Sunday, December 8, 2013

Mixing It Up

I've been playing around with a more stylized look lately, using cleaner lines and simpler shapes. I think I'll keep at it for a while to see where it leads.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Paul Williams…At Your Service.

I've always been fascinated with Paul Williams…his acting, that distinct singing voice…and of course, his glorious head of hair.  I feel I've missed the mark on getting a good likeness, but I had a lot of fun with this illustration none-the-less.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

All Good Things

My poster exhibit may be over, but the artwork is now being used to promote the San Diego Derby Dolls' 2013 season. I've already reworked one poster into a new flyer design and limited edition prints of another are currently being sold at their bouts. Other pieces that were featured in the show can also be found in their website's media gallery.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Roll Model

I can't think of better role models for today's youth than the women athletes of competitive Woman's Roller Derby.  Their emphasis on fitness, fair play, fun, teamwork and self expression are attriblutes kids of all ages can aspire to.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Change of Venue

The main reason I'm putting together an exhibit of Roller Derby Posters is to help the SD Derby Dolls achieve their goal to create a permanent professional venue in Central San Diego to host their home bouts.  This YouTube Video will explain why much better than I can here on this blog.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Display of Power

I haven't posted much children's illustration lately.  So I thought I'd share this image of Princess Xia.  It's a promotional piece for a proposed series of stories called 'Tales From the Land of Poot.'

Friday, August 16, 2013

Power Jam

Just a few more laps, or Jams, left to go before my September show…(doing my best to finish strong). Here's the latest poster design. If you're familiar with the San Diego Derby Dolls you just might recognize the skater. The tattoo is a dead giveaway.


Friday, August 2, 2013

Do Your Part

I'm still gearing up for my poster exhibit in September.  Hopefully it will generate some local interest for the San Diego Derby Dolls.  Making a few sales in the process wouldn't be so bad, either.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Sketch Mode

I haven't had much time to sketch lately.  So I thought I'd share the drawing I used for the header of my blog. I recently used the image for some promotional postcards.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Yay…Presents!

Just received this wonderful illustration from my friend, JK Harney, as a gift for my blog.  She's an extremely talented artist who I'm very lucky to work with on occasion.  Please do yourself a favor and check out her work at http://lightbluehippo.blogspot.com and http://jkharney.blogspot.com.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Bodies At Rest

Newton's first law of motion tells us that bodies at rest will stay at rest.  But in Roller Derby bodies at rest have no intention of staying that way.  They're eager to move and are just itching for the next jam to start.  Once in motion they will stay in motion until external forces act upon them.  In my view it's best to just stay out of their way.

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Big Show

Here's what all these Roller Derby illustrations are leading up to…a series of promotional posters to be shown at the Pannikin Cafe in La Jolla during the month of September. Stay tuned as I continue to post about my progress.

Friday, June 28, 2013

R&D (Roller+Derby)

I've started working on layout and color ideas for my poster series.  Like the illustrations, I want to keep the designs as simple as possible by using a limited pallet and minimal text.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Too Much Information

Implementing the adage 'Less is More' into my work is trickier than it sounds.  I love adding details…the more the merrier.  But in the case of this series I'll be doing my best to streamline my approach.  What's that other adage?  Oh yeah…Keep it Simple Stupid.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Proof of Concept

After traveling down the wrong path on a new project and stumbling though some ill-conceived ideas, I think I finally found the direction I need to take.  Remind me in the future not to fight my natural instincts.  Always go with the grain.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Kids These Days

It's been my experience that most kids are up to no good.
I should know…I used to be one.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Derby Dolls

Not sure yet what will come from doing all these Roller Derby sketches. But drawing hasn't been this fun in a long time.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Derby Life

You'll be seeing a lot more Roller Derby illustrations from me.  So you better get used to it.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Stormy Weather

Something about this piece looks off to me…probably my color choices. I think I'll come back to it sometime down the road when I can look at the illustration with a fresh pair of eyes.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Me Again

I'm not sure if this counts as self reflection or self parody, but it never hurts to draw an occasional self portrait.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Silly Old Bear

Another collaboration with JK Harney.  This time a quick sketch done by me combined with her lovely inking.  Then I tossed some simple color in using the original sketch to add texture to the study.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Wildfires vs. Orange County

Just finished my first collaboration with talented illustrator, JK Harney, over at http://lightbluehippo.blogspot.com.  She provided the pencils and inks on these wonderful characters, which you can find on her blog, and I did the color and vector work.  The art is for an upcoming promotion for the San Diego Derby Dolls, who I am thrilled to be working for.  Check them out at http://sd.derbydolls.com or help support your own local roller derby team!




Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Jonquil

This is a new character design (loosely based on me) for an upcoming project that may or may not happen…but I'm forging ahead as if it will.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Woods

I've always preferred figure drawing to creating backgrounds.  But landscapes can be fun too, especially when collaborating with a friend.  Thanks for the help on this one, Nick!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Space Cadet

I do random warm up sketches if I haven't been drawing in a while.  They help to loosen up my hand and the old imagination.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Duck!

Had to post a duck to my blog sooner or later. This is Duck-Duck-Gorilla, after all.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Misty Dragons

Dragons are like potato chips.  You can never sketch just one.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sugar & Spice…and Unicorns

Character study for an old project. I like the know-it-all expression on her face.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bedbug

This is an older piece I'm still fond of.  Thought I'd dust it off and share it with you guys.