Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy Ending

As a continuation to the post below, the young piggy finally got another balloon that day.

Illustration Friday: Balloon

I couldn't decide which style to paint this sketch in so I ended up doing both!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Julianna Color Version

Studio Assistant

A long time ago I posted a photo of my loyal and affable studio assistant, so thought I would post an update. Anyone recognize that stuffed animal? It's from Mark Teague's famous series.

*Edit : oh and I forgot to include--this is Risque, Risky for short. She's a long haired Jack Russell Terrier.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Baby's Fishing For A Dream

Baby's fishing for a dream
Fishing near and far
Her line a silver moonbeam is
Her bait a silver star
--written by..?? anyone know?

This is a sketch of the illustration I'm doing for Julianna's room. I'll be visiting my little niece for the first time this Tuesday and I'm so excited!

After several weeks of painting and drawing without a break, I took a much needed creative vacation and spent some time cleaning out my studio. I haven't picked up a pencil for a while now and I feel so refreshed now that I'm back at my desk. Hard work is important, but so are breaks! This sketch was pure joy to work on, which usually means the painting process will be equally so.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I'm An Auntie Again!

Welcome to the world, Julianna! That's my brother Duane (the proud papa), Julianna and their kitty cat, Isabelle.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Bond....James Bond

I'm absolutely giddy about the new James Bond film, Quantum of Solace. A perfectly timed release as well since it's coming out one day after my birthday. I've watched Casino Royal more times than I can count - hope this new installment is just as good.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


I have a confession to make. One of my least favorite things to do is look for visual references. Be it image-search engines, or taking my own photos - something about the process slows down my creativity and I just plain don't enjoy it.

They say that N.C. Wyeth had an incredible visual memory. Sure, he used plenty of his own references and props, but what made his illustrations so real and palpable were his observations of life. So what I've started doing over the last few years or so is study my surroundings no matter what I'm doing. If I'm walking in the park I'll take note of how sunlight and shadows play on the trunk of a tree, or if in a crowded store, take note of how people interact, or what body language they use if they're standing in groups (drawing group scenes has always been a challenge for me). I'm not memorizing these things - God knows I don't have the greatest memory in the world, but you will find these observations seeping into your drawings--and they will become more life-like. You can't always sketch with a pencil and paper, but you can always sketch with your eyes, right? Try it some time.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Desk Snapshot!

My desk as of 10:50pm. Sure to get messier as the night progresses....if that's possible.

Anyone else 'taste test' a little too much Halloween candy? Uggggggh!

Color Sketches Galore!

I'm finishing up the last painting for "The Little Green Pea" and will be switching gears to a pen and ink style for "Raj The Book Store Tiger".