Saturday, October 9, 2010

I.F.: Transportation

Hello, all.
Long time... as an artist/teacher/father/ husband, it becomes quite a juggling act, and stuff like this gets pushed to the back burner.  I either haven't had a piece to go with the Illustration Friday theme, or I haven't had time to create one because of other projects.
Sooo... I want to jump back in and start posting again, hoping to get some momentum back into my work.  I always travel with several sketchbooks, keeping as many as 5 or 6 at once for different ideas.  I went to a transportation museum in Spencer, N.C. and took pictures of several of the trains.  I want to go back soon and spend an entire day drawing from life, more pics, and just being an artist.
Have a great week.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Illustration Friday: Perspective

Hello, all.
Suprisingly, I dont have any pics related to linear perspective... I don't know why, because I love drawing it, and I love teaching it in classes, especially two and three point perspective.
So, what I have are dramatic points of view from a couple of studies that I did for (you guessed it) John Henry.  The first is an attempt at a dramatic rendition, while in the second image, I investigate the possibility of leaving out the face and focusing on the powerful hands of the legendary figure.  Thanks to Marshall Lakes for shooting good references for the first, and my Dad for posing for the second.  I figure that from the average man's perspective, John Henry seemed larger than life.

Have a great week!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

NCSI Art Exhibit: Sports Exhibited on Feb. 25th

Hello, all.
No pics today, just an announcement.
I and my art comrades in the North Carolina Society of Illustrators have a show that is on display now at the Theater Art Galleries in High Point, NC.  We have over 50 pieces on display by 10 different artists and illustrators, including myself, David Gaadt, David Stanley, Kyle Webster, Marshall Lakes, Mark Spangenberg, Austin Harris, Logan York, Ed Fields, and Don Stewart.
The theme is sports, and a wide variety are represented, including football, baseball, golf, rock climbing, horseback riding, and even boxing (my personal favorite).
Theater Art Galleries is located @ 220 East Commerce Avenue in High Point.  You can Google or Mapquest for directions.  The reception is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Would love to see you there.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Illustration Friday: Focused

Hello, all.
Long time since I posted here. When I read the topic for I.F., this most recent drawing came to mind. I wanted to create the feeling that this guy is waiting to handle business.

This was one of the most fun drawings I have done in some time. One of the largest, too (14"x30"). I was able to finish it in just a few hours, though.
It took me back to when I was a kid and I just wanted to draw something that I thought was cool. No paint, no colors, just something that I wanted to get lost in making.
This image will appear in a show called "Sports Exhibited" at the Theater Art Galleries in High Point, N.C. The reception is on February 25th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. I am exhibiting with my friends in the North Carolina Society of Illustrators. This is our third collaborative show together.
I hope that everyone has a great week.

Saturday, January 2, 2010


Hello, all.

I am sorry that I didn't follow up in a timely manner with this piece, but I have been incredibly busy with a lot (teaching, art exhibitions, and an Emergency Room trip : ( ).

I had this finished a few months ago... you can go backwards in my blog to see the progression of the piece.

This is the style that I use for children's book illustration, which is a bit different from the style that I use for my fine art and portraiture.

The problem with doing so many things at once is that they all seem to take forever to finish. If I worked on any one thing concurrently, it would only take a couple of days.
Well, Happy New Year to everyone...