Shaken. Not stirred

Happy Friday, everyone!

I was up a little earlier than usual so I spent a little more time on this one. This was about 45 minutes, no more than that. Mostly spent the extra time defining the lines a bit better. Still a quick one.

The drawing was done in my sketchbook and colored in Photoshop. The watercolor paper is a scan dropped behind it.


This is Post #734

Island Sunrise

Just a quickie for this morning's warm up. This took about 30 minutes. I added a scan of my watercolor paper to the image for a bit of texture. If you have my latest sketchbook, you have seen me do this effect before.

The sketch was done in my sketchbook with a red Col-Erase pencil and the colors were added in Photoshop.

This is Post #730

Island Party!

Just a little 20 minute sketch today. No color this time, it is too complex to do quickly. Plus I like the energy in the lines and didn't want to obscure them.

This is Post #729

Valentine Vixen #4 - Pencils

Cupid has given up the arrows and is now using a whip. :)

In some ways this piece is a little tighter than the others at this stage. I had sketch this figure out before I knew what I was going to do with her. So when I put her on the light table to tighen up the pose and add the costume, most of it was already there. This is red Col-Erase pencil on 11" x 14" Strathmore Bristol Board. The wings were done in light blue Prismacolor pencil.

Valentine Vixen #3 - Pencils

What a busy day! I did finish up what I believe will be the last revisions to a 5' x 3' piece of art I have been working on. Plus misc. graphic elements I designed and produced. AND I finished adding color to Brian's Batgirl. (Scanning it tomorrow). AND I did a couple of pieces of art for another job. AND I did the Valentine Vixen above. I penciled her with a red Col-Erase pencil on 11" x 14" Bristol Board. This one and the others I have produced are just the prelims for the final art I submit to CILM. I do need to do three more and then dive in to finishes. The final pieces will probably be simpler in style as I work on them. I find it's easier to put more down and subtract as I work towards the finish. Time to get some rest!

Valentine Vixen #2 - Pencils

Here is the second Vixen for my Valentines Day package from CILM. She is still in the early stages but you get the idea. She was done with red Col-Erase pencil on 11" x 17" copy paper. (A little digital touches too) I really shouldn't have been doing this piece right now because I have got a big deadline that is fast approaching. As in, it has to be to the printer on Thursday! And since the part I am doing is needed by others in order to do their parts...I need to get back to work. Sigh.

I made a joke in the comment section the other day about doing a sketch list in March. And I got several emails asking if I would start taking requests now to do in March. Whew! Thanks  to everyone who expressed interest but March would be the earliest that I will do another round of Conventionless Convention Sketches. And I will post here when the list starts. But seriously, thanks for the interest!

Okay, back to work!

North Pole Dancer - Finished

Here is the last of the Christmas Cuties. All six have been sent to CILM. With any luck maybe I can get a front page push on their site. I will be pimping the new images on the CILM Forum. My next batch will be for February. I will probably throw a couple of Valentine Vixens in that batch, but it won't be all Valentine images. This piece was colored in Photoshop CS3. Have a good weekend!

Surprise Present! Final

All finished up with this Christmas Cutie. I still have one more to go.

Pretty productive day today. Managed to put a big dent in a series of projects for one client and picked up a new job as well. More on that as the date of the event gets closer. So all in all, a good day. Tomorrow I have a full schedule of work as well as a trip to the art store for some illustration boards. Went to the flat file and the flat file was bare. I plan to do most, if not all of the Space Ghost commission this weekend. Hence the need for illustration board. I love saying "hence".

My 1970s hot pants Supergirl auction is ending tonight. Still time to take her home. For those interested, here is the link.

Surprise Present! Inked

Today was a good day. Finished up the illustration work for the Annual Report I was working on. And I worked the White Board Jungle of the Labs too. It was nice to get a project out the door and always nice to invoice. My workload is still pretty heavy though. Not a complaint, believe me. I know how fortunate I am to be doing what I love and being able to make a living at it.

And speaking of doing what I love, I got home from the Labs around 6pm, returned a couple of business calls, ate dinner, and then transfered and inked the Christmas Cutie above. This was inked with Micron Pens on 11" x 17" Canson Bristol Board. Time to get some rest, got a big day tomorrow.

Christmas Cuties Return

I posted the North Pole Dancer as a sketch. Here is the final inked version. I will color her and a background digitally. She is the fifth of six I need done by next week. Whew.

And here is number 4 of 6. I posted this before as a series of process posts. Here is the finished piece with the string of lights in place.

Lastly, for anyone interested, my Supergirl from yesterday is on eBay for the next 3 days. Here is the link. And hey, this is post number 321 and only 51 days left in the year!

Stormy - Sketch #18

Royce asked for something along the lines of a Gil Elvgren pin-up. Well, Elvgren is a master and me...well...I just slap ink on paper. But being big fan of Elvgren's work I wanted to try my hand at one of those peek-a-boo type pin-ups. A windy day and a lost running wild umbrella makes for a slightly embarrassing moment for our girl here. Thanks again Royce! This is ink on 11" x 17" Canson Bristol Board.

Phantom Kitty Girl - Sketches #14 & 15

Today we have my entry into Michael's "Common Elements" theme. He has a really cool collection of artwork that features characters that some type of commonality. He asked me for X-Man Kitty (Shadowcat) Pryde and Legionnaire Tinya (Phantom Girl) Wazzo. Pretty scary I knew Phantom Girls name without looking it up. Both characters possess the ability to become intangible and pass through solid objects. Fun stuff! Thanks again Michael! This piece is ink on 11" x 17" Canson Bristol Board.

Witchy and blushing friend - Color

Here is the last of the Halloween images I am doing for CILM. Time to start on Christmas images. :) Didn't get done with the "two" sketch pieces I was planning to finish, but I did get them penciled so that will be inked tomorrow. It's a combined image of two characters so it took a bit longer to work out the composition. No worries though, we are still on track with all the sketches.

This piece, like all the previous Halloween images were colored in Photoshop.