What do you hear?

The Illustration Friday theme is “noise,” and of course one person’s blaring annoyance is another person’s soul music.  It’s all in the listening, I guess…

Advice 2015

Ink, watercolor, and colored pencil in a Canson Montval watercolor journal, with some additional adjustments in Photoshop.

On the edge

There’s change in the air.

When you’re on the edge of something new, it can make you a little edgy…


Luckily, art supplies are there to help you through the rough times!

The Illustration Friday theme this week is “jagged,” which made me think of this journal doodle from a few years back.  Water color, ink (a brown Pilot, I think), and colored pencil on Canson Montval paper.


Monsters and tea cups and robots, oh my!

The Illustration Friday theme this week is “nefarious,” and I’ve pulled out an oldie that reflects a more Snidely Whiplash/fairy tale definition of the word:

Nef 3

This was actually a lettering exercise that ran away with me, so it’s possible Mr. Monster is looking to join a tea party, and not hatching an evil plan to disrupt one!

Speaking of disruptions, what with one thing and another I missed posting for last week’s IF theme, “invention,” but as I did a sketch I’ll tack it on here.


Yes, I’m afraid I was thinking “Necessity is the mother of invention.”

Pen and paper

Art Supplies

While I’ve been laid up with a sprained ankle, I’ve been playing with lettering.  My artist friend Joanne sent me this quote, and it seemed the perfect subject — not to mention a good use of art supplies!  Unfortunately, I don’t know who said it, so I can’t give credit where credit’s due.

The main illustration is Slicci pen and Uni-Ball Vision Exact, with Prismacolor markers (and some old kids’ markers I found lying around.)  The background color splotches are via Photoshop; I would have done them in watercolor, but I remembered just in time that the Slicci pen isn’t waterproof.

I got some lettering inspiration from Jenny Doh’s fun and colorful “Creative Lettering,” and a push from the Illustration Friday theme, “Paper.”