Saturday, December 31, 2011

A pencil caricature of Frida Kahlo.

Hello to anyone who happens by!
This post is partly to move on from the Holidays to the new year and partly to mention Frida Kahlo. I have been looking online at her work and she is an artist whose work I find most interesting. I recommend taking time to see her work.
Here is a caricature of her that I did after reading about her and perusing her art online.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas sketches,elf girls, and a couple of others. Pencil sketches colored with computer.

Well, we have been pretty crazy with the coming of the Holidays this year! I did manage to do these little pencil sketches and color them with my computer.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Last, a very quick one from this Christmas eve morning. My wife, Aunt Bee, has everyone hopping around here!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

My cat Sylar as the joker card and a pencil cartoon of me and the cats.

Not too much to say about these. Just a couple of cartoons done recently.

Monday, November 21, 2011

A cartoon about the Twilight movies.

Aunt Bee loves the Twilight movies. Because of this I have seen my share of them. So the other day she was mentioning the new one being out.  I was trying to figure out a way not to go.
Not that I don't enjoy my time with Aunt Bee and not that I won't go, but I am hoping she finds a girlfriend to go with.

 This was a pencil drawing inked and colored it with Photoshop, trying to give it a retro cartoon feel.
I added the word swoon because I think swoon is a funny word.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bootsy the cat as the King of Hearts playing card.

A cartoon of my son's cat as a King of Hearts playing card.
Done with pencil, then inked and colored with the computer.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pencil Sketches to change the subject.

OK, so I really didn't know how to title this, but I wanted to leave the Halloween theme from the past couple of posts.
I didn't really have too much I wanted to show, but these quick pencil sketches were fun to do, so I thought lI would share them.

I got the idea for the rosy cheeks on the first one from a cartoon character my kids used to watch, Pickachu. A bit of color seems to make some sketches a bit more interesting.

More ladies.

Another lady.

And last, this is just an idea. Kind of one of my purposes for sketching. I can always come back to this to explore later. Laughing cats.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Halloween Playlist, a simple pencil sketch colored with my computer.

This was a simple pencil sketch that I colored the other night while Aunt Bee was helping Blind Ambition with their fund raiser. I thought of some better spooky songs after I was done, oh well.
"I Put a Spell On You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, "The Ghost of Stephen Foster" and "Hell" by Squirrel Nut Zippers and the list goes on.

This video of Screamin' Jay Hawkins makes me smile every time I watch it. Screamin' Jay had a fantastic voice and he preformed this number with a great deal of humor.
Watch it if you dare! Bwahahahahahahahaha!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Masks for Halloween made from paper bags.

I got the idea for the bag masks from a couple of things I saw on the internet. The designs are mine and they were quite easy to do.
I used regular grocery bags cut off on the bottom so my head would be at the top of the bag. I also cut semi circles on either side to go over my shoulders.
Next I sketched out the faces on the bag with pencil. Then I used whatever I could find for coloring these Magic markers, prismacolor coloring sticks mostly.
They are a bit cumbersome, but we will only be wearing these for a few minutes. There are probably some ways to modify these for more mobility, though.
Aunt Bee took these photos with her new phone.

Friday, October 14, 2011

A pencil sketch about anxiety, colored with computer, and a witch.

Hello to everyone stopping by. It's fall here and I have been thinking of Halloween a bit. I just like the time of year and the festivity of it all!
Also, I am still learning to color my drawings with Photoshop. I am getting better, I think, but still have some learning to do. I guess I should go online and study more. :)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bella the cat goes Gaga.

I think it's just a phase she's going through...
Actually this was a card for Chumley's birthday. Bella goes Gaga for your birthday.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Caricature of Lady Gaga

I'm not a big fan of Lady Gaga, but I do find her costumes, wigs and accessories quite interesting. I thought it would be fun to do a cartoon of her and it was.

I saw this and I thought I would add it as a curiosity. And I thought my cats, Bella and Sylar were different. lol
Years ago I got a siamese kitten from a breeder for free, because she had a white paw and was considered imperfect. She was a great cat and she lived to 17 years.
We named her Lucky, because we always said she was lucky she wasn't disposed of as a kitten. She was part of the family and a good companion.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Monkey Surfing on a Shark

This was a pencil sketch colored with my computer.
I had this idea for a while, just got around to doing it.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Two pencil sketches. Text and greyscale added with computer.

These were pencil sketches, scanned and colored with the computer. I don't have too much to say about them.

This one was an idea I had while looking at some old photographs from a Russian play called "The Bluebird"

This one was just a joke for an online forum that I belong to.

I kinda liked this one. Just thought I would share. Chap Hop.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Cat sketching gone to Devo.

The other day I finally felt like sketching a bit. The cats were with me and I had the music on. We were all enjoying some great music from Devo and suddenly my sketching went awry. :)
This is the first sketch page.

This is the second sketch which I inked and colored with Photoshop.

Last, I saw this Youtube video after I did these sketches, so I thought I would add it. Apparently I am not the first to link cats with Devo.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Skull and Roses birthday card and a skeleton sketch.

Hello to anyone stopping by. My sister in law tells me it's Jerry Garcia's birthday today, August 1st. It will also be my sister in law's husband's birhday on the 3rd of this month also.
I haven't drawn any skulls or roses, so I decided to do both on a birthday card. In keeping with the Grateful Dead theme.
Mostly free hand and Photoshop.

I liked doing the skull and got this image in my head, so I decided to work it out and see what it would look like.

This is a photo of our cat Sylar that I thought I would share. He is quite a character!

Last a video from the Grateful Dead movie.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

More pencil sketching Japanese Bon Adori dancer, One from a dream and more.

Thanks for stopping in! I am still sketching and drawing as I am able to and thought I would share these.

I had a chance to take some pictures of some Bon Adori dancers recently. This is one of the ladies. One more detailed sketch and one of the same girl from a different angle and I think as a cartoon.

This one is from a dream I had. All the people on the street had huge hands and the bottom half of their bodies were slightly larger than normal. Who knows why you dream what you dream?

The top sketch on this next sketch page is one this one is from a video I saw on YouTube that I thought was pretty funny. I will add the video to this post also. "What American English Sounds Like to Non English Speakers"

This is the same video I mentioned, "What American English Sounds Like to Non English Speakers".

This last one I think is a bit risque, but not over the line, so I thought I would include it. It is from a public domain source I found.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Some more sketches, elf girls

So a couple of weekends ago I had occasion to see some young ladies dressed as elves. So my sketching turned into a plot of sorts, (as some of them do).
Not great I admit, but I wanted to get my musings down to remember.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Yet another pencil sketch of my male cat, Sylar

I've just been practicing my drawing lately. Here is a cartoon of one of my two cats.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Two more cat sketches, colored with Photoshop

A lot has been happening here, so I haven't had much time. But I did these and thought I would show them.

This one is the same line drawing as the previous post. I just scanned the line drawing before I painted it. Then colored the scanned line drawing with Photoshop.

This sketch was originally just going to be a gas mask, I got carried away.
I used the easiest coloring scheme I could think of to color it. All shades of olive green.
It's weird, though, because I am basically a pacifist. Sometimes your mind takes you to strange places!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Bella the cat watercolor pencil and ink sketch on Aquabee paper

This was done in a 5in x 7in Co-Mo sketch pad. It is ink with watercolor pencil washes.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Cartoon of Our Cat Sylar

Here is one of our cats, Sylar. We've never had a male cat before, but I totally get him and he is a great friend.
He is getting along better with our other cat, sweet little Bella. They still have their little spats, though.

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Dog Portrait on Bee's Bogus Rough Recycled Sketch Paper

This was done on recycled rough paper. I wanted to see what it would look like to add some washes with watercolor pencil. This was drawn with a Sharpie Fine pen. Next I put the watercolor pencil on , then went over it with a damp brush. I used a Sharpie white paint pen for the white part.

I couldn't find a picture of this dog where he wasn't dressed up or someone was laying on him. A very personable dog indeed!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Doodling on 3 inch post it notes.

Here I was doodling on three inch by three inch post it notes with different pens. I finally settled on a Sharpie fine pen.
This are practice. Some are fan art, some pets, and some from Facebook.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Fashion sense. I don't have any. Pen sketch colored with Photoshop and a playlist..

This is one I did for two reasons. First, I'm on an art forum and someone there was doing some nice fashion model pieces. So, this one was meant as a sort of a humorous addition to that forum thread. The joke being the fox skin hat.
Second, I have been seeing some other folk's play lists and I thought they were pretty cool, so I tried it also. I could have spent more time on the play list, but this is ok I think.

Monday, March 21, 2011

A doodle of our cats done with a Pilot Precise V7 pen, colored with computer.

I mentioned a couple of posts back that we got a new cat to keep company with our sweet little cat named Bella. In our minds it would be a perfect scenario. The other cat would have been taken to the pound and the thought of that just didn't seem right to us.
My wife, Aunt Bee, calls him Mermo. I call him Sylar.
Anyway, this is a doodle that depicts their uneasy relationship. I used a Pilot Precise V7 pen. colored with Photoshop and Corel Painter.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Drawing with a Uniball Vision Pen

This drawing was done with a Uniball Vision micro pen. I also used a Tombow black brush pen on the very dark areas.
My photo reference was taken from a photo from a Russian play circa 1908.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Some pencil sketches

Here are a few pencils sketches. Some practice, some ideas, some just because. :)

Abraham Lincoln, another hero of mine. I added the halo as an after thought.

This was taken from a photo collection from the early 1900"s.

Another one for practice.

This one is pen and pencil on a two and a half by three and a half inch newsprint.