Thursday, July 27, 2006

July 27, 2006

No big comment turned out looking like Jean-Luc Picard mixed with Einstien mixed with Cardinal Richeleu. I did it in McDonalds on a napkin while waiting for a meeting with a client in good ol' Gallatin Tennessee. 9 hours of straight driving today...blah.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Old Painting from School

I didn't have time to do a sketch or painting today, so I took a snapshot of one of the few paintings that I kept from my previous painting days. This one hangs over our mantle. I still like it. It's not a good photo, but good enough to catch main aspects.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

You say tomato........

Saturday evening sketch. My 2 year old got a hold of my pen while the watercolor was drying and added a few scribbles to the tomato...which necessitated me going in and adding more shading in an effort to hide his additions. It looks a litttle dark, but I still liked the way it came out.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Stop that, it's silly.....

I was itching to try a self portrait that would be kind of silly, so when I got home from work today, in an effort to release all the stress, I sketched this out and did it in watercolor. I had a blast doing it! (for extra fun, try counting the chins...more than a chinese phone book.)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Come Mr. Tally Man, Tally Me Banana....(7/19/2006)

I went on a ride with the kids tonight, got done with my preparation for a class that I teach once a week, and found myself with an hour to kill while the rest of the family watched an ol' Disney flick. I was hungry for bananas, and really enjoyed the way this one came out. I'm finding that using less lines, an economy of lines, together with various layers of color, really helps the painting stand out.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

another quickie 7/18/2006

Another busy day, but not busy enough to prevent a quick sketch...this time of something in my office.

Monday, July 17, 2006

quick sketch (July 17, 2006)

Things are crazy busy for me at work since we are sans G.M. and I am filling the role. But, during lunch I made a quickie, just so I can say I'm consistant.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

illustrated journal entry 7/16/2006

Last night I was intrigued with Danny Gregory's website and enjoyed the way that he journaled with words and illustrations. I took my stab at it from my experience at church today. It was fun trying to take what was being taught and to translate that into images. I'm not sure I like the layout of this particular entry, but will definately try it again.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Rainy Saturday Morning July/15/2006

Today was somewhat rainy this morning, and instead of being able to sit on the porch to sketch, I decided to lay on my bed, listen to the thunder, and draw an angry man in the rain. I liked the way this one came out. It was fun to sketch. I'm not quite sure on the colors, but it was a nice exercise.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Weekend Sketch, missing Dad 7/14/2006

In my continuation of exploration of the watercolor medium, I decided to sketch out a picture of my father, who I am missing rather heavily right now. I didn't really like the way the picture came out, it didn't all mesh the way I was hoping, but was a good exploration, and it was nice to look at pictures of my family and be reminded about how priviledged I am to have such kind parents.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Can't sleep, neither can the baby

Last night the baby couldn't sleep, and neither could I. So I sat in front of baby TV for 2 hours (I don't recommend it to anyone) in hopes that it would invite Mr. Sandman. It finally did for the little guy, but not for me. So, I pulled out the sketchbook and played around with some good verses evil drawings.

Tonight we had a church activity where a bunch of us gathered at a local pool and let everyone eat and have fun. I decided to show mercy to my church friends and not overwhelm them with my pasty slug-like physique, and so I watched the kids and wife swim and sketched a bit. I didn't really care for the way it turned out, but thought I would post it anyway.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

my addiction (the q-tip of joy!)

I was making a post on my writing blog and decided to make this little illustration to go along with it. There is nothing better than a nice qtip in the morning!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Back to work...monday 7/10/2006

I came back to work to find out that I had been appointed as interim General Manager of our plant. Funny how nobody told me. So, there was no time to do sketching 'till I got home. I am exhausted, but have had a hard time sleeping with everything that has been on my mind. This sketch is indicative of what I'm feeling.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Church Sketch (July 9, 2006)

My little boy was struggling to sit through our sacrament meeting today, so I took him down to the nursery to play with the toys. While watching him, I pulled out the handy dandy sketchbook doodled. The sketch was a simple one...rather "cutesy", but I had fun with it. When I got home, I tried out my new watercolor set that I picked up yesterday and added some color to the little boy. I'm not feeling too comfortable with watercolors yet, but it was good enough to post.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

More fun with the kids (July 8,2006)

Today I had the itch to do something with acrylics, but didn't want to paint on paper or canvas. I also had the responsibility to keep the kids entertained while the wife worked on her Saturday "to do" list. So I had the kids search for some rocks in the backyard. We washed them off in the sink and painted them. I actually had a blast making mine. You can tell what my mind was on while I was painting.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Cruddy sketches from Maine

As promised, upon returning from Maine I would post some of the sketches that I did while there. Unfortunately, the trip was so busy with appointments and research that the time to really sit down and do sketches was limited, but, I snuck in a few. The first one was when my wife and I were stuck in a terminal waiting for our flight to leave for Maine. I began drawing the guy that was sitting across from me, but my wife got mad and said, "Don't draw people, people will see you looking at them and think you are planning some type of crime." So, I drew something non-suspicious, the toe of my was a pitiful I was glad that the plane boarded before it became more painful.

Once I got on the plane, I couldn't sleep (flight was at 9 in the evening), so I pulled out the handy dandy sketch book and doodled. This is what I came up with.Finally, once I got to Maine, when time allowed, I drew the TOKEN LIGHTHOUSE picture that every artist draws when going to Portland.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Sunday afternoon sketch 6/2/2006

I couldn't really sketch in church today, so I hurry and belted one out while at home. It was tough because I spent the day getting ready for a trip to Maine. In fact, I won't be posting until Thursday. But I'll be sketching a lot. Hopefully there will be some good stuff to post when I return. Here's another study I made of the same hair dryer.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

oil change sketch

My son and I went to get the oil changed in the car today. It took forever. I started sketching a sad guy. My son suggested that I add a mullet, and it really made the picture work. This is the mullet-master.
The time stretched on and we both decided to sketch things together. This next picture is a combination of both of us having fun.We started laughing hard enough that some of the patrons of the shop started looking at us funny. We disregarded them and kept drawing. This civil war picture was our next doodle. While we were drawing, my son said, "Draw a big bird in the sky", I took him literally, and drew "big bird." We laughed and laughed. It was a good day at the oil change shop.

production meeting 6/30/2006

I don't know where this guy came from. I started playing with the eyes, but then it started to look too yoda-like. I decided to throw elongated scales all over him, and liked the texture. I don't particularly care for the sketch, but liked the textured skin.

production meeting 6/29/2006

As one can see from the posts, I'm still taking pictures of most of the sketches, sorry about the folded paper. This one was a result of me trying to find something in front of me during the production meeting. I actually like the way this one came out. The shadow on the table from the phone was a pleasant suprise.