Tuesday, December 13, 2011


I thought this might be done but its sat around long enough that I now think it is not ready. But I'll post it anyway.I don't think I like the hair too flat and generic.

Monday, December 05, 2011


For the Weekly Standard. I went with a simpler style this time.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011


I've been busy lately but for now here is a early stage of this painting.

Friday, October 21, 2011

fig. 54

The figure drawings lately have been a little uninspiring. But this ones kind of nice.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

sketchbook #51

I like when my drawings have areas loose enough to look totally random.

But I hate to discover I am creasing my drawing in the scan preview.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

sketchbook #50

A recent sketchbook drawing, this may turn into a painting in the near future.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

the new me

My previous avatar has lost favor in my eyes (not that I had any particular favor for him other then his interesting face). So I have decided to move on. This time I chose someone I actually like, Mr. Milton Friedman who also has a cool face. Unfortunately it doesn't size down too well and looks noisy in its small form.*shrug* I have had questions in the past assuming I am an older gentleman which I am not, yet. But my face is not nearly as interesting.
I was thinking about how I would like to do a more complete picture instead of a simple portrait so I may build a story around this face. Stay tuned.

I had enough saved out files that I put together this handy animated gif for your viewing pleasure. You will notice that a lot of the drawing is done at the painting stage. I try to get as close as possible with the drawing and nail the general parameters but I really kind of sculpt it at the painting stages.


Monday, September 26, 2011


My pretty little neighbor. I just needed to get some painting in and this was the available reference.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sketchbook #49

From the sketchbook.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Coca Cola

A oil painting I did for a Coca Cola related event in Atlanta. If you are in that neighborhood you should be able to see it at the Mason Murer gallery this month.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

fig. 53

I reference a good line/shading balance in the previous post. Though it felt good at the time after a little time to look at this I think its got to much line and has a cartoony look to it. The proportions are close but it doesn't feel very realistic to me now.

Monday, August 29, 2011

*fig. 52

I got a bit of push back last time I said this but think that in my opinion this is my best figure drawing to date. That is not to say it is the one you would want to hang on the wall but to me it is the furthest along the path to where I want to get with my figure drawings. I think the proportions are accurate and a good range of shading but also an appropriate line vs. chiaroscuro balance.

This was a 2 hour drawing which unfortunately ended about 10 minutes earlier then I was pacing myself toward. So the lower legs aren't as polished as I would have liked. Again using Nu pastel and Conte but I got myself a medium gray shade of Nu pastel instead of the Bottle green or Cordovan I typically use. It is less workable, harder to erase but I like the look the Conte/Pastel transition is also smoother.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


A sketchbook drawing, I toned it and added highlights in Photoshop.

Monday, August 22, 2011

these hands

A digital painting, for your enjoyment.

I did the drawing in a meeting. It is pretty typical of the style that comes out of my mind when I am bored with nothing other than a pencil and paper to entertain me.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

fig. 51

I've had a pretty good run with figure drawings working out here for a few weeks. One thing I'm starting to get frustrated about is the generally stiff feeling I often get. I think a lot of it is the model who's sitting there for nearly 2 hours.

Pay no attention to that dead fish hand on his stomach, it is accurate.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Carry on

Another for The Weekly Standard a few weeks back.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Figure drawing steps

Finally got a few step-by-step pictures from a drawing session. Please excuse the awful quality, I love my little phone but its been scratched up, shaken, soaked, etc for a few years now.

Step #1-
Blocking in of the general shapes along with working out the spacing on the page and composition. Done with a Nu-pastel which is soft and easy to erase. I keep it light so mistakes are easy to fix. Measuring is important at this point. Get something on the paper that you can judge.

Step #2-
Still with the Nu-pastel I refine my shapes and work out the edges.

Step #3-
Once I feel like I'm close I go through and outline with Conte. Outline all the features and any hard edged shadows. I like this because the Conte is much harder and hard to erase so I can put in some heavy values and wipe with a paper towel and the line work will stay. Be very careful with small details like the eyes because like I said it is hard to erase if you are wrong, make sure you are right before you use the Conte.

Step #4-
So I've got the drawing lines, I go back to the Nu-pastel and color in all the shadows and the dark areas then wipe it down, go a little overboard with this. Next I come back with a kneaded eraser and start pulling out the light areas with a pink eraser available for the sharp clean edges. Then I return to adding darker values but more limited way and brighten the highlights as they get toned down.

Step #5-
Details. I've got a sharpened Conte piece that I use for the sharp tiny lines and places I really want to give strong darks.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

.5 machine

Done for the Avalanche blog topic "Cyborg".

Monday, August 01, 2011


I've been poking around with Adam Hughes painting style which is interesting and I think I like it. Most of the value is added in the drawing stage then areas are colored in photoshop. I wanted to draw something up real quick and practice with it and it turned into a very nice finished piece I think. I leaned into his area of pretty comic book heroins a bit and I rarely draw monsters. For reference here is the original drawing:

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

fish in a barrel

Did this last weekend for the Weekly Standard magazine. I wanted something a little more cartoony because of the subject matter but it was such a quick turnaround(about 17 hours minus a good night sleep) your kind of bound to the drawing that you can get. This is almost realistic once you readjust the over sized head, feet, etc.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

figure #50

Another drawing that turned out well. I thought last weeks was good but the more I see it on the blog the less I like it, even though when I see the hard copy I still like it. I'm pretty sure I like this one better but who know how I'll feel in a couple days. The face turned out nice and I am happy with the range of values I've achieved which is not typically my strong suit.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


I am really happy with how this turned out. 18"x24" NuPastel on paper.

Unfortunately, I was all ready to get some step by steps but forgot my camera. It's hard to figure out why it works out some days, this came after a string of disasters. One thing I've found helps is to do some related drawing the evening before a figure drawing session.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Flower in oil

And now back to that other kid..

11"x14" Oil on board
You may remember this drawing from a couple months back. At the time I had another painting of her I was working on but it was fast turning into an epic failure, my friend Lash LeRoux suggested the drawing would work as a painting. So I gave up on the other and began again on a better foundation. I really pushed the colors and gave it more of an illustrative feel and I think it turned out very nicely. I've been searching for a way to use the feeling I get in my drawings across in oil with the majority of the rendering and detail in the face then letting it trail off in the less important bits. I like the background here, rough enough to see the board but subtle and complimentary IMO.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Schools out

Please forgive the absence, I've been out welcoming a new little boy to the fam. He's a little shy, doesn't talk much and sleeps a lot.

This is a cover I did for the Friend magazine. I've had bad experiences in the past trying to pull off complicated multi figure scenes and was worried enough to try a different simpler style for this, more dependent on the drawing and less rendered. I would say some of the figures are too rushed and the style had tricky problem of looking unfinished. There are things I like about it though and I think it will be a style I will probably play with in the future.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Just a digital painting, I had to redo the background several times to find a scheme I liked.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Mucha kick

I have been on a huge Mucha kick for a while now, thanks to Valentino who got me my latest fix with maybe the best book I've ever owned. Alphonse Mucha is available for $40 on amazon and has a whole section on the amazing Slav Epic including some gorgeous close ups. I highly recommend it obviously.

This is a drawing done from one of Mucha's photographs as is the drapery post.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011


A recent illustration for the New Era magazine. I got a lot of freedom with it which was cool. I am pretty happy with the concept and the composition, but the rendering isn't all the way there, I probably should have had a better plan going into it but alas.

Also big thanks to Kevin Keele who helped with the ribbon drawing which is why the hair looks so good.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

fig. 48

I've been away from the figure drawing for a bit but this was done a couple months back. If you put your hand over the head I love it, with it it is just okay. The body has a nice clean simpleness that I like but the head I think it got overworked and generally does not feel right.

I committed to posting a step by step but haven't been able to get one together yet it will happen eventually though. Sorry.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Room with a view

A painting I did since I found a bit of time for it. I put a little more time and planning into this and I think it turned out. As always, the background is a stretch for some sort of subtle vehicle for the painting of the figure that I really enjoy.

below is the detail:

Thursday, May 05, 2011


This one turned out nice, its a drawing of a flower with a little girl attached to it.

Alphonse Mucha is my favorite artist ever, I thought this channeled his style a little.

Monday, May 02, 2011

figure 47

This ones a couple months old and not as smooth as the more recent drawings using my new method but I think it turned out nice. I understand many of these figure drawings are less popular because, lets face it, this guys not particularly beautiful, but for me it is a more accurate drawing with a good natural look to it. A natural feeling to a person is key for me and is missing from much of the artwork that I find around these days.
I read somewhere that practice with a focus on what you are learning as opposed to the results is a more effective method to improve. I think I have always been naturally inclined to work in this way which has left me with stacks of sketchbooks full of half finished drawings. It also has a downside as I look over my work now and find very few really good finished work to show for all my time. Oh well, I am typically happy just to create art.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

figure #46

I really like how the arm turned out on this one. I really feel like the figured drawings are coming around lately(until I crash and burn on the next one).

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


An illustration done for the Weekly Standard magazine. I like a lot of things about it but it was less then one day turn around which doesn't allow for much polish, you got to get it right the first time.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I've come to terms with drawing my little girl all the time. a) I've decided I put so much money into this little girl I better get it out in model fees. b) she is the greatest little person ever, bar none.

We've got a little boy coming in a couple months I hope he knows what is in for, high expectations, long hours, low pay.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

more plagiarizing #4

This time from the great Nicholi Fechin. I got a very nice book from the Nucleus gallery bookstore that had some fantastic drawings. For some reason its really hard to find a good book of this masters work. Does anyone have the Balcomb book? Does is have good drawings in it? His paintings are interesting but its really the drawings I am interested in.

I was just drawing with my usual mechanical pencil but thinking to really get anything close to those nice lines you need to be working with the edge of a stick of charcoal. This one was done that way and got a lot closer.

I start all my head drawings with a light circle, you can see it coming across her lower cheek, I usually erase anything noticeable.

Thursday, April 07, 2011


Leyendecker was a genius.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


So I'm walking to my car yesterday with my latest drawing in tow thinking about how pleased I am with the results when a big gust of wind blows it right out of my hands and down the street into traffic and way too fast to chase. I followed a bit but had to give up because of an urgent appointment. Maybe 20 minutes later I decided to drive by just to see if I could see it. I drove 2-3 blocks and as I was ready to give up I see my drawing tumbling by my passenger window. I pulled over and it dutifully attached itself to a parking meter for me to pick up.
Just like a disobedient little dog that wants to run around but in the end is happy to go home. I'm glad I found it and I suppose the experience adds character to the piece.

On a side note: My favorite art in the entire world is Alphonse Mucha's Slav Epic. I searched for years for good large digital copy's and finally found some here, also more great links here.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

sketch 40

Sorry for the lack of posts, work has been breaking me down for a while now. And after a sad sports night I had to get something positive so I got the sketchbook, this drawing turned out pretty good. That much black space is hard to cover with my little .3mm mechanical pencil.

If your in the mood for some great art visit this new sight by my favorite artist around Doug Fryer.

Monday, January 31, 2011

sketch 39

My friends kid, I want to do a full digital painting of this in the near future.

I actually was having a really hard time getting the likeness, my wife said I was close but I didn't believe her. So I tried twice then got out the tracing paper(no, not to trace the photo) to use my handy tracing paper method. I assume I was getting closer but the next day I couldn't tell which was the most recent drawing. Anyway, once I got in there and darkened the eyes, which I typically wait to do because it is hard to erase if you miss, it looked good. I think I wasn't feeling the likeness because this little girl has big pretty dark eyes and it didn't feel right until they were there.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

sketchbook #37

I asked my wife if she thought people would be getting sick of non-stop pictures of my little girl. My wife said no because she is pretty. So once again here is another drawing of my pretty daughter. This one feels pretty good to me, I got away from the sketchbook for a while there and could see my drawings getting sloppy. So I've been back at it and there getting better, just got to get back on that bike.
A couple posts down the drawing was done for a painting so its messy, this is done to look finished.