Beach doodle in my sketchbook I did while at the beach on vacation with my family this past week, one of a few. I'm too restless to sit in a chair and bake...so I bake and draw...kill two birds with one stone. :-) I draw on a Moleskine sketchbook with either a Pilot Namiki Falcon fountain pen or Faber Castell Penn India ink markers or both. Sometimes I may even add a quick watercolor wash. Great to do while on vacation or even in between illustration deadlines...cheap therapy. ;-)
Here's a golden oldie from many MANY moons ago. Something I did as a scratch board illustration for U.S. News and World Report for an article on the bouncing bull market. I used to to a lot of my illustration work before I went digital as scratch board art. Working in this medium is opposite than working in than pen and ink in that you are scratching away darks and creating lighted areas as opposed to creating darks with a pen. I can still emulate the style digitally but there is something about the process of scratching away at the board as opposed to drawing on a Wacom tablet that feels so natural. But at the same time, I sure don't miss all the clay dust that would accumulate in my studio or my lungs for that matter, during the process.
Finished illustration for the Wonderland theme show at the ZaPow Art Gallery in Asheville N.C. that opens next week. All pieces in the show are from the book Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Each artist was assigned an excerpt from the book, mine was one with the Jabberwocky. There is just a short passage in the book with no description of the creature...plenty of room for me to run with it...just the way I like it! Click HERE to see a 30 second 6 stage video step by step of the creation of "Basking Jabberwocky And Jub Jub Birds". Lemme know if you'd like to see more of these in the future. Feel free to ask questions.
I am so stoked and honored to have one of my pieces selected for inclusion in Spectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. It is a juried annual with the best fantasy art selected from around the world. The book will come out in November and will have distribution throughout the book trade. This is a hard book to get into and my work will be showcased with the best in the world...sweeeet!!!! The piece that was selected was Discovering Truth in Ancient Fables.
I feel so blessed!!!
Happy Day after tax day! :-)