Judy Does the Mario

I got a sketch to share with all of you and it’s of Judy, my beautiful belly dancer.

Graphite and red pencil on 8.5x11 paper

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How I Ink a Drawing

Here I have two videos I made on my YouTube channel.  I’m doing an inked drawing of my curvy pin-up squirrel girl, CG.

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Dean Cornwell Painting

Here’s a super duper video that was brought to my attention by James Gurney, fantasy illustrator.  He mentioned this on his most recent blog post – it’s a video about Dean Cornwell (1892-1960) and how his famous oil painter worked on his paintings.

This is quite revealing.  It’s always interesting to see how an artist works.  To be honest, this is a very rare chance.  Many artists don’t like showing their working process.  I know that Jackson Pollock didn’t like being filmed and Henri Matisse felt that a film of him working was too revealing.

I’ll be doing something like this myself soon.  I’ll show you how I ink a drawing in the future.  Anyway, make sure you check out the rest of James Gurney’s blog.  It’s a goldmine of information.

More Paul Klee Paintings

Here’s another cool YouTube video of some works by Paul Klee, my favorite painter.  Thanks to rayito68 for putting this together!

The violin music is a nice touch.

Landscape with repoussoir

Landscape 1


This landscape that you see here, I honestly feel, is one of my stronger ones even though it’s the first real effort at landscapes.

This was done in pen-and-ink on 7×10 paper.  To be honest, what I like about it is the strong use of values here.  In the foreground, we have a very dark value employing the popular technique of repoussoir.  That’s a French term which loosely means “to push back”.  It was quite popular with Baroque era artists as well as more contemporary ones like the landscape painter Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) and James Gurney, fantasy painter and creator of Dinotopia.  I’ve used it in my comics too.  Anyway, the technique is handy for establishing spatial depth in a painting.  No matter what, you’ll definitely know what’s in front.

The stippling was done with markers, namely a Pigma Micron pen and a Pilot V-Razor Point.

I’m quite proud of this solid effort.

Smack Dab In the Middle

This week’s post features yet another project of mine.  Besides the character of Judy Binder, I have another character I’m working on for an art book.  This is a female squirrel by the name of CG (pronounced “see gee” just like the letters) and I’ve been working on a series of pen-and-ink drawings.  Let me show you what I’ve been working on here.


Smack Dab in the Middle

Smack Dab in the Middle

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See Salvador Dali Sell Chocolate!

Ladies and gentlemen, I thought this was too cool NOT to share.  Spanish Surrealist painter Salvador Dali (1904-1989) pitches the French brand of chocolate, Lanvin, in this commercial from 1968.

Yep, it’s definitely Dali!