Tuesday, July 3, 2007

A real hero...

A REAL hero runs around in tights and a cape and seeks to avenge his parent's death by fighting crime in the shadows of the night...

Friday, May 18, 2007

Thursday, May 3, 2007

New Topic: The Office

as in the smash NBC hit. Do a portrait of your favorite character(s) from the show.

Let's try a 3 week deadline and see if we have better luck finishing something.

Deadline: Monday May 21

Monday, April 16, 2007

Friday, April 13, 2007

Hobo #161: David No-Ears

Lines done in Flash, playing with textures in Photoshop. So there he is.


Thursday, April 12, 2007

#500 The Rambling, Rambling Boris Wander

Here he is, yakking the night away. I couldn't resist putting some cute things in there.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Mo' Hobo

Extending the hobo challenge another week. Jim wants a chance to finish his (and I..uh.. haven't finished mine yet either...) Nate - maybe you can do a He-Hobo!

Friday, April 6, 2007

#53 from the 700 Hobos...

I present for your viewing pleasure... Mr. JR Lintstockings!
Have a great easter weekend guys n' gals!
Maybe there's a little bit of the Easter bunny in his socks n' hat?

Monday, March 26, 2007

New Topic: Hobo

Pick a Hobo from The 700 Hoboes Project - then illustrate and post said Hobo by April 9

Thumb Lady in the Thumb Lake...

I think I had enough time to sneeze on a file and get a rough idea...
Sorry, but there wasn't much going for me at playtime, but I had a blast looking at a lot of NC Wyeth's stuff!

arthur and merlin

Still during the sketch stage.

Arthur wants Merlin to do some magic tricks for his son's birthday party...merlin declines.

Arthur's Downfall

Friday, March 23, 2007

Arthur, King of the Britons

So... I thought I was going to try using the Artist Oils in Painter. And I couldn't figure them out, and then I didn't care that I couldn't figure them out and just kept going. Maybe we can think of it as a color comp. lol

Btw... that's a Lesser Striped Swallow... native to Africa.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


A wee bit late . . . but here 'tis. Definitely a bad omen if you cross paths with the herald of death. I was trying out a few different photoshop brushes over a pencil sketch, and imported some paper texture.

Monday, March 12, 2007

New Topic: King Arthur

Due March 26... post WIPs if ya like.

Nate gets the gold star for finishing Banshee. Go Supahstar Nate!

Glowing Banshee goodness...

Any excuse to use the glow brush is a good excuse no?
Pretty straight forward... Mosty done with the flat oils again in Painter... they've quickly become my favorite brushes, though there's still a bit to master with them. Then there was some refinement in levels, texture and glow touch up in Photoshop.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Monday, February 26, 2007

New Topic: Banshee

Due Monday March 12

From Irelandseye.com: The Banshee

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Friday, February 23, 2007


I actually finished one! This was some more experimenting in Painter. I wanted to try figuring out how to do skin tones from a black and white photo. I used the Artist Chalk brush, and a little bit of airbrushing at the end for some extra gritty texture. Anyway. There 'tis.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Good ol' Abe... AND Washington...

Well, I actually finished something! And we still have a week before this challenge is up! So maybe next Friday I'll try this again with a George Washington portrait? We'll see. At any rate, this was done in painter, using pretty much the flat oils exclusively. Any comments welcome!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

New Topic: Washington and/or Lincoln

Due Monday February 26

Try to keep it fast and simple (unless you are Jim.)

Inky Oz

This is no where near done... I hope I can find time to finsih this.

wings for chistery

My idea was inspired by the book "Wicked". In the book the witch sews wings on her monkey and then spells them to fly.
the painting was done in photoshop.

Oz Force

What if Dorothy hadn't returned to Kansas, and joined with her friends to form a band of intergalactic space heroes....

Below is the WIP. I've at least got the color palette worked out, I think, just need to finish cleaning up the lines, etc. And Don has already pointed out that I obviously don't often draw guns. :-) Lines done with a real pencil! Color in Photoshop.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

New Topic: The Wizard of Oz

Knock yourself out!
We'll review two weeks from now: Monday Feb 12

Friday, January 26, 2007

It's a guy thing.

My addition to cowboy Friday. Done in Painter using some cool brushes. Trying to loosen up a bit and be quick in getting the image down.

When men were men!

And if they didn't like ya, they SHOT ya!
Nowadays, we just dream and paint such things.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

New Challenge: COWBOY

Alisa gets the Gold Star for being the only one to finish the Spectrum Entry. Superstar Alisa!

New topic, and a fast one - due next week.


due Monday Jan 29

Monday, January 22, 2007

happy little bird

I thought I should toss this out there. any suggestions?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Alright, now you can leave me alone. I am actually doing something after all...... Here is a very small version of what I am working on. Everything is still very fluid and unsettled. Always did want to paint a ghost.

Monday, January 8, 2007

bumble betty beatles - wip

um. i didn't get very far with mine. The idea is that the bad guy is made up of beatles, and Bumble Betty is squishing one before they realize what's going on. Two versions - bad guy in background, bad guy in foreground. Decided to go with the Bad Guy in the background.

Edit: Uh... not Beatles... BEETLEs. sheesh. can't spell. And a nefarious oozing force of pure evil made up of tiny Ringos, Pauls, Georges and Johns... huh. I'll have to think about that...

Here's my work in progress.

A whole mess of anatomy things to figure out on that giant... let alone his little beast friend there. All in all it's great fun though!

mac in progress

this is in progress of my Macquarium octo trying to sneak a gulp of my coffee....

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Topic: More Spectrum

The challenge is still to work on a piece for Spectrum (after this we'll do smaller challenges). Here's the schedule:

Mon Jan 8 - show what you have so far. Everyone should have *something* by this point, even if it's only the final sketch.

Jan 22 - Final due. This should give us time to review them and make any changes in time to send for the deadline Jan 26.

Good Luck!