Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Finally got time off from work, and today I visited the Natural History Museum (a regular haunt.) I sketched this guy in the children's Discovery area. I had to sketch extra fast because I with a group of little kids on a field trip and we had to keep moving along. Also, the kids kept plucking bones off this thing as I was trying to draw it.

I found a new ink pen I like: the Papermate Gel. It's a cheap plastic body click pen with a soft grip, and it comes in three weights, 0.5, 0.7, and 1.0. I like blocking out shapes using the extra-thin pen, and building up the drawing using the other two weights.

It has a very different feel from the cheap ball-point I was using at work recently, kinda wet and 'slickery' if that means anything. I like drawing with this gel pen but I think I like the smell of the ball-point ink better.

(Gel Pen on Paper)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

I work too much

Happy new year!

Well, so far, not so much for me. I've been working late throughout the holidays, so there's not a lot of time doodling. Squeezed in these practice sketches while waiting for renders to complete.

I don't normally sketch with a ball point. I kinda like it.

I really need to practice drawing people more. Add another resolution to the list.

(Ball point pen with blue ink.)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Banner Monster

Doodled at the playground this afternoon. Oh, and happy Thanksgiving.

(Pencil on paper.)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Placemat Monster

I don't know what this is but it was doodled upside-down on my three year old daughter's placemat while dining in the cafe at the Skirball Cultural Center. This doodle has improvements added here and there by my daughter. (She insists on art directing all my work these days.)

By the way, the Noah's Ark exhibit there is a lot of fun. It features interactive critter contraptions made from recycled materials.

(Color pencil on cafe placemat)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A few quick sketches

Yikes! It's been a long time since I posted anything here. For a while I was focusing strictly on comics and other Little Green Dog goodness, and then I got really sick (still have this nagging cough,) but I'm getting antsy to start drawing and painting for DDJ again.

Actually, I've been able to paint some concept art and matte paintings for a project at work recently, which is cool but unfortunately I can't show any of it because of the usual NDAs. But I did get to do some personal doodlin' yesterday while waiting for 3D renders to complete. Nothing fancy, just some warm ups.

I'm reading a book called Mastering the Craft of Painting by Angelo John Grado, which has some interesting ideas that I never thought about before, like the relationship between the jawline and the hips.

Here's another page of similar doodles.

There is a bonus sketch in the above drawing: if you look closely, you can see my daughter's doodles coming through from the back side of the paper.

Finally, I tried applying the idea to an action pose.

Okay, back to drawing Brudders now.

(Pencil on paper.)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Story Time

A two-minute sketch of my wife reading to my daughter, drawn early this morning.

(Colors! and Nintendo DS Lite.)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Rainy Day

I spent a little more time on this one, and aimed for something a little more emotional than silly.

Here's the same image rendered double-size using the ColorsDraw! Java applet, and then cropped. Alisa likes this one better and I agree.

(Colors! and Nintendo DS Lite.)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Scarey Cat Tree

Today's doodle started out as a quick tree sketch excercise. Then the cats took over.

(Another fine sketch drawn using Colors! on the Nintendo DS Lite.)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Death On Break

Man, I spent way too much time on this dumb sketch. That's what happens when you stop painting for a while.

(Colors! and Nintendo DS Lite.)