Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Almost There!

It is official! I will be moving to Taylors SC in a few weeks. I have been working hard on this drawing and I need to finish tonight. I am thankful that the clouds are coming along smoothly and I have a bit left. So, I suddenly feel like a college student again. Most of all, i wish everyone a very merry Christmas, and I trust that this drawing will make someone happy. Until the next big Drawing,


Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Craziness

I have been locked away in the basement working like a mad scientist! As you can see in this picture, the scale of the piece is quite large. I noticed that as I was posting pictures that one could not see the actual proportions of the drawing. I have recorded a few videos of my work as well, and I will be posting those as soon as I can.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Sails

Just a quick update on what I have done all day today! I worked on the sails, and added the deep water reflection to the back of the boat. The sails have only one coat of color. So, they will be darkened a bit. It was amazing to me to see the shear size of the sail! Standing here looking at the drawing is incredible!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Details Details Details

I will tell you what! Details are important! It takes time to see the details. It is very rare to find someone who can just sit down and at the speed of a cartoon artist re-create reality with pencils. However, if one takes the time to prepare the page and observe the reference you will be amazed as to how many details you will be able to find.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sail Boat Update

I am beginning to see the sail boat come to life! I picked up some more color pencils. The kind that I had were harder and took twice as long to get a rich color on the page I now can get a much deeper richer color with the softer pencils. It is a slow and hard process one stroke at a time. I think that it is far more difficult to get the results that one desires than other mediums...even graphite pencils,

Here is a look at the size of the piece and the reference photo that I am using. Sorry about the lighting. I am in a different studio (my basement). I am still getting better lighting down there.

Here is some more detail of the process that I am going through in the drawing. You can see the frame of the back of the sail boat. I can not wait to get the rest of the sail boat done. Then I will be about 1/3 of the way done!
I do not think that these pics are doing any justice to the original. I will try to get better photos soon.

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Flag

So I was able to get everything set up in the basement and start hamering away at the drawing. I decided to start with the Ship first and work my way out. I want to finish the ship by next week. This will be pretty difficult but possible. I am using Color pencil. This picture is a little dark, but it looks pretty crisp live.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Machine Gun Photography

So it was getting darker outside and I had a sudden urge to to take some photos. It has been quite cool in Midland. I love this weather! I think that it is just right for me. Anyway, I remembered seeing this sweet willow tree in a small feild just outside of Dow Corning. I love the trees in Midland! The trees are beautiful.

So my journey took me to the Tridge. I thought that I would look for silhouettes and found this nice shot. I could not help but feel drawn in to this path. Where does it go? Should I follow, or sit and watch passers-by? All in all, it was a great adventure. I widh that I had a better digital camera though. All in good time I suppose. Well, I had better get back to drawing. Goodnight everyone.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Big One

Here we Go! I have undertaken the biggest art project ever! (For me) My Job is to draw from this reference photo below in color pencil on matte board size 48x29 in! But the craziest part is that the diminsions of the piece desired is quite wide, and I need to finish the sails.

So....I have almost finished with the new dimension on the computer, thus saving myself headaches later. I think that it is coming along great. I have had the hardest time trying to figure in all of the cables and sails and where they need to end up. I have had to use a bit of math, talent, and just plain instinct to feel my way throught the drawing. I hope to have this one done well before Christmas.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sunset Moth

Here it is.... My first acrylic painting! I love this picture. The painting is of a 'sunset moth.' This is the coolest moth I have ever seen! The original is on a 16x20 Canvas and will be up for sale at the IMAGINE THAT store in downtown Midland MI soon. This was a great first experience for me! I wish that all firsts went this well. Another first was the live streaming video that I have set up in my studio. This allows clients to visually watch me work even when they are not there! I am usually painting in the evening around 7:00pm EST. You can click on the video at the top pf the page in order to see me paint. I will be starting the biggest color pencil drawing of my life very by the end of this week! So i will hopefully have the live feed running by that time. Well, the time has flown I can barely believe that is already 11:00pm Where does the time go. Thanks for checking out my blog. Love you all.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A brand new Table

YES!! I'm so excited! I had a brand new drafting board made for a large size commission piece. I fell in love with blonde hard wood and it worked perfectly for a drafting table. I had a friend of mine, Ben Donnelly, build it for me and he did an excellent job! Thank you Ben! I decided to throw on some random pictures on the board so it doesn't seem bare. Also, you can't see it, but the table opens like a piano bench to reveal lots of storage space for my art stuff!
In the background you can see the picture of the butterfly that I'm currently working on. I'm trying to delve into more of the 'painting world'. It has been a little while since I've focused any amount of time into painting. However, it seems to be going great! Funny story, I accidentally mixed up my paint and painted in acrylic thinking it was oil! I was amazed at how fast the 'oil' was drying and I looked down only to notice that the tube said acrylic! I guess acrylic is growing on me. Enjoy the picture! I will have the final product for sale most likely. If you are interested, shoot me an email!

Love you all,

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Back to the Pencil

So I could not help myself. I just had to draw with pencil. I do not know completely why, but I have always come back to it. It was here in Midland, MI where I fell in love with the pencil. I simply must draw this place. I am so thankful for the many blessings that I have been given here in Midland, and I appreciate the artistic surroundings. It is good to be home! This drawing is an 3x2 drawing on illustration board and is a miniature drawing. I will place much of my artwork on consignment at Imagine that in Downtown Midland. I am excited and anxious to see where this takes me.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

All Things Big and Small

So I decided to draw on the smaller scale as well, and I noticed that i had to pay even closer attention to some of the small details. A small mistake becomes very large on a canvas of this size. Actually I used Illustration Board! I love it! It is heavy duty and not to thick. I will be drawing on this from now on. My goal has been to do a smaller size drawing everyday. I have a great desire to get better and better. I would love to make Drawing my life's work. I will sell these originals and make prints of course. So if there is anyone interested in a drawing let me know. Email me for price.

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Big Picture has been great working on a bigger page. I Think that it is important to change things up every now and then to keep the ideas fresh. I will be doing some still-life. I think that I will focus in on Candy. I think that i could really get the colors to pop. anyway back to work now. this peace will be up for sale soon. I have decided to start selling some of my originals. I am still thinking how much I will sell it for. I find it so hard to let my artwork go! See you all later.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

So there has been yet another revival of creativity in my life, and I feel almost desperate to find a way to continue. This house drawing has been a truck load of fun! I feel like I really know this house, like maybe I lived in it once. I like to take pictures of my work as I move along. It archives my work and allows my clients to enjoy the whole process. I will post some of the prints after I have mailed out the finished product. I have some plans in progress to grow the art studio, and I am praying that it will all go through.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

It has been a while....

So much has happened since the last update. I have come off the road and stopped traveling. I have started to raise my family in Midland MI. I have been working with Ben Donnely doing carpet, flooring, painting, and just about anything! It has gone well so far. We are really hoping that we can continue to find if you live in MI and need some work done please contact me.
Well, I have been working on a secret project and I am about half way done now! I should have it up in the near future. I was able to finish my Color Pencil drawing recently and will prepare it for prints.
I took a walk in downtown Midland and stopped into a store called "Imagine That", and it looks like I might be able to consign some work there and maybe become a member of the shop. I am hoping that this will be one more step towards having a studio one day.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spanish Roots

I decided to add a Spanish flare to one of the songs. I wrote this song called “Mocha” I have had a melody in my head for a while and I thought that it might sound good with a Latin timing. It is just meant to be a fun easy song. The most difficult part in recording this song were the chords. there are some Dim 9 and similar chords. I hope that you enjoy listening. I am still on schedule for having the CD ready before summer. I will post the Latest info on my Website and Blog. I am also on facebook.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

New CD Coming out!

I have been trying to put a CD together for a while now. Finally, I think that I have my Idea: A child's A Capella CD! I love to do multi-tracking with my voice, but I have been so busy and crazy with other things lately. Overdubbing my voice is how i achieve the sound in my recordings. Any way, you can visit my podcast by clicking in the Links maked Podcast to hear the song or just click here for a free download sample of what I do. please enjoy. The CD should be out before this Summer! All that I ask is that you let others now who did the singing.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Skater Boys

While at the Skate Park I was also able to take some shots of the local skaters. Click Here to see a slideshow.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lance Parbst

I had a great time doing a photo shoot for Lance! It was a perfect day to ride. The following photos were taken with a 7.0 MP Digital camera. I found a way to freeze the motion with camera and got some great effects shots. The photos were taken in Wilson, NC at a nearby skate park. Please enjoy.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

1st Warm Day in NC

Well we had a fun day today playing in the sun. I thought that I would take a few shots while we were out. We went to Mc Donalds and played outside. It has been a while since it has been this warm in Wilson, NC.

Most of the time Lincoln ran almost in circles. I was so excited to play outside. In a matter of seconds he had walk completely across the yard!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Here is a Color Pencil drawing that I did while on the couch at the Snows house in Greenville SC. This was my first time really trying them out.

The Winner is!

Thank you to all who posted on my blog. I will be visiting your blogs on my journey through this carpet ride. I am thinking of doing a monthly giveaway of my own, so please visit again.

The Winner is!!!!!..................

The winner will be receiving one free print. I have finished some newer drawings in my blog and if you would like, you may chose from any of them. Thanks again.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Porsche 911 turbo

Well here she is! I finally finished her. Just a few touchups. I will replace the "" with the name of the winner of a free print of this drawing soon. I hope that you like it. If you have not already, do not forget to follow me on this blog or on twitter. I also have a Art Class Blog you can follow me on.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Date Night

Here We Are
My Wife's Favorite Appetizer.
Love Lime Water!
New Special Orange Sauce With Pasta and Chicken!
Caesar Salad Almost Finished!
What a wonderful Day. I was full!

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