29 October 2017

Choosing Media

monoprint, pen, watercolour

pen, watercolour

oil pastel, pen on gesso

pencil, watercolour

Playing around with different media and trying to decide which one to use for the next project. Leaning towards watercolour versions, but monoprinting was fun. Oil pastel was less fun.

31 August 2017


WiP -ink tracing over topographic map

I have been busy at work on a second picture book, The Ranger.  In the process, I have learned just enough to be dangerous on:

  • The American Civil War
  • Trail of Tears
  • Ouachita National Forest
  • Caslon Typeface

Back to packaging the dummy...

9 June 2017

Vulpes vulpes

pencil sketch

Figure drawing of another kind... red fox.  This one from a photo rather than a live model.

29 May 2017

Figure Drawing

20-minute pose, pencil

Every once in awhile, it is good to practice figure drawing.  Poses at this studio session started as five at 1 minute and progressed to 20 minute drawings by the end of the session.

10-minute pose, pencil

1-minute pose, pencil

6 May 2017

The grass is greener under my...

watercolour, ink, acetone transfer

...wiener.  And this dog is expecting.  Did you know that female dogs have 8 to 10 nipples?  Now you do.

3 April 2017

Blue Footed Booby

watercolour, ink

The genesis for this drawing came from something I scrawled on a Post-it note a month ago.  The outfit is a clashing mash-up of colours, but the feet really are that blue.

26 March 2017

Bleached Blue Whale

watercolour, bleach, ink

Tried a technique introduced by a colleague (thanks, AG) - bleach on wet watercolour.  Still figuring out how much bleach and how much pressure to apply with brush.  Ended up inking on top to add some details.

The technique is used very successfully in the film version of A Monster Calls, as shown here