Monday, December 28, 2009


On Dec. 23rd at 3am on a very cold night, I had to make the decision to put my little ferret Hobbes to sleep. It was the toughest thing I've ever had to do, holding him, as I said my goodbyes. But it was the right thing for him, and for myself, as hard as it was to do.

He was my buddy, my friend, and a beloved pet. I know he's somewhere now breathing a sigh of relief that I'm not constantly after him with medicines and "here comes the airplane!" eyedroppers full of ill-tasting concoctions. I'm grateful for the time he gave to me, for making me laugh no matter how bad my day had been, and for the unconditional love. I'm going to miss him terribly.

A big thanks to those friends and family members who were there to comfort me and for me to get snotty tissues and tears all over. I will pay for any and all dry cleaning bills.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Yule Bringer

Hoping everyone has a magnificent holiday.


Bonus Yule Links

I post these every year around Christmas, because they're just that good.
If you've seen them before, enjoy them again. If you haven't... prepare.

And what's this?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


No, no, I simply could not eat another piece of pie.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


I did this rough sketch over the weekend, and decided to try experimenting with it instead of being lazy. You know, broadening my horizons, or whatever you want to call it.

Most of the drawings I'm still able to look at without shuddering, are simple loose sketches. I've always had trouble capturing the energy and overall 'oomph' of a sketch when translating it to a final drawing or finished piece. Sometimes I end up overworking the thing, and it's a lost cause. Most of the time I just keep at the original sketch and build it up to a final. The finished drawing usually resembles a half crinkled, half eraser-bare mongrel with smudges resembling an 18-wheeler jamming the breaks at 90mph on the pike. In a word, messy. I picked up a $30 lightbox at Dick Blick (aka Art Warehouse) on Saturday because it's one of those things I should probably have lying around. I put another sheet of paper on top of the rough sketch and drew over the rough shapes, editing where necessary.

The paper is just white computer paper because that's what was at hand, and the last time I used my printer was probably a year and a half ago before it ran out of ink.

Here's the "cleaner" drawing, after a bit of nip/tuck. I purposely made the lines thicker and more pronounced like a cartoon design so that I could try some additional experiments in photoshop.

After 30 wash cycles in a conventional washing machine, the drawing on the right is still at it's brightest whites!

In photoshop I tried my hand at coloring linework for the first time, using the tutorial I had read on Mike Laughead's blog. As an experiment it was pretty fun, and it was good to learn something new and change things up a little.
I threw on some rough colors, because I like the concept but don't feel it's quite there yet. I'll have to do a bunch of little mountainfolk drawings and see what I come up with.

Monday, November 9, 2009



You know what's fun to draw? Dinosaurs.
And not just because I spent the majority of my childhood drawing them. 
It's because they're just cool. You can quote me on that one.

I'll have you know these are not toys, they're articulated visual reference models.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Dancing mummy sketch because I couldn't think of anything good to draw and I was on a sugar-high from eating too many kit kats.

On Halloween I went to the "Secrets of Tomb 10A" exhibit at the MFA. Because creepy crumbling mummies and Halloween kind of go hand-in-hand. Here are a few pics..

The amazing hieroglyphs painted on the coffin. This one reads "eye owl vase legs gosling feather seated person upside down bowl vulture." Couldn't have put it better myself.

Before leaving, I had to stop by and visit what my brother and I call the 'Harry Potter portrait hall'.

Oh, and p.s.: It's pronounced "je-hooty-knocked."

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Oh, she's a toughie alright.

Eager to finish it up then get to coloring. I'm thinkin' grizzly or black bearskin. Polar bear was so last year.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


I'd hurry up and put in your order for Summer 2010 before all the sizes are picked over.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

ex libris

Part of a drawing for my web banner. I kinda switched things up and gave him a big bear-type nose and smooshed his head proportions to look more solid/compact. I like how it's turning out.

Have I ever told you how much I love libraries? Man, they are tops.

Last night I spent the evening working on some drawings at the awesome Brookline Public Library. The historic building and recent renovations make it a great destination to hunker down and get some work done. In the lower level there are a row of pod-like study carrels that protrude from the outer wall of the building. These are great but I've never had success getting anything done in them, mostly because I felt like I was being punished in a time-out corner or about to be jettisoned into space. This visit, I chose the spacious reference room in the back of the library. Filled with fat, classically-bound books abutting study tables and framed by oil portraits of stuffy old men and stoic civil war generals, this room was much more my style. I plunked down at a table, spread out my stuff, and was able to 'enter the zone' for a solid two hours. Bliss.

Lately I've been having a bit of a hard time avoiding distractions, disruptions, and staying focused when I'm working. I love my studio apartment, but sometimes it is downright horrible for working when you're surrounded by potential distractions like books, action figures, internet, food, you name it. It doesn't exactly say "workspace" so much as "hey sit on this comfy corduroy couch and read that new book and maybe while you're up be a doll and get me an ice cream sandwich". Hence my predicament.

I expect to be visiting the reference room at the library regularly now. Because I can only equate drawing 'in the zone' to a bizarre combination of clarity, hypnosis, and whatever it is that cats feel when they tango with catnip.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


I don't know, you tell me.

Maybe it's a sirrush. Maybe I'm just a big nerd.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

the science of 8 limbs

On Tuesday I attended a free screening of Ong Bak 2 at the dashing Somerville Theater.

Little did I know I would discover a newfound love of martial arts movies. Not that I didn't like them before, but it's almost as if I wasn't ready for them. I cite animation as my major influence in drawing and you really can't get more animated than the choreographic tangle of limbs and flying fists showcased in these types of movies. The fights are both elegant and brutal, humorous and cringeworthy. Granted, another great source to look at for pose and gesture is ballet. However, I find ballet sorely lacking in rooftop chases, rope darts, and stuntwork involving elephants. I'm picky like that.

Hungry for a knuckle sandwich.

Sweep and recover.

Thumbnails done on the T.

Um, this one wasn't in the movie.

Monday, September 21, 2009


Quick sketch before the workday pulls me into the void. I need to get my hands on some Legos again.

In the meantime, I'll continue to haunt The Brothers Brick.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

dive dive

Thoroughly impractical and purely ornamental dive suit sketch.

I love how some of the early diving suits seemed to be fashioned more from suit of armor aesthetics than scientific ones. I guess that's why steampunk is so visually pleasing.

Friday, September 18, 2009


Quick little sketch of atomic robo while I wait for my coffee to kick in this morning.

Pardon the neglect that has fallen upon the blog. I feel like I forgot to feed the goldfish or somethin'. I'm working away on making things for the new website, so it won't be long now! Eventually, I'll be switching to a new blog there, leaving this one for digiarcheologists to find in the year 3020. 

In the meantime, please don't go belly up on me.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


Wikus van der Merwe from District 9.

Go see the movie. I can't speak highly enough of it.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Born of the unholy union between a pokémon and a charcoal briquette.

So, the posting has been a bit sparse lately, yes? Well things have gotten busy in the work and life categories, but I've also been working on my portfolio-in-the-making and prepping for a new website. That's right, be on the lookout soon for an honest-to-goodness, genuine website with pictures and words and things you can click on. Because if I don't do something with all this stuff, I will indeed, lose the last of my marbles.

In the meantime, I'll be right here. Eating cheese doodles and not answering your calls.

Friday, July 24, 2009


He's the hairy-handed gent who ran amuck in Kent
Lately he's been overheard in Mayfair
Better stay away from him
He'll rip your lungs out, Jim
I'd like to meet his tailor.
-Warren Zevon, Werewolves of London

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Finished drawing


Sorry vampires. Werewolves will always be cooler.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

cat's meow

The rewarding part of taking the time to work in layers and masks in photoshop is that it results in a highly customizable image. In other words... let's play dress up!

I think I'm going to have to draw the little lady a fella so's she can go out dancing...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

bee's knees

1920's gal. 

Drawn after watching The Painted Veil. I'll fully admit and it should come as no surprise that I'm a sucker for period pieces, mostly for the costume design, settings, and period language. While the photography was beautiful and the bleak story well-acted, I'm partial to the one review on Rotten Tomatoes which simply stated:
"If the cholera doesn't get you, the dialogue probably will."

Saturday, June 13, 2009


A Deatheater/dark wizard from the Harry Potter series.

Not sure who this guy is yet, but I definitely wouldn't mess with him. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Note the contrapposto. Oh that's right, I paid attention in Art History, it only looked like I was napping.

I think this guy deserves a proper coat of paint in the near future...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

sabretooth & wolverine

Because they should have made a movie out of the opening credits of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
I'm just sayin'.

In addition to some mad researching, this was practicing styles, playing with proportions, and trying out some new techniques. And boy, did I learn a lot on this one. You wouldn't think that drawing hands and feet stupidly big would be that much fun. But it is.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Lunch sketch at work.

Ok, so I'm on a bit of an X-men kick. Bear with me.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Hey mom, I know you read this thing.

This one's for you. Happy Mother's Day.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

stars and garters

Beast from the X-Men.

If you ever have a few spare minutes, I highly suggest checking out the Library of Congress' Flickr photostream. Chock full o' history goodness and intense stares. Like Captain Poncelet, here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

atomic robo volume 3

Hey kids! Atomic Robo volume 3 kicks off today with Atomic Robo and the Shadow From Beyond Time #1. Get thee to your local comic book store and pick up a copy. Atomic Robo is genuine and downright quality stuff, put together by an amazing team. You just can't go wrong. Also, Brian and Scott were kind enough to have me on board for a mini-comic in the back of this issue. 
That's right, Jenkins is in it. So you know you're in for a good time.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

wonder woman

Diana, queen of the Amazons. Kicker of asses. Wearer of fashionable, yet practical sandals.

Finally got around to finishing this one. Turned out worlds different than what I started from, which given the fact I had left it lying around for a while, isn't surprising. The sketch was looking too 'vampy' and not at all like the Wonder Woman I would draw. She should have presence. Y'know, like she could beat the snot out of someone, but still be distinctly feminine. Girl power and all that....stuff.

Heroes: Andrew Loomis
When I was around twelve, my dad brought home a bundle of books for me from a local library sale, one of which was a well-worn copy of "Fun With a Pencil" by Andrew Loomis

The book contained some of the best draftmanship, caricature, and studies of the human figure I had ever seen. It was published in 1940, and looking at it now, much of the content is un-PC in an almost comical way. But damn, the man could draw. You looked at his work and knew that he was a master at what he did. I admit I never really used any drawing instruction books when I was little, and that's not out of any pretentious conviction. I was more interested in trying to duplicate the finished product, so I could care less about going through any series of steps or jumping through hoops. I learn through imitation, mimicry, and my own stubbornness.

Unfortunately, to my knowledge all of Loomis' books are out of print. However, I recently discovered that some wonderful soul has scanned/made pdfs of them. It's an amazing treasure trove, so don't say I never gave ya nothin'.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

wonder sketch

Wonder Woman work in progress. We'll see where it goes from here...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

run ironman run

Yet another drawing done during a meeting at work. Ha haa!
Lately my default doodling has centered around robots and the like, I think simply because of the opportunity to play with shapes and interlocking things. It's probably just residual memory from my Lego days.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Sketching up some armor..
Might finish it, might not.

In other news...Happy Birthday Sketchblog! You are one year old.
I may just take it upon myself to messily devour a cupcake in your honor.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Doodle of Jermaine while watching Flight of the Conchords...