Wednesday, September 30, 2009

berries


I don't know what kind of vine this is, but I stopped and drew it. The berries are so cheerful. The vines are wrapped around an old primrose jasmine that has been cut back often through it's lifetime. This is on The Square in Wimberley.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

photo reference


The pic I snapped for the drawing below. Yep, I lavishly embellished the drawing, with relish!

dining out


When I walked past this window early last Sunday morning, I knew I had to draw this scene. I had my camera, so I walked up to the window and pointed the camera here and there, casually snapping photos of this and that. I thought it would be really odd to have a total stranger taking pictures of you while eating your breakfast. It would have been out of the question to sit there enjoying your meal while a stranger stares at you while doing something with a little black book and a pencil. Anyway, I got the shot and did the drawing without any excessive drama.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

hot fudge Sunday


Brush pen, color pencils, moleskine.

Clarence


My cat is orange and white with one black spot smack dab in the middle of his forehead. It's like a third eye.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

downtown


There is an explanation for this. While in Salt Lake City a couple of months ago, I sketched these charming old buildings. Back at home, the deer wander through my yard, so I sketch them often. I grab whatever paper is handy at the time, and it happened to be this. I never planned to finish this, but the pedestrian deer was too tempting to pass up. It's a nice change from another week of client artwork.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

here kittykittykitty


Hand drawn, and then manipulated with CorelDraw.

Monday, September 21, 2009

King of the Castle


I started this sketch a few weeks ago. When I came back to it, I couldn't remember it's message. So, now it's just a fun bit of whimsy without a purpose. On a lazy Sunday afternoon, I enjoyed drawing this, just for the fun of it.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Live Oak and Cedar trees


Through squinted eyes, or looking into the distance, the Texas Hill Country landscape has a soft, round quality. The hills and ridges rise and fall with an eye-pleasing gracefulness. But on a closer look, the landscape is quite rugged. There is more rough limestone rock than there is soil. The native trees, plants and wildlife are well adapted to the extremely hot summers that lasts for months on end. Most plants are able to survive through heat and drought. Year round, the Texas Hill Country is a fascinating area to study the natural environment.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

sunflowers


The patterns from bright sunlight on the leaves make interesting high-contrast patterns and shapes.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Organic Urban Development


Otherwise known as Vegetarianville. Moleskine, brushpen and Photoshop.

young boxwood hedge


These little bushes are adorably round and perky. It's time for a trim though.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Dallas Twestival


I was asked to create a web banner for the Dallas Twitter festival sponsoring the Women's Museum. As far as I know, the banner was never used. Oh well, it was fun to create anyway.

Organic Urban Development


If we were tiny little humans, do you think we could take a seed and use it for transportation? Seeds are full of energy. If we were tiny and smart, we could figure out how to make seeds move us from place to place. Just before they run out of energy, we would stick them in the ground and they would grow and make more tiny-human-moving seeds.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Rain!


For the past 2 years, Central Texas has been experiencing a severe drought. There are many people concerned about conservation of land and water, including me. In order to further educate the public, Wimberley is hosting a series of seminars and an art exhibit this weekend. Ironically, the F.L.O.W. (For Love of Water) event may have a lower attendance do to the last four days of rain. This rain is welcomed by every living creature in this area. We don't care if the dry, dusty soil has turned to big messy mud pits. We don't mind at all the temperature being well under 105 degrees. We don't dare utter a single complaint about this rain. So, this illustration is one of three water related pieces I submitted for the F.L.O.W. art show.

a busy week


Lots of deadlines for design work, not much time for fun drawing. This logo design was right up my alley with vegetable art. It's for a brand new Texas gourmet food shop in town. Wimberley is a popular tourist spot, and they love stores like this.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Monday, September 7, 2009

Sunday, September 6, 2009

fictional figures


Final pages of moleskine 12. When starting on a new sketchbook, early on I come up with a theme for the final pages. These sketches evolve throughout the course of the sketchbook. This theme of fictional figures began with a trip to Salt Lake City. There seemed to be alot of these figures around downtown Salt Lake City.

Friday, September 4, 2009

lawn sprinklers


Becasue of the extreme drought here in central Texas, the grass is brown. We're under water usage restrictions, so green grass really stands out. This illustration is my attempt to make light of the drought conditions. Hand-drawn, Photoshop colors.