Monday, June 18, 2018

New Art on the Site

I just posted a couple of new images to my website. 

The first is a map based on the events of Alien and Aliens that took place on a moon called LV-426 and later called Acheron. I made it to look like a graphic used in a report by the infamous Weyland-Yutani Corporation who clearly knows more than the ever let on in the movies.


The second is a workup of an illustration idea I had a few years ago and finally just sat down and did it. The image is the remains of a starship of some sort but it has clearly been in space for some time. And yes, materials do corrode in space. NASA did an experiment during the Shuttle Era where they placed a satellite in orbit for years with palettes of various materials to see how they would fare in space. 


Take a look and please tell me what you think!

Sunday, November 05, 2017

P-Slip Art

I don't want to give the wrong impression of libraries but there are some days when things are slow. To anyone who has not worked in a library, the stereotypes are WRONG. Having spent a collective 23 years working in them I feel I have some experience in this area. Libraries are not quiet places and the people who work in them often have very rich lives away from the building.

As I was saying, there are times when things are quiet. Being the artsy type I have to create and with an abundance of pens (black fine-line ballpoint are my favorite) and something called a p-slip I create sketches of whatever is on my mind. 

A p-slip is a small sheet of scratch paper about 3 inches by 5 inches usually from cut up used printer paper. It's those little papers you find in a small tray next to the catalog computer with a golf pencil that barely has a point. 

Well, it's those p-slips that I make into my canvas. 



I always have the urge to draw and there are times when it is not possible to bring my sketchbook with me. Like when I am working a public desk. P-slips became the the obvius solution. There is always one in arm's reach and pens are no problem. 

Drawing with pens takes planning to be sure that the areas you want to stay white stay that way. There is no erasing. Also, pens sometimes have a tendency to leak and blob when they have been scratched across a paper for too long. 

The tiny sheets of paper make for a great canvas to record thoughts and images that pop into my head. Later I may use it as a basis for a finished drawing. 

There is also something about a small throwaway paper that removes the "blank sheet" syndrome. If it doesn't work out I simply toss it in the recycle bin. No obligations! No regrets. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Mighty Pen

Sometimes when things are slow it's fun to do a little sketching. The scrap paper is roughly 3 x 4 in. and drawn in pen. The inspiration was from a chain of sketches that started with a bigfoot battling a dogman. Each iteration got closer to the duo and finally to an in-your-face scream. The teeth were probably the most fun. Then there's the glowing eye focused right on the audience. 


It also gave me a chance to try some new ink techniques. I have been learning and enjoying using a dip pen for inking. The inspiration is partly from long-time curiousity and a chance meeting with William Stout at a local convention. 

I bought the nibs and holder years ago but never got the courage to try it out until I got to see the artistic potential in person. 

I'm hooked. The line variation and subtlety are wonderful. And it works to my drawing strength. Even better, the dark solid lines scan great for use in Illustrator and Photoshop with minimal post processing. 

Looking for great things to come!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

It Goes Way Back

I found one of my old notebooks from a college geology course. I certainly enjoyed the class but the illustrations in class were sometimes short on details. And sometimes I was inspired to add my own notes. 


Usually between lectures and reading I came up with a clear image of what was happening geologically. It also helped a long class go more enjoyably. I could always visualize geology and geography well and was compelled realize it on paper. 

The notebook was a fantastic find in the student store. One side of the page was graph paper and the other lined for notes. While I haven't needed anything like it in years I sometimes wish I had one just for no good reason. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Back on the Trail

Being a dad and an illustrator and working part-time to support my family (and my illustrating habit) can lead to times when art has to take a backseat. My son has reached a point in his life where he still needs supervision but is finding his own independence.

Summer finale - Father and son trip to Gencon 50! Hitchhiking sasquatch approves!

It won't be long before he's not going to want to hang with dear old dad. Now that the summer has ended it is time to get back to my raison d ĂȘtre. 

The hard part was simply remembering where I had left off. I knew that I had certain projects I was working on but remembering the priority order was troublesome. There are potential portfolio pieces, time sensitive art, and time-intensive projects and I had the order all figured out before summer started. 

This week was about getting back into the groove. 

Thankfully, it only took a week! It's one thing to have a break when you have only one job. But the rest of life kept going and while I was still drawing, it wasn't to the same degree. 

The good thing about all of this is that I now feel more energized. When I have breaks my mind comes back more motivated and while this wasn't a break from everything, it was a chance to recharge. 

New art is on the horizon and I am so excited to meet it!