Sunday, January 30, 2011

Refreshing a Thought

Here is a study I did of Cropall recently. Yes, she and her sister, Wizelwaud, are still floating around out there in the aether. I do still draw them to keep myself "familiar" with how they look.

It also happens to be Draw A Dinosaur Day, so if you want to draw a dinosaur get on board! I may not actually submit mine to the website, but I thought it would be a fun thing to participate in at least on a personal level. I don't have anything I want to show yet, but there will be a dinosaur upcoming!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Winter Wonderland that wants to kill your car...

So I've had my fair share of car trouble in the past couple of winters. Now that I drive nearly a half hour (in good weather) to reach my regular day job, I've discovered that a lot of things can go wrong along the way, especially if you like to take the expressway as I do. Everything from slipping off the road in snowy conditions to loosing your exhaust. I even found that one of my tires had almost completely deflated just as I was about to leave from work! I limped home with the dummy tire on only to find that another tire was nearly flat the next morning (depicted below).

There's no doubt about it folks: if you're going to drive in the snow you will experience some sort of trial, whether it's your own car getting old and quitting on you or another driver experiencing their own difficulty. But I'm here to tell you that while it may initially be a frustrating, even frightening experience (i.e. Crashing), as long as no one got hurt, you mine as well make the best of the situation. For example, I had to replace my exhaust a while back because it practically fell out on my way to work in the morning. I could have been ticked that I had to spend exorbitant amounts of money to replace almost the whole thing, but I preferred to look on the bright side, namely, that I got to experience something new (trying to exit off the expressway as soon as possibly accompanied by the sound cacophonous sound of scraping metal and an un-muffled exhausted) and I got a memorable picture out of it, too (thank you smart phone).

So enjoy this sketch, humorously retelling one of my many car troubles experienced this winter. A couple versions have been drawn for added hilarity.

I think I will have to bribe my car with more oil changes and Armor All wipes in order to avoid so many unfortuante... incidences.

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Here are a few sketches I did of cats in the last month or so. I was trying to experiment with some funny expressions on some of them while on others I was mostly interested in making a sinuous form. I was also trying to see how much detail I could be rid of before the shape stopped looking like a cat. I think I could have gone farther with this concept.

Cats are very good at making fun curly cues with their bodies; as always, it's a delight to draw the graceful form of a cat! 


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Unusual Mermaid Kind

Tired of busty, Disney-inspired mermaids? Yeah, me too. Hopefully, this chain-mail wearing, skip-jack tuna inspired mermaid will help to clear that up. I know I've done chain mail before, but this could be considered more of a scale armor instead...

While I'm OK with (and even enjoy) Disney's "The Little Mermaid," I've become a little bored with the usual portrayal of mermaids as siren-like Barbies. It's nice to switch things up a bit, which is why I started looking around for some inspiration a little while back and drew my own version of a fish person.

Granted, she's a little Barbie like in her own right, but all in all I feel it's a nice departure from the norm. Looking at strange and unusual fish might be an exercise I will continue; it might be nice to see how many types of mer-people I could come up with.