It's a lonely life...that of the necromancer, er freelancer

A blog by a designer and illustrator, for designers and illustrators which may contain musings on art, movies and random weirdness.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Small Watercolor

A small (4" x 3.5") watercolor done on my vacation in Maine. It's a species of wildflower called a Bunchberry, (which sounds like a type of breakfast cereal).

Friday, February 23, 2018

Small Acrylic Painting

A recent, small ( 5" x 5" panel), acrylic painting. Done at the February Artscribblein
meeting. Just to show I can still paint.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Holi-Draw 2017

A friend of mine, Jessica MacLean, posted this on Facebook. You draw one holiday-related thing a day from December 1st until December 31st. I'm not sure if I can keep up the pace, but I am going to give it a try.

Day one: "Lights"

Day two: "Krampus"

Day three: "North Pole"

 Day four: "Elf"

Day five: "Mrs. Claus"

Day six "Mail"

Day seven: "Ghost of Christmas Past"

Day eight: "Ghost of Christmas Present"

Day nine: "Ghost of Christmas Future"

Day ten: "Bells"

Day eleven: "Ornament"

Day twelve: "Candle"

Day thirteen: "Holiday Market"

Day fourteen: "Gingerbread"

Day fifteen: "Christmas Carol"

Day sixteen: "Santa's Workshop" 

Day seventeen: "Baked Good"

Day eighteen: "Carolers"

Day nineteen: "Scrooge"

Day twenty: "Stocking"


 Day twenty-one: "Wreath"  


Day twenty-two: "Tree" 

Day twenty-three: "Cookies"  

Day twenty-four: "Santa" 

Day twenty-five: "Gift" 

 Day twenty-six: "Skating" 

Day twenty-seven: "Sleigh" 

Day twenty-eight: "Beverage"

Day twenty-nine: "Fireplace" 

Day thirty: "Snowman"

 Day thirty-one: "Clock"

Friday, September 15, 2017

Recent Doodles

I always carry around a small bound sketchbook with me wherever I go. It is small, about 3.25" x 4", small enough to actually fit in my pocket. I work in pencil, pen&ink and watercolor. I draw whatever interests me, sometimes from direct observation , sometimes from inside my head, sometimes from magazines. Anyway, here are some samplings from the last couple of months.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

William Shakespeare

A quick gouache sketch of my friend Cliff Allen as William Shakespeare. It's based on a photo I took of him performing at a small renaissance faire in Newbury, MA. In the original he was actually holding a Gatorade botttle in his right hand. He has also posed for a painting of a pirate captain.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Sermon Series Art

My latest painting for Highrock Northshore. It is for a new sermon series on Exodus.
It is a kind of vertical triptych showing bondage, escape and deliverance to the promised land.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Logan Portrait

Here is a 5" x 7" acrylic and gouache painting of the Marvel character Wolverine from the movie "Logan". I painted the image to use on a friend's home-made birthday card. The inside said "Happy Effin Birthday". I don't usually like painting figures from pop culture, but since my friends are huge pop-culture geeks who loved the movie and I have been feeling a bit like "old man" Logan myself lately, it seemed like a good fit.