Caricature play.For practice, for fun I’ve been looking through and drawing from a book a good friend gave me a long time ago. How to Draw Caricatures by Lenn Redman - who is a genius, if you ask me. Portraits and caricature have always been a bit of a struggle for me; I think I stress too much over making a perfect likeness. The faces above that have the construction grids are part of an exercise in the book: change up the “average” proportions and exaggerate! The other drawings are from photo reference - just practicing. 

Caricature play.
For practice, for fun I’ve been looking through and drawing from a book a good friend gave me a long time ago. How to Draw Caricatures by Lenn Redman - who is a genius, if you ask me. Portraits and caricature have always been a bit of a struggle for me; I think I stress too much over making a perfect likeness. The faces above that have the construction grids are part of an exercise in the book: change up the “average” proportions and exaggerate! The other drawings are from photo reference - just practicing. 

Most important to the success of a drawing is that first impression. If it is perceived wrongly, the preliminary sketch will be off and all the work put in it from then on will be a waste. You may think I’m being overly hard-headed about this. After all, if you finish the drawing and it looks nice, what the heck…. The point is, you want to sharpen your skill and sensitivity to the point where you can express any gesture you are called upon to draw. It is thrilling to see a well-done anatomical drawing, but it is deeply thrilling to see a drawing that expresses some gesture, mood, feeling, or meaningful action.

Walt Stanchfield

(51) It Ain’t Easy, Drawn to Life Vol. 1, p. 107

throw back! this page of gestures (30 second - 1 minute ~ I’m guessing) is from a drawing pad I dug up in my studio closet. These were done during a figure workshop given by the great Glen Vilppu at the WDFA studio in Florida; that was September 1999!Two thoughts:1. I rocked the “economy of line” thing2. I still love me some ‘S’ curvesRhythm and flow, babee! ball point pen on newsprint

throw back! this page of gestures (30 second - 1 minute ~ I’m guessing) is from a drawing pad I dug up in my studio closet. These were done during a figure workshop given by the great Glen Vilppu at the WDFA studio in Florida; that was September 1999!
Two thoughts:
1. I rocked the “economy of line” thing
2. I still love me some ‘S’ curves

Rhythm and flow, babee! ball point pen on newsprint

Getting ready for another school year.

Getting ready for another school year.

Sketches from “The Fantastic Gifts of Fall” written by Dandi Daley Mackall; illustrated by me!

I’ve gotten into the habit of calling this book simply “Autumn”; it is the first of a new series of books from B&H Kids Publishing - highlighting the blessings of each season. I was grateful to begin with Autumn; it’s my favorite season. This project was quite an undertaking: fun, challenging, a ton of work. And by the time I was done - illustrating each season in turn - I wanted to come back to Autumn and redraw the whole thing! I learned so much. These sketches: a page of roughs and 4 finalized drawings -  are some of my favorites - it’s fun to draw when you’re working from cherished childhood memories. 

Final sketch of a 4th of July parade - from a recent book project.
My hometown always has a parade for Memorial Day; my Mom calls it, “our 17 minute parade”. It was intimate (as parades go), fun and yes, just over 15 minutes in length. Illustrating all my characters watching a parade was a crazy drawing challenge for me, but remembering how my family lined the sidewalk was a good starting place for the layout.
Happy Independence Day!

Final sketch of a 4th of July parade - from a recent book project.

My hometown always has a parade for Memorial Day; my Mom calls it, “our 17 minute parade”. It was intimate (as parades go), fun and yes, just over 15 minutes in length. Illustrating all my characters watching a parade was a crazy drawing challenge for me, but remembering how my family lined the sidewalk was a good starting place for the layout.

Happy Independence Day!

Summer, already!?

Just turned in the ROUGH sketch dummy for the last book in the seasons series. Waiting on feedback, and thought I’d share a sketch from this current project. It’s been a great challenge to be all inspired by one season when you’re in the middle of another. What a wonderful journey around the sun - and I’m almost done! This way off-model drawing of children + dog running through a sprinkler is pencil on tracing paper.

Summer, already!?

Just turned in the ROUGH sketch dummy for the last book in the seasons series. Waiting on feedback, and thought I’d share a sketch from this current project. It’s been a great challenge to be all inspired by one season when you’re in the middle of another. What a wonderful journey around the sun - and I’m almost done! This way off-model drawing of children + dog running through a sprinkler is pencil on tracing paper.

A few sketches from a current project, book 3 of 4 - in the home stretch!

pencil on Strathmore Bristol 500

A few sketches from a current project, book 3 of 4 - in the home stretch!

pencil on Strathmore Bristol 500

Don’t you just love when the first word back from an Art Director is “Wow” - ?
This jumping cat is celebrating New Years (from my most recent illustration project) - and I am celebrating turning in all the final art for the second book in a series of 4…and.. getting positive feedback!
pencil on bristol

Don’t you just love when the first word back from an Art Director is “Wow” - ?

This jumping cat is celebrating New Years (from my most recent illustration project) - and I am celebrating turning in all the final art for the second book in a series of 4…and.. getting positive feedback!

pencil on bristol

A rare post in color! I made Thanksgiving cards this year - for my students. I am grateful they are in my life. I’m also very happy I came up with interesting projects for them that were not just crafts or about the product. They each experimented and came up with unique works of art. For this I am very grateful!
pencil and watercolor

A rare post in color! I made Thanksgiving cards this year - for my students. I am grateful they are in my life. I’m also very happy I came up with interesting projects for them that were not just crafts or about the product. They each experimented and came up with unique works of art. For this I am very grateful!

pencil and watercolor