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A couple weeks ago, I had the honor of stopping by the school where a couple of my friends teach to share some art with the kids.  I basically sat at a table and took requests from the throng of interested pre-teens to draw them on the spot.  From the boys there were shouts of “Skulls, Warriors, and Dragons!” and from the girls I got things like “a unicorn with rainbow shoes.”  Luckily, everyone could agree that a “Rock star playing a guitar” would be “completely awesome.”  I don’t know if I achieved “completely awesome,” but I sure did have fun.

Yes, that IS a unicorn with rainbow shoes.

So, it isn’t what I would typically have drawn on a Friday night, but I guess that is kinda the point.

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This is a quick one.  This image had been floating around in my head all day, so I grabbed a few images from the internet as lighting reference and went to town.

Old Man Speed Sketch

Time to Plant Sequoias.

Corel Painter. 45 Min.

This weekend, my wife and I got to be a part of a very cool night hosted by a local coffee shop called Rohs Street Cafe.  We both painted up front while the bands performed.  It was a blast! Proceeds from both the sale of our pieces as well as the bands’ cd sales went toward Stop Traffick Fashion.  Cool music, cool art, great cause.  Loved it.

I was actually surprised at how emotional the whole thing was for me.  Even hiding behind my digital set-up with my work projected up front, I felt very emotionally vulnerable, and couldn’t help but tearing up from time to time.  Enjoy the art, and don’t forget to check out the two bands that played Artists and Authors and Flaregun.

Beleaguered Joy (an Angel Illustration by Daniel Armstrong)

Corel Painter/Adobe Photoshop.  2 hours

Tonight I decided to just start painting (digitally of course) without much of an idea of what I was doing beforehand. The only restriction was that I could not erase, and would not paint for more than 35 minutes. It turned out as a guy with a mustache climbing a mountain with a pack of flowers on his back. Hmmm, what does this say about me?

40 minute speed painting.

Well, after a little levels adjustment in photoshop, this turned out as a 40 minute exercise. So much for rules.

Corel Painter / Adobe Photoshop 40 minutes.

I felt like drawing a quick hummingbird today.  Enjoy

Krista's Hummingbird

Krista's Hummingbird

Corel Painter 25 minutes

This is another drawing inspired by the work of my 4 year old son Hudson.  He gave me a tattoo of a flying giraffe this week, and I just had to draw it too!  Enjoy.

When Giraffes fly...

When Giraffes fly...

Corel Painter/Photoshop 40 minutes.

After a week-long hiatus, I am back with this morning’s warm up.  This may be my most finished 40 minute sketch to date!

a twinkle in his eye.

a twinkle in his eye.

Corel Painter. 40 min.

“Marjory, you are still a princess in my book.”

Keep the dream alive

Corel Painter. 1 hour.

Last night I had the privilege of being a judge for the final art show at the Miami Valley Christian Academy.  My friend Emily is a teacher there, and asked me to come and demonstrate my own artistic process for the kids.  So these are the quick sketches I did per request of the children there.  A pink cat and a jet.  Can you hazard a guess at which one was requested by a little girl, and which by a nine-year-old boy?

Illustrations for boys and girls

Illustrations for boys and girls

Footwear Miracle: Daniel Armstrong

Footwear Miracle: Daniel Armstrong

Corel Painter/Photoshop. 1.5 Hours.

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