Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pretty Girl in Blue

Playing around with markers and my new brush pen.

Credit to Brent Gambrell for the photograph I used to sketch this from. Thanks Brent, your photography is lovely.
Original Photo Here

Monday, January 17, 2011

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Salvador Dali with ocelot and cane. Image via WikipediaSalvador Dali Anyone?

So if anyone here likes Salvador Dali, then you surely know one of his more famous paintings "Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bumblebee around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening." OK, in case that doesn't ring a bell, this is the painting below:

And this below this text is an image I made entirely using stock photos...

Fun! The woman alone is 9 people stuck together, if I had the time, money and will it'd be cool to shoot the exact photos needed but as it is it's fun to collage.

This was made entirely with free stock images (except for the gun, I ended up needing to photograph that myself.)

Thanks to the following Flickr Common's photographers:
belgianchocolate rich115 S Baker

permanently scatterbrained


wolfgang staudt

stig nygaard



Also used:
Wikimedia Commons
I've branched out into baby hats... Just kidding, I've only made this one... My good friend's lovely daughter Andie is modeling this chic acorn hat I made...

It's crochet, you can probably tell it was the first thing I'd crocheted in months from all the uneven stitching, but it turns out it's just as freaken' cute with this little girl wearing it!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I did a quick SpongeBob sketch to try out my new PITT brush pen for inking. I love the line variation, and it holds up well under long strokes- no problems with bleeding or drying and the flow is great. However I'm going to have to get used to controlling the thing, the slightest shiver in my hand and I got a wobbly line - BUT that's my problem, not the pen's, so I'm going to keep practicing on that. Overall, I'm very satisfied with the pen.

And then I was bored so I colored it...

As always, click for bigger!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Check out my new photos on Flickr, a "Texas X-mas" - CLICK HERE!

I had a cold earlier this week, I feel much better now except my voice started going Friday night and now my highest speaking level is low whisper. I feel like I'm perpetually telling secrets.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Brian has been wanting a tattoo for a while and finally settled on a subject. He wants a SpongeBob SquarePants that is made to look like an exaggerated Brian after work at Long John Silver's, commemorating his time spent busting his butt in the food industry.

My instructions are to make it look as gross and grizzly as possible...

OK so with that in mind, here is the first preliminary sketch for Brian's tattoo...

This is being heavily influenced by the awesome find of Robert Ryan Cory's flickr page filled with SpongeBob production art... NEAT!

Pretty Face From Lou

Sketch of the day, sometimes I just like to sketch pictures of lovely people.

This picture brought to you by Luciano Noble II - Lou O' Bedlam's Photostream is a nice place to see lots of pretty faces that are great to just practice sketch with.

Original Photo Here

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

After getting frustrated with my micron pens one too many times, I decided to go out and find the new pen for me. I was looking for something to give more delicate detail control, but with a nice variation in line. I also need something waterproof, because I love to use watercolors over pen.

I quickly stumbled across a variety of lovely professional brush pens, these seem to be the lead runners in the world of inking:

Kuretake Brush Pen
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen.

From some extra research however I found that the Pentel has trouble with drying out, especially with long strokes. I'm still keen on trying the Kuretake, but the price is a bit prohibitive at the moment. A bit more in the price range is below:

Uni-ball Pocket Brush Pen - Fine
Zebra Disposable Brush Sign Pen

But before I sprang the "big bucks" ($12) for these beauts, I decided to check out the local art supply store. To my fabulous surprise, I found this little number:

The Faber-Castell PITT artist pen, in black 199 brush tip (B). It's waterproof, light-fast, india ink with a soft (solid) tip. It creates very delicate lines, and bold calligraphy swooshes, and even hold up on flow for those extra long lines. I'm going to try this bad boy out a few times, see if it's pleasant features hold out over long, hard use, but for now I'm quite delighted!!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Starting off the new year with a new Flickr Photostream and a new self portrait here to kick start us... click for bigger.

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