Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Flime Ties

It has been a year (almost) since my last post... : (
doesn't mean i haven't been busy. quite the contrary. I have drawn several new pieces added a new shop...(to the left) done some teaching, i am getting prepared to enter some art into a show and on a non artistic note...changed jobs!!! 

I have a new piece on the board now that is a bit different. something that i have had in mind for a while now. I'll share this with you later. in the mean time...
The Bride of Frankenstein / Elsa Lanchester from the series, The Face Behind the Monster™

as promised... a new monster for this year


bettie page

as usual... these pieces are available for purchase at my shops as 8 x 10 signed and numbered prints (you can also get bettie as an 11 x 17) or t shirts, mouse pads. you know...  the usual : )

love to hear from ya!!!



Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Time to get back to monster makin'...soon!!

 I haven't been too active on this blog for a while now because I have been working on this (top secret) portrait... Christmas present you know... I used my sister-in-law for the model. We took our own reference photos and played w/ some backgrounds in a paint program. It took me about 120 working hrs to actually draw this...
 I have a lot of drawings planed for this year (cough...cough...hack...choke) Including some noir fairies, a classic movie star, and of course... monsters!!!!!
Don't forget to check out our etsy and artfire shops for new products this year also...links are on each side of this blog <  >
And remeber... " Doing nothing is very hard to never know when you're finished."

Sunday, August 28, 2011

when you do it, always use protection... i like to keep my socks on!!!

when you work in pencil, you have to work as clean as possible. i find that old socks work great! you can cut out the elastic end to use over your hand and the remainder can be used to protect the rest of the portrait. the main reason that i do this is so i can still rest my hand on the paper for support without transferring the oils or dirt from my hand to the paper (heaven forbid that my hand should be dirty)  important to note; you still, even though protected, need to avoid contact with the graphite, it will smear. you will notice that in this picture, i have an extension... on the end of the pencil!!! i said in an earlier post that i would explain that when i was good and ready... well... I'm not!!!...
come back next time and i will show you a couple of ways to set up a line drawing... can you stand the excitement??!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

ahh haa... comin' together

soooo...... now you can see the mad plan. with a little help from our old friend, photo explosion, we can manipulate the images and get a real good idea of what we want our finished piece to look like... with a little patience and a steady hand we just might make it look like our vision!!! come back again to see how to set this up and get started!!!        (and may the force be with you)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

I'm gonna do something to the bride...not that!!!!...well maybe...

this is the lovely lady that played the bride of Frankenstein...Elsa lanchester. over the last few years i have been doing a series called "the face behind the monster" the idea being that the person that portrayed the monster would be featured behind their creation... ( get it?... behind...  the actor is behind...   i draw the actor too...  with the.........oh forget it!!!) anyway... come back to see how i will merge the actress with her monster!! it doesn't get any more exciting than this...

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Let's get started!!!

First and foremost you have to find something to draw...duh...sounds pretty basic. but the subject matter is so must be something that inspires you!! if not, three things could happen. 1... you might not have fun doing it. that's the point. right? (it is for me) 2... if it's something that doesn't interest you, you're not likely to finish it. 3... if you do finish it you probably won't like it.

You have seen from my work that I have a wide variety of subject matter that i draw but i do have a favorite...                        monsters!!!

               you have to come back to see what i have in mind for the bride!!!

                                       No... not that  (you sick puppies)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

OK...OK... So I lied !!!!

I can't show the newest portrait that I'm working on because it is a Christmas present for someone ( a surprise you know... shhhhh ) BUT, I CAN take you through the process with another piece that I am putting aside ...for now. I will finish it when the other one that I can't show you is done.

This is EVERYTHING that I use to create a portrait... for the most part...
1- 70 lb, acid free, bright ,white medium tooth, drawing paper
2- clean cloths (old socks)
3- magifying glass
4- pencil sharpener
5- sanding board
6- two sizes of stick eraser
7- #2 blender
8- mechanical pencil w/ B2 .05 lead
9- loose stick eraser
10- H4 pencil in an extender (I will explain the reason for this later) You can't wait... I know...
11- post it pad used as a pallet

I am aware that # 10 in this list is going to keep you awake all night...  You'll be tossing and turninig thinking... OMG... WHAT DOES HE DO WITH THAT?... why won't he just frikin' tell me now??!!!! I'm going to have to take a xanax to get to sleep!!!!!!!

well... you'll just have to wait 'till i feel like telling you...    not now!!!    see ya next time...