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Whether its on paper, plastic, cardboard or whatnot … Oscar is always drawing and this is the place to see some of the results.

Saruman the White

Saruman the White

Posted on Monday, June 15th, 2015 under Sketches | No comments

I took a break between watching episodes of Community (which is one of the best pop culture goodies you still need to watch) and True Detective (which I only just now started, in hopes of catching up before the start of Season 2) and worked on this small piece for the @Sketch_Dailies theme of #Saruman in tribute to the recent passing of the great Christopher Lee.

It is actually the first time I have worked with white pens on ...

 
Process

Process

Posted on Friday, January 30th, 2015 under Design Life Sketches | No comments

Today Crystal and I got to listen in on a great Creative Mornings talk from Wes Featherston about beauty, ugly and process; we've been enjoying so many great presenters the past few months, each providing different insights into how they approach life and creativity. If you haven't been able to participate in a CM session yet, definitely take the next last Friday of the month and rejuvenate yourself before beginning a new month of productivity. ...

 
IF – Passion

IF – Passion

Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2015 under Life Sketches | No comments

Ugh. It has been a while ... between the new move and working to improve my effectiveness at answering student emails and submitting grades, I haven't put pen to paper for any purpose in a few weeks.

On top of that, I haven't worked on a Illustration Friday challenge in a good long while. This is pencil, calligraphy and Kuretake pens on a heavy lb paper and really the point of it wasn't so much message ...

 
IF – Lush

IF – Lush

Posted on Friday, August 30th, 2013 under Sketches | No comments

My entry for this week's Illustration Friday theme of "lush" was really just a chance to for me to be lazy on a Morning where I was caught up on many things and wanting to draw for while. I haven't touched AutoDesk's Sketchbook Express Mac app in forever and I even had to go download a new copy before I started.

The face is just something that came out of the great soft lines you can ...

 
Matthew Perry isn’t here

Matthew Perry isn’t here

Posted on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 under Sketches | No comments

Ugh. This is clear indication that I need to be spending more time with my sketchbook and Wacom tablet and less cultivating whatever talent constantly reading Twitter has the capability to expand.

No, it's not Matthew Perry. Yes, I would love if it made you think of Chandler ... especially any moment when he is wide-eyed with shame, embarrassment or surprise-leading-to-fits-of-hilarious-over-reaction. You'd think after a few quick sketches in Sketchbook Express (which made me remember why ...

 
IF – Faded

IF – Faded

Posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 under Life Sketches | 1 comment

While listening to a childhood favorite of mine by Isaac Asimov, "The Caves of Steel", I drew this up in Adobe Fireworks and have to say that as much as I am accustomed to the Pen tool in Illustrator, there are some nice differences here. The rigidity of line snapping and limit of the raster preview make for an interesting environment. I'll have to do more of this later.

 
IF – Sight

IF – Sight

Posted on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 under Sketches Video | 1 comment

For last week's Illustration Friday theme of "sight", I actually set the record button on, so you can actually check out a bit of my process in Illustrator below. It was even more fun, as I drew this while talking end-of-the-world conspiracy theories with my dad. If you want, you can also check out the finished product on Flickr.

 
IF : Hitched

IF : Hitched

Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2012 under Design Sketches | No comments

Here's my fun little entry to last Friday's Illustration Friday theme of "hitched". Nothing in particular in mind with this besides just wanting to make some typographic doodling and clean it up in Illustrator. The background is partly from a photo I took while heading to work a few months ago.

If you like it enough, you can grab a desktop size version to enjoy at home.

And if you are a frequenter of Dribbble, here are ...

 
IF – Stripes

IF – Stripes

Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011 under Sketches | 1 comment

I drew my entry for this week's Illustration Friday at Starbucks, on a wooden table, while enjoying the lovely winter breeze. Perfection.

Here's the poem:

Peace is obtainable,
but only through Love.

Love is easy,
But it requires Acceptance & Joy.

 
IF – Surrender

IF – Surrender

Posted on Saturday, January 29th, 2011 under Sketches | 1 comment

My submission for this week's Illustration Friday theme of "surrender" ... a generalized native, alone on the plain, facing defeat and necessary surrender.

I used everyone's new favorite digital sketch app, SketchBookExpress (thanks to the free download on Apple's Mac Store) for the initial version, then adjusted and refined the colors in Photoshop using Smart Adjustment layers.

You can view the largest version on Flickr here.

 
IF – Sneaky

IF – Sneaky

Posted on Monday, November 22nd, 2010 under Sketches | No comments

On Friday night, I couldn't sleep so I worked up this sneaky sneaky vector for IllustrationFriday's theme of ... you guessed it, "sneaky". He is entirely made of simple objects I drew with the Shape tool, minus the wily mustache; I used Illustrator's new and great variable Width tool to create that.

 
IF – Burning

IF – Burning

Posted on Friday, November 12th, 2010 under Sketches | No comments

A simple vector flame ... I first saw this in my head pretty much folded and flicking just like it is here, then put it down on paper with blue pencil and pen. I grabbed a snap of it with my iPhone 4, pushed the photo to Dropbox and then redrew the basic shape in Adobe Illustrator. I think I've finally got the hang of the wonky Gradient tool, so the coloring went pretty quickly.

I ...

 
IF – Spooky

IF – Spooky

Posted on Friday, October 15th, 2010 under Sketches | 2 comments

Sometimes we get carried away with our costumes and sometimes ... they carry us away. Sadly, it's an epidemic that claims more kiddy trick-or-treaters each year than stale circus peanut poisonings. Do your part to save the children; add an escape hatch level to every costume BEFORE they leave the house.

Cue "The More You Know" music, please Jerry ...

 
Suck Face

Suck Face

Posted on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 under Life Sketches | No comments

Jodie, Brittany and I were talking the other day about how I hardly use straws any more and I realized it is because 5 or so years ago someone told me that if I use straws too much, my face would get all wrinkly when I get old. You know, something like this.

Thankfully, the girls set me straight and I'm back to using straws again. Which means I'm also back to visiting Burger Kings and ...

 
IF – Artificial

IF – Artificial

Posted on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 under Sketches | 1 comment

A quick sketch entry that I did for last friday's Illustration Friday theme of "artificial". For me the word equaled something robot-y, so here you go.

I have always loved the winged mech style of everything Gundam (though I have still to watch much of the apparently 30+ years of the show), so that is why I was trying for something a bit angular with this. It's a bit of a departure from my usual monster ...

 
IF : Satellite

IF : Satellite

Posted on Saturday, June 26th, 2010 under Sketches | No comments

My simple entry into this week's IllustrationFriday theme of "satellite" ... just my thumbs and Adobe's fantastic (and vector-based) Ideas iPhone app. Oh yeah ... my new iPhone 4 and its gorgeous screen were there too. ;)

The standard Brushes iPhone app does have a lot on Adobe's first entry into the space (i.e. progressive playback, shortcut corners, undo AND redo buttons, multiple layers, etc.), but the fact that I can output a vector file (email-able ...

 
IF – Early

IF – Early

Posted on Friday, May 21st, 2010 under Design Sketches | No comments

Staying out with "the boys" the last couple of nights has made my alarms (I had to set three ... my watch, my iPhone and the nightstand one) sound so loud and seem so early lately. At some point, I need to find some sleep ... but for now, I am definitely enjoying playing catch up with work and spending so much time out with people I really enjoy.

This is a simple vector piece made ...

 
IF – Linked

IF – Linked

Posted on Friday, April 9th, 2010 under Sketches | 1 comment

My entry for this week's Illustration Friday theme of "linked" ... a simple sketch in Illustrator. I had planned to color this, but I haven't been using the Blob Brush as much I as I usually do as of late and it took longer than I wanted to get to this point. I might color it later on, but more than likely, it will stay in this pretty pre-pro state.

I thought these guys looked kinda ...

 
IF : Dip

IF : Dip

Posted on Friday, April 2nd, 2010 under Life Sketches | 2 comments

Here is my entry for this week's Illustration Friday theme of "dip" ... it goes out to my wife, Jodie, who is convinced the time is right for swimming, sun-ing and in general heading to the beach. I say it's still spring.

This is all vector, mixing some Brush strokes, the Blob Brush, the new (but still lame) in-line Gradient tool and a tad bit of Illustrator's Raster Effects thrown in for fun.

 
IF : Expired

IF : Expired

Posted on Friday, March 19th, 2010 under Sketches | 1 comment

My entry for this week's Illustration Friday theme of "expired". I think this started out as me yet again trying to work up a propaganda-style poster (hence the color palette), but almost immediately realizing I don't have the right mindset for it. Instead, I spent some time getting more acquainted with Illustrator CS4's much-improved-but-still-goofy inline Gradient editor.

I guess the only thoughts behind the IF tie-in are for you to think of expired milk. If you ...

 
Daily Sketch – Reading

Daily Sketch – Reading

Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 under Sketches | No comments

I've had this simple sketch sitting in an "Upload Me" folder for a while now (hence the post date adjustment). This guy managed to get shuffled around between backups, restores, a broken laptop and now my fancy new MacBook Pro. Just a little graphite and some blue lead pencil (which I found in the grass on campus ... at some point) to show how much time I have spent reading lately.

I usually jump between a ...

 
IF : Muddy

IF : Muddy

Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2010 under Sketches | 1 comment

My entry for this week's Illustration Friday theme of "muddy" is pretty simple ... just some fun feet splashing in the mud. Since I haven't been carrying my sketchbook with me the last few weeks, I drew this as a quick sketch right in Illustrator, refined it here and then added a tiny bit of highlighting in Photoshop.

 
IF : Focused

IF : Focused

Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2010 under Sketches | 1 comment

My entry for last week's Illustration Friday theme of "focused". Even though I drew it early on Friday night, I totally spaced on uploading it. Let's see if I can still make the deadline ...

Oh and it's actually a good mix of a bunch of different pens. A little Crayola marker, a bit of Black India Ink and Windex and just a touch of White-Out.

 
IF : Wilderness

IF : Wilderness

Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2010 under Sketches | 3 comments

This is my entry for last week's Illustration Friday theme of "wilderness". I did draw it on Friday, but have been so busy with other thing meaningless online things (and a bit o' work) I almost forgot to upload it ... eep!

I drew this on the back of some glossy insert that I found in one of my Terminator DVD cases. No pencils necessary ... just straight to some nice black medium Sharpie. I don't ...

 

IF – Renewal

Posted on Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 under Sketches | No comments

My first Illustration Friday entry of the year and my first ever ambigram! That's right ... flip it over and it reads the same :) If you've never looked into them before, there are some really amazing ambrigram logos and designers out there.

Since it was my first ambigram, it took a while to get right. I drew it on paper 3 times, then re-did it in Illustrator about 10 times. It still isn't perfect, but ...

 
 

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