Friday, December 14, 2012

My 2012 Christmas card of sorts. Skeleton Santa

Hello to all and Merry Christmas!
I have not been drawing much as of late, but I did manage to do this one. 
Originally done in pencil, then inked and colored with Photoshop Elements. 

Barenaked Ladies by God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen on Grooveshark

Friday, November 9, 2012

Cut out cards.

Aunt Bee found some cards at a garage sale for a quarter and brought  them for me. I had them for a while before I got the idea for these. 
I thought it would be better to take photos rather than scanning for clarity. All be it, my photography skills aren't that great. 
The first one is ink

Gas Mask/ Peace Cat

This one is ink and colored pencil. The paper on these cards is very lightweight, probably made for printing, so pressure from coloring with the pencils caused the paper to buckle a bit.

Santa Hat/ Alien Santa

Monday, October 29, 2012

My Halloween Post for 2012. Frankenstein and his lady.

Hi, all. I did these yesterday while watching football on a rainy Sunday here in Oregon. They are just pencil, colored in Photoshop as I usually do with my cartoons.
In retrospect I should have said "There is a very special ghoul." on the girlfriend's dfrawing.

I posted this one before, maybe every year I have had my blog. Still my favorite Halloween video.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A sketch of a brown trout on Bee's Bogus Recycled Paper

Here are two sketches. The first one of a brown trout is done on Bee's Bogus Recycled Paper with ink and white pastel.

This next one hopefully is not too adult for this blog. It is a twenty five minute sketch from a life drawing session I went to. I finally felt like going and had a good time. The drawing was larger than the scanner, so I had a bit of trouble getting the image.
For any artist or sketcher who wants to go to a life drawing session and is hesitant, I recommend going if you can find a respectable one to go to. Check out colleges and art studios in your area.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Skull in a leopard skin pill box hat and a comic strip about Bee writing Oprah

This sketch was done with a a Pilot Precise V7 pen and some really crappy, all but dried out markers that were lying around the house here. 
I have been listening to Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" album some as of late. There is a song on the album called "Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat". This was just me riffing on that song a bit. 

Leopard by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Also, here is a very quickly done little comic strip based on a conversation I had with Bee this week. Bee loves okra, I, on the other hand, do not. (!!!!!) In my imagination Oprah doesn't either.
BTW, okra is a vegetable here in the States.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Still here, a pencil cartoon colored in Photoshop.

Hello! Just a quick one, a card of sorts to say I am still around. There has been a lot of stuff going on around me lately, some good, some bad. So, as a result I haven't been able to draw, doodle, sketch or paint. Hopefully things will settle down a bit.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

A couple of Birthday cards for August, one Dragon Boat and one Grateful Dead.

I just made a couple of birthday cards today. One is for Aunt Bee, who is on a dragon boat racing team this year. And one for another family member. Both birthdays are coming up this week.
Both were done in pencil. Cleaned up and enhanced with Photoshop. 
For the skeleton I used a circus ring master's coat and hat.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A sketch from a dream, a birthday card and one just for fun.

This image popped into my brain as I was falling asleep last night. I didn't get it quite right , but came kind of close. It is not supposed to make sense or have any kind of meaning, just came to me as I was falling asleep.

This next one was for a quick birthday card. Just pencil with a touch of Photoshop.

And this last one was just for fun.  

Saturday, June 16, 2012

1960 Rambler American surf wagon

I haven't drawn a lot of cars, but they are sure fun to draw. This one was penciled, inked and colored with Photoshop. I got the back round image from Morguefile, an awesome site with images that are free to use. If you do use Morguefile be sure to read the rules.

Pipeline by The Ventures on Grooveshark

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sorrow, a pencil doodle that turned into a sketch.

This one is a bit strange, I know. It was just a pencil doodle that got it's own life. I don't know if that makes any sense, but that's the only way I could describe it. I added the grey back round with Photoshop.

Dani California (Album Version by Red Hot Chili Peppers on Grooveshark

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

If snails could fly

Hi, all. This is just a what would it look like sketch that I inked and colored with Photoshop.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Posting a .png file to see what it looks like.

I was wondering how to save and post images as a cut out only. I have been admiring some other online artists works where they have done this. The answer is pretty simple, actually. Take your image in Photoshop and make the back round blank. If you save your cut out image as a .png file then it will show online as a cut out. With no border other than the one Blogspot put around it.
Click on the image to see the image without the border.

Here is a video from 1979. Lene Lovich. I find her style and expressions interesting. I like this song, too. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Feral Cat from the Days of Old, a cartoon.

Hi, to anyone stopping by. I've been out of it for a while...

I just worked through this idea. I got just a glimpse of the cat in my imagination, but not the full picture. If that makes any sense at all.

Lately I've been listening to Bruce Springsteen's new album "Wrecking Ball". It is streaming on the internet in various places. It's great!
I kind of like this slide show, but be advised there are a few signs on the video that use some harsher language. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Ganster Cat

This was a pencil sketch inked and colored with Photoshop. I got the backround from I could not find the photographer to credit, but it was free to use.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A sparrow incognito.

This one came together pretty fast. I have been sorer than usual lately and have been watching my bird feeder out of my window more than usual. This was a pen drawing colored with Photoshop. I scanned a blank page of Bee Paper's Bogus Recycled Rough Sketch paper for the back round.

I just had to add this video because it's so good. The band is Monsters of Folk.


Monday, February 20, 2012

A comic strip about a fly fishing ghost.

Here is a strip about fly fishing. A friend and I were talking about all the people who we knew and fished with that are gone now. As well as all the people who fished this area before us. This is kind of about that. I admit it's not funny, but hopefully I am conveying a thought here.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

From the enchanted forest of Tillamook, Oregon. A dragon cow.

I have been watching NBC's television show Grimm. A show that is inspired by Grimm's Fairy Tales that takes place in and around Portland, Oregon. There are updated characters from the old fairy tales plus creatures from other sources too.
I haven't seen any werewolves or monsters around here on the west end of town, but if there were, maybe a dragon crossed with a cow would be nice. Or a dracow as a friend of mine called it.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Batman and Catwoman fan art sketches.

On a  forum of artists and sketchers that I belong to they have been practicing superhero fan art. These are my two sketches. They were done with pencil. The Catwoman was inked. Both were colored with my computer.
They are both just practices and truly fan appreciation coupled with my weird sense of humor.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

A comic strip from a coffee shop in Portland, Oregon

During this last Christmas vacation my youngest son, J.D. came home for a visit. During his brief visit he took me to a couple of the better Portland area coffee shops, where they roast their own beans and make great coffee.

The idea for this cartoon came during that time. I have been watching the TV show Grimm which puts a Portland slant on the Brothers Grimm's fairy tails. I haven't seen any werewolves or the like around here, but I thought it would be fun to make a spooky comic of my own anyway.

It's a retelling of a very old joke.