Friday, October 29, 2010


I drew this little 1" x 1" sketch while my illustration students worked on their assignment yesterday. We were drawing famous people from memory. I think this one turned out well, although it also kinda has a Charles Dickensy look to it.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Monster Dash

I can't really think of anything to say about this image. It's a monster. He's running in a race. He has a unibrow spanning three eyes. And it's almost Halloween!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tyrannosaurus Types

I got a new nib over the weekend and thought I'd try it out. It's a Hunt #101. Very nice to work with!

Monday, October 25, 2010


Sketched this zebra a while back. It's about 1.75" x 2.5 on bristol board. By the way, I'm starting to lose track of what I've posted, so let me know if I ever repeat myself. :)

Friday, October 22, 2010


Drawing good hands is one of the hardest things an artist does. I've started devoting a lot of time to hand-drawing (because I'm not that great at it), and this is a page from that effort.

I've been working from well-drawn hands in Disney films. These are based on Milt Kahl's hands from The Sword in the Stone.

Oh, and that's my daughter in the top left. The other two images are just so you can see some of the texture.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Stuff for Snowbird

I recently finished a piece for Snowbird Ski Resort. It's part of a larger revamping of their ski program for children. The client asked for a clean look that wasn't "too Disney but not too loose, either".

Snowbird specified all the colors of the apparel. Since the resort started as a mine, all the children's ski area is miner-themed. Hence, the miner helmet and more rustic-looking ski boots. And lastly, this image had to be large enough to fit on the side of a van. So it's big. At 300 dpi, it's about 18" x  22".

I've never been much of a skier. Growing up in Arizona, I pretty much only ever went sledding down dirt hills. I've gone downhill skiing a grand total of once, and cross-country skiing once. I live in Utah and don't ski. What a travesty, huh?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sketch Crawl 29

Last Saturday I participated in the 29th World Wide Sketch Crawl. A few students from The Art Institute came with me, and we sketched around downtown Salt Lake. Here's an image from that excursion. It's a building on Exchange Place and Main. Here's another angle from Google Maps.

Have I mentioned that I'm loving this new sketchbook? Okay, yeah, I know I have. But still . . .

I'm loving this new sketchbook.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Strange Fish

Yep, completely random. Believe it or not, I actually did this for a real project.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Another Page

I'm kind of on a witches/Halloween kick, if you hadn't noticed. The other images here are just so you can see the texture of the paper. I think it looks cool.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The New Sketchbook

I'm teaching an illustration class this semester at The Art Institute. As part of the class, our students are required to fill two pages of their sketchbooks each day. At the end of the semester, they should have a sketchbook full of 100 pages of observations and interesting work. Because I'm requiring my students to sketch more often, I'm going to be sketching more every day, as well.

I need the practice. People don't think about this very often, but if you're in any kind of creative profession, you need to practice just as much as a musician to stay at the top of your game. I need to get to the top of my game. So I bought this cool sketchbook.

It's from Hobby Lobby. Bought it with a 40% off coupon (thank you, Hobby Lobby, for providing those practically every week). It's got handmade paper and hand-bound pages. 100% recycled paper, 100% cotton fiber. The paper is really nice to sketch and paint on—some of the best sketching paper I've ever used. I joke that finding the right sketchbook is like seeking the Holy Grail. I think I might have found mine.

Why all the witches and one gangster/mafia dude? Don't know. More sketches to come.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


A quick sketch using a quill pen, ink, and watercolor. Trying to be "scratchy".

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Old Man

Remember the old man who gives James the magic beans? Here are a few quick sketches of 'im.