Pencil Portrait of a buddy

Just sketching around this week and decided to attempt a pencil portrait of a friend of mine.  This is just drawn on copy paper with a library pencil and a charcoal pencil I happened to have. I think I may start doing a series of pencil portraits of various acquaintances or famous folks and posting them here.  Who would you like for me to draw?


Joey Hilljoe hill








Looking at them side by side makes me wish I had some darker pencils with me at the time.  I could photoshop them to match better, but I rather prefer to let the organic original show here so I can know what to do better next time.



Post apocalyptic sketch

Just adding a new sketch to play further with texture and line.  I happened upon an image of a WWII German soldier burying an Allied pilot.

german soldier


I was fascinated by the somber nature of the photograph, as well as its inversion of typical War narratives.  I used this image as a reference for the following illustration:

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Mixing my line art with some watercolor textures created a pretty interesting picture.


Until next time,


Make it I Will, Yeeesss!

Hello Casual Readers!

My local library asked me and my son to design a puppet for their Jedi Training academy.  We put this little guy together over the weekend.  He’s supposed to vaguely resemble Yoda.  It was made out of whatever we could find around the house: A milk jug, a berry container, some place mats, a soap dispenser, some felt, and tons of hot glue!  We had some really cool results!

YodaA local theater group has asked me to design a larger puppet head for their production of Alice in Wonderland.  I’ll post those results later!








Some Product Design

Recently I was asked to help design a medium sized men’s carrying bag for possible sale on the interwebs.  I’d never done it before, but decided to take a stab at it.  Below are a couple of the images I created.

I wanted to communicate how the bag would hang on the body.

Human Design model

I also wanted to create a photo realistic version of the design I had in mind.

bag design smooth

I don’t know if the bag will ever see production, but I enjoyed the exercise in creativity!



Character Design

I have a friend who is in the process of writing a graphic novel.  He wanted me to create a look for a main character.  I haven’t really settled on anything, but below are my many iterations of the same character.  We’ll see what happens over time.

I start out with a really loose sketch
I start out with a really loose sketch


Try a little more realistic...and don't like it
Try a little more realistic…and don’t like it
Try a bit more cartoony.  Still don't know how I feel about it.
Try a bit more cartoony. Still don’t know how I feel about it.


Added a little color and some other iterations.
Added a little color and some other iterations.
I kind of like this approach to the character.
I kind of like this approach to the character.
Here's another random character from the book.
Here’s another random character from the book.


A graphic novel would be a whole lot of time investment, so here’s hoping something materializes someday.



Seminar illustrations

In order to avoid paying fees for images I (or others) use in seminars, I’ll often create my own.  Here are  a few examples:

Sometimes I need something bold, but photorealistic:  Einstein is an example


Other times, I just need a simple animal design

cat faceSometimes I’ll take a common image and create my own clip art such as the microscope below


Regardless, it’s best to think about the labor of the person who created the images.  If you are charging for a seminar, please be sure to pay the appropriate fees to the appropriate artists.  Otherwise, consider doing as I do and create your own.