Sunday, January 18, 2009


This is a new painting and the sketch it was inspired by. It is interesting to see them together because each has its own unique character. It also makes obvious the things that can get lost in translation. The figure in the sketch is more expressive, which is often the case, and I am trying to bring the same amount of personality into the finish. 

The colors! They are the redeaming factor in the case for the paintings. For this peice I have taken up acrylic, which I haven't used for several months. The paint brought this little woman to life! My favorite part of this is the leafy bit on the bottom, but I am also pleased with the figure and her hair.

      This is Aladdin, though only after the fact. It is another situation where I tried to maintain the feeling of the simple pencil drawing and in this case I'm very happy with the likeness. 

Sunday, January 11, 2009

farm logo

I have been commissioned to design a logo for Jesse's Aunt Betty. She has a farm in Maine and is going to begin marketing her fleeces online through Maine Fleece Coalition, so she asked me to come up with a logo! I am having a lot of fun drawing the sheep and also the coils of wool. I found references on the internet of sheep, but I drew these ones from my imagination. For the coil design I used a scarf of my own so that I could get an original shape. One of the most difficult parts of using Photoshop is that there are endless possibilities! Betty will decide which of these she likes the best and then I will refine it into a final design.

If anyone is interested in having a design or illustration done, please ask me about a commission. It would be wonderful if I could have a job like this going on all the time, or several at a time!