Friday, May 4, 2012

Creepy But Friendly





A digital background painting done in Corel Painter as an acrylic painting.  This is a portfolio piece and was not used in production of any game.

A collection of me.

For one reason or another, I've been asked to make self portraits over the years for inclusion in mastheads, or on employee identification files, or for year end business or other similar things. 
  
Over the years, they've piled up.  I think that, sadly, the one with the green shirt is closest to the cruel hand fate dealt me, but the other weirdo ones are at least funny.

 
 That blue head was drawn by my brother many, many years ago.  You can tell how old it is since I've had silver hair coming in since I was in my twenties. I cherish the one copy I have of that drawing.  I don't even have the original anymore, but I cherish the washed out xerox in my file cabinet.

 The beardo one is ancient as well.  I fully remember the ponytail I wore when I drew that one. The one on the right there was drawn a full seventeen years later. 

This is just Facebook silliness.  Nothing to see here.

Drawings from the news


This is my new thing.  I love to warm up by doodling people from news stories; usually, miscreants and bullies, so I feel that I have free reign to make them awful.  I have a Rick Santorum around here somewhere too.  I'll post it when it turns up.

More produce drawings for the Seattle Weekly



Soon to be a painting!  Here's the work up for a three foot wide piece I'm starting up shortly.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I should post more often



I always mean to post here, but I rarely do these days.  With Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and every other non-web pursuit fighting for bandwidth, it's easy for something like a humble blog to get lost in the shuffle. 

These drawings might not be new, but I've been thinking about getting more life drawing in, and revisiting these sketches really helped me with that decision.

There Are No Small Jobs

I'll be illustrating a series of poems about different fruits and vegetables throughout the summer for the Seattle Weekly.  This week, fan favorite rhubarb!

Seattle Weekly Care Bears Cover

This is a recent Seattle Weekly cover I did with art director Jane Sherman.  The inspired treatment of the logo was all her idea.  Come to think of it, the whole concept was hers.  Go, Jane!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Halloween Show Painting


A piece from an upcoming Bureau of Drawers show, and two of the sketches that I made getting there.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cover image for an Activity Book


The very kind people at Best Friends Animal Society are putting out an activity book, and I'm lucky enough to be doing the illustrations for it. This is the cover illustration. I'll post the cover once I have the file in hand.

EDIT: This illustration has been bumped in favor of a different illustration with a menagerie of animals, including that most common of household pets, the horse.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Older Than Dirt's Grandmother


The oldest thing you'll see on this blog. I found this illustration I did for the San Francisco Weekly (go SFW!) at least a decade ago. It's so old that I dialed down the color on this thing so it wouldn't be completely yellowed over.

It's fun to see old drawings. Sometimes it shows you how far you've come, sometimes it shows you something that has been missing in your more recent work. That gray tone thing on portraits- I've got to bring that back.

Friday, April 1, 2011

More Comic and Game Concept Designs






Character concepts for various game and comic projects.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Toy Sketches



In keeping with my new promise to post more sketches here, I post these exploratory concept drawings done to flesh out a toy figure proposal I'm finishing. That's all I want to say for now, but I guess these are sort of self explanatory.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Seattle Weekly illustration


This music feature illustration went over so well that the Art Director, Boo Davis, pushed to make it the cover. Thanks, Boo!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bad Guys





I've posted these before, but I've tweaked them a bit since then, and since I'll be doing much more of this kind of material soon, I thought that they deserved another shot.

Included below is the original Joker sketch, done before I found the perfect vintage Batman puppet and decided to give it a cameo in the painted version.

Pigs, Pigs, Pigs

For some reason, I doodle and draw a lot of pigs. The bottom two pigs were done for the Dueling Pigs blog. For this blog, which collects drawings of pigs playing the banjo. The upper right was a tabloid cover, and the last of them was done for a pencil art show a while back at the Howard House gallery in Seattle. I draw a lot of pigs.

http://banjopigs.blogspot.com/

Friday, October 22, 2010

Halloween Card Illustrations- Best Friends


They're a little out of season, but here are two unused watercolored Halloween card designs for my friends at Best Friends.

Monday, May 17, 2010

From a Recent Art Show

Charcoal and chalk pastel. 

Monday, April 26, 2010

Friday, March 5, 2010

Automatic Shakespeare.


I made this photoshop picture a while back for my old Automatic Daddy blog. I found it again recently and I liked it all over again.

I combined a collection of found images of things as widely varied as an ancient amusement machine cabinet, stencils of hand prints, damaged glass, and the statue that sits on Shakespeare's tomb, of course (which looked so much like the genie in a wishing machine that it inspired this whole goofy thing in the first place). At this resolution, Gaussian blur is your friend, as is Corel Painter.

I wanted to do an exquisite corpse kind of a thing with anyone who'd want to do it, but I got sidetracked and never returned to it. One day, maybe I'll try it again.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Toy Designs




I won't explain this drawing, as I think it's obscure enough on its own to protect the concept of the toy itself, but I offer it here 'cause I love it so.

Here's another in this design series.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Axe


An illustration accompanying an article about downsizing, from a now ironically defunct newspaper back east. It originally ran without color.

Friday, February 5, 2010

A Turtle-y Monster


Sketched with love and painted with Photoshop.

Edit: Maybe he's mad because someone stole his other sock-thingie.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

From the Howard House Friends of the Nib Art Show




All of these were done at top speed to sell at a group show at the Howard House gallery.  Over 200 pieces of art hung on those walls, all just pinned up for easy and low cost sale.  We moved a lot of artwork but nobody really made any dosh.  The work was just too inexpensive to net us any profit.  Well, it was fun anyway.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Seattle Weekly Holiday Cover

Boo Davis, the AD at the Seattle Weekly dreamed up this idea, incorporating film, Christmas and Sherlock Holmes, and she asked that it be created as kind of a collage. It's was a fun idea, and Boo pulled it together at the last minute, making my work look good in the process.

Thanks, Boo!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Posting Some "Office Wrestling" Images


A while back I was involved in the development of a game proposal for "Office Wrestling", a game idea brought to us by Emmy Award winning animation designer Dan Krall. While the company where I worked percolated on exactly what they might do with this proposal, another company announced a frustratingly similar idea, so that effectively ended "Office Wrestling". I'll post a couple more concept sketches here as soon as I can.

For the record, Dan was none too crazy about this direction for the visual development himself. I'm sure we could have made him happier with the full project, hopefully working with him on a more sophisticated approach, but unfortunately we never got the chance.