Sketchbook sampler: Belly dancers

I thought I’d share some sketches today from my sketchbook.  I keep a small wirebound 5.5×8.5 inch sketchbook that I use for working out rough ideas and thinking up concepts.  It’s rare for me to share the contents of my sketchbook with others (more on this in a moment).  But I thought I’d open up my private work and show you what I’ve been working on.

Belly dancer sketch 3

 

This piece was sketched in pencil and is an actual scan from the aforementioned sketchbook. Read the rest of this entry »

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Want to get better at drawing?

So there are those of you out there reading this blog who draw…and you want to get better at drawing.  Who doesn’t?  The one piece of advice I can give you is a very simple one – DRAW!  DRAW!  DRAW! The best way to practice is to pick up your pencil and draw.  Draw as much as you can.  The best thing to draw is to draw from life.  If it holds still, sketch it.  If you need to find subjects to draw, you don’t have to look very hard.

Hand Number 1

Hand No. 1, Graphite on paper

See?  To draw this, I didn’t have to go very far.  I just had to look at my very hand! Read the rest of this entry »

CG Poses for Us

I have a few more pieces here with CG, my squirrel pinup girl today.  First, let me explain my working process a bit.  I think up an idea and then I sketch it out.  It might take a few tries to get it right.  Sometimes, I have to consult photo reference if I want my girl in a special outfit for a specific pose.  I tend to work with my imagination and photo references.  At this time, I don’t use live female models.  But if any pretty ladies out there is interested in posing for me, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Anyway,  shall we start with something very pleasing to the eye?  I asked CG if she’d be willing to get into a bikini for me and hold that pose.  She did.

CG in a bikini

CG in a bikini, Pen-and-ink on paper, 8.5x11 paper

I’m proud of this piece.  CG looks pretty good in a retro style polka dotted bikini. Read the rest of this entry »

The Influence of Heinrich Kley

I’m going to talk with you today about a very enigmatic illustrator – someone who is not really remembered in his own country but who would be very influential on a certain animator from the USA.  In a way, this man would influence the art of classical character animation of the USA in its entirety. The man I speak of is one named Heinrich Kley.

Kley was born in 1863 in Karlsruhe, Germany.  He trained at the Karlsruhe Akademi and from there, did many paintings in oils and watercolors of various subjects like still lifes and landscapes.  He also did “industry paintings” of modern life with factories and workers toiling in them endlessly.  That probably would shape the way for his main claim to fame.

Heinrich Kley did many drawing with pen-and-ink, many of them illustrations for a pair of magazines known as Jugend and Simplizissimus.

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Two more CG Squirrel drawings

I have two images here of my pinup girl, an anthropomorphic female squirrel named CG.  Most of my work is in pen-and-ink, but this first piece here is actually done in a different one.

Sleeping CG

This first piece is titled “Sleeping CG” and was done on 7×10 watercolor paper using acrylic paint and graphite.  It’s nothing special here other than the fact that it’s not done in my usual medium of pen-and-ink.  I used to use watercolor, but I haven’t anymore.  I will sometimes use washes of acrylic (which is insoluble once dry) or gouache (which reproduces well) with my finished ink work.  I might have to talk about that in a future discussion.  I really like the composition here.  Composition and line are ALWAYS important to me. Read the rest of this entry »

My comic, Sunnyville Stories

Some of you may know and some may not.  Besides this free blog on WordPress.com, I have a self-hosted blog powered by WordPress.org that serves as my main base of operations.  It’s dedicated to an independent comics series of mine and it’s titled Sunnyville Stories. That blog is meant to discuss that work while this one is intended primarily as a showcase for my other works in pen-and-ink like my landscapes and pin-up girls.  However, I’ll briefly tell some of you readers out there about my magnum opus.

Sunnyville Stories is a slice-of-life comic that revolves around a small remote hamlet called Sunnyville.  This town is inhabited by anthropomorphic animals who dress traditionally – males wear suits and females wear skirts and dresses.  The story consists of individual self-contained vignettes (called “episodes”) which deal with the everyday adventures of two main characters – Rusty Duncan, a teenage cat moved into Sunnyville from a big city, and Samantha “Sam” Macgregor, a country girl who’s lived in Sunnyville all her life.  Read the rest of this entry »

Max Ernst Video

I talked about how Max Ernst was influential on my work in a previous post .  His best known work was his collage novel (and ancestor to the modern graphic novel) Un Semaine De Bonte (see that above link for more info).  But he produced a number of other works, chiefly oil paintings and mixed media work.  Here’s a neat YouTube video showing a number of his pieces.

 

Thanks to Distantmirrors of YouTube for putting this video together.

What I really found neat about Ernst’s work is that he was a self-taught painter.  He had no formal training.