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.

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"

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.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

More Little Paintings

Two more 2.5" x 3.5" acrylic paintings. These were done as a 10th anniversary present for my wife Amy.  It's a portrait of her and a self portrait of myself as the king and queen of some fictional country.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Little Paintings

My wife and I visit a chiropractor regularly, but last month we completely missed an appointment. As way of an apology, my wife asked me to do a small painting for our doctor Amy Rosen. I had purchased a pack of tiny 2.5" x 3.5" canvases months ago, and had never figured out what to do with them. This seemed like a great opportunity to use them.  The subject matter of favor was Crane's Beach in Ipswich, MA. These are what I came up with.

My wife and I ended up choosing the image of the beach path as it was the simplest and seemed to work the best at the small business-card size. I made a little display easel for the painting out of basswood. Our gift was a big hit and our absence was forgiven.