This past December I decided to take my work and create pins and earrings. The question was how to do this. I found something from my childhood that I always loved to create with, Shrink-e-dinks. Yes, those plastic sheets you could paint, color or draw on, cut out and then pop in the oven to … Continue reading Shrink-e-dinks….nostalgia from the 80’s
It's 2017 and I decided to do INKtober. Well, as the month started, I started at a very eager pace. The prompt list from Jake Parker's website was a good list that I had decided to theme out. My purpose was to keep it within the fantasy/sci-fi/adventure movies and TV shows that everyone was familiar … Continue reading Inktober….
Sketchbook Projects, part 1
Sketchbook Project 2016 This is my fourth year participating in the Brooklyn Art Library's Sketchbook Project. Opportunities in art don't come very often, but something like this is an opportunity that all artists should take advantage of. I came across this project by chance while checking out one of the other artist sites I follow … Continue reading Sketchbook Projects, part 1
Nigel, the Brown pelican – Part 2
Nigel is back and finally finished! In my last post about the brown pelican, Nigel (yes, after the pelican from Finding Nemo), I wrote about how I started to create this illustration: drawing the outline, shading and color decisions, and starting detail. This post touches on the rest of detail and making decisions about whether … Continue reading Nigel, the Brown pelican – Part 2
Nigel, the Brown pelican – Part 1
It's a bird... it's a plane... Nah, it's just a brown pelican named Nigel. In my last post, I talked about some goals I had and one of them was to finish artwork I started last year (and the year before, and the year before that, and so on). Well, the brown pelican will be … Continue reading Nigel, the Brown pelican – Part 1
“Yes, I do have another job to pay the bills…”
...is the answer I am constantly telling people when they ask me if I "make lots of money selling my art". It has always been a pain in the $%# to describe how many and what types of jobs I have and why I have them. I actually have two other jobs besides the "full time" job of … Continue reading “Yes, I do have another job to pay the bills…”
"i draw the exhibit, therefore, i become the exhibit" -- Rebe Banasiak --
New adventures in video! OOOOoooooo!
Video Adventures 1 So I found this video on my computer that my cousin Melissa shot (for some odd reason) of me coloring in the snowy owls face. Even though it is only 12 second long, it shows how I slowly layer color to create the texture of the feathers on the face. Hopefully, I … Continue reading New adventures in video! OOOOoooooo!
Chilly air, warm studio…
The Chicago freezing temperatures have closed where I work for the past two days so I have been in the studio catching up on some painting. I started this painting from a photo of mine of Hope, one of the Mexican grey wolves from Brookfield Zoo. Wolves have always been some of my favorite animals to draw … Continue reading Chilly air, warm studio…