Joy to your world

Season's Greetings J

Wishing you happiness in the holiday season, and throughout 2016!

The original art is black ink in a Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbook; I scanned the art into Photoshop, reversed it, and then changed the background color.


Just my imagination

The Illustration Friday theme is “monster.”  Like Dr. Frankenstein, I cobbled this together from bits and pieces, though instead of Igor, my assistant was Photoshop.

Monster IF final

The quote reads, “The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”  A nice thought…

This is a combination of three separate illustrations. All three are (mostly) watercolor 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.”


I’ve been experimenting with lots of different things lately, trying to see what works.Ezra Pound

One small aspect of that has been experimenting with different types of lettering and pens, like this exercise for the Illustration Friday theme, “search.”  I did this with a very cool Pentel brush pen I got as a gift (thanks, David!) in a Stillman and Birn Epsilon Series Sketchbook.