Monsters everywhere!

While playing with my iPad Pro I happened to draw this guy.


He made me laugh which led me to draw more…and more!


I posted many of these monsters on Facebook and they quickly had a loyal following of monster lovers. One in particular HAD to have one. She asked me if I could paint one for her. Of course! Here he is. He now lives in Virginia!


Many people asked me to make cards and I’ve printed a “few” of these guys.

They’ll be available at Open Studios at ArtSpace Maynard this weekend, September 24th and 25th. Stop in!


Toned paper and digital painting!

I’d been feeling really rusty lately and was struggling to get back into the habit of drawing on paper. (I’d been doing plenty of playing with digital media). I came upon some toned paper and remembering the cool drawings I’d seen from Russ Cox and Marty Kelley I decided to give it a shot. Since it was Labor Day weekend it seemed appropriate to focus on school themes.



The mice just seemed to jump out onto the page after that. I’d look at the page, think for a bit and quite often the image would just be there, waiting for me to fill it in and bring it to life. I wanted to try color on the pencil images so I took photos and brought them into Procreate on the iPadPro. The first one wasn’t terribly successful but as they went along, they got better and better. I can imagine doing many more of these!




“Lost” the next concept…


First try at a critter lost in a cornfield. (These are all sketches that were drawn in pencil, photographed and brought into Procreate on the Apple iPad Pro.) While working up the value study I got carried away and added color. I will paint them in watercolor once the image is right.


Then I thought it might be more interesting with a group of terrified critters. I found I was still missing the anticipation part of E. B. Lewis’s four rules.


Tried another version where you could see the expanse of corn that they’re lost in and then tried to figure out how to bring anticipation into the image.


Big improvement. E. B. is right, of course. We’re storytellers not people who make pictures. Now I need to tweak the shadow to make it more effective as a element of anticipation. I also have to figure out how to make the shadow look realistic…or at least how a shadow might look on top of a cornfield.

I’ll follow these up with another once it’s done!


Lost at sea… GBIG prompt!

We we had the rare pleasure of a guest illustrator at our last GBIG meeting. E. B.  Lewis is an extraordinary artist and illustrator. He calls himself an “Artistrator”.

We enjoyed seeing his work up close and he gave us each a portfolio critique. We learned a great deal about his preferences and how he teaches artists to create excellent illustrations and portfolios that will get them their next job.

We decided to give ourselves the assignment prompt he mentioned during the meeting. “Lost”. I’ve started playing with some ideas and thought I’d post some here and there as I move along. This first sketch started out as a rough drawing just to practice lighting to see if I could get the lighting to work. I took it much further than I had expected since I was  having so much fun. This was done in Procreate on the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil.

Hope you enjoy them!




Cats in Hats?

My piece for the Cats in Hats exhibition at the D’Amour Museum in Springfield was sent off today! The exhibit is timed to celebrate the opening of the Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield which is expected to open in 2017.

Here are some little snippets!.


The show will run from October 6th 2016 through April 30th 2017. There are over 35 Illustrators from Western Massachusetts and New England participating.

The opening for the exhibit is on October 13th from 5-7pm.