Monday, July 24, 2017

Dino the Dinosaur

Here is a new illustration I just got done with.


He's al ready for a sleep over.  He even has his stuffed dinosaur companion.  Not sure what I am going to do with him yet.  Perhaps a story will follow soon.  

Until next time, it's time for me to get back a the drawing board.  

Monday, July 17, 2017

Animal Closeups

I decided to start a series of trying to draw an animal a day.  So I came up with just doing animal closeups.  Why? You ask?  Well,  only doing their heads has it's advantages which I will list below.

ADVANTAGES OF DRAWING ONLY CLOSEUPS

  1. It's easy and quick
  2. It's a way for me to practice on SketchBook Pro.
  3. It keeps my creative juices flowing.
  4. And most of all it's fun.  
Let's start with this guy.



So I already posted some of my animal closeups as doodles and you can see them here and here.

So every week I will post a new animal closeup.









Until next time, it's time for me to get back at the drawing board.


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Illustration Friday #29

This week's Illustration Friday challenge is so delicious and happens to be one of my favorite desserts!  ICE CREAM!

And look who also enjoys ice cream.


Can you guess the flavor?  It is my all time favorite ice cream in the world.  No, not blueberry.  Blue is in the name though.  Any more guesses?  Oh, okay, it's Blue Moon!

Hope you enjoyed this illustration.

Check out my other illustration challenges here.

Until next time, it's time for me to get back at the drawing board.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Pinch Punch Post for May

Twitter's illustration challenge "Pinch Punch Post" for May was "monkey."

 I  had a lot of fun with the word.  My first thought was a barrel of monkeys and then this is what I decided to do.


I illustrated this is pencil and ink and then finished it off with watercolors.

I hope you enjoyed this illustration.

Until the next time, it's time for me to get at the drawing board.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Illustration Friday #28

Wow, this was a quick turnaround this week.  I was messing around on SketchBook Pro and came up with this week's Illustration Friday challenge.  The topic is "portrait."

This illustration was done digitally.


I think he looks a little shy.  What do you think?  Overall, I am happy with him.

If you want to check out my other challenges than click here.

Until next time, it's time for me to get back at the drawing board.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Illustration Friday #27

This week's Illustration Friday Challenge tugs at our hearts.  It's all about "love."

I was going to use an old drawing that I had with hedgehogs but that would have been lazy on my behalf.  Here is the illustration I am talking about.



This is what I decided to go with.  


It's a simple drawing and it is new.  

If you want to check out my other challenges then click here.

I hope you enjoyed these illustrations. 

Until next time, it's time for me to get back at the drawing board.  

Monday, July 3, 2017

July Pinch Punch Post

For this month's drawing challenge for Twitter's Pinch Punch Post, gives us a close up look at a little red crustacean.  Can you guess what I have drawn?  If you guessed crab than you would be right.  Except this crab isn't crabby at all.  He's a pretty happy crab.

See for yourself.


I illustrated this on Sketchbook Pro.  I think he came out pretty good.  

I hope you enjoyed this illustration.  Until the next time it is time for me to get back at the drawing board.  



Monday, June 26, 2017

June's SCBWI Draw This

So this month's illustration challenge for SCBWI "Draw This"  gives a splash of color.   The prompt word is "splash."

My first thought was to do an animal splashing in some water but then I thought I would take a different approach and this is what I came up with.


This illustration was created digitally on SketchBook Pro.  I'm finding I am doing more of my work digitally.  I still have a long way to go before I get really good at it but I am happy how this turned out.

I hope you enjoyed this illustration.

Here are my other illustration challenges I have completed if you want to check them out.  Check them out here.

It's time for me to get back at the drawing board.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Illustration Friday #26

This week's Illustration Friday challenge brings new growth.   If you guessed sprout than you would be right.

Here is my illustration for the word "sprout."


This illustration was done digitally in SketchBook Pro.  

Hope you enjoyed this illustration.  Check out my other challenges I have done by clicking here.

Until the next time, it's time for me to get back at the drawing board.



Friday, June 23, 2017

Illustration Friday #25

Here is my entry for the Illustration Friday challenge this week.  The topic is "Three"  So what better than three blue cows who love lollipops.


Illustration done in colored pencils and some digital aspects to the third cow in Sketchbook Pro.

If you would like to check out my other challenges then click here.


Hope you enjoyed this week's illustration.

Until next time, it's time for me to get back to the drawing board.

Monday, June 19, 2017

More Doodles

I am enjoying doing quick sketches of animals close up.  Here are a couple more that I did.  It seems like I am doing 1 or 2 a day.

I think I will do a series of them.




These two are appropriate together I think.  

Until next time, it's back to the drawing board for me.



Monday, June 12, 2017

Just Doodling

Sometimes when I am not doing challenges like Illustration Friday or SCBWI Draw This or Twitter's Pinch Punch Post, I am stumped at what to draw so then I will start doodling to get my creative juices flowing.

Here are a couple of doodles I did recently.  They are just a couple of animal close ups.




Both doodles were digitally done in SketchBook Pro.

Now I'm ready to get back to the drawing board.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Illustration Friday #24

This week's Illustration Friday challenge finds an energetic Hippo ice skating while twirling Hula hoops at night time.  What a show!

This week's prompt word is "skate."

This is what I came up.


I think she needs to be careful though.  The ice is starting to crack.....

I hope you enjoyed this illustration.

If you want to check out my other challenges I have done then click here.

Until the next time, it's time for me to get back at the drawing board.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Pinch Punch Post for June

June's Pinch Punch Post illustration challenge finds us busy as a little bee.  If you guessed "bee" as the prompt word you would be right.

I decided to do my illustration digitally in Adobe Sketchbook Pro and this is what I came up with.


I wanted to keep it simple so we could focus on the bee itself.  She definitely is the Queen Bee of her hive.

I hope you enjoyed this month's illustration.

Until next time, it's time for me to get back to the drawing board.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Illustration Friday #23

This week's prompt word for the Illustration Friday Challenge is "mind."

This is what I came up with.


Illustration was done in ink and color pencil.

Hope you enjoyed this illustration.  If you would like to check out my other illustration challenges then click here.

Until next time, it's time for me to get back to the drawing board.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Illustration Friday #22

The prompt word for this Illustration Friday challenge is "Team."

What makes a perfect team?  Three kids and a chicken?  I think that makes a pretty darn good team.  What do you think?


Check out my other challenges here.


Until next time, it's back to the drawing board for me.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Illustration Friday #21

This week's Illustration Friday topic is "Mother."  This is what I came up with.



I hope you enjoyed this illustration.  If you want to check out my other challenges  you can click here.

Until next week, it's time for me to get back to the drawing board.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Digital Character



I haven't done much drawing over the past few weeks because my full time job has been keeping me busy.  I'm still continuing to practice on drawing children.  If you read any of my earlier posts than you know I prefer to draw animals.  

I created this little guy in Sketchbook Pro.





Hope you enjoyed this illustration.

Until the next time, it's time for me to get back at the drawing board.  

Monday, May 8, 2017

May SCBWI "Draw This"

For the month of May SCBWI "Draw This" challenge has us hungry.  Follow the animals as they gather for a feast.


If you already guessed "Feast" as the theme, you would be right.

The illustration was done in color pencil and the background was painted digitally.

Hope you enjoyed this month's SCBWI "Draw This" challenge.

Until next time, it's time for me to get back at the drawing board.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Illustration Friday Challenge #20

Sorry folks, I missed a few weeks of Illustration Friday (three to be exact) but I am back and ready for this week's challenge.

This weeks challenge finds our little mouse up against some heavy odds.  No matter how hard he pushes the elephant resists.

The prompt word for this week is "resist."

This is what I came up with.



I done this digitally on SketchBook Pro.  I wanted to keep it simple.  

Hope you enjoyed this edition of Illustration Friday challenge.  If you want to check out my other challenges then click here.  


Until the next time, it's time for me to get back at the drawing board.  



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Monday, May 1, 2017

Pinch Punch Post

For the month of May, Twitter's Pinch Punch Post illustration challenge finds us crazy for bananas.  The prompt word is "Monkey."

This is what I came up with.


I done this illustration in pen and ink and watercolors. 


The above illustration was then finished in Sketchbook Pro where I added the purple behind the monkey, the gray under the barrel and shading on the chef's hat and jacket. 

I hope you enjoyed this month's illustration challenge.

Until next time, it's time for me to get back at the drawing board.  





Monday, April 24, 2017

Beginning Watercolor

Lately, I have been switching up my medium and been giving watercolors a try.  Wow, am I having fun with watercolors.  Now, I know I'm not perfect yet but the more I do the easier it gets.  For many years I have used color pencils.

The watercolors I am using are Holbein Artist's water colors, 24 colors.






Does this mean I am giving up my color pencils?  Absolutely not!  I'm just broadening my horizons.  I think it is important as an illustrator to try new mediums.

Here is what I've done so far in watercolors.




I hope you enjoyed my illustrations.  I will continue practicing/learning more about this wonderful, versatile medium.  

Until the next time, it's back at the drawing board for me.







Monday, April 17, 2017

SCBWI April "Draw This"

Have you ever wanted to see a fairy dragon?  Well, this little girl got the surprise of her life.



This illustration was for the SCBWI "Draw This"  April illustration challenge.   The prompt word was "Surprise."


This illustration was done in watercolors and the background was done in SketchBook Pro.  

I hope you enjoyed this.  If you want to check out my other illustration challenges then click here.

It's time for me to get back to the drawing board.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Illustration Friday Week 19

This week's Illustration Friday challenge produces a false impression of reality.  This poor little croaker is not happy with who he is so when he sees himself it's quite an "illusion."

Have you guessed the word yet?  Yep, the topic for the illustration challenge is illusion.  I knew right away what I wanted to do with it.

This is what I came up with.


Below is my rough draft.


Hope you enjoyed this illustration.  Can't wait to see what next week's word is.  If you want to check out my other challenges click here.

Until next time, it's time for me to get back at the drawing board.







Monday, April 10, 2017

April Pinch Punch Post

This  is the second month I have participated in Twitters Pinch Punch Post.  The prompt word for April is "Magpie."   And my little bear finds herself with a magpie on her head.

Here is what I came up with.


I colored the bear and the magpie in watercolor and then I inked it.  I then took a picture of it and opened it in SketchBook Pro and finished it.  

Here is my final:




 As you can see I added some highlights on the hat and dress, and put in the background. 

Hope you enjoyed this illustration.

Until the next time, it's time for me to get back to the drawing board.









Monday, April 3, 2017

My First Tear Sheet.

Well, I finally got it done.  If you are wondering what I am talking about, it's my very first tear sheet.  Tear sheets are printed samples of your artwork that you send out to publishers.  Remember when I talked about them in my earlier post entitled, "Boy Illustration."



Well, I didn't do a series of emotions like I originally said, but I will do that on my next one.  I will continue to update my tear sheets as I continue to add to my portfolio.  

So now I have no more excuses, I will start sending out my tear sheets to the right publishers who publish books to my style of art.  

Until the next time, it's back to the drawing board for me.  





Sunday, April 2, 2017

Illustration Friday Week 18

This week's Illustration Friday Challenge finds a lobster not quite ready for the pot.   The topic for this week is "hot."  There's nothing hotter than a boiling pot of water well unless maybe the sun or fire.

This is what I came up with.


Here is my rough:


I used pen and ink and then digitally colored it in Sketchbook Pro.

I wanted to update this post because I do not want people to think I am trying to promote harming these cute little crustaceans.  I do not eat lobster.   I just wanted to depict what a lobster might be feeling.  

I hope you like this Illustration Friday edition.  If you would like to see more than check this page out.

Until next time, it's time for me to get back at the drawing board.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Illustration Friday-Week 17

The Illustration Friday Challenge this week captures my little quacker clinging to an umbrella to ride out the storm in a puddle..  I had fun with this one because I switched up my medium.  I've been wanting to try watercolors so I gave it a whirl.

Now, for all you watercolourist out there, be easy on me because like I already said,  this is the first time I've ever painted with watercolors.  Thank goodness for YouTube.   I still have so much to learn about washes and I guess basically everything about watercolors.    So yesterday I went to my library and found a few books on watercolor.  I will be reading them from cover to cover.

Illustration Friday Challenge topic for this week is "umbrella."  This is what I came up with.


This is a lighter version of it.  The top one I took a picture at night and this one was during the day.  I like them both but to get that stormy feel I like the darker one.  What do you think?


The top one I took a picture at night and this one was during the day.  I like them both but to get that stormy feel I like the darker one.  What do you think?

If you want to check out my other Illustration Challenges you can find them here.

Until next time, it's time for me to get back to the drawing board.



Monday, March 27, 2017

March Draw This

This is the second month in a row, I particpated in the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) illustrator challenge.

The prompt word is "March."

I am an animal lover so I decided to illustrate a few of the endangered species marching with signs.


Here is the rough draft:


As you can see I removed the elephant from the final.  He looked to squished back there.  

Hope you enjoyed my illustration.

Until next time, it's time for me to get back at the drawing board.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Illustration Friday Week 16

This week's Illustration Friday Challenge moves real slow.  If you are thinking snail than you are absolutely right.

I created this entirely in SketchBook Pro.  Nothing fancy, just simple and cute.


If you would like to check out my other Illustration Friday challenges, then check them out here.

Until next time, I'm back at the drawing board.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Expressive Picture Book Lesson 5

For lesson 5 of the Expressive Picture Picture Book Characters taught by Lynne Chapman, we learned adding body language to characters through emotions, and facial expressions.

Our homework assignment was to draw 4 characters, 2 human and 2 animals, conveying different emotions through body language and facila expressions.


This is my finished drawing.  I have to admit I am not fond of drawing humans.  



Until my next lesson, it's time for me to get back at the drawing board.





Monday, March 13, 2017

Pinch Punch Post

So I started another illustrator challenge called, Pinch Punch Post, on Twitter.  This month's topic is "Mouse."  Every month they give you a topic and you post it on Twitter on the 1st of the month.

Here is what I came up with for "Mouse."



He's a handsome little devil and quite the artist wouldn't you say?

Hope you enjoyed my illustration.

Until the next time, I'm heading back to the drawing board.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Illustration Friday Challenge Week 15

This was a quick turnaround this week for the Illustration Friday Challenge.  The topic for this week is "Punk."

I knew right away what I wanted to do.  I was playing around on my SketchBook Pro and drawn this "Fat Cat."


This character I really want to develop more.  I think he so adorable.


So I created him entirely in SketchBook Pro.  

Here are my other illustrations I've done for Illustration Friday.

Hope you enjoyed. Until next time, I'm back at the drawing board.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Illustration Friday Week 14

It's time for another edition of Illustration Friday's Challenge.  This week we find our dear pets in a mess.  It's a case of whodunnit?  And our kid reporter is trying to get the scoop.

This week's topic is "scoop."  This is what I came up with.



Until next week, it's time for me to get back at the drawing board.