Archive for the ‘Sketchbook’ Category

The Uncaring…

November 14, 2011

I was looking through some old art files of mine this morning and came across this marker sketch I did sometime around 1994. I used to draw a lot of cartoon characters back in the day. The title of the piece is “The Uncaring Face of Exhilaration”. I’ve always poured a lot of meaning into my work, even with my cartoons. This was an unabashed depiction of how I feel we should be while surfing: stoked out of our minds. All cool is lost in a moment of pure fun. Any apprehensions this character carries with him daily are lost in the moment. I still enjoy this drawing.


Sly Stone Sketch

December 21, 2010

Here’s another sketch I did recently. My mom will be excited to see this one. She gave me my first Sly and the Family Stone vinyl record.

Life and a Sketch

December 8, 2010

Things have been really busy for me lately, so my blog has suffered. Lots of great things are in the works, and time is short, sacrifices have to be made and my blog has been like a poor/sorry puppy dog sitting out in the rain waiting for his owner to come play with him. Except my blogs not as cute as that.

Copic recently sent me a pack of pens to check out. I like them! Here’s a drawing I did. It’s of Dee Dee Ramone. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Ramones.

Sketch Study

October 15, 2010

Here’s one more sketch that I did while I had downtime on a recent trip. It’s Robert Plant.

Kung-Fu and Rock and Roll will Folk You Up!

October 12, 2010

On a recent trip to visit the in-law’s I had some time to kill. I found this old People Magazine showcasing pop culture icons. I thought it would be fun practice to capture their likeness in a sketch. This has always been challenging for me. I don’t strive to create exaggerated caricatures. I have a deep appreciation of the human form as it is. You learn a lot about a person’s features when you draw them. I tend to make a lot of assumptions about their features. I’m my biggest critic and the only one I really like is Mick Jagger, though I still don’t think I made his mouth to scale. It’s really large! I think if I redrew Bob Dylan, I could get something with which I would be pleased. Clockwise from the upper-left is Axl Rose, Bruce Lee, Bob Dylan, and Mick Jagger.

An Old Drawing

September 1, 2010

Many years ago I drew a lot of scenes where waves were overtaking land. Surfers were usually a part of these scenes. They’d be out having a great time in the unfolding chaos that was happening around them. Here’s one of those drawings that never made it to being a painting. One of these days I may pick up that theme again. I still find it interesting. For the moment though, I’m taking a break from painting surf scenes. I need a change of pace. Hopefully in the next few months I’ll have something to show in the new direction. As for the why on the theme of these old drawings, I’ll leave that up to you.

VW Bus

July 10, 2010

Here are three studies I did of a VW Bus for the Yakima t-shirt illustration. The first (on the left) looked the most like a real van, but it lacked the spunk I was seeking. The next example (middle) was too exaggerated for my liking. The third (on the right) was a happy medium between the two. I don’t spend a lot of time making cartoonish illustrations these days, so I was happy I still have it in me.


June 8, 2010

Here’s a sketch I did while I was sitting at Sacred Craft a month or so ago. I feel that lately I’m rediscovering my sketchbook. I had neglected it for a while. Sketchbooks are so important to the creative process for me. All things good and bad find their way onto the pages of mine. I guess I look at it as a visual diary. Some of the images I post from my sketchbook on this blog are cherry picked. A lot of people wouldn’t understand the pages that are most interesting to me, because they are usually small thumbnail ideas. They can be rudimentary in their elements, but I understand their potential. Maybe I’ll post a few side by side comparisons of my thumbnails and the finished paintings. That could be fun.


June 7, 2010

I spent part of this last week in Portland, Oregon. I had a show at the Lizard Lounge. What a great turnout we had! The event info is listed on previous posts. The show will be on display for the month of June.

While I was in Portland, I had time to kill. There is plenty of interesting scenery to draw in Stumptown. So I busted out the sketchbook and went to it. This is a house in the neighborhood I was staying in. It had lots of character and I couldn’t resist.


August 11, 2009

msa_thumbnailsHere are a couple sketches I did over the weekend. I am starting a new project today for the Malibu Surfing Association’s September contest. I’ll be sure to post the final pieces when they are done. They are going to be simple, but cool.