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This is a shot from a kids book that I am working on.

Hound Dog

Corel Painter ~8 hours (side note on this: I originally put 6 fingers on his hand by accident!  Thanks to my friend Brian for catching that one.)

"The bald headed wise man" sketch

The snake oil-salesman

The Southern Politician

It took several versions of this character to get it right, but I think it turned out well in the end.

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I just received a new shipment of my favorite pens, and though I typically only use black, I always like to try out one of the 100’s of available colors.  This time around, I tried this delicious Red/Brown color. Go imagination!

The Whipmaster and the Ladleman

Hi-Tec C Pen on paper.  ~25 minutes

Here is another sketch from my flower-as-an-elderly-man kick.  Sometime I would like to do a real painting of one of these.

The Send-off

The Send-off

30 minutes. Pencil on cardboard.  With 5 minutes of color added in Photoshop.

I have been taken recently by the idea of flowers personified as wizened old men, caring for and preparing fruit for harvest, so when my friend asked me if I could do some drawings for a new tattoo, I imediately came up with this.   We will see how he likes it.

Flower Tattoo

Fruit of the harvest (Flowers of the field)

If he likes this, I will tweak it and maybe add some color.  I may add color, even if he doesn’t!

Pencil and Paper ~2 hours.

This is a quick one from my sketchbook.

Cowboy pop-gun

Cowboy pop-gun

Pencil on paper.  5-6 minutes.

Typically I am not the type to rush right out and buy the latest version of every software license I own.  I find that I can wait 2 or more generations on things before it becomes necessary to buy an upgrade.  And so, when Painter released Painter 11 a while back, I didn’t give it much thought, but today I finally got around to giving it a try.  I have been very happy with Corel Painter 10, but this blew me away!  It was so much closer to the control of natural hard media that when I finished this rough sketch I did a double take at the clock.  15 minutes is much closer to what I would spend if this were an actual pencil or charcoal sketch.  Color me happy!  I can’t wait to try out something more substantial in this program.

Male speed sketch

Male speed sketch

Corel Painter 11.  15 minutes!

This is a scan of a page from my little 5″x8″ sketchbook that I did yesterday while I was eating with my wife.  We are such art dorks!

sketchbook page

Another sketchbook scan.

Bruce the polar beast: Daniel Armstrong

Bruce the polar beast: Daniel Armstrong

Paper/pencil

I pulled these out of an old sketchbook this morning.  Enjoy!

Old Lady and Baby

Old Lady and Baby

Oh Roger!

Oh Roger!

Pen/Pencil/Paper

Daniel Armstrong

Stories, as you might imagine are a huge part of what goes on in our household.  I read stories to my son Hudson at night, then brush his teeth then tell stories (usually made up on the spot) to him in bed.  Occasionally there will also be times during the day when he will ask me “Dad, can you tell me a story?”  I thought it might be a good idea to capture some of these stories visually as a means of recording our children’s childhood experience.  This is a scene from a story I told him after we went sledding the other day, about a snow nymph named Shrilana who was wide as a beach ball and happy as a clam.

Shrilana the winter nymph.

Shrilana the winter nymph.

pencil/paper 6’x8′ sketchbook.  30 minutes.  (While I was posting this Hudson walked by and said “Hey, that is from the story you told me”  Very cute)