Thursday, September 27, 2007

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Sea Turtle

a quick pencil and marker study of a sea turtle.
I've not quite gotten the hang of how much those markers bleed!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Mean ol' Dawg and a troll

and a quick marker sketch colored very sloppily with highlighters and markers.


I love doing these made up animals! I'm thinking this guy is a sort of mountainous beast of burden. Those short legs would be good for climbing up hilly trails and threading down narrow ravines. But I'm not sure about those flat camel feet. . . Anyway, its fun.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Mr. Legs

I'm not sure what he is but he clearly doesn't like something to his left. . .
And what's he hiding under that hat?

Baron Fritz Von Wulfhund

He may be Prussian but he totally hates cute little birds. . ..
a quick sketch that has something I like, I'm not telling what it is.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Here is a sketch from yesterday that I liked more today. I may color this at some point.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

A work in progress

Here is something that I'm working on right now that I'm very happy with. Its coming along slowly but I'm learning a lot in the process.

I'll start with the pencil sketch:
Next is after two evenings of painting in Photoshop. I'm using my own custom brushes for the first time:

The Coolness that is Gabriele Pennacchioli

A week or so ago I bought Gabriele Pennacchioli's "Animal Blog" sketch book. I love it, in fact I may have to buy another one when I wear this one out. I love how he creates such mood in such a limited palette. And his characters have such expression and life.

Anyway, to the point, a couple of days after it was delivered Mr. Pennacchioli posted a quick blog post saying that it was for sale and that he'd autograph the inside cover or draw a quick sketch. I put a little comment on the blog post that I will quote here:
Oh Man!! bought it too soon. Would have loved a signature or little sketch. Oh well, its great anyway! Thanks Gabriele,

I surely didn't expect anything from it. But, my wife just called me at work and said that I'd received a little sketch in the mail from Gabriele Pennacchioli and wondered if I knew anything about it. I could only surmise that he'd read my comment and sent it. I now see that he replied in the blog that he'd "make it up to you". That was extremely nice and completely unexpected.

I thank you Gabriele, that was very classy. I think I'll frame it