Sunday, May 31, 2015

My Favorite Shows are Mystery Shows

Crime and mystery, I love them both.  These are two bookish professors finding clues and and solving crime in the 1960s. 

A Selection of Cephalopods

I've been practicing a couple of different styles by painting octopi and squid.  This one I painted with a direct reference picture, so the shapes and colors are sharp and precise.

This one I painted from the same sketch, but without a reference, so the lines are softer and the colors are more dramatic.

And finally, a squid doodle for fun.  I really enjoy playing with a restricted palette like this.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Kelly by the Sea

Concept art for a children's book.  I started with a simple sketch and flat colors.

At this point I added shadows and highlights, especially to the skirt.  The story is set on the seaside, so I also painted a simple ocean background to see how the colors work together.  I think the green I used in Kelly's shirt and shin guards is too intense, so I'll alter that in the future.  

A little detailing in pencil, and I'm done!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


This is my design for Wendy from Peter Pan.  My version of Wendy is bratty and spoiled, and she gets bored easily.  Her parents dress her in pink and put her hair in complicated braids, and they don't like her playing with her brothers and getting messy - they treat her like a doll.  When she gets to Neverland she freaks out when her hair comes undone and her dress rips, but she also learns she likes to play in mud.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hello Baby!

My cousin Ryan was born yesterday!  Very excited to meet this kid.  In the meantime I'm working on a children's book for him.

My aunt and uncle are pretty sporty so these are the characters I'm working with so far.  Not sure what the story is yet; I'm just going to keep drawing them until one shows up.

A Bookworm and a Witch

Monday, May 18, 2015