If I Only Had a Friend

Here’s another little drawing of some Wizard of Oz characters. This time it’s Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman. They were my favorite Oz characters when I was a kid. The coloring was done with watercolors, and the linework is all ink. Kudos to my wife for coming up with the caption.

Watercolor Seahorses

I’m starting to really like working in watercolors. It’s a lot quicker than working in gouache. It’s nice not to have to worry about covering up the underlying sketch, plus mixing the colors is super quick. This piece was supposed to originally be done in gouache. These two seahorses are pot-bellied seahorses (Hippocampus abdominalis). Here are some progress shots. The first shows the original tracing paper sketch overlaid. I don’t normally do tracing paper, but I had originally intended doing gouache which hides any sketch underneath once you start putting values down.

Scarecrow of Oz

Here is the second in my series of watercolor literary / old timey characters.

Sea Horse Sketch

The power went out at work last week, so I took the opportunity to go draw some fish. They were the only ones with full power because of the back up generators. My eyes hurt after drawing in the dark ambient lighting.

Bucking Horse in Watercolor

This is is my first real watercolor piece. I’m trying to learn it. I’ve seen some really cool stuff done in watercolor.

Life Drawing Open Studio

I went to Philbrook’s life drawing open studio this evening. It’s really quite a nice set up, just $10 bucks per session which is every Thursday. It’s kind of fun getting back into the art studio setting with lots of other people around drawing. Anyway click past this jump (if you are on the main blog page) to see the drawings as there is obviously nudity. 20 minute sessions: 10, 5, and 1 minute sessions: (china marker)...

Gas Mask Ladies Inked

I think I’ll do watercolor on top of this drawing. I really need to get better at it. Plus if I mess it up I can always go back and digitally color it.

Drawing on a Lazy Saturday

I drew these really lightly with a 2h so sorry for the mediocre photos. The wife fell asleep on a couch, then proceeded to wake up and read more Jane Eyre. Click the images for bigger (you can see them better that way).

Perspective Map

Been working on a map as a favor for a friend’s camp. It took me a lot longer than I thought it would. I had to reconstruct everything from blurry satellite photos and hazy recollections of where buildings were, plus a random collection of photos of the buildings and some verbal descriptions. And here’s the pen linework: I did this on a pretty large piece of paper, with a light drawing in 2h pencil and then the lines in Micron pens. I then took a photo and digitally colored it and adjusted a few things.

Pink Salmon Ocean Phase

Brush pen lines to digital layout and coloring. This little guy is going in an aquarium kiosk. He’s actually a vector.

A. Carnegie, Crazy Color Portrait

One of my online friends uses crazy colors in his work and luscious line work. I’m copying him a bit with the loud colors. He says that he picks the craziest colors and then just makes them work. The lines were done with a brush pen. Again this seems a lot faster and more expressive than my normal microns.

Cheetah Rough, Inking and Watercolor

I haven’t posted anything in awhile. I’ve been doing a lot of programming lately instead of drawing. Code examples aren’t really interesting to post. This is a 3” rough in my small sketchbook for something bigger I’ve been meaning to do. This is my first successful thing done with a brush pen. I’m also playing some with watercolors. I need to get a scanner for my house because the photos blow out some of the subtleties.