Monday, October 31, 2011

57 of 100 Bow Ties in 100 Days or Less (scary)

Anglerfish (ˈa ng glərˌfi)

In honor of Halloween and the Illustration Friday word “scary,” I am posting my anglerfish. Enjoy the holiday. I am going trick-or-treating with the Tucker Family Zoo today.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

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Pygmy Jerboa (ˈpigmē jərˈbōə)

This is a refined drawing of a previous sketch that was posted earlier this year. They are just too cute and awkward.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

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Cactus (ˈkaktəs)
One of the first posts I made was of a cactus bow tie guy. Initially I thought I would just play with colors on it and resubmit it but I am never satisfied with past work so drew a new cactus.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

53 of 100 Bow Ties in 100 Days or Less (Fuel)

Steam Boiler (stēm ˈboilər)
It was a challenge to come up with a bow tie guy that related to Illustration Friday's word this week, but I managed to make a connection with the steam boiler and “fuel.” Now the trick will be working it into the final illustration.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

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Embolotherium (em-bol-oh-THEER-ee-um)
This is a prehistoric mammal who's name means “ram beast” or “wedge beast.” This is a member of the brontotheres family that lived in Mongolia. I really enjoy drawing bulky animals like this.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Hal Mayforth Opening

The Quimby Gallery had a nice opening for Hal Mayforth's exhibit “Conversations with a Blank Page” last week. His work is spectacular. The rain got in the way of people showing up but it was one of the best student showings I had seen in a while. above is a shot of the gallery with his work and one with my family and Hal. the gallery is open on Mondays through Fridays from 8 am to 4 pm. The show will run until November 1. If you want to see more of his work go to

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Jellyfish Alien (ˈjelēˌfi sh ˈālyən)
As mentioned in a post a few years ago. These guys show up a lot in my sketchbook. Its hard to put glasses on something like this so the tie will have to suffice.
Today, I am at the regional AGAEA design conference. Fun stuff.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

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Manatee (ˈmanəˌtē)

Really busy day today. I wasn't sure I would get this done. Off to another meeting now. I hope you enjoy today's bow tie guy.

I am now Half way done.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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Rhinoceros (rīˈnäs(ə)rəs)
Similar to the Chameleon, this is an illustration that has been dancing around in my sketch book for a few years. It is based on the word “Quagmire.” The sub title is something like, “They realized they had a problem when the rhinoceros sat down.” I am currently working on the color version of it. It might be awhile before I am done but I will post it when it is finished.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

48 of 100 Bow Ties in 100 Days or Less

Parasaurolophus (pærəsɔːˈrɒləfəs)
Time for another dinosaur. I love the head adornment. Life is getting more and more busy as the semester progresses, but I am still managing to do a drawing daily. The amazing thing is I am also getting my grading done faster.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

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Tiger (ˈtīgər)
This is the beginning of multiple projects for me and the end of months of a struggle with trying to figure out how to draw a tiger. They are difficult creatures to draw. I took the advice from Denis Nolan and Bunny Carter when I was in the MFA at University of Hartford, Hartford Art School and drew many tigers to get it down. I am grateful for their wisdom.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

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Frog (frôg; fräg)
It seems the majority of my professional work has centered around frogs and elephants. It seems fitting that I do one more. I prefer the elephants over the frogs, but right now frogs make me more money. I'm not quite sure why.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

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Balloon (bəˈloōn)

I am in the midst of getting mid term evaluations done. With the complexity of the contraption and the challenge of the griffin, I needed to make it simple today.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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Griffin (ˈgrifən|)
This is actually a second version of the griffin with a bow tie. This one is much better. I was showing it to a student and he basically said that only I could take such a cool thing and make it look like a geek.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Quimby Gallery Opening

Taking a brief break from the bow ties. This coming Friday (October 14th at 6:00 pm) the Quimby Gallery is hosting an opening reception for Hal Mayforth. He is an incredibly talented artist and illustrator. I am looking forward to the evening.

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Newt on a Redundant Winged Airborne Flying Contraption Machine Device Thingy
(n(y)oōt ˈflī-i ng kənˈtrap sh ən)

I am better at drawing creatures than machinery, but I took the challenge from Illustration Friday to draw a contraption of some sort this week. (it took me a lot longer). During the college retreat at Lyndon State last Friday, a bit was said about redundancy (I really like the word). So I decided to play with that as well.

I am only counting one bow tie on the kite.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

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More Fish (fi sh)

This is just a wide range of fish. I had to work fast today. My drawing time was cut short. Spent the weekend nursing a sick child by watching episodes of The Muppet Show.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

A Beautiful View

Had to take a break today. I spent most of my time in a school retreat and I wasn't able to scan in any new drawings. I'll be back again with more on Monday.
I thought I would leave this week with a picture of the view from my office. I am a lucky man. I love living in the North East Kingdom, particularly a during the fall. There is a wonderful crispness in the air and the colors are breathtaking. I wish this photo could do it justice.

A sad day

On Wednesday a great mind left this world. In thinking about what Steve Jobs did, I realized I would not be where I am today without his innovations. I am grateful for his wisdom and the tools he has provided for me to do my work and to also impact others creativity as I teach. Upon hearing the news yesterday morning, Harry Mueller, a colleague of mine, asked if he could put his Classic II Macintosh in the Quimby Gallery window as a small memorial for what Steve has done.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

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Quetzalcoatlus (ˌketsəlkəˈwätləs)
It was time for another dinosaur. This is the largest known flying animal. The wingspan was up to 50 ft. Quiet amazing. I just like things with the letter “Q.”

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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Otter (ˈätər)
So last week I did the find you patronus on Facebook (I usually don't do thing s like this, but I couldn't resist). Mine came up as an otter. So I started working on the Otter Bow Tie Guy.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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Flying Monkey Juggling an Eggplant, a Green Chili, Broccoli, a Jack-O'-Lantern, and a wedge of Cheese (ˈflī-i ng, ˈmə ng kē, ˈjəgəl ing, ˈegˌplant, grēn ˈ ch ilē, ˈbräk(ə)lē, ˈjak ə ˌlantərn, ch ēz)

There is little that is better in this world than cheese and green chilies (the ones from New Mexico). My children had thought it would be funny for me to do a Broccoli Bow Tie Guy (I was tormented as a child with the nickname. Some times the similarities between me and Lt Barclay of Star Trek the Next Generation are frightening). I couldn't just draw a monkey. It needed wings.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

28 of 100 Bow Ties in 100 Days or Less (hibernate)

Sloth (slôθ; släθ; slōθ)
Often times this one gets a bad rap for moving so slow. I am doing this in connection with this week’s word from Illustration Friday, “Hibernate.”

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