Friday, February 21, 2014

Figure Drawings From The Norton Museum

I did some figure drawing at the Norton Museum yesterday with my friend from work. We had a great time sketching while live music flowed through the halls. What a fantastic night!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Hulk Mask!

The company I work for came up with a neat idea called a "color war." Teams were chosen to represent a color and show their creativity. I was given the color green and the first thing that pop into my head was to make a hulk mask.
So, I figured, let's go for it!

Here's the design I came up with after doing some exploratory drawings. I kept it linear because I knew I'd be working with cardboard and getting it to bend is terribly difficult.

Work in progress with all the creative juices flowing!

And the action poses! 

I had so much fun making this mask and ended up winning Fan Favorite in the office :) 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Golden Griffin

My daughter's seventh birthday was yesterday and all she wanted was for me to sculpt her a griffin. I didn't have much time to complete the job but I couldn't let my little art director down! With a little Q&A I was able to determine exactly what she wanted. She said the griffin should be sitting, with one claw up, head slightly turned and wings extended. I asked her if she wanted it painted realistically, because she had requested the sculpture be realistic, not cartoony. She said she wanted it painted gold. At first I was hesitant, but I think the gold really turned out nice. It almost reminds me of a relic from an Indiana Jones movie. I'm glad to report that she was quite happy with the results. :)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Steven Assael Oil Painting Demo

I received an email the other day inviting me to attend an oil painting demo by Steven Assael. I've always admired his work but whenever I had the opportunity to see his demo something comes up. This year I decided to give it a try and luckily got a spot!

The demo started at 12:00 and there must have been about 25 people sitting around the easel in a half circle. There was a large screen which projected a detailed view of his process as he worked.

He started with a bright orange/red ground of acrylic on board. He said he never uses acrylic on canvas, only on board. He had a pile of brushes of every kind and said he uses whatever he needs at the time. His palette was clipped to board in a vertical manner and I can't believe I never thought of that. It's a great idea.

He made sure to divide the board into grids to insure a strong composition. I learned a lot just by watching this process. He used a paper towel to blend and smooth out the paint and started laying in the darks and then the lights.

He cross-hatched color over and over using a variety of every brush in an almost violent motion, with his whole arm, flicking paint. This part of the process looks awesome by itself!

He continued tightening up the painting.

He finished around 5:00PM. The photo I took of the final painting isn't great because there were people crowding to get a shot of it. He did a spectacular job. What a fantastic painter! And he gave the finished piece to the model!

Here are some notes I took, along with a sketch I made of the model. She did a fantastic job.

During one of the breaks I was chatting with Steven and I showed him this sketch I made of him painting. He said "Great drawing!" I think that comment made my year. HAHA! If you look at the bottom of the sketch you'll see some red paint. That's from shaking his hand. Maybe some of that talent will get transfered into me! LOL

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New Website Slowly Coming Together!

Have a gander if you wander.

Featuring art for younger kids and older kids. But we're all kids are heart!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

More Kids!

The class clown and sweet girl. Having fun sketching kids :)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

RIP Mr. Sendak

I was saddened to learn about Maurice Sendak's passing. I still remember reading Where The Wild Things Are when I was a kid. I loved that book.

Here's my tribute to the man who made so many dreamers.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

New Comic in the Works

I've been looking at the drawings I did for last month's Inktober and my mind's been racing. I've been jotting down notes and doing some sketches that I think could be made into a short comic. The ideas are beginning  to come together and this could be a neat story. Here is the first color version of concept art.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Here's a plein air painting I did around the corner from where I live. While I was painting this scene I could smell an amazing fragrance of flowers every time a cool breeze blew by. I think it was gardenia but I'm not sure.

I'm testing some new blog designs so be aware there might be changes now and then.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lurking Long-Tailed Lemur

Here's one I did last year but never had the chance to scan it until now. Acrylic on bristol board. 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Inktober Day 31

Happy Halloween! 

Well, we made it! A whole month of ink drawings. I have to thank Jake for his idea to make October "INKtober" and get me motivated and excited about creating some art. It was a great time and I hope the momentum continues for months to come.