Friday, August 27, 2010


Is it FRIDAY again, already? TIme’s fun when your’e havin’ flies.
This week’s given subject is: “Immovable.” Crap, I just made a visual subconscious pun. Im-move-a-Bull! I finally tried out the Japanese
brush pen I ordered months ago. It’s interesting because it’s actually re-fillable and has a nice brush nib. Good combination. If you’ve ever worked
in pen and ink with a brush, you know you have to get used to continually dipping your nib in the ink vat time and again. This, I must admit, is not an absolute perfect substitute, but, I think it works really well considering.
If you want to get the nice varied line of a good ink brush, but don’t have the time or patience at the moment to get out the ink and start dipping and, eventually, cleaning, then I would recommend this pen-brush. I got mine at jetpens dot com. I think they actually call it a “pocket brush pen.”
It will be interesting to see if the brush nib dries out any time soon.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Demo Poster

A quick demo poster tutorial image for a digital illustration class I teach.
I created this in class tonight to demonstrate a working process between Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. The assignment was to create an ad poster for a modern product in the style of poster designs from the early 20th century, up to, and including the WPA period. I demonstrated also how you can build your own color themes using the eyedropper tool and any digital image as well as Adobe’s own Kuler website. We also talked about how to use the airbrush tool settings in Photoshop, like the dissolve mode, to give the old style, roughened airbrush look. We also talked about how to work with the layer blend modes to further texturize and fragment the dissolve brushed areas.

Friday, August 20, 2010


Another entry for Illustration Friday.
Looks like after 3 weeks, I’ve finally been able
to manage to actually create the art on the same
Friday the subject is announced. This is interesting.
I like the challenge of a random, spontaneous illustration
once a week. Time to get my illo-muscles back in shape!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Illustration Friday: Star Gazing

My interpretation of “Star Gazing”, the subject for this week’s
Illustration Friday post. As I intend for most all of my entries,
I went with my first idea and tried to let it come to life on it’s own.
Stars gazing at one of their own stars showing off.
Ink drawing colored in Photoshop.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sketchbook Project

Finally signed up for Illustration Fridays, and noticed this ad for Sketchbook Project 2010. Interesting. Looks like I'm in, I got my stuff just the other day.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

“Caged” for

This is my first entry to
Subject given was “caged.”
I’m looking forward to having some fun every week
creating a quick illustration from a random subject word.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how much is 1,000 pictures worth?

Here we go. Sorry if that sounded like a lame catch phrase from a beer ad,
but, I had to start somewhere. My first blog entry made me think of an old spot illustration I did for Presentations Magazine. The little guy looks eager doesn’t he? I’ll try my best to recall this little guy, heart blazin’, and ready to go, as I pause to make my many pictures and words to share along the journey ahead. On your mark, get set...