Friday, December 24, 2010


and happy holidays to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
God Bless you and yours!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


I'm working an commissioned oil painting.  Its been a while since I've work in oils and its a little awkward.  Its taking a bit to get used to the speed (or lack there of) of the process.  We'll see how it goes. :)
Thanks for checking in, God bless!

PS: I just started a tumblr blog.  Its different than this one, because it is a collection of things I find cool and interesting and is primarily Not my own work.  I will add a link on this page soon.  It has no permanent name yet. Any suggestions?

Amp 1st issue

Hey gang!
I received this in the mail over the weekend.  I was pretty excited.  It has been cool to have at least some part in this project.  The Amplifier is Knoxville street newspaper to give voices to those who usually wouldn't have one and to help influence change.  It is mainly focused on helping the homeless and through distribution, giving them a way to earn some cash as well.

Here is the original "A is for" image.  The comics strip is mine too!

Thanks for checking in.  Its good to see you're doing well.  : ) haha... God bless.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I just finished this (ink and watercolor) before hitting the road to grandmother's house today. 
(click to enlarge)

Have a good Thanksgiving everyone! God bless!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

NMB-Dis Prins

Last week over on NEEDS MORE BLUE was Sarah's choice. She chose 'Disney Princesses' and I got carried away. (drawing, coloring, adding with photos!!) Below, I have posted some of the process.  You can see the "final" image here.

(click to embiggen)

Thanks for lookin'! God bless!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Kid Friendly Birds

Hi again! I guess it was last week sometime, that I challenged myself to do a redesign of the Birds of Prey characters. I was inspired to do this after looking at the great stuff over at Project Rooftop and their great All Ages All Stars theme or redesigns.  I thought this great crime-fighting team of Gotham would definetly need new wardrobes etc. if they were ever to be more "family friendly" (or just a little more logical)?
So, here is my go at 'em:

Thanks again for checking in. It's good to see you are doing well. God Bless!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Amplifier-Veteran's Day

I am very excited about the upcoming (and first) issue of The Amplifier which is scheduled to come out tomorrow! Not only because it is a great publication which raises awareness about the problems of the homeless and also gives them ways to earn money; but also because I had the honor of contributing!

Here is a detail of one of the illustrations that will be in the issue:

There is also a good chance one of the Space Comics from a few posts ago will make and appearance.  If you are in the Knoxville, TN area, be sure to try to pick up the first issue of The Amplifier which comes out during the Veteran's Day festivities.  If you are not in the area (neither am I,) don't worry, I'll put the images up soon!!!!

Preview: sketches for the next issue's illustration (which is already finished! : D)

As always, thanks for swinging by and God Bless!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Perfect Angels: Band Logo

Recently, I was commisioned B.J. Ackner of the band, Perfect Angels, to come up with a logo for the band. They wanted something that ironically played with their name. First, I sketched up the following just to get basic ideas and directions we could go on paper:

Then, after B.J. let me know which route they were interested in the most, I began sketching up more possibilities, as well as some photo-manipulation routes we could go using a painting by Thayer and some different fonts we could use.

We narrowed it down to one image and two fonts. I then sent him mock-ups of the image with each font.

We settled on a "mixture" of both fonts. Then I had the final logo with the illustration, and without.  The logos went over well, and so... SUCCESS!
Working with the B.J. was a good experience and process.  If Perfect Angels is ever playing in your neck of the woods, make sure to go show them your support!

As always, thanks for stoppin' by, and God Bless!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mystery Inc and Scooby Doo watercolor pt3

The final steps of the process:
(Sorry for the low quality photos, I will try to get a better picture of the final image up soon.)

Click pictures to view them larger!

Now they have skin!

This was probably the scariest part, painting in the background around the characters. It's the reverse of what I usually do, and boy! did it make me nervous!

And here is the original, classic image for comparison:

Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoyed seeing the process. 
God bless, and have a great day!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mystery Inc and Scooby Doo watercolor pt2

I finished this peice a week or more ago, but forgot to finish posting the rest of the process. Let's start where we left off last time, I had just inked the Mystery Inc gang...

(Don't forget to click to enlarge)

What? They need skin? haha Yeah, we'll get to that next time with the rest of the forground watercolors and the background work. Until then, thanks for looking and God bless!

Monday, October 4, 2010

B is for Basilisk

The second "Monster Alphabet" ink drawing. (colored in Photoshop-still learning)
If anyone wants to see the black and white inks or sketches just let me know.

God bless, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mystery Inc and Scooby Doo watercolor pt1

I've been working off and on for the last few weeks on a watercolor. But it isn't just any watercolor... it is of Scooby Doo and the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang!!! -or at least my take on them :)

I started by just doing a quick sketch study of the characters and their position in the classic opening of Scooby Doo, Where Are You. After that, I spent countless evil hours searching the web for the right photo references, because you see, I wanted to paint them in a slightly more "realistic" style (for lack of a better word.) I found Daphne and Velma's counterparts in Alfred Hitchcock movie posters and stills. I used some photos of an old TV comedian and some friends for the foundation of Shaggy and Fred. And I then used photos of great Danes for Scooby. I tried to use the references as a jumping of point in my search for the perfect image in between the original characters and reality.

I believe I then added the inks with a size B and size S PITT artist pen from Faber Castell. I love inking, and using the pens this time really helped me make sure to keep every little detail I wanted from the sketch.

I will try to have more of the process up soon. Right now I'm just about finished adding all the watercolors and background, I just need to get it all on my computer.
I hope you like it so far!
Thanks taking a look and God bless ya!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fall Bugs for NMB blog

I'm still really excited about the stuff we are doing over on the NEEDS MORE BLUE Blog! I know I haven't posted much on here lately, but its because I am still finishing up a watercolor that I am working on and any time I do get, I have been using to make stuff for NMB. Don't worry, I should be putting more stuff up on here soon!

Special Bonus:
Here are some of the rough sketches I did for this week's NMB theme: Fall Bugs.
You can see the finished, colored drawing here.

I used the book The History of Animation: Enchanted Drawings for reference because it has great character designs of Bugs Bunny from the 1940's and 50's. Get it? I used a play on words! :P

Thanks for checking in! God Bless!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Needs More Blue Treehouses

I'm really excited about the new NEEDS MORE BLUE blog project that some artist friends and I are doing! This week was Cory's choice, and of course he made a great pick: Treehouses!
Just click HERE to see my contribution for this week. I hope you enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by and God Bless!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Space comic: 2

I did this one on a bit larger scale (about 14x4.5) and therefore, I had to scan it in pieces. I then took the pieces on my computer and combined them in PS. Hope yall like it! Thanks for lookin' in! God Bless.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

New Space Comic Strip pt2 (old color)

Here is the same strip again. I just thought I would give a go at trying to make it look a little like an old sunday strip in the paper or an old adventure comic. I just used some photoshop tricks (a little benday dot action) that Evan "Doc" Shaner was nice enough to share with me via e-mail. Muchas Gracias, Sir!

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I never really intended for this one to be colored, but I kinda like the finished product. Thanks for stoppin over and God Bless!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Space Comic Strip

Here is a comic I threw together a few days ago. I had been sketchin' a handful of characters for a while and decided to go ahead with the first one. I am not really sure what to call it yet, or what the names of the characters are. Thanks for looking! Hopefully there are more on the way! God bless!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Queen Amidala/Nefertiti

Just finished this lil' piece the other day. It is part of a Star Wars themed thing I thought up that deals with some ancient art. I thought it would be cool if the scenes and characters from "a long time ago..." were depicted in ancient styles. I'm not sure how many more are coming, but I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out.

Here is the original, an ancient sculpture of the famous Queen of Egypt, Nefertiti. What better piece to get inspiration from when trying to depict Queen Amidala from the Star Wars prequel trilogy? I looked at the original and compared it to a picture in profile of Natalie Portman as Amidala. I then sketched it out in my sketch book, used my ink pen, and took a photo. All that was left was to DIGITALLY COLOR! whew...

I attempted to make it look like some archaeological log page... or something like that. Anywho, that's the final image. At least I think it is haha, Thanks for stopping by. God bless!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A is for Abominable Snowman

Lately, just for kicks and some practice, I've been doing a little work on a series of ink drawings that I color in Photoshop. Here is the first completed one:
Here is a scan of the original ink drawing. I believe I used a size 1 and size 4 brush and a Faber Castell PITT pen for touch ups.
Thanks again for stoppin' in to check on the latest stuff. God bless ya and have a great rest of the day!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Color- Samnee's Batman and Wonder Woman

Going along with my recent learning and practicing digital coloring on Photoshop, I am posting this picture of Batman and Wonder Woman by the amazing comic book artist, Chris Samnee. You can see his original "inked" sketch here.
I took the original image, tweaked it a little bit and then set the layer on "multiply." I then made multiple other layers that I colored underneath. All of it was done with my mouse. I think it's a fair job for my second try at coloring and I couldn't have had a better image to work with. Maybe I'll will start having some of my own work digitally colored up on here soon- you never know! Don't worry, I'll keep putting up my other "traditional" stuff too. :)

God bless ya! Have a good one!

Friday, July 23, 2010


photo of watercolor and ink lightened and enhanced in photoshop

original photo of watercolor and ink drawing

scan of original painting.... can't seem to get those scans to work right.
More to come.
Thanks for coming 'round. God Bless!

Thursday, July 22, 2010


I know practically nothing about Photoshop, but I've been trying to learn more about it lately to get better images of my art on my computer and also start coloring digitally. Here, I took a tiny little doodle of Batman's ever-faithful butler and scanned it so that I could try out some tips I'd learned from Michael Halbert and Nick Edwards' tutorials.
Cleared up and sharpened in PS:

Colored in PS:

The best butler a hero could have: diner and a first aid kit in hand! haha
Thanks again for checking out my work and play. God bless you guys!