I actually watercolored this little monster. It was a stupid thing to do really. It was like a four or five hour sketch because of the watercolors. It's not the first time that being overly ambitious has gotten the best of me. Nevertheless, I still dig the way the negative spaces work in the overall design.
This was one of my MM2 Sketchcards. My scanner was down throughout the majority of the time that I was doing these. As a result most of my copies stink. However, the good fellow who pulled it, actually sent me a copy of it.
My schedule is usually pretty full with all kinds of things. Mostly making a living teaching. And I mean FILLED STINKIN' UP. However, this week has really been great for me. I got to spend several hours sitting and sketching with two of my very best friends. (Only Matt was missing. Will doesn't draw or write.) These opportunities are really few and far between for me these days. I took my two oldest kids swimming this week too. And tonight, my wife and I got the opportunity to go out to dinner and a movie with Jason and his wife. It was relaxing and fun, and precious time with people we love. I thank God for time like this. Here is one of the sketches that I did when we did the Dine'n Draw Wednesday.
JUSTICE LEAGUE is the subject for this weeks free headsketch! So pick your character and get your sketch. Not all will be watercolor, but some will. Some will just be pen and ink, some will just be pencil. But feel free to make a request and I'll get to it as soon as possible.
The request ends at midnight tonight. Post a response to this post in order to get your sketch. The rules are basically the same as before.
This was the watercolor from last week. It doesn't look much like her I know. But it always takes me a few sketches to get someone right. I'm going to post the new subject today. And Some headsketches will be just pencil, or ink or whatever... Not all watercolors.
This was one of the cards that I did for the MM2 sketchcards. It wasn't great, but it fetched a nice price on Ebay when I caught it there last year. I still have a couple of blanks left too. I may take some of these and vectorize them.
Done for fun. And for Zablo. I'm actually a genuine Stallone fan. Not only do I think the guy made some of the best, or at least most entertaining, movies of my generation, but he's actually freaking brilliant. He can write, direct, paint, and act. Yes, I said Stallone can act. Not just deliver lines. But really act. I don't care if you think so. Z and I agree.
You'd think that I have like a zillion of these kinds of things hanging around. But I honestly don't. Most folks that I ask to send me a copy of the convention sketch that I do for them, end up forgetting to send it. I remember being excited to actually get the chance to draw Conan. He's an incredibly fun character to draw. I hope to get asked to draw him again soon.
This was a watercolor convention sketch that I did for a fantastic fellow named Darby. It was surprising for me, because I really enjoyed working on it. I had no real interest in the character before that, but I could completely see having some fun with it now.
This an old page that I pencilled and Keith Barnett inked. I need to do some current stuff. But my schedule has picked up this week and it's difficult to get things done. I'll try to get stuff in next week if possible.
Okay, how could I start a thing like a free Head Sketch day without actually beginning it today? And how could I have a theme that wasn't Harry Potter when the new movie starts tomorrow?
So the first five folks to respond to this by asking for a free sketch and designating the Harry Potter character of their choice will get it. I'll post the sketches to this blog and maybe to Deviant Art too. If the queue isn't full, feel free to send a friend. It's meant to give me some practice, while having some fun.
I've decided to do something different today. In fact, I'm planning to do this every week until September, then I'll switch to monthly. Here's the plan: Every week for the rest of the summer I'm going to offer 5 free head sketches. The first five people to ask for a head sketch, on the selected day will receive a free watercolor head sketch of the character of their choice from the theme of the week. Some will be tight, some will be loose, but all will be free. The day that I offer the theme will be random. And it will only be available from the time that I post until midnight or until all 5 slots are filled up. If only one person makes a request, then I only do one head sketch. The request must be a response to the specific post for that week's call.
Since I'm not going to pay for shipping, how will you get the sketch? You can do one of a few things: 1. You can accept the digital image as your sketch 2. You can pick up your sketch at one of the conventions that I attend 3. You can pay for the postage plus a couple of bucks for my trouble and I'll send it out to you
This was a convention sketch that I couldn't finish during Heroes 2008. I finished it about three or four weeks later. It was done with Mike's Copic Markers. Although her body is a little jacked up, there are some things that I like about it. And the guy that I did it for, Billy, is a great guy.
This was a commission for a friend of mine that I've had for ages. I normally do commissions a lot faster than the time it's taken me to get this done. But John has such a strong portfolio of sketches, that it's been pretty intimidating to begin. I've begun the painting numerous times. And the last one I still intend to finish as a gift for him. But the commission, which has been hanging around my neck for some time, fulfills the obligation. (Aptly I hope!) And I hope you like it too.
Oh... and this isn't the whole image. But my 11"x17" scanner stopped working last year and I can't see replacing it right now.
These are sketches of the Doc Odyssey project that Jason, Mike, Matt and myself are planning. This is one of my versions of Grimshaw. I don't think he should look too much like the traditional character he's based on, but it should be clear who the character is too though. The Doc O is just one possibility as well. My process for illustration is remarkably slow. But I'll probably vectorize the Grimshaw soon.
You know, when I look at this blog I notice that it's like the rest of my career in that it has no singular sense of focus. Perhaps a greater emphasis on one aspect or, one genre, or one discipline even would help me out. At this point, that seems impossible for me though. I'm easily bored with my own work. I did this little digital sketch some time ago. It's not great. But I'm trying to post everyday.
Though there's not much to these sketchpages, there are a few things that I like about them. Again, it's the effortless quality of my sketches that tends to be missing from my finished work. But I'm really working on getting that fixed right now. We'll see how the coming weeks change it. Thanks for checkin' out my stuff.
I told you guys that I'd be posting more sketchbook pages. I know the image size is weird, but I didn't think you'd want to be reading my complete thoughts on the world so I cropped that jive out. Thus, you just get the sketches. I hope you enjoy. ;-)
Gee Whiz!!! This thing took me forever. I thought I'd post it early this morning, but I just kept fiddling with stuff. And the fiddling was interrupted, and the interruptions were interrupted, and the fiddling became frustration, etc. etc. etc. You know the story. At any rate, I still haven't been able to decide which one I like better: the one with thick outlines or the one with a consistent line weight. Please feel free to offer your opinion... just be sure to decide what you think before you look at the opinion of anyone else. Thanks for taking the time.