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.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Work in Progress

I started working on the poster illustrations for this years shows at the Vermont Children's Theater. The first show is The Magic Tree House Collection Dinosaurs Before Dark. 

I love drawing dinosaurs. Here are a few preliminary sketches of the pteranodon. I will post the final poster next week.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

People Watching

This is a collections of quick sketches of people while on My trip to Italy and Greece this last February. I love drawing people and trying to capture them unaware. There is something so telling about who they are and what they are thinking. I also think this is one of the best exercises an illustrator or animator can do to get an understanding of how to draw the figure and bring it to life.