Wednesday, July 24, 2013


This is a sketch of one of my cats Smeagol. We got him and his sister Precious a little over 10 years ago. Yes... His sister's name is Precious. Yep. Big geek over here! I'm hoping to take this to finished painting. I never really did pre-painting studies before, but I can see how much they can help. I made a lot of mistakes with this sketch that hopefully I can learn from and avoid when I go to final painting. I'm picturing it very dark possibly black with the lighter colours of the cat being the only light colours. We'll see how that goes. :)

Monday, July 22, 2013


First time I've painted since college. Don't ask me how long that's been. :) This was supposed to be the eyes of an owl. I view it as a great learning experience. I made a lot of bad decisions and a few good ones. Hopefully I can learn from the bad ones and not repeat them the next time. In hindsight I wish I had of worked on a larger board so I could have framed the image a bit wider and had the owl's "horns" break the top of the framing. I think that would have looked better and sold it more as an owl. This is definitely one of those cases where the process revealed more than the work itself. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

It's been a long time...

Wow. It's been almost a year since I posted here. Talk about neglect. Hopefully that will change soon. I'm trying to get back into painting. I got a bunch of acrylics and some illustration board. I haven't attempted anything non-digital in a loooong time and I think it's going to be a fun challenge.

Here's a little tonal study I did for a part of a painting I hope to do. It's supposed to be Marc Maron. Look him up if you don't know him. He's a real funny guy.The likeness is getting there and this study really helped me figure out some things that I should and shouldn't do when I start the final work. I'm hoping to do a sort of poster illustration and this will be one of the elements. So there will be more to come. :)