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Other half of the story

Sketch project for Art in Nature session at Lux Art Institute, using separate paper to distinguish the visible part of the cactus from its roots. During heavy rainfalls, some cactus can jettison small roots to limit water absorption.

Cactus with roots

Summer Sea Concept

Mini-mermaids or giant sea horse?



Unsuspecting Passengers

passengers_sketchtimeAirline passengers can be excellent study subjects, as they’re often still for long periods of time.

London color study

Quick color study for stage musical set. Pen + digital.


Clichéd fantasy scene; brush pen over pencil. knight_akimbo

Imagined Portraits

Imagined portraits: water-soluble colored pencil; charcoal.



One “For the Birds”


Only realized long after this ArtCard sketch that Pixar’s “For the Birds” short was its inspiration!

October Gargoyle


Small sketch in ColoErase, TiltShift, toned in PS.

Preserving pencil-on-paper details

Most modern illustration is digitally created due to tight advertising deadlines. For hand-drawn images however, basic digital filters (saturation, contrast, levels, colorization) can help accentuate pencil-on-paper detail.


Booty a Plenty

Technique suggestion: Prismacolor Col-Erase pencils are great for light lay-in. The convenient Pentel Brush Pen is great afterward for inking with varied line weights.