Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

This is my favorite page from my "Serenity" story. This shows Serenity's mama teaching her how to be an effective Halloween witch. Serenity has her own ideas.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Little Artist

Twenty-two years ago I dressed my son as an artist for Trick-or-Treat. We're always kind of hoping for a little mini-me aren't we?

And here is my last Inktober post. I set a goal of every Wednesday and Saturday and I achieved it! Yay! This little guy is also #14 of "Design 100 somethings."
#inktober #inktober2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


How about this cutie! One thing InkTober and "Design 100 somethings" has done for me is just get me drawing more. I've had a lot of fun lately pulling out old photos and drawing these characters. Below is the ink drawing which I did after the one above (I think I'm probably doing this backward). These computer sketches are just so much fun!
#inktober #inktober2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Boy on Seahorse

This is a completely digital piece that began as a sketch for the "100 somethings" project.

My first sketch:
and below is my ink version for InkTober: #inktober #inktober2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Gangsta and Sista

 Here's my Wednesday InkTober post! I really like these, and I'm liking the "less is more" approach to my inking skills. I did these after watching a character design class on SVS Learn. I worked from a couple of photos of my kids and sketched right onto the computer. Below is what the original computer sketches looked like. I then traced lightly with pencil and inked them on 24# copy paper. #inktober #inktober2016


Saturday, October 15, 2016


Here's what I did with my pens. #inktober #inktober2016

And here's what it looks like after I dropped it into Corel Paint and used the blending tool, and a little airbrush to the back wall.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ellen's Kids

     I've had a busy week, so I'm happy to have met my Wednesday/Saturday goal. I began this with another favorite photo of my kids. I wasn't going for a great likeness of them but I achieved it anyway with Ellen, our dog. #inktober #inktober2016

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Bonsai - InkTober Post #3

 This one was inspired by a family trip to Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati,
and a beautiful display of bonsai trees. #inktober #inktober2016

Below are #5 and #9 of the other project (100 somethings) that I'm working on.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


I did two versions of this, using one of my favorite photos of my daughter for reference. 
#inktober #inktober2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016

InkTober Kick-off

     Woohoo! October is finally here! My favorite month! And for the first time I am prepared to participate in InkTober! InkTober was started in 2009 by Jake Parker (who is also one of the awesome instructors at SVS Learn). For a little info about the InkTober Initiative here's the link:
     The theme I've chosen to work with is pretty general - CHILDREN. I figure, if I want to be a children's book illustrator I should be able to just about draw them with my eyes closed. Because I need all the practice I can get I am simultaneously working on another project, also put out there by Mr. Jake Parker, Design 100 Somethings. After coming up with 100 drawings of children with various expressions, actions, clothing, and hairstyles I should be an expert. At least, that's the plan!
     I'm not going to promise myself a drawing a day, although I am going to try. My goal is to post a nice ink drawing twice a week, on Saturdays, and Wednesdays, throughout the month. If I do more, I will sneak them into my twice weekly posts. #inktober #inktober2016