Tuesday, May 31, 2005


Painter part deux- Tapered Sumi-e with resat set to 0

Friday, May 27, 2005

almost back again

For the first time in the whole month-and-a-half of this sketchblog, I've missed some daily sketching. I was visited Tuesday morning with a mystery virus (I'm calling it 'Tim') that has knocked me flat on my back since then. I've upgraded today to 'sitting up and eating soup', so I should be sketching again next week, for whatever that's worth.
Stay tuned for the dramatic conclusion of 'snake flying a rocket'.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Snake Rocket 2

Chapter 2a: Painter. Various buildup and cover brushes.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Snake rocket

Chapter 1: Illustrator

Friday, May 20, 2005

garfunkel's twin

Drew this guy entirely on the little trackpad on my wife's iBook.

Thursday, May 19, 2005


He's an accountant. I've apparently got
godzilla on the mind these days.
There are worse fates.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

crowd brush

Trade secret time. Today's topic: Using Painter nozzles to be lazy.
I had an educational book a while back that took place at a circus- with throngs of excited people in the audience. Now, a better artist than I would 'hint' at the crowd, with some quick sketching and a few touches of paintbrush. But I seem to be lacking that 'hinting' gene. Either I draw it in detail, or I don't draw it.
So here's the thing that saved me from drawing little people all the way through summer.
First, I drew about 50 or so quick little people, each in their own document.

Then, I loaded them all into one document in Painter, grouped them, and made a Nozzle from the group.
Then, when it was time to paint the crowd, I had a 'people brush' that I could just use to just paint rows of happy audience members. It took a few undos to make sure I didn't have identical twins sitting too close to each other in the areas where they'd be visible, but all in all it worked. Especially when I had to add them to the cover at the last minute.
Here's a couple views of the result:

..and yes, I can see the identical twins above each other. But at least they're not next to each other. :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2005


The latest in Brain Replacement.
Actually, it'd probably be the size of a dime.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Early work

Too much of a Monday to sketch anything right now.
But I found this old character doodle for the second book I ever illustrated,
'Horace Splattly, The Cupcaked Crusader'

Below is the final cover. I kinda like the little noodley guys better.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Mr. happytoasterhat

If I got fresh toast from my headgear, I'd be happy, too.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

technicolor whale

Same whale as yesterday, in color. Not sure I like it enough to do it again this way.

I kinda like it better without the lines:

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Whale commute

Trying a new technique. Going to color it tomorrow.
I never get tired of giant animals in strange circumstances.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005


Trying to do different eyes than either 'dots' or 'circles and dots'
I like it. Gotta do more of it.

Monday, May 09, 2005


Now he's done.
Superwienerdog Awaaaayyy!

Friday, May 06, 2005

More Superwienerdog

Still no time to finish it. busy busy.
but I guess it shows how I work. Sorta.

Thursday, May 05, 2005


No time to finish this one today.
Stay tuned for the continuing advertures of Superweinerdog.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005


This is Doug. He says 'hi.'

Tuesday, May 03, 2005


I've always wanted to get Godzilla and King Kong
together for a destructive playdate.
I've got dibs on the picture book. (with perhaps less bus-tossing)

Monday, May 02, 2005

taking the cat shopping

I realized women have been under-represented
in this sketchblog.
I'm not sure this is any better.

My cat can stand like this.