Archive for the ‘sketchbook’ Category

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

I’ve spent a little time drawing in my sketchbook this week. I don’t paint in it much so this was a little bit funnish.
sketchbook and paint: two little robots
sketchbook and paint: sneakers
sketchbook and paint: walkers

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

I’m asking for a favor with this post. I would like to know if anyone can think of a kind of truck that begins with the letters K, Q or N. For instance, a Firetruck would be a letter F, a Moving truck is M, Elephant truck would be E. You get the idea. I need K, Q and N trucks. This can be a type of truck, like Pick-up truck. Or it can be what the truck transports, like Milk.
Just leave your idea in the comments. Much appreciated. You shall be thanked heartily.

a little fish truck

a fish truck

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Some sketches from a book I’m working on. I love drawing these things.
recreational vehicle
abe's fish truck
vacation van

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

race car 5

I’m taking part in a children’s book fair at the Main Line Art Center the first weekend of February where they’re offering some space to sell a few pieces. I’m taking this opportunity to further some work that I’ve been wanting to do away from the computer. As you know, I’ve been offering some digital prints on Etsy for a couple of weeks. But it’s my new year resolution to get my hands dirty in 2009 and do some painting and printing.

Therefore, I’m attempting to get six collage/paintings done in time for this festival. I’ve had these race cars in my head for weeks and before starting on the finals, I wanted to do some test drives (ha ha, a pun!). So what you’re seeing here are small “sketches” at 8.25 x 5 inches. The finished ones will be 10 x 10 inches on wood, and will be lovelier, cooler, and all around better than these.
If this works out, expect airplanes, space ships, monsters and robots to follow. Pricing to be determined. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

I got an email from Keri Smith recently asking me to be part of a project that involves presidents of the U.S. I requested good facial hair and as a result got Chester Arthur, 21st President of the United States (1829 – 1886).
I didn’t know much about this fellow, but I did some reading and lots of sketching. The final isn’t done yet, but here are two sketches. Stay tuned for more on this project.
Chester A Arthur sketch 2
Chester A Arthur sketch 1

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

I found this today and liked the maniacal look. I feel like that.

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Dear Julia, sketchbook page

A friend of mine who is editing a book on comics recently asked if I might contribute a couple of panels and sketchbook pages from my graphic novel Dear Julia, for consideration in his book. Happy to comply, I spent an hour or so going through these two sketchbooks that I filled with everything that became Dear Julia, from October 1993 to July 1997 (can it really be ten years?). I haven’t looked at this stuff since probably 1998, and in-between now and then I’ve become a dad twice, began and ended a marriage, moved from San Francisco to Philadelphia, had a career as a college professor, and entered the world of childrens book illustration. What I haven’t done in this time is much writing and much less writing and drawing for comics.
Looking at these sketches kind of kicked me, making me realize how much fun and crazy it is to be involved engulfed in the lives of characters and events entirely of one’s own creation. That is, to write.
Anyway these sketchbook pages are about 8×7 inches so as you can see, the thumbnails are about the size of postage stamps. Typically my process was I’d write story and draw thumbs at the same time, then, using tracing paper and a tiny-nibbed rapidograph pen, then refine the thumbnail sketch. That would then get enlarged via photocopy to the size of the actual panel and get traced via lightbox to the illustration board with a light pencil (typically 2H for you nerds). This would sometimes be quite detailed or sometimes fairly loose. The drawing would then get redrawn in ink with a crowquill, then painted with black/grey watercolor. I still work basically the same way, though with a big fat brush now rather than a crowquill. My initial sketches are still the size of postage stamps no matter the size of the final work. I always figured my eyes or my back would give out working this way, but here I am at 39 still with 20/20 vision and strong as an ox.
You can read more about Dear Julia, here. Click on the appropriate link on the right. Hope you like.

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

I’ve had these birds on my mind lately and wanted to get them down. I might make something more out of them. A larger format flock.

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Faces for Friday
Since most of the work I am working on won’t be available for viewing for some time, I thought I’d post some sketchbook things. These are ink and brush in my sketchbook. (Sometimes one gets tired of the cute kids all the time…)