Friday, August 22, 2014

Tyrannosaurus Rad

I've recently started playing around more seriously with grey ink markers to do black and white illustrations.  For the past couple weeks, I've been experimenting with them in all aspects: How to best apply grey tones, which markers/inks to use, process of drawing the actual page, realization that I have to go back to erasing(ugh), process of digital cleanup(that's the toughest part for me)...  But I like what I've been making.  I love that I'm spending more time working on paper than on a computer, I love the finished and clean artwork that exists on the page when I'm done, and I love the textured feel of the grey on my linework.

This week, I practiced by drawing a T-Rex on a skateboard... because that's what I do when I have the freedom to draw whatever I want.

This is the rough pencil of T-Rad.  I put bristol over top of this on the lightbox and draw a much cleaner, lighter pencil version on the bristol.  Then I ink over top of that, erase the pencils, and add the grey.

A few other greyscale drawings I've been working on in the past couple weeks:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Just Another Day In Camelot

Making the late entry for Illustration Friday's topic of "King" is me, drawing my version of an Arthurian legend in which Arthur drew Excalibur from the stone.

I took my own sweet time working on this, but somehow managed to wrap it up in time to make it count for this week.  Hope you enjoy it and thanks for checking in.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

AVAILABLE TODAY: That Sneaky Snake Sydney

At long last, Bonnie Pehlke and I have prepared to release this book out into the world, and so it is now available for purchase thought Amazon.

That's right, it is now out there and cannot be taken back.  Our book can be seen by ANYONE IN THE WORLD... and we hope it is.

Bonnie and I are very proud of this book and the good collaboration we had working on it.  I'm very happy that this is Bonnie's first book and that it has been such a great experience.

For those of you who don't know, "That Sneaky Snake Sydney" is a story Bonnie wrote about a hen who is having her eggs stolen by a snake on the farm.  She enlists the help of other farm animals to find a way to outsmart the snake and save her eggs.

We also encourage you to check out the "Sneaky Snake Sydney" Facebook page.  We're planning some possible contests and maybe a book signing, so you can follow us there for news about that.

We hope you check out our book and that you have a lot of fun reading it.