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 carolinus) were 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 world...it's Earth...you live on it...you 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 28, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
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
Sunday, March 09, 2014
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
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.