Jul 28, 2010

Steppin' Out with my Baby

You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.
~Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

 That's right, boys and girls, my man and I are fixin' to hop a plane for a weekend in Washington, DC.  But before I leave, I wanted to share some recent art stuffs -- lest you think I'd been idle since my last post (Ha! Me, idle?)  So, without further ado...

"Flying Monkey"

Illustration Friday: "Double" (the theme for this week's IF submissions)

"Froggies", my entry in Shirt.Woot's "Three" derby

Some faces...

"Simba", a commissioned portrait of my roomie's beloved Maine Coon cat.

Jul 9, 2010

Birthday Buzz

"These things are fun, and fun is good."
~ Dr. Seuss, One Fish Two Fish

It's my birthday today!  And now that I'm the ripe old age of 26, I'm celebrating with a cupcake balloon, cheesecake and BlueBell ice cream (Chocolate Moo-llennium Crunch!)... in a very grown-up way, of course.  My submission to this week's "Kawaii" derby at Shirt.Woot reflects the sentiments of the day.  Sugar for everybody!  Happy Birthday to Me! :-D

Jul 8, 2010

Rich Harmony

"Drawing and color are not separate at all; in so far as you paint, you draw. The more color harmonizes, the more exact the drawing becomes. When the color achieves richness, the form attains its fullness also."  
~Paul Cézanne

While my painting skills have improved, and I do feel more comfortable painting (digitally)... I think drawing will always be my first love.  There's just something about the simplicity of sketching that's hard to beat.   My painting studies have been going well, though; I'm pretty pleased with my seagull piece, for instance.  It's fun to 'draw' with brushes, observing the harmony of sketch and color.  

In other news, I'd like to thank everyone who follows Sketches & Draws -- both official followers and casual onlookers.  You're what makes blogging fun.  Thanks for checking out my little sketchblog, everyone!

"Seagull" is another sketchcard I did for Ripple -- head over there to help wildlife and receive some neat artwork!

"Hamlet & Horatio" -- Shakespeare meets the Blues Brothers 
(à la Shirt.Woot's 'Shakespeare' Derby)

"Dogs of War", another 'Shakespeare' entry.

"Headcrab" was inspired by the parasitic alien creatures from the "Half-Life" video games.  Macabre sense of humor? Check.

"Lizard Person" -- it's a long story.  They steal tomato soup.

"Love Without Words" is a design currently up for voting
over at Goodjoe, in their "Pets" contest; Goodjoe members, share the love! 

Jul 3, 2010

No-Mind, No Foul

"All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness."
~Eckhart Tolle

I wish that I knew whence my best works sprang.  Quite often, they seem to leap out at me from little sketch-doodles and take me completely by surprise.  If only I could harness the inspiration and make it work for me... oh, the time and effort I'd save. I might even be able to achieve modest success in t-shirt design!

"The Cake is a Lie", designed for Shirt.Woot's "Déjà-Vu" contest, is a mash-up of René Magritte's famous "pipe" piece and the infamous "cake" from the computer game "Portal".

"Samurai Sabers" (also from the "Déjà-Vu" contest) brings a bit of Star Wars to old Japan.

"Go with the Flow" has been my best-placing Shirt.Woot entry to date; it finished in 7th place in the "Psychedelia" derby and received an Honorable Mention.

"Blarg!" was my entry in the "Intergalactic Cup" derby... and my attempt to come up with a design having something to do with space-soccer.

"Primal", from Shirt.Woot's "De-evolution/DEVO" derby -- in which music, that "barbaric yawp", is glorified.