Friday, March 28, 2014

National Park Sketches

Here are some sketches from our last couple visits to National Parks. 

My wife and I have kind of made it a mission to try and hit up at least one National Park a year. Last year we hit up Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky and this year we had an amazing weeklong romp through Big Bend National Park in southern Texas. Both were amazingly gorgeous in completely different ways.  

The Red-bellied Woodpecker's (Melanerpes carolinuswere everywhere we went while walking outside of Mammoth Cave. Soooo many of these adorable little buggers. *note: this guy was painted from a reference photo. Original Photo by Gil Eckrich

The sunsets at Big Bend National Park redefined what a beautiful sunset was for me. Never have I seen so much sky riddled with such rich color over what to me looked like an otherworldly landscape. The best part is it's not another's live on too can see this awesomeness. I love living on this rock! This was my poor attempt to try and capture this experience. 

Lastly I drew up some of the cacti we ran into (literally) all over Big Bend. Prickly Pear and Purple Prickly Pear. As beautiful as the park was. The landscape was rugged. Everything had teeth and everything wanted to take a bite out of us, but those Purple Prickly Pears were cuties for sure. 

The variety of landscapes, flora and fauna in this country are spectacular and absolutely worth exploring and enjoying. These are YOUR parks...get out there and see for yourself how awesome this place is. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Grumpy Rhino - Happy Hippo

Fresh out of the sketchbook is a grumpy rhino with a happy hippo. Originally just had this as a inkbrush drawing and decided to throw some color at it. Toned paper sketchbooks are really fun. Enjoy.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Farewell Sir Ryan

Bittersweet Friday Art post. All around awesome dude and wonderfully talented coworker Ryan whom I had the honor of working along side for almost a year had his last day today.  This afternoon the artists here had a lunch time drawing session with the theme based around him. It was really neat to be a part of that kind of epic send off. This was my piece of Sir Ryan on his epic quest for lunch. All the best to this dude in his journey towards the next phase. Sky's the limit for this guy. Crazy talented, filled with all kinds of good energy and down for shenanigans! killer combo! Check out his art if you get a chance. Great stuff in there.

C'mon Spring! Muskox (Ovibos moschatus)

Threw this lady in to the pocket sketchbook during a lunch at work. This Muskox is patiently waiting for spring and so am I. 

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Painted Painted Dog

Sneak peak of another piece for the African Painted Dog Conference here in Chicago. I ended up going in a completely different direction for this one and went for something extra painterly. They are "painted" dogs after all. haha. I really flipped the script on this one.  Kinda forces me to change the way I think about a piece and dusts off some neglected areas of my brain. ...and wow...some areas are extra dusty. I started sketching this up yesterday just for layout help with the watercolor piece I want to knock out for the conference and I got carried away. Couldn't stop, and now I might have an extra print. ha. Lots of fun working on this for sure. 

Friday, March 07, 2014

African Painted Dog (Lycaon pictus) Finished

Finished up the African Painted Dog T-shirt Design this week. Had so much fun painting these guys up. Subconsciously ended up having these dogs look a little like myself. Beard...bad teeth and all. haha. Included a little close up one of my favorites one of the bunch. He's so pleased! I'm super excited to see them printed up. Crossing my fingers that they print well.