Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Flat Stanley colored

Well, after a trip to Virginia, and finishing up some client work, I was able to add color to the flat stanley drawing.

It was painted with watercolors on illustration board, and then colored pencil was added for shading.
Below is a close up to show the use of the colored pencil better.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Flat Stanley

This weeks IF word is unfold.
I submitted the art from the previous post, the map guy, because he was unfolding his map to see where he was going.
I was able to post it early in the week so I still had time to think about the word of the week.
I was in the book store a few days back and I saw that the character "Flat Stanley" was in some new books.
He had a new look, so I started thinking that I could do my take on the character for the word unfold.
I figured he could fold up and mail himself to different places and unfold when the letter was opened.

I'm going to work this up in color soon.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Camping Fishing Guy

I spent part of the weekend painting and finishing off this guy.
He's painted on watercolor board using a mix of watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil.

I intend to mock up a booklet cover using him.
Once that's figured out I'll scan a real map to fill in the blank area of his map and the map of the hampster on his back pack.
I have to say that this is the way I want to work for book/magazine jobs.
I'm going to have to work up more samples for a new portfolio.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Back in High School some friends and I were in Mrs. Bluhm's Art Appreciation/History together.
At times the class consisted of looking at one slide after another after another. That got pretty boring.
So we would draw little pictures and pass them around to amuse each other.
On one of those days the slides were of one Cathedral after another and we got bored fast.
So we started doodling.
Mrs. Bluhm was pointing out some details on one of the buildings and a particular one caught our interest and became the subject of our doodles.
I was reminiscing the other day and drew this in my sketchbook.
May I present to you.....the Flying Buttress.

Back in the High School days it was just a butt with wings.
Today it's a balloon full of hot gas.

It's painted in my sketchbook using watercolor for the blue background, and acrylic and colored pencil for the rest.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Self Employed?

Well, it's time to admit to myself that freelancing isn't going to be the best way for me to earn a living in the near future.
The economy has either made my clients disappear, cut back, or go overseas for cheaper art.
I still have a handful of clients that want me to work for them, but the income from these client just won't keep me afloat.
So I am looking for a full time Creative position somewhere in the U.S.
Relocation is not a problem.
Below is my resume.
Please feel free to click on it, and drag and drop the file to your desktop to pass it on to anyone who may be interested.

I'm not giving up on freelancing. I've just come to realize lately that I'm really missing the interaction of the team experience.
I've been sitting in my studio alone for too long, and I've kind of lost my way as an artist.
I need to get re-energized by working with others to achieve a goal.

Speaking of goals, I do have 1 self motivated project that is is the concept stages.
See, I like to fish and camp, casually, not professionally. So I'm thinking of doing a pamphlet or small magazine/booklet on fishing and camping in Northern Indiana.
Here's the rough art for the cover, minus type.

I'm thinking of calling it...The Casual Campers guide to NW Indiana.