Happy birthday, Ben!

This post is intended for a dear friend.  April 28th is his birthday…so from everyone in Sunnyville to him…

Happy Birthday, Ben!

Happy birthday, Benjamin Rodriguez!  And many more!

This was sketched digitally BTW.  I prefer using traditional media.


Mixed Media Lamp

This week’s piece is another still life that I drew back when I resumed learning how to draw.  This was done in mixed media however.  Back in those days, I played around with many different types of dry media like pastels, charcoal, drawing pencils, etc.


"Lamp", Charcoal, graphite, and crayon on 8.5x11 pastel paper

Not a bad drawing exercise.  All in all, I’ve come along way since then.  To be specific, this was done with black wax crayon, white wax crayon, charcoal pencil, and three grades of graphite – HB, 2B, and 3B.

Still life is a good way of practicing your drawing skills.  Unlike a landscape, light doesn’t change and in contrast to a live model, it doesn’t move or breathe.

I-CON 2011 Dealer’s room video

I attended I-CON the weekend of April 15-17, 2011.  It was a neat event.  I did take this video while in the dealer’s room.

You can see that it was a lot of fun.

Fruit and onions still life

Nothing special here – this was one of my first drawings when I started drawing on a regular basis in 2002.

Fruits and Onions

This was a still life exercise out of a book.  It’s not bad at all for a first try.  I’ve come a LOOOONNNNGGGG way since then.

MoCCA Fest 2011 and I-Con

I attended the annual Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art Festival held on April 9-10, 2011 in Manhattan.  It took place at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue.  (TRIVIA: This armory was also the site of the famous 1913 Armory Show.)  I had a load of fun there and even took some video!

For a more detailed report, check out the post I made on the Sunnyville Stories blog.

As a reminder, I will be appearing at I-Con this coming weekend, April 15-17th in Stony Brook, NY.  Be sure to stop by and say hello.  Here’s my pending panel schedule (subject to change) –

There Have Always Been Furries in Literature – Friday from 7:00pm – 8:00pm in SAC 305
Simplifying Character Design for Web Comics – Friday from 8:00pm – 9:00pm in Psychology A 146
Designing Characters for Web Comics – Saturday from 5:00pm – 6:00pm in Old Engineering 143
Starting an Art Collection – Saturday from 6:00pm – 7:00pm in ESS 181
Non-Anthro Animals – Saturday from 7:00pm – 8:00pm in SAC 302
Why Have the French Got it Right – Sunday from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in ESS 181
Inking and Shading by Hand: Soon to Become a Lost Art? – Sunday from 3:00pm – 4:00pm in Javits 110
Fantasy and. Science Fiction Aspects of the Fandom – Sunday from 5:00pm – 6:00pm in ESS 181


I’ll be there with many colorful characters like my friend Mae Zubkov, the uncanny Joe Strike, Dr. Samuel Conway (better known as Uncle Kage), and Peter Stoller to name a few.

Check out I-Con…it’s loads of fun.

Landscape and pyramids

I have  a few more drawings this week.  This first one is a simple landscape done with nib pens and brush.

Landscape 5

Landscape 5, Pen and ink on 7x10 paper

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Sketchbook Sampler 2: Belly dancers

I have some more belly dancers up this week.  These are some more pieces from my sketchbook.  Here they are.

Belly dancer sketch 1


This blonde belly dancer wears the Turkish style bedlah (belly dancing outfit).  I usually tend to draw my women in the Turkish style outfits, which show more.  This is to make them look more visually appealing.  However, there are other styles of belly dancing where more modest clothes are worn.  I know some of the American and Tribal Fusion have a variety of outfits like full dresses, skirts, and lycra pants.

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