Sunday, June 14, 2009

Here is a small plein air sketch I painted a few months back. At the end of April, I made a visit to the Portland (Oregon) area. On a frigid morning, I rode the Light Rail train into downtown P-town for a day of bumming around. When I arrived at 7am, I found that nothing was really open that early. So I sat in park and painted until the shops opened up. It was breath fogging, finger freezing, knee knocking cold! On the positive side, I didn't have to worry about my paint drying too quickly

Below is a picture of the set up I used. Out of all the tools in this picture, I'd have to say the most important was that cup full of warm caffeine. Very important indeed.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Prehistoric Waddles

Yesterday at the zoo, I made a visit to my friend the Double Waddled Cassowary. This fellow is a huge, prehistoric-looking bird. He has massive dinosaur legs, feathers that resemble black hair, and a small bird face with a large horn and colorful waddles on his neck. On the whole, is a very unique, terrifying individual. I plan to visit him often. I drew the cassowary's portrait in pen and then did a quick pencil sketch.
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A bit earlier I was visiting the pachyderms. It was meal time and this elephant seemed to be quite happy with the day's menu.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Nffty Film Clip

A little while back, on the last weekend of April, I attended the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) in beautiful Seattle, Washington. The fest was amazing; it was well organized and highly enjoyable. Meeting the filmmakers and other particapites was a fun and inspiring experience. I was lucky enough to have my film Fall in Line screened alongside the other great films at NFFTY. Recently, they posted a video with some highlights of the festival. If you look closely, you can see me 42 seconds into it as well at 2:45.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Zooy Louie the Explorer

Hello everybody! I went to the zoo yesterday and did a little drawing. Here are some quick sketches of the Bongos in Prismacolor marker.

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While sketching with one of my illustrator buddies, a kid came up and asked if we were explorers. I don't know what gave him this idea (perhaps it was my bright yellow sombrero), nevertheless, I was completely flattered he would make this assumption.

A little earlier, Mr.Mandrill also made a rare appearance. He seemed quite pleased with himself. Perhaps it's the fact that the food booths at the zoo sell six different flavors of Icees.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Howdy Folks!

Greetings one and all! I am an illustrator/animator operating out of Colorado in the USA. In a short while, I will be graduating with my BFA from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.

Lately, I've been visiting the zoo with a few friends who are also illustrators. I thought I'd start this blog by sharing some drawings and paintings from those trips.

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This is a quick color sketch (about 5 x 3 inches) of the giraffes. I used acrylics on a scrap piece of mat board. It's always fun drawing and painting at the zoo, people love to comment and share stories.

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Here are a few quick sketches I drew in pen. This summer there are a couple of young giraffes at the zoo. I very much enjoy watching them as they strut jauntily about.