Sir Toppin Hat

This little guy ended up with the name Sir Toppin Hat after my wife saw me sketching him and said that should be his name. When I was making him I was just focused on recreating the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland as a human. Lately I’ve been playing around with scale and proportion when sketching out characters. With this sketch I continued to push my proportions in the design to see how far I can go with the balance of large and small features.

Clarence

Here’s a drawing of a character that I’ve affectionately named Clarence. He started as a warmup sketch and ended up as something that makes me smile.

 

Lad Davis

This is a portrait I painted of my Grandfather for his birthday. It’s another in my growing portfolio of iPad art. I’m determined to prove to people that real art can be created with an iPad.

 

 

 

Silhouette

This was a warm up sketch I did today and I thought the end results were quite nice.

Gene

We had a very sad event happen today. My wife’s grandfather passed away suddenly. While I was around the family I felt like there wasn’t anything I could say to make things better. As I drove home I thought well I couldn’t say enough but perhaps there was something else I could do to show my feelings. Since pictures are worth a thousand words I hope this portrait I painted on my iPad will suffice.

 

 

 

Francis

I was watching a video with a character named Francis and thought to myself “Wow! This guy is so animated I have to make him a cartoon.” This was the result of that endeavor. I thought I’d include various stages from the original sketch to the final piece to help show the process.

 

 

 

sea creatures and nautical things

We needed some sketches of sea creatures and other nautical items for a project at work. Here are some of my favorites that I’ve done so far. I’m really glad I’m getting a chance to do this, because I’ve been inspired a lot lately by nautical designs in the sketches I was doing for fun. Now I have a professional outlet for that inspiration. It’s always exciting when your work and fun collide. The results are always awesome. I can’t wait to see what it all looks like finalized.

All the sketches were done with a ball point pen.

Rat Race

These are excerpts from a series of pieces that tell a story. In every piece I use a different tool to do the inking. Markers were used in the first to create big bold shapes. In the second piece I used a nib pen and created optical grays through the use of hatching. For the third piece I used a Windsor Newton series 7 brush. Then in the fourth and final piece I’m showing I used a dry brush technique. Each has its own feeling but they’re tied together by the story.

the Keeper

This is a maquette I made for the Open House art show at SCAD Atlanta. He’s the main character from a story I’ve had floating around in the form of notes and sketchbook pieces for a long time. This character was a lot of fun to make. I hope you all like this creepy old man who has a pension for collecting rats as much as I like him.