Another exercise in drawing that I did – this is a pen-and-ink drawing that I did from the Lee J. Ames book, Draw 50 Ships, Boats, Trucks and Trains.


"Dory", Pen-and-Ink on 8.5x11 in. paper

FYI, a dory is a small, flat-bottomed boat planked up with wide boards.


Promo Videos for Sunnyville Stories!

As some of you may know, I do an independent comics series entitled Sunnyville Stories.  That has its own blog.

However, I’ll actually share some of the videos I’ve made to promote the series.

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Sneakers and Tennis Ball

This pencil drawing I’ve come to share with you today is some more practice.  This came from one of my favorite drawing books.

Sneakers and Tennis Ball

"Sneakers and Tennis Ball"

This was an exercise from a now out-of-print book on my shelf titled Drawing Basic Subjects published in 1994-1995 by Barron’s Educational Series.  It’s a handy book that you can use to practice drawing skills or if you’re a newcomer to the art of drawing, it can teach you.  The book itself has neat exercises in drawing with pencils, charcoal, conte crayons, etc.

Anyway, besides pencils, I used a handy tool to adding those highlights: the eraser.

Yes, you heard me right.  Erasers aren’t just for correcting mistakes.  You can draw with an eraser too.  Use it to add highlights to objects or aid you with negative and positive space.

Big Ben

Here’s another practicing drawing I did from the Lee J. Ames book “Draw 50 Buildings”.  It’s one of the famous UK landmark, Big Ben.

Big Ben

Big Ben is actually the nickname of the bell itself, not of the clock or clock tower itself found in London, England. The bell was cast in 1856 and had to be recast after getting damaged. It would be chimed for the first time in 1859.

This drawing is not bad…but I still need to work on my drafting.  I do recommend the books of Lee J. Ames a lot.  They are sort of like exercise videos.

Still life of bottles

Another one of my still life drawings.  This was done back around 2002.


"Bottles", graphite on paper, 8.5x11 in.


Today, this Saturday, May 7th 2011, is Free Comic Book Day.

It’s an annual event held in early May each year in the USA and Canada to promote the medium of comics.

For those of you who live outside North America or just couldn’t get any free comics at your participating retailer…not to worry.  Remember my indie comic series, Sunnyville Stories?  Well, the entire first episode of the series…is ABSOLUTELY FREE!  That’s right – there’s no catch.  You can read the first episode here.

Sunnyville Stories Episode 1 title page

The Transamerica Building

Another pencil drawing from “Draw 50 Buildings” – it’s one of my better buildings.  It’s of the Transamerica Building of San Francisco, California.

Transamerica Building

The Transamerica Building is located in San Francisco, California, USA. Constructed in 1972, it housed the Transamerica Corporation. While no longer in that building, it’s still used in TA’s logo. It’s also known as the Dunce Cap and Pereira’s Peak (after its architect William Pereira).

If you’re interested in learning more, why not check out its entry on Wikipedia?