Tag Archives: Illustration

Fun with watercolor pens

I made an illustration of aliens with a set of watercolor pens. Santa gave the pens to my son for Christmas. My son and I had a good time making a bunch of drawings with the watercolor pens Christmas morning.

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The princess and the dragon illustration

This is an illustration I created in oils some time back.  The colors and composition turned out the way I had imagined the image.   I always liked the way it turned out.  Working on a Red Riding Hood illustration at the moment.  Hope to have that posted on the blog next weekend.


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Captain Canada or Commander Canada

Here he is, eh, Captain Canada. He is the potent hero from the frozen North. Maybe I should call him Commander Canada; there could be a Captain Canada out there some place. He fights bad guys (That is why he is kicking Hitler) and promotes literacy. His nemesis is illustrated in the last drawing. The vile Sasq-bec is half Sasquatch and half French Canadian. I drew these for fun after I saw a trailer for the Captain American movie.

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Maori-ish Warriors

Below are some drawings of combatants inspired by the Maoris of New Zealand. They are not meant to accurately depict Maori warriors. I went to New Zealand when I was a senior in High School and have always had a great interest in that beautiful country.

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The first two spacemen are from the limited series of posts called, “Drawings of Spacemen I found Lying Around my Office”. The first one is called Mort The Helpful. I remember that I imagined him as an unhelpful creature from a far distant galaxy. His name was only there to mislead you! The second drawing is two fez wearing, angry looking fellows from the planet Turkwomanistan.

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Wooden Monster

This mighty wooden monster was created for a client’s publication. The monster was the client’s idea and is a conglomerate of wooden toys that combined to make a huge wooden beast to be held together by some magic dripping green goo; the creature’s disposition was not elaborated upon, so it might be friendly or not.  I created this illustration with markers and watercolors.

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Farm animals

This is a watercolor drawing I created a few years back. I found this sketch tucked away in the pages of an old sketch book. Farms and animals come up a great deal in children’s illustration. The ability to draw cute pigs and chickens is an accentual skill for any children’s illustrator.

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Alaskan Indian Mask

This is an ink wash drawing of an Alaskan Indian mask. I used a photo I took at the Detroit Institute of Art for reference. There was a huge verity of masks from many cultures at the DIA. The one thing that the masks have in common is that they are all quite stunning to behold.

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This is a tattooed woman with way too many necklaces.  I created this sketch with colored pencils, watercolors and markers.

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Kelp Forest

This sketch is from my visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The underwater kelp forest exhibit at the aquarium is amazing and while I was there, I sketched some of the fish as they hovered and swam through the kelp blades.

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