Sampler Pack

Just little pieces out of larger pieces I've been working on. The little puppy is inspired by my old roommate's dog - so fluffy! The flowers are "Tommy Tucker" roses, but I went and accidentally drew the wrong leaves on them! You can see in a couple of the pictures my passion for drawing wood grain. It's tedious at times, but I love texture too much to leave it out. With the duck you can see I've been messing around a little with how reflections should look. Generally I don't want them to take over the picture, but it seems silly to not have them there.



Clay Chic's Bad Hair Day Earring's

I designed this curly haired girl for Clay Chic's Bad Hair Day Earrings. She makes these huge sterling earrings that are so stunning no one will be looking at your hair. She'll be making hang tags with this image on them.

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My computer has the personality of a moody teenager. Sometimes it's a hard worker, eager to help. Other times, for no apparent reason, it turns surly and refuses to do one thing.

During these times I doodle. Sometimes my doodles are my more interesting art. I don't have to play it safe, get the angles and perspective right. I just draw what I want.

This was drawn in pencil, so it didn't scan very well, but layering some colors on top of the line art and playing with the blending mode in photoshop brought out more of the details.

That's one thing about pencil, you get all these nice, fine, wispy details, but they're not much good for a finished project. You lose them once you've neatly inked the drawing in.

Of course, some times you see them brought out on purpose. A few years back Hot Topic had a great "Alice in Wonderland" shirt that had sketches from the Disney film of Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole. And recently, in Target, there were plates, cups, etc. that had sketches of Alice and other animated film characters (all Disney). I loved the sketches, though I didn't care for the added art the designer used to "complete" the work.


This Little Piggy

Some rejected illustrations, they were hoping for nudist pigs