Last week, I did an internet search for photos of houses on fire, and drew them in colored pencil. One of my new drawing habits is to think of a word or phrase, like “giant skeleton” or “kangaroo resting” or “emotional bird”, do an online image search, and draw from the photos for about twenty minutes. Sometimes I put them on instagram. Sometimes it’s an enjoyable break, a way to fuel my curiosity and get new ideas. This time, I was feeling emotional about some anti-LGBTQ legislation in the Kentucky state legislature. I scribbled really hard with the pencils.
This is what happens when i try to draw tigers in my sketchbook while watching LIVING SINGLE.
Snow Day Illustrationsketchbook
Hooray for snow days! This illustration let me flex some of my best skills: conveying frenetic energy, using traditional materials, and telling a story from background to foreground. This is bristol paper with brush markers and colored pencils, and the fantastic folks at Upstart Crow Literary featured it in a winter promotion.
New Stuff in the Color Illustration Portfoliosketchbook
If you click on PORTFOLIO and then COLOR ILLUSTRATION, you’ll find some new work! These are all mixed media pieces. There’s a little bit of correction going on in Photoshop, but most of what you see is true to the original illustration on paper.
The Great Heron.
Watercolor, colored pencil, and brushmarker with pigment-based ink on watercolor paper.
Watercolor, colored pencil. brushmarker with pigment-based ink on watercolor paper.
Zeb and Bel
Watercolor, colored pencil, alcohol marker, brushmarker with pigment-based ink on watercolor paper.
Photos of famous cartoonists always show them holding a dip pen. Alison Bechdel uses dip pens. Charles Schulz loved a particular dip pen nib so much, when the company was shutting down, he bought up the remaining nibs (or so the story goes) and now the nibs he stockpiled get auctioned off on Ebay.
When it comes to dip pens, I’m less like Charles Schulz and more like Charlie Brown.