Monday, December 09, 2013

Wrastlerz!

Been a while since I posted anything. Been busy busy at work and wrapping up some commisions and personal projects. Here's a page from one of the sketchbooks. Started these a while ago during a lunch at work. Wrastlin!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

INKtober Day 31

#Inktober Day 31!!! 31 Days...31 Ink drawings. What a great experience this was. Learned a ton taking on this challenge for sure and yoooo was it challenging. Tough for me but really fun to work and play outside of my comfort zone. Huge thanks to Ryan for bringing this whole INKtober thing to my attention, cranking some of these out with me during lunches at work, and inking some incredible monsters. You rock dude. A humongous thanks to everyone who took some time out of their day to check these out and "like", comment, offer words of support, critique or just say "nice dude". Seriously can't express how much that helped motivate me to keep at this.  The sharing part was a major component of this experience. Good or bad they were going to get posted by the end of the night and accepting that i'm not going to create 31 masterpieces was pretty huge for me. Just draw, ink, post and move on. Thanks again for clicking through these daily posts and now it's on to the next adventure. 

INKtober Day 30

#INKtober Day 30 "Bea Anther"

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

INKtober Day 29

#INKtober Day 29 "Some Soop" I'm rocking a pretty nasty cold right now. So close to the end of INKtober and I'm feeling pretty lousy. Boo. Pretty much forced myself to squeak this one out tonight. This plump little Tapir is feeling my pain. Stuffy snout and all.  A little soup and some rest is just what the doctor ordered. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

INKtober Day 24

#INKtober Day 24 "Bottom of the Bag" Only 7 days until the the end of INKtober. Getting down to the crumbs at the bottom of the bag here... evident in some of the craptacular drawings that I fought myself to post lately. But that's what this month has been all about for me. Good, bad, or ugly as long as I somehow get to 31 ink drawings by the end of the month it's all candy and unicorns.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

INKtober Day 23

#INKtober Day 23 "Things Toot has eaten or attempted to eat" My friends 3 legged deaf bull terrier is like a shark...he bites anything that remotely resembles food and worries about it later. He makes up for it with ridiculous adorableness. Sorry about the quality of this entry. My brush pen got crazy bleedy again. That and sleep deprivation are my excuses du jour for tonights drawing fiasco. Good, bad or ugly I'm desperately trying to ink something every night. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

INKtober Day 22

#INKtober day 22 "Ponderosa" Went to my first "Ponderosa Steakhouse" tonight. This is pretty much what I turned into during my short visit. 

INKtober Day 21

INKtober Day 21 "Chitterlings" Saw American Black Vultures for the first time this weekend...figured I'd sneak one into this months INKtober. Had to do this one pretty quick. Not my favorite of the bunch but good or bad I gotta keep drawing. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

INKtober Day 19

#INKtober Day 19 "Miniature Donkey in Cotton Candy Forest" I came across a field filled with miniature donkey's in Kentucky this afternoon. Beyond Adorable little guys and gals.  I'm convinced their diet consists entirely of Cotton Candy. 

INKtober Day 18

#INKtober Day 18. "Pancakes!" Had a crazy long day at work and decided to try and race through this drawing tonight. Bad idea! My brush pen was extra bleedy for some reason too. It's not the prettiest of the bunch but it's something. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

INKtober Day 17

#INKtober Day 17 "Tamandua Trolling for Treats" I was lucky enough to get to feed one of these little guys at the zoo recently. They are ridiculously adorable...and extra stinky. The little lady's name was "Pearl" and she ate little worms out of our hands with her crazy weird tongue. She was such a sweetheart. 

INKtober Day 16

#INKtober day 16 "Struggle" ...Just crossed the halfway point into this 31 days of ink drawings. Wow....it's like a Walrus trying to eat corn on the cob...HARD to do. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

INKtober Day 14

#INKtober day 14 "Tea Time" Had a lot of fun with this piece. Really fun just playing with line and shapes. A lot of lessons learned working on this one. Mainly it is REALLY hard for me to commit brush pen to paper when I know I'm not going to spend time adding little details. High five to all you inkers out there. RESPECT! 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

INKtober Day 13

#INKtober Day 13 "Rana catesbeiana" I just learned that American Bullfrogs will eat anything that fits in it's mouth. Insects, rodents, fish, birds, and even other bullfrogs. I'm surprised and not surprised at the same time. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

INKtober Day 12

#INKtober Day 12 "Bo Derek's Leg" Can't make a "Jaws" referenced piece without giving the 1977 classic "Orca" some love. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

INKtober Day 10

#INKtober Day 10 "...from southern waters" Low on time tonight so I threw this guy together pretty quick. Been watching Jaws a bunch lately.  That poor tiger shark never ate the Kitner boy. :(

INKtober Day 9

#INKtober Day 9 "Dining with Sasquatch"

Monday, October 07, 2013

INKtober Day 7

#INKtober day 7. "C'mon let's get NUTS" Decided to try and loosen up and just go "bananas" with the brush pen after a busy Monday. Not sure how I feel about this guy. It's pretty sloppy... but it was fun to just cut loose and not worry so much about laying down lines. Failing is a good thing sometimes. It helps me learn. 

Sunday, October 06, 2013

INKtober Day 6

#INKtober Day 6. Here's one of my cats "General Bonkers" doing what he does best...eating spiders. We've seen him do it a bunch of times. It's kinda gross but incredibly helpful. He also is an amazing source of stray black hairs and pet dander. No matter how much he cleans himself and we wash him he always looks incredibly dusty. He came free when we adopted Miss Chiquita. haha. I love this cat so damn much. Gimpy eye and all!

Friday, October 04, 2013

INKtober Day 4

Day 4 of #INKtober. "I Haz a Broccoli...and Secrets" I'm trying to keep all of these 5x7 all in Pocket Brush Pen. We'll see how long I hold out.  haha. On one hand I think it will be really fun to have them all relatively unified by the end of the month but part of me really wants to experiment with different techniques of laying down ink since I rarely work in it. 

Thursday, October 03, 2013

INKtober Day 3

Day 3 of #INKtober. "A Whirlwind of Flavor" This guy was a request from a buddy of mine and phenomenal Illustrator Ryan Bowlin. Every morning I stop at my local gas station to pick up a cup of coffee before my commute. The place plays gospel music all morning cranked up to 11 and sells these highly addictive and horribly bad for you hot breakfast wraps called Tornados.  They are like the Gobots version of 7-11's Go Go Taquitos.  Convenient little toasty rolls of breakfast mush packed with "A Whirlwind of Flavor" according to wrapper. haha. He requested that my next illustration be a guy "getting down on a tornado"....Challenge Accepted!

INKtober Day 2

Day 2 of #INKtober a Leech drinking a Latte. Chai Latte of course. He likes a little spice in his morning cup. I'm thinking from here on out it's going to be creatures eating and drinking. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

INKtober Day 1

A buddy at work turned me on to INKtober this week. 1 Ink drawing a day for the month of October. A super fun challenge for me and any other artists interested in participating. I'm super excited to work these out and to see what everyone else comes up with. First up is this little apprehensive guy. #inktober

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)



Here are some pages from my pocket sketchbook. This go around is all about the Eastern Phoebe. A super adorable tiny large headed grey bird that I see around these parts every now and then. The look incredibly similar to the Eastern Wood Pewee (adorable name). One of the ways to tell them apart is the fact that Phoebe flicks his tail up and down when perched while the Pewee does not. I had a lot of fun working this guy out on paper. Enjoy!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Dickcissel (Spiza americana)


Here are some watercolors from the week of a bird I saw for the first time this year. My usual process for the bird illustration project I'm working on involves 3 parts. 

1. I have to see the bird with my own eyes in the wild 
2. Draw or paint the bird as it appears (I usually end up using a mix of photo reference and field sketches) 
3. Have fun making up my own interpretation of the bird. I just go for the overall impression and personality of the little guys and gals. 

It really is a lot of fun remembering where I was and looking back on old notes when I draw and paint these. A lot of great memories plus it makes me eager to get out and peep some more. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sucka!

From this months sketch group at work. The theme was B-Movie Monsters. Came up with this leechy sucka!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pocket Sketchbook Sketches

Some quickies from my favorite sketchbook to lug around. A mix of sketches from the zoo, camping, and hiking. They're from my tiny pocket sized Moleskine watercolor notebook. 3.5 x 5.5 inches. I love the size and the paper can really take a beating. I even accidentally had half a hydration bag of water dumped on the thing and after letting it dry for a bit it's as good as new. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Farewell Shark Week

"Alien Sharks of the Deep" was hands down the best Shark Week show in a while. Sharks are awesome, our Oceans are awesome....the deep sea is RIDICULOUS! Love it. It's like a dark "Island of Misfit Toys" down there. 

I threw this into the sketchbook this week. I'm really having fun with this new book. Something about the toned raggedy paper that just makes me comfortable with keeping things extra loose and goofy. 

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Sloth Bear (Melursus ursinus)


From the sketchbook. One of my favorite animals to visit at the zoo. Sloth Bear! They always look like they just rolled out of bed.

Monday, June 24, 2013

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

Some quickie sketches from the new sketchbook to wind down the night. House Sparrows are crazy super common. I see them just about everywhere, but that doesn't stop me from oogling their really interesting markings. Plus they kinda have awesome black beards. Bonus! 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

Here are some quick Belted Kingfisher sketches inspired by the backpacking trip my wife and I went on for this years wedding anniversary. We camped along the bend of a river that had a crazy amount of kingfisher activity. They would come zipping around the bend all throughout the day, chattering and making all kinds of ruckus. We ended up naming our campsite "Kingfisher Kurve" in their honor. 

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

From National Geographic: "This cowbird, the main "parasitic" bird species in North America, depends completely on other birds to raise its young—or else.
Cowbird mothers keep watch on the nests where they've laid their eggs.
If the birds find that their eggs have been destroyed or removed from the nest, the cowbirds retaliate, the study says.
The birds reportedly destroy the host birds' eggs, pecking holes in them or carrying them out of the nest and dropping them on the ground." source 
This is part of an ongoing personal project where I'm working my way through illustrating the birds my wife and I have seen together. Slowly but surely I'm chugging my way through some of my favorite North American species. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Winter Beast

Winter just seems to be hanging on this year. I'm blaming this guy. I'm convinced he controls the winter. This is my take on an awesome doll I have on my bookshelf from the insanely hard working and ridiculously talented Miss Monster.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Joe-nan

It's been a hot minute since I painted a piece that wasn't animal related. Even longer since I've done a piece that demanded this level of detail. This was a real challenge for me even though it's a pretty familiar face. It started as a simple self portrait that evolved into barbarian/forest lord me  in no time. haha. I just wrapped up reading "A Storm of Swords" in preparation for season 3 of "Game of Thrones"...I'm gonna blame this happening on that. Overall this was a great learning experience. I tried out a bunch of techniques I've never really used before and of course now that I'm calling it done I see a million things I'd like to pay closer attention to the next time around Gotsta keep learning!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Arroz con Habichuelas

Rice and Beans...my go to weekday meal. So simple and delicious. These guys are best of friends in my tum tum.  

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Yellowstone

I'm planning a trip to Yellowstone this year and decided I wanted to make some postcards to mail out to friends and family. Really it's just an excuse to draw a bison again.

Friday, January 04, 2013

Fun Times with Wood and Paper




This Christmas I ended up doing a couple quick paintings on wood for my newest nephew and niece. I had a bunch of fun with these.

I also busted out a brand new x-acto and tried my hand at making a paper cutout shadow box for one friends son. My first time and definitely not the last. He had the great idea of having his friends each do a letter of the little guys name however they wanted as long as we used the font and size specs he provided.  I scored the "X" and went for a Chicago skyline construction theme. The space I was working in was around 5" x 5"....soooper tight quarters.  I managed to cannibalize an electronic flameless candle and dropped it in between the background and skyline so the little guy can have a light show at night. Fun stuff!