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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

It's that time of year again...Christmas Octopus

It's becoming a tradition that I draw something to be given away during Christmas.  Whether I'm celebrating with family or friends we usually do a White Elephant gift exchange and the art is always a big hit.  I was having trouble coming up with an idea when my wife suggested I just do another octopus.  My studio space has been relagated to a corner of the kitchen table, but I was able to bag this one out in just about a day.  From conception, to pencils, to ink.  Not to shabby and I'm really pleased how it turned out.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Christmas Bizarre

Here at work during the holiday season, starting at Halloween and running right through Christmas, we have events.  From group feeds, costume contests, and other charity events.  Before Christmas we have what is called a Dough Run.  It's a poker run based on baked goods.  You go from department to department buying various treats and then you get an envelope with a card inside.  During the event they also have a silent auction.  The auction is made up of all sorts of donated stuff.  From tickets to events and homemade jams to art and clothing.  Everyone seems to go gaga for the art and it usually brings in a nice chunk of change. This year I decided I'd actually get my act together and draw something to donate.

Since I'm a fisheries biologist I love to draw fish and people here will eat this up.  I only took one unfinished photo.
 Here it is all framed up. I love these inexpensive floating frames.  And if who ever wins this wants they can always upgrade.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Who's your buddy, who's your pal?


As a matter of tradition, even if it's only a couple of years, I've made a piece of artwork that goes into the White Elephant gift exchange.  The past couple of years that's been with a group of friends, this year it was with my wife's family and the stealing was epic.  My mother-in-law ended up with it in the end.  Oddly enough as my list of to do art continues to grow I have a piece I sketched out for her as well as a thank you for all the help she's provided us with in watching our son when our day care lady is off.

Can you guess the type of salmon depicted?  The clue is in the title.

I don't do a lot of color work, but I thought this limited use was nice and highlighted the fish.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Another Christmas Octopus

Seems like a running theme for Christmas presents. This was draw as a thank you to our friend who watched out dog over the holidays.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

T shirt project


I was contacted by a friend months ago and she asked if I'd help design a T-shirt for her woman's group to sell as a fundraiser.  We began way back in December last year. My friend lives in Mt. Prospect, Illinois a suburb of Chicago and one of the highest points in the area.  And if you know Illinois it's pretty flat so a hill of 665 feet stands out.  She had all sorts of ideas and sketched a few out.  We went back and forth for months, mainly because we were both busy with family, but eventually she settle on a design she liked.  







Here is the final design.  I figure who ever she gets to do the t-shirts will crop the image and can darken all the blacks to a uniform color.

Monday, February 2, 2015

More doodles

I really do love going back though my piles of doodles.  Man what the hell was going on here?

You'll notice a lot of my doodles and drawing are heavily aquatic sometimes. That comes from years of studying and working as a fisheries biologist.  This set was draw on the back of deck form.  As an onboard fisheries observer you were issued data deck sheets that were printed on plasticized paper.  Some of the forms had blank backs for notes and tallies.  They also make great doodle pages since they take and hold graphite so well.

I'd probably date the page sometime in the early 2000's, maybe 2001-2003.