Saturday, December 18, 2010

W Main and Davis

Houses a couple blocks up the street from mine.
Just painted direct in PS from a photo I took on
a blustery day when I was pacing the sidewalk,
looking for a lost button.

That was a couple weeks ago--now there's snow
on the ground.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Very Different Things

Here are some signs I made at work. I just started
as a graphic artist as a company that does event planning--
scenery, lighting, props, etc. I got these printed at 2' x3'.
They're travel posters, themed decorations for a big cruise
themed party in D.C. Not my usual thing, definitely some
vector palm trees stolen from google images. I'm not proud
of that sort of behavior, but sometimes in this line of work
you have to move as quick as you can. I don't consider it
illustration. Or graphic design, really. "Graphic art?"
However, it's nice to have a job where I can use some of
my skills and knowledge.

And here's another present painting.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I was at the VMFA again for a little while on sunday, looking at the paintings in the Indian art section. They're all done with ink and opaque watercolor, and mostly dated around the late 1700s. So, small inky/watercolory/gouachey paintings. Theyre probably some of the closest peices in the museum to the kind of art that I make, at least technique-wise. Sorry the pictures
are so bad, I wish the lighting was a little brighter in the gallery.

I like the simple way these artists painted the plants in the pictures, and I was trying to learn/steal their methods.

Back home, I tried to replicate some of the
plants I liked. Some worked out better than
others--I chalk that up to bad gouache that
isn't very opaque, and my own impatience.
You really have to let that stuff dry.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Sketchdump 11/26

I haven't posted much from the latest sketchbook,
so here you go! Gotta keep my pen moving.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monkey Chefs

Present for a friend who is culinarily inclined!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Figure, 11/11

I really like figure drawing at TAD. There's a certain
amount of pressure when one is in a room full of
awesome art, pretty intense students, and Sterling
Hundley is pacing around behind you.


Right now, the SunTrust Richmond Marathon is going on.
There is a steady stream of people running by my house.

People are hanging out along the sidewalks too, cheering
for their favorite runners. It's nice.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Same as yesterday--took my mini-sketchbook on
a run, found a cool spot, made some notes. Then later
I painted the scene as best I could remember.

And yeah, I like spelling it "theatre."

Boat Lake

Yesterday I went for a run, and I took a very tiny
sketchbook and a pencil with me. On my way back
I stopped to do a sketch, and later made a painting
based on it, but mostly on my memory. It's a tricky
exercise to work from memory--for this one I felt
like I was mostly making things up. I'll keep trying
this, though.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Figure Drawing

Better than last week, I'd say.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Museum Sketching

A mashup of sketches from the museum today.
Some decorative stuff from furniture, pre-colombian
figurines, native american, and south asian art.
I still can't believe admission to this place is free.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Suave Guy

Practice painting. I was exploring our attic, and I found
a few interesting bits of paper--one was some sort of trading
card, with a picture of this guy on it. It's all faded and beat
up, has a 1966 copyright on the back, but I can't figure out
what the card is for.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mischief Night

A scene from last night, taking place
in a remote desert canyon! This painting
was a gift for a friend.

Friday, October 29, 2010


Figure drawing from last night, and Ben Franklin.

What to Be for Halloween

You're running out of time!
Here are some ideas.

Also, here is a comic that Ben and I made for REPORTER
about a year ago. If you wore any of these costumes, no offense.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Spiders and Morning Glories

A tiny picture--"5 x "7. Based on a sketch from
the beginning of the summer, which was based
on an old doodle from an Art History class two-
or-so years ago. Sometimes things work their
way down the pipes slowly!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Is Drawing like Riding a Bicycle?

Here are some figure drawings. The bad news is, in the Spring
I was doing much better drawings in half the time these took.
I'm out of shape. I'm not even showing you the worst ones.

The good news is, I've found a great place to draw for a
reasonable price. And I get to be around some great artists
who will cause that spark of competition.

The coffee shop guys are not from the session, obviously.
Just fillin' space.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

How to Get What You Want

I want a job, and being a resourceful young lad,
I have been brainstorming some new Ways to Get
What I Want!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

VMFA and Denis the Menace

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is sweet.
It's an easy walk from my place, and admission
is free. I've been there three times in the past
four days, I think.

Great exhibits of american and european painting,
plus really cool indian art, and I haven't even made
it to the pre-colombian section yet.

I was pretty tickled to see this statue of St. Denis in
the Renaissance Art gallery. I'm not gonna lie, I did
a lot of day dreaming and doodling in Art History class,
but that guy's story made me perk up my ears and listen.

Oh, also I'm not really supposed to be using pen or water-
color or whiteout in the museum. Pencils only. But I've found
if I'm really polite to the right security gaurds, or else just
really sneaky, I can get around that.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Backyard Theater

It's hard to describe where I was last night--two back yards
on W 49th st lit by candles, torches, and christmas lights strung
up in the trees. There were maybe a hundred people, milling
about, eating, drinking, sitting with friends or meeting new ones.
Kids were climbing trees, and a duo with an accordian and a trumpet
serenaded the gathering. When everyone was finished eating, the
crowd gradually migrated from one back yard to the other, bringing
their folding chairs with them to sit down in front of a stage. Local
theater companies, musicians, and dancers performed a variety
of acts. The famous Bread & Puppet theater was also in attendance,
and they put on an incredible show.

My favorite act was by All The Saints Theater Company,
who were hosting the whole event. It was the story of
a monstrous judge (based on a children's book called
"The Judge"), who was repeatedly sentancing innocent people
to be hauled off to jail. The whole thing was performed in song,
set to a thumping drum beat and unearthly accordian music.
The whole crowd was clapping, and the pleas went something
like this:

"Please let me go Judge,
I didn't know Judge!
That what I did
was against
the Laaaaaaaaaw!
I only said what I saaaaaw!

A Horrible Thing is coming this way,
creeping closer every day,
its eyes are scary,
its tail is hairy,
its paws have claws
it snaps its jaws!
I tell you Judge, we all better pray!"

Then the judge in turn proclaimed each victim
insane, and had them carried off by his devilish
assistant. In the end, of course, the Horrible Thing
came. It was a huge skeleton/dragon puppet, operated
by three performers in black clothing, and it gobbled
the judge whole, which was mighty satisfying and the
whole crowd cheered. It was great stuff, gave me
some shivers.

And here's a real quickie painting of my guitar.
20-30 mins?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sketchbook Mush

Lots of stuff in the works, but I can't show you!

A job that hasn't been approved yet, something
that may end up being semi-anonymous, and a
surprise for someone! So in the mean time, here
is some sludge from my sketchbook.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lt. Dan

So it turns out our new roommate has a cat.
His name is debatable, but we are calling him
Lieutenant Dan.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Peter Rabbit T-shirts

Oh yeah, I forgot to post this a while ago!
But I made some Peter Rabbit Family Jug Band
t-shirts on my last day at Hackerthreads.

Some of the characters you see here are Peter
Rabbit himself, The Peanut Butter Fish, and
Reverend Wriggles. I guess the other guys still
need names, and of course the band is always
growing, shrinking, and changing. Come on,
let's jam!

Moth on a Night Light

Some practice painting from a photo
I took at the beginning of summer.
I think this took about 45 minutes?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Across the Street

Gettin' settled in to the new place in
Richmond. I drew this sitting out front
of our building this morning. The buildings
on our street are really cool. Felt sort
of exposed drawing out there with people
walking by all the time--I wasn't drawing
in public much this summer, gotta get
back at it.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Sketch dump 9/4

Here is a chronillogical pile of stuff from my
sketchbook. Some of it is very recent and
some is a week or two old--from the last trip
down to Richmond.

Tomorrow I will make my next trip to Richmond,
this one rather more permanent! Will rendezvous
with Lt. Rees at W Main Street at approx. eleventy-
oh-hundred, there to establish camp and construct
suitable fortifications.

It actually turned out to be quite a wonderful
summer in the end. I learned a lot, met all sorts
of interesting people, and did all kinds of things
that probably would have scared the crap out
of me a couple years ago.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Similar Situations

I found myself saying goodbye to Rochester just
as I was starting to get to know the city. Not really
sad about that, got to keep my feet wanderin' on,
know what I mean?

And it's the same with Binghamton. Last week
I was standing on the sloping, rubbery roof of
the abandoned Masonic Temple on Main street
at about 2:30 in the morning. Even though I was
only about five stories up, I got the best view
of the city and it's surroundings that I've ever
had, and I felt satisfied--like I was squeezing the
last drops of juice out of this summer and out
of my hometown. And now I could rub my belly,
burp, and toss the rind into the ditch. But a few
seeds would scatter there, and either birds would
get to peck at them or they'd grow up into something
interesting, and either way is good with me.

This weekend, I found myself in a Similar Situation.
Rory, Andy and I had climbed the ladder to the top
of this old, empy water tower adjacent to our campsite
outside of Richmond, VA. We went down there for the
weekend to check out some apartments, and we found
a good one on W Main street in the Fan. But before we
had that all figured out, the three of us sat up there in
the dark blue air, staring out into the humid canopy.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Blues on the Bridge

This is pretty much done. I guess I'll show
you the final printed materials in time, too--
I think I also have to find a way to adapt
this for a t-shirt, which will probably mean
taking out the background.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Annual Report, The Discovery Center

I designed & illustrated the annual report for
The Discovery Center, a children's museum in
Binghamton, NY. Fun freelance project!

Bluesy bridge 2010.

Took my first pass at this painting
at work today--illustration for the cover
of an ad catalogue and a poster, all for
Binghamton's annual Blues on the Bridge
music festival, on the South Washington
street bridge. I'm working two jobs
most days this week, so I'm pretty
psyched that I'm actually getting
to do some illustration at one of 'em.
This is fun.

I'll show you the real deal when I finish.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Elephants on Sunday

It's nice having a day off from work. I had time
to paint a picture!

Some influences: Chad (obviously), Charlie Harper
(I just bought a big book of his paintings), and maybe
even a little Laurent De Brunhoff. I almost forgot
how awesome Babar is.

Ace of Credit

Haven't made any comics in a while--I was
talking about it at work last night, and I got
the itch. Also, Mike Miranda recently mailed
me this wonderful artwork as a birthday gift:

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Coming Soon to a Jug Near You

A character/value sketch for a piece
of another upcoming t-shirt. I'm not
doing it digitally, but painting it in
photoshop first is a nice quick way
to figure out where the shadows go.

Or I guess I could use refernce. But
where am I gonna find a rubbery rabbit?