Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

This is my submission for Sketch-o-Holic's Surprise!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Facial Expression #2

Here is a drawing from a photograph out of the "Facial Expressions" book.
Ball point pen 6" x 8"

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Lady

This is from a picture out of the book "Facial Expressions A Visual Reference for Artists" there are plenty of pictures to practice on in there. I'll be posting more from there as we go.

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Caricaturists Handbook

This is another "Master Study" out of "A Caricaturists Handbook" by Jim Van Der Keyl. I appoligize for the poor quality scan, it seems I may never get that figured out. : )

I love how he pushed the exaggeration on this one, I still have trouble with that.
Freehand Ballpoint Pen on 6" x 8" Sketchpad.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Jim Van Der Keyl Master Copy

I've been trying to learn Caricatures. I have the Jason Seiler "Sketching" DVD and I'm using his Sketching technique. I also recently bought "A Caricaturists Handbook" by Jim Van Der Keyl. These are both great learning tools. This sketch is a copy out of the Book. not a Trace but a copy. I used a ballpoint pen, so all the imperfections are there. Jason Seiler recommends just sketching with the pen and leaving the working lines etc... in the drawing, that is what I'm doing. So, there are oddities that are hard to fix. It is just a sketch and I feel it gives them a little personality. Let me know your thought all comments negative or otherwise are appreciated.

It is done with ballpoint pen on a 6" x 8" Sketch pad.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

In memory of John Lennon

This is a sketch I did in memory of John Lennon. You'll notice sevel smaller drawings within it. I was trying different ideas with thumbnail sketches, none any good, then decided to practice Yoko's nose. I just kept going. done with ballpoint pen on 51/2"x8" sketchbook. I love your music John. you have my condolences Yoko and the rest of the families. Ronnie

Friday, December 3, 2010

Mick Jagger

Ok, here is a little bit of old Mick Jagger. I should have gone crazy exaggerating him, but I went easy on this first sketch. I plan to push it a little more on further sketches.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Jimmy Page

Here is another Sketch in the cross-hatching style I learned from Jason Seiler.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Clapton Caricature

Here is my Caricature sketch of Clapton. This was hard to do from the poor photo I had. It has issues, I'm not sure what though. any ideas?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Jason Seiler Master Copy

About a year ago I started this Blog. I was inspired by Jason Seiler's work and his Sketching DVD. I started the blog and put my sketches up to keep me motivated. Some were good some were just terrible, and I've experimented with different styles trying to find myself. I watched Jason's DVD again over Thanksgiving and learned more and decided to try some of the things that so inspired me to start a sketchbook a year ago. This is from a paused screen on his DVD I really want to do Caricatures/Portraits. I don't want photo realistic but I want them to be recognizable and Fun. I'll post more as I go. I still can't get the Scanner thing figured out but anyway. : )
It is Ballpoint pen in a sketchbook about 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Horace the Hammer Sketch-O-Holics

This is for sketch-o-holics too. I kind of blew it on this one, the idea was to do an 1800's era fighter, which I was trying to do, but it came out very modern looking in the end. In retrospect I guess the gloves modernized it, or possibly the colors. Everyone else had much different color schemes, maybe they weren't primary, I'm not sure what they did but I'm going to try and figure it out for the next fighter. I'm also trying to find a style that I like. I did have fun.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sketchbook Pro "Long-tail"

This is my sketch for the "Long-tail" contest at Sketch-o-Holics.
I didn't win (or get a vote) but I learned a little more on this one. Done on the iPad with Sketchbook Pro.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sketch-o-Holics Horn

I found a great place to build my skills. it is called Sketch-o-Holics check it out. They have a topic and a certain amount of time to do it in. it's a lot of fun, I've learned a great deal just in the 3 drawings I've submitted. Someone actually voted for one of my submissions, I was on top of the world, only one vote, but it was a vote : ) this is my entry into Horns.

done in Sketchbook Pro on an iPad.

Monday, November 15, 2010


here is a sketch of my tired little buddy.
done with Sketchbook on the iPad

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Horse sketch

My daughter-in-law wants me to make some cartoony pictures of farm animals to put on the wall of the baby's room. So I've started throwing time and energy at it hoping I can get something that looks good. I have an ipad and I'm using it to make these sketches. It isn't the best thing in the world, pretty limited in what you can do, but it is convenient and allows me to save my work easily. thoughts and criticisms are appreciated.
This is about 5 minutes work just a rough sketch quickly colored, without any reference photo's, but I'm hoping to give them a lively feeling.


Friday, November 12, 2010


this little piggy went to market!

done on an iPad in Sketchbook Pro

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


I love the feel of this one. Let me know hat you think!

Django, Bandit and Abby

Sunday, October 24, 2010


I've been experimenting with Layers on this one. I don't consider this one finished, but it works well as a Sketch.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wow, I made it!

I haven't done much Art in a while... Work was Stressing me and I couldn't get motivated. I changed jobs, that was very tough after 7 years where I was. My stress level is down and all my creative endeavors have come back in full form. I got an iPad and have been using Sketchbook Pro. I'm in a learning curve but so far it has helped me sketch again.

I think of it as a work in progress, but I needed to put some kind of something up. I expect I'll get a little better as I go.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Work of Art

I enjoyed Bravo's Work of Art. I thought Abdi was the best, my only regret is that I missed the final episode. I imagine they'll play it again at some point.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

making the rounds. A lot of people ask me if he is a Rottweiler. Ha-ha the worlds smallest if so. I will say he has a very intense gaze.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Django is a little older now. We are at the Rocks in Glen Rose TX. After we left here we went to Dinosaur Valley Park, I guess we were late they had all moved on. All we could find were some tracks. I did see a guy sketching, so I felt like a bum for having not done any art lately.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Give me Five!

Django giving me the High Five. Karen Pryor has some amazing books that teach you how to train a dog in a positive manner. he learned this in a bout 5 minutes over 2 days time. You can see a video of someone else training on this page, see Boomer video.


We got a puppy two weeks ago, an Australian Shepherd. Django is Ten weeks old now and adjusting nicely. I decided to train him with the use of a Clicker. A Positive training as opposed to Standard training (more on this later). After two weeks he can Sit, Lay Down, Roll Over, High Five, Crawl like a snake, get On something and goes out to Potty (if we don't forget to leave the Doggy Door open). this picture is from Day One, today is Day Fifteen.


Anyone that has been checking in on this has realized that I haven't posted many drawings lately. Life gets in the way. Oh well... I'm sure everyone goes through that. So rather than beat myself up I'm just going to go with it.

Friday, March 12, 2010


I picked up Shooter Jenning's new Album. It is a departure from his former albums, I like it. He always seems to do his thing, Confident, describes his sound. check it out. he has an Alternate Reality Game that goes along with the album, it is a lot of fun, maybe too tough?


Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Future

In the future, there will be no need for Computer Monitors. They will grow Contact lenses that will show the info on them, seemingly to project a Heads Up Display of the information. There will be the choice of split screens or combined. The input for this will be implants in the fingers, you will use a series of taps and strokes not unlike the Palm Pilot Stylus interface. Since you will have more than one input (several fingers) you can give more complicated input han a single stylus.

Eventually they will use fast replicating Cancer-like cellular growth to actually Grow these implants into our bodies.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Van Halen's new album!

I had a dream last night. It was an amazingly realistic one too. I was playing the drums on stage with Van Halen. We were playing songs from their new Album (Forthcoming I suppose). I didn't see who the lead singer was but, the name of the Album was Twisted Extremities. Don't worry Alex (the drummer) was still in the band I just happened to be playing too.

You heard it here first folks.

Van Halen "Twisted Extremities"

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

well....I haven't posting much. The job, and everything that goes with it has been sapping me of my creative energy; but here is something I've been experimenting with. trying to work on the skin (scales?) mostly.