglected this blog. I'll work to correct that.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Headed out to the Air and Space Museum in McMinville this weekend. Never been before. If you're a fan of machines that hurtle people through the air at wildly inappropriate speeds you should definitely take time for a visit.
I'll be posting some pages over the next couple days.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
While I definitely liked the V&A museum, what I REALLY liked was the Natural History Museum right next door. Call it the 8-year-old in me, but big skeletons of dead animals are just cool to look at.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Did this one evening while wandering through Kensington Gardens / Hyde Park.
For anyone who hasn't yet read the first incarnation of Peter Pan, I definitely recommend "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens" (and not just 'cause it's illustrated by the amazing Arthur Rackham)
Monday, July 19, 2010
Spent an afternoon (okay, a couple afternoons) in the Victoria and Albert museum.
Loooooved it!! While I drew both these sculptures the same size in my sketchbook, the "fleshy" figure was lifesized while the skeleton "Death" was only 8" tall and an amazingly delicate woodcarving.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Beginning of a new term at AiPD and as usual I give my students a 20 min. do-whatever-you-want portrait of Einstein to start the class. I often get some pretty cool interpretations. Here's mine for this term.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Did a quick sketch of the Tower Bridge one day. I kept looking around for Parliment since I had recently watched the new Sherlock Holmes movie and in it the two structures were right next to each other . . . turns out you can't really trust Hollywood.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
For all those who follow this blog (and you know who you are) sorry for not posting for a while. I'm gonna' blame it on being out of the country for the last two weeks.
Just got back from an inspiration trip to England. Saw a lot of great sites, hung out in some great museums and did more than a bit of sketching. It's the latter that I'll be posting for a while.
This first is from the Camden Town locks. I've never seen one of these actually working before so it's pretty cool to watch boats as they "step" up and down the river.
Plus there's a ton of fairly odd shopping in that district.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Recent observations on paper. The location I did this page in was so dark these almost qualify as blind contour drawings. I would like to note that the faux-hawk girl and the guitar guy are rendered from careful observation -- you can't make this stuff up.