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My Drawing of Your Toughest Critic

August 4, 2013

drown out your inner critic


You know that little voice in your head that tells you you’re not good enough, or that you have no business doing what you do, or that everyone who thinks you’re good is somehow mistaken? Yeah. That one. It’s called Impostor Syndrome. Your best bet is to ignore it and move on. Easier said than done.

I thought that if I personified him as an adorable ghost, it would be easier to shut him up. Or, better yet, diminish his significance?

A Colorado Anniversary

January 4, 2013

This year I’m trying to do more artwork for the people I care about. I’ve found that it’s one of those situations where nobody loses: they appreciate the effort and the result, I deeply enjoy the process and growth, and the local indie art store gets that much more business.


I recently inked this card for my sister-and-brother-in-law, who live in Colorado not far from Red Rocks. They’re celebrating their anniversary today, and loving where they live (and wishing for that bus!). All the best to you guys.


January 1, 2013


My earliest comic obsession — and probably my earliest motivation to sound out multisyllabic words — was the work of Charles Schulz. I studied his technique and narrative structure before I even knew what those terms meant. I drew countless Charlie Browns, Linuses, Snoopies and Woodstocks on the bark-laden pulpy newsprint sheets which were provided in my grade school and gave many of them as gifts to classmates.

As an adult, I have seldom drawn any Peanuts characters, but due in part to the Charlie-Browniness of the Christmas season these days (and the rest to a shared appreciation of the excellence of the source material), I found myself drawing a caricature of my pal Cliff as he might have appeared on a Schulz Sunday page. It was a delightful exercise in appreciating the sophisticated simplicity of Schulz’ work, and a fun challenge.

Ultimately, after receiving the original, Cliff declared it a “Schulzeriffic gift”. The enthusiastic coining of such a fine term was all the thanks I needed.

Great Animated PSA

November 20, 2012

This animated PSA for the Australian Metro was produced by McCann Melbourne. Excellent music and great animation by Julian Frost. Pleasantly cute and delightfully sick.

My Drawing of How to Do a Good Job

October 20, 2012


Make sure the wrench is big enough, then just whack stuff until you feel done.

My Drawing of a Tree That’s…Well, a Tree

March 11, 2012

It’s a cool tree, I suppose. I was working with my Pentel Brush pen over some bluelines and exploring textures with bark, roots, leaves, and limbs. In many ways, this is a throwback to some of the children’s illustration I enjoyed in the late 70s when I was really starting to notice different artistic styles. There’s also a little bit of Walt Kelly‘s influence in there, which I’ll gladly admit.

My Drawing of a Hobo with a Keen Mustache

March 5, 2012

You might have shabby clothes, live in a junkyard, and eat hotdogs roasted over a drum of burning garbage, but there’s no reason your facial hair has to suffer for it.

This guy has his priorities.

My Drawing of a Blueline Hummingbird

March 4, 2012

I really like the look of blueline work — that is, the blue-pencil sketches that help an artist zero in on which lines to ink in a drawing. My own sketches have started celebrating and exploring this more…actually using the blue tone to give the inks some shading and tonality.

That’s the case with this little chap. He seems happy.

My Drawing of Why I Haven’t Blogged Lately

February 14, 2012

I’ve actually been drawing. A lot. More than usual.

But with prolific drawing comes a certain blogging inertia, such that my few days off in December turned into two months of nothing.

So, we’ll just say I’m backlogged. Or that I have a back log. As seen here.

Please laugh at my joke.

Thank you.

Process: My Drawing of a Mutated Soup Cat

December 16, 2011

Some time ago I offered to do some illustrations for friends, based on custom information they provided via an online survey. Now that it’s close to the end of the year, I’m actually getting around to drawing them.

In this case, some operative words were monster, cat, and soup. So I started blue-lining a rough idea involving a monster cat enjoying some soup.


Once I knew what I wanted to do, I started inking it, giving definition to the specific lines I liked and building up thicker areas for depth.


Another element of the process was  not crossing lines…I only used parallels and no crosshatching.


The final product turned out pretty well…I was happy with it, and liked that it retained the sketchiness of the original blues.

Also, that cat dude is crazy. I like it when a character kind of surprisingly presents himself.