Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sketching some Juncos and an Indigo Bunting

Dark-eyed Juncos have shown up around the backyard feeder in bunches this season already. I started sketching them up on a page that already had an Indigo Bunting on it from earlier. The process is always the same with me when working on the birds. Draw them up semi-kinda close to what they actually look like.... then play with shapes until I find something that's fun. I'm hoping to wrap up the Junco shortly into a finished piece. I might even use the image for this year's Christmas Cards. 2 Birds....1 Stone. Baaaah Dad Joke! 

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Bison on the Brain

Just got back from 4 weeks of serious travel. San Diego Comic Con was a blast! Thanks to everyone who stopped by and took a print or bird home with them. A huge thanks to the amazing artists/friends I got to share a table with this year. You guys rule and inspire me daily. 

I got back to chi-town just to head east to tend to some family matters and spend some quality time with my adorable little grandmother. She's a sweetie!  Once I got back to the Midwest again I rolled west to help some friends move to Colorado.  I Seriously fell in love with the landscape out there. I ended up taking the long way home with a couple stop offs in South Dakota. The Badlands are badass! Gotta find an excuse to head that direction again. I didn't see any bison this trip but I did have a bunch in my sketchbook from when I was working on the bison button. Maybe next trip I can draw some in the field.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Felted Bird Anatomy

My wifes been felting birds like mad lately. They are getting more ridiculously adorable the more she makes. The latest batch is turning up some real gems. This is totally what I envision these little dudes have on the inside and what they eat.

Thursday, July 05, 2012


In keeping with the 4th of July Spirit...here are some made in the USA buttons with some of my favorite mammals that can be found here in the states. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

"Look at these birds. Don't these birds look like candy? You know. Like flyin candy." - Rocky Balboa

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Lonesome no longer

This past March my wife and I took the trip of a lifetime and had the honor of visiting the Galapagos Islands with an amazing crew and wonderful company. We ended our trip with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island where we came face to face with an amazing elderly gentleman by the name of "Lonesome George" the last of his kind. He was a massive tortoise with an amazing saddle shaped shell. We spent the morning with our group watching him sit in his pool and soak up the mornings rays all the while listening to our awesome guide Juan tell the detailed story of his plight.  He was phenomenal to watch. I snapped a bunch of pics while there but they do him no justice. He had to be seen in person to really grasp how amazing he was.  He looked like he was from another time, long past and ancient. I imagined him filled with secrets of things long gone and the keys to longevity. Sadly he passed away unexpectedly on Sunday and with his passing the Pinta Island subspecies of Galapagos Tortoises (Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni) is now gone from the Earth. Full story

Those islands...the entire trip and George in particular left a mark on me that I will carry with me until the end of my days.  They were a shining example of life as we know it on this awesome planet. Evolution...survival...and extinction all wrapped up into a neat little archipelago floating in the Pacific.  George's secrets may have died with him...but I still think we can learn a bunch from his life and moving on. Eat lots of fresh vegetables...Conserve water it's the planets most valuable resource...Take your time...Don't rush in to a relationship if you're not ready...and stay away from Whalers!!!

I drew this piece over one of the photos I snapped while visiting. I hope he finds eternal rest with his ancestors and continues his journey lonesome no more. Until we meet again George.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

North American Mammal Buttons

Taking a break from the bird illustrations to knock out a quick bunch of buttons of North American Mammals to bring to San Diego this year. Here is a quick preview of the ever so awesome American Bison. They look so prehistoric and menacing yet they have such a wonderful face snuggableness about them.  I love these guys. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) I've been dragging my feet with wrapping this guy up. I kept getting distracted with other projects and work. I'm glad I finally got a chance to finish him.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Blue Jay

Drew this guy up today. Tried to keep it simple. Ink and watercolor and no mas. I see these birds constantly and kind of feel like they get looked over since they are such regulars around these parts. They really are a treat to look at...super vibrant with gorgeous markings.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Red Knot

Finished this guy up today. He's a Red Knot and they are in trouble on the east coast. Commercial harvesting of horseshoe crabs have threatened the United States subspecies of these awesome migratory birds. You can read more about it here.  

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Weekend Zoo Doodleroonies

I ended up spending Saturday drawing at Brookfield Zoo. I got to bug my wife while she worked and ended up getting to pet a dolphin. An awesome day for sure. I sketched these two guys up while I was there. Reptiles and amphibians are the way to go for life drawing...they move the least. haha. Fun times.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Doodleroonies from the week

Some sketches and doodles from the week. Some are on the backs of old video scripts hence the text showing through the scan. Trying to get the most use out of scrap paper laying around the house. 

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Tiny Tapir on Tiny Paper

I included this quickie in the envelope of a print order I dropped off for shipping today. The dude who ordered the print appreciates Tapirs and I love drawing them. c-c-c-combo!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Belted Kingfisher

Finally got back to working on some more birds. I was working on wrapping up a Cardinal and I found this guy I did a bit ago. I'm tossing around some ideas on how to handle him. He seems like he's gonna be fun dude to draw.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Moss Man

It's been a while since I've posted anything on here...yikes. Here is a quick sketch I did breaking in my newest travel sized watercolor kit. My personal favorite He-man character "Moss Man" Heroic Spy and Master of Camouflage. If only the watercolors were "forest pine" scented like the action figure i used to have. FYI don't put Moss Man in the slime pit...bad things happen to his green fuzziness.