Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Bow Tie Guy


I have found it helpful to take a break from all that is needed to do and just draw something for the pure enjoyment of drawing.

I like to add spot illustrations that relate to my classes on the syllabi. It is my fun way of branding myself and my classes. I like to see if the students get the connection between the illustration and the course and it is just fun.

For years I have had an old sketch on my Portfolio and Senior Thesis syllabi that I just didn't feel was the right fit. While feeling overwhelmed with planning for the semester and other stresses, I took a much needed break and drew this out. It had been floating around in my head for some time and needed to get to paper.

I also find drawing elephants particularly challenging. Every time I think I have them down I realize there is something new about their form. They are fascinatingly awkward and odd.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Preliminary sketches

With class preparations, family time, home upkeep, and church responsibilities I have not made much time for my art work this summer. I have been doing some writing of children's books to submit to potential publishers (more info to come as I get to the sketching stages), and sketching. I am also preparing for the upcoming Vermont Illustrators Exhibit in the Quimby Gallery this fall. To my knowledge it is the first of its kind.

Here are a few sketches of ideas I have been working on for my Bow Tie Guy Series. It is a chimera, enfield and owl bear.






Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Sketching: Cape Neddick Lighthouse


On Monday, we visited the Cape Neddick Light House and Long Sand Beach in York, Maine. I love the coast of Maine. It is so majestic and beautiful.

I had a few minutes to sit and sketch this, before we had to leave and it started raining. I hope to visit again and spend more time drawing and seeing more of the coast.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Summer Sketching: Happy 4th of July


A few weeks ago My family and I visited the Minute Man National Historical Park in Lincoln Massachusetts. Not only is the park beautiful to walk through, the presentations and depictions of the events that lead up to the Revolutionary War were fascinating. I am surprised at how much they did not cover in my early education with regards to the Battle of Lexington. This is a place I want to return to again and spend more time. I also want a hat like that.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer Sketching, Circus Smirkus


We had the opportunity to go to see Circus Smirkus yesterday. I have been very impressed with what they do. You can find out more about them here. While waiting fro the show to start, I saw this guy dressed up like a clown sitting across the tent from us. As usual I couldn't resist the drawing opportunity. He looked so out of place, even in the tent. I should note he was not part of the show.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

West Side Story at Vermont Children's Theater


This was a particularly difficult poster for me. For all practical purposes as much as I love West Side Story as a musical it is not a poster I would choose to illustrate. I like to draw animals and I like to create illustrations that have a humorous side to them. I am grateful for the insight of the director, John Walker. Without his vision and ideas, I would not have been able to come up with this. I just don't think this way. In his director's statement he said “…these bad choices and this unleashed hatred kills even the most beautiful and pure thing, authentic love. Like a rose trying to grow out of a dirty sidewalk only to be crushed under trash and the tread of tires or shoes.”

I found the idea of the rose growing in the grime and darkness of the inner city depicted in the musical captivating. I ran with it. In the end I am glad I had the opportunity to stretch myself. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

New Vermont Children's Theater Poster

Here is the final illustration for the Vermont Children's Theater production of Dinosaurs Before Dark, Kids. As mentioned last week I find great joy in drawing dinosaurs. The Show opens on June 26th and runs through the 28th.