Thursday, December 11, 2014

Progress on Charleston Memories

 In the studio.
 Lots of work on branches.
 Boat details
 I love how the swamp grass is lloking. 

 Still lots of work to do on fore ground.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mechanical Drawing Sketchbook



 Sky 1
 Space Pod and Seaview
Mystery Ship

Mechanical Drawings

These are so fun to do.  This is a combination of two drawings.  The fins on this submarine are great!  A plane shoots off the front.  WOW!   The 1970s were fantastic!

Charleston Memories Progress

The painting is progressing along.  The low country grass is 90% complete.  The sky and light house are complete.  I have begun work on the boat rigging.  I now have to work on the foreground tree branches and plants. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Charleston Memories Painting Process

Drawing complete in red conte pencil.

Under painting begun.  Small sketch show in foreground.

Under-painting 90% complete.

First layer of color begun.

Color chart showing the desired color of some of the swamp grass.  Still working on 1st layer.

Second layer of color begun. Added orange and red to boat.  Boat height shortened.

Far background tree line color re-worked.  Anchor added to front of boat.  Sky lightened.

Anchor removed, I did not like it.  Also it was not in the sketch.  Dark greens added to foreground trees.  Yellows added to foreground grass.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Charleston Memories Step 2

I am showing the process in completing this painting: Charleston Memories.  This is an acrylic painting on canvas, 3 feet by 5 feet.  Here is the under painting about half complete.  I have not worked on the boat rigging at all. 


This is the current display of drawing in my studio.  All graphite on paper. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Charleston Memories

This is the 2nd stage of the painting.  This is acrylic on canvass 9 x 15 inches.  Now I will begin work on the 3 x 5 ft. painting. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Figure Sketches

I spent longer on this one than my normal sketches in this book.  I like the jaw line and how that is a lost line.  The collar bone came out well even though it is on the fold of the book.

Close up.

I focused on the face.

 Very cartoony...from a comic book.

The ars came out bizarre on this one.  But ears are asymmetrical!

I wish I had added a reflection in the eye of this one.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Charleston Sketches

These are all color sketches for a Charleston painting.  

Sketch 1 - swamp in foreground, boat, small light house way back.

Sketch 2 - Low key vlues with clouds.

 Sketch 3 - Red and green colors.

 Sketch 4 - Pink and green.

 Sketch 5 - Blue, pink, green, yellow.

 Sketch 6 -  swap green and blue.

Sketch 7 - Green lower, blue sky.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Illustraton Process

Here is a little more information about the process of completing the Thanksgiving Parade Illustration.  Above is one layer of watercolor paint.

Another Layer.
This is just before I began the color pencil.

Here is a close up of one of the final illustrations with color pencil on top.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Thanksgiving Illustration

I started with this black and white collage of the various images.  The Photos were taken by Jim McGuire for Center City Partners.  They then asked me to create 5 illustrations for the parade sponsors.  I then used a transfer technique using winter-green oil to create a mono-print.  Over the mono-print, I painted many washes using watercolor paint.  Then I put details in with color pencil.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Full portrait: father and twin daughters.  Graphite on paper.