Thursday, November 30, 2006

School's Out!


This is how I used to feel that last day of school before summer vacation.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Illustration Friday Theme: Invention


Pets in a way are an invention. Someone had to come up with the idea of actually taking a wild animal and letting it live in their house. Not to mention the relationship that develops--so much so that the pet becomes a member of the family.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Vroooooooom!



I'll Miss You, Friend


When I'm sad, I tend to draw sad pictures. I don't think I gained any sort of catharsis with this particular drawing, but at least it came from deep within.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Friday, November 24, 2006

Check Please



Should lions be allowed to drink coffee? Hmm..

One Man's Trash......


You know that famous question, "if you could be a fly on a wall at any moment, where would you like to be?" I'm sure there are a lot of amazing times in history I would pick, but on the subject of art, I would love to sit and watch the experiments of some of my favorite illustrators. It's nice to see the finished product, but what of all the sketches and pictures that didn't make it in? That coveted waste paper basket full of rejected art work. Maybe even diamonds in the rough that never see the light of day?

Today my brother Duane, who's visiting for Thanksgiving, was doing another painting for his A Painting A Day blog. He worked for several hours - it was of a flower vase next to a mirror. From what I saw it looked beautiful. Next thing I know he's heading up stairs. "Are you done?" I ask. He walks into my room and asks for a paper towel.

And that was it - he wiped the entire painting off the board, and it was gone forever.

I'm sure my brother and I are not alone in this. Right now there are illustrators and artists working feverishly on new styles, new colors, new ways of applying medium, burning the midnight oil in their studios. And we all have our 'filled to the brim' waste paper baskets of rejected art work. I guess it's all part of the process of growing as an artist.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Saturday, November 18, 2006

A Visit To The Museum

It's Been A Warm November!

Mia Hamm As A Little Girl


I've been slightly obsessed with soccer lately. I'm willing publishers with the power of mind control to send soccer themed book assignments, pig books, or bear books.

:0)

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Don't Walk On Dudley

Dudley in Trouble

Illustration Friday: Clear




"Aunt Rita ain't seein' so clearly now that she's lost her glasses. Why, just yesterday she hung Dudley up on a clothes line, thinkin' he was an extra warm pair of undee'wear."

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Illustration Friday: Smoke




"I think your Mom's trying to cook again."

Wednesday, November 01, 2006