Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Boston Colorin'

Tired of the Boston yet? Here's a quick color test.

pencil rough : digital

Friday, December 24, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Card Conundrum 2010

graphite & digital || click to see larger

There is no project—personal or professional—that gives me illustrator's block like the annual Christmas card. So pervasive is this condition that I have not put one together for the last three years. We'll skip the suspicions I have about why this is and continue with the drawing part.

ballpoint pen || click to see larger
 Here's the original rough... not much more than a thumbnail.

graphite & digital || click to see larger

This was the original color of the card. After spending an hour on it, and then accidentally printing it on my grey-scale printer, I decided to toss the full color for the duotone version above.

graphite & digital || click to see larger
This is the color with the duotone laying on top of it. For me, this was a close second to the duotone. More wintery... how I am feeling this year.

Which color approach do you dig the most?

Bird Brained

My initials?

C. S. J.

See S Jay?

Ballpoint pen. Digital.

There's an irony here. Blue jays, while beautiful birds, are also bullies. I got no patience (nor love) for 'em.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Top Turkeys 2010

The Fort Worth Star Telegram is an excellent newspaper. I've been drawing for them for over a decade. For almost five years, I was their sports editorial cartoonist.

Every year they identify the top numbskulls of the year and crown their Top Turkeys. After a three year hiatus, they contacted me to 2010's batch.

Granted, some are more successful than others. Regardless, it's a really fun assignment.


Charlie Sheen

The Dallas Cowboys

Dr Laura

Jesse James

Lindsay Lohan

Mel Gibson

Paris Hilton

Tiger Woods

Tom Hicks

© 2010 Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sketchbook : Parrot

Drawing parrots is nothing new for me. One of the first things I drew as a kid was pirates, so many have come and gone. This one dropped in a few days ago.

Ballpoint pin

Sketchbook : Hound Doggin

I sat and sketched with my nieces and nephew over the Turkey Day holiday.

They have a bassett hound. While this is not, specifically, one of those fellas, it is a sad dog.

Col Erase Pencil, Ink