Tuesday, December 11, 2012

colored pencil cat

5x7 Prismacolor pencil
This small drawing was a gift for a friend who had recently lost their pet. It was also an experiment in trying to use the style of another artist I have been admiring recently, M. Katherine Hurley . I love this vague, tonal style, especially since my usual work is so linear. I'd love to do some more work like this.
The only thing I don't like about this piece is the shape of the cat's head; it looks a little too human instead of feline. My drawing was pieced together from some bad photos of the actual cat (to see what kind of markings it had) and the poses of some other cats. I need to work on some cat studies before I do more animals!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Marker and Crayon: Autumn scene

I did this drawing while I was on a trip and didn't have all of my art supplies with me. I had paper, and had brought a handful of my markers, but I hadn't brought colored pencils. So I grabbed my daughter's crayons! It wasn't very planned outbut it was a lot of fun anyway. When I got home, I threw in a few more details with pencil.
Later, I decided to fix a tree that was driving me nuts,by redrawing it on another paper and gluing it on. Now it's a collage too.
11x14 marker, pencil, crayon and paper colage

Monday, October 29, 2012

Third Marker Illustration

 This is the third drawing that goes with the two in the previous post, illustrating the client's memories of a roadside park he remembers visiting in his youth.
It is drawn with Copic and Prismacolor markers, with some details in Prismacolor pencil.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Marker illustrations

These were some recent drawings I did for a friend, to illustrate some of their personal family stories. Both are done with Prismacolor and Copic marker, with some details done in Prismacolor pencil, and are 11x14".
The first (my favorite) depicts the kids of the family back in the sixties. They used to visit a petshop where they'd tap the glass on the fish tank for fun, even though there was a sign saying not to tap it.There was also a Mina bird in the shop that would always "talk" to them as they came in.

The second shows the family cat, who disapeared during a tornado, but reappeared months later. The family story goes that the cat must have been visiting OZ with Dorothy. I like my general layout on this drawing, but wish I would have planned some things better, like the placement of the tree in front of the cat. Also, the apples were a last minute thing that could have been planned better...I hate the one on the far left!
I do love the sky though.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Various archives

 These are a few more of my old pieces that I've been scanning.  The first was a fun piece I created during my breaktimes at work in 2003. It is made of blue, orange and yellow paper, along with a black xerox copy cut with a box cutter for the tree. The people were a xerox copy of an earlier pen drawing, and everything was colored with green and orange highlighters. It was a lot of fun! This piece is around 10x10".

The second piece was a commissioned drawing for a professor of Religion I knew in college. He wanted an illustration of "repentance". I used my brother as the model. This is just a photograph of a copy (as the teacher has the original.) The original was a prismacolor drawing about 5x10" in size, and was completed in 2001.

Monday, August 20, 2012

some college prints

I've recently been trying to record all of my artwork from college and earlier, showing it here on my art blog. Some of the older stuff can be found on separate pages through the page links to the right. I will put some of my favorites on this main page.
These are all fine art prints, including lithograph, intaglio, silk screen, lino-cut, etc. from 1997.

1997, intaglio Trying to be" 5x7"

1997, intaglio, Trying to be just who 5x7"

1997 intaglio 3x7"

1997, lithograph In the shade of winter 5x7"

1998 intaglio It hides behind stars and under hills 8x10"

1997 silkscreen print 8x10"

1997 silkscreen photo transfer, each 5x7"

1997 linoleum print 10x15"

1997 linoleum print, That she might see 6x14"

1997 photo transfer intaglio And then there was me 2.5x6"

1997 intaglio with tissue paper 5x7"

1997 intaglio with tissue paper 5x7"

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Devils Tower, WY

Prismacolor marker with some new Prismacolor pens I picked up for finer detailing. White pencil detail on the hay bales. Devils Tower- turned out pretty good! 11x14"

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

8 month old boy

This is a recent drawing of my son, in Prismacolor Pencil, approximately 5x7. The photo isn't crooked; it's just the drawing isn't perfectly rectangular. 
This reproduction doesn't have the same luminosity and smooth feel as the original, but you get the idea.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bainbridge Island, marker

11x14 Prismacolor and Copic marker and ink. Also a little white Prismacolor pencil in the clouds.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

college portraits and figures

A record of some portraits and figure drawings I drew in college, from 1996 to 1999, in various mediums.

1996 fingerprints in ink, self portrait

1996 graphite drawing

1997 prismacolor pencil, figure with glasses 20x24"

I love this vague figure drawing; I wish I'd done more like this.
1997 oil painting 16x20"

1999 prismacolor 11x14"

1999 prismacolor 8.5x14"

1999 prismacolor 11x14"

1999 prismacolor and pastel 11x14"
1999 graphite, 11x14"

1998 oil on paper 11x 16"

I have to say, I really don't like this one. Plus, it got smeared where it was being stored.

1998 pastel on paper, 16x20"

1997 graphite, 16x20"

1997 oil self portrait 16x20"

This is one of my favorites.

1998 charcoal on paper 16x20"

1998 oil on canvas panel 16x20"
1998 oil on canvas panel 16x20"

1998 pastel and prismacolor on paper 20x24"

1998 prismacolor on paper 20x24"

Saturday, May 12, 2012

college paintings

 These are some paintings from my college days that I wanted to document somewhere. These were for a painting class and an illustration class where I was experimenting with different painting styles, about 1998-99.

illustration of a story I wrote in high school oil on illustration board, 16x20"

oil painting of a magazine collage, to learn color mixing, oil on canvas 12x14"

Spilled paint technique, oil on canvas 12x14"

 I love the blurry background figures, oil on illustration board 16x20"

Halloween, oil on illustration board, 11x14"

Illustration for a short story I wrote in college 12x14"

self portrait 1998, oil on canvas panel

Throw back to my early high school subject matter! Acrylic? on illustration board

Mr. Bean, oil on illustration board, 16x20"

In the tree on a rainy day. Acrylic on illustration board 14x16"

oil on canvas 20x30", too bad I never got a very good photo of it.