Jul 30, 2008

R & S Syndrome

I think I have Ren & Stimpy syndrome. Whenever I draw an image of a hand, I tend to do it realistically. But, when I do my "people", I draw them "cartoon-y". Kinda like in Ren & Stimpy, when they show a close up of the characters or a specific item they want to highlight.

I've been fighting with myself quite a bit on what direction to take my work. I've come to the decision (this time), to just draw the way I know how. If it's cartoon-like, then it's cartoon-like. Whadaya ya gonna do?

Jul 28, 2008

From dusk till dawn...

I'll be busy the next couple of days working on commissioned pieces. Hopefully soon I can post something new. If not, next week, since I have it off! High five Becky and I!

Jul 24, 2008

From the edge of sanity...

I started this little project of doing a drawing a day back on September 25, 2007. It was quite the goal, and it was a ton of fun, and a lot of headaches. However, at this point, I feel it is quite necessary to step back, and reassess what direction my work is going.

I have gained an unbelievable amount of growth in my work, my process, brainstorming, etc. But at some point, in the blur of doing these pieces, I could feel and see that the product wasn’t turning out the way it should. At times I’ve struggled for ideas, and other times they’ve flowed as if the flood gates had been opened. A lot of sleepless nights which, honestly, I liked because that meant I hadn’t hit a wall. But, walls are always going to be there, and I’ve learned to sit back and take what comes to me, and not let “myself get in the way” (Thank you, Mr. Renouf).

I’m not going to stop posting completely. In fact, I’ll still post about 3 – 4 pieces per week. I’m just going to ease up on the gas pedal a little, and get back to producing work I know I’m capable of. I’m going to sketch more, observe more, and take in what’s around me. I’ve been inspired by a lot of work out there lately. I’m not going to copy what others have done, but use their talent as fodder for me to improve mine.

Thank you all who continue to come to my blog, and who will continue to tune in, and to those who are new. You have no idea what your support means to me. I don’t want to disappoint the masses (hee hee hee…masses), but I feel this is what I need to do at this time. I promise that I will continue to post my ideas, thoughts, etc.

Most importantly, I’d like to thank my wife, Becky, for being a passenger on this ride (though, I’m not sure she signed up for it). Her ability to listen to me complain, to listen to my wild ideas, to know exactly what to say when I’m pulling out my hair. She has been a huge inspiration. Thanks, baby!

Thanks for listening, and I’ll be seeing you soon!

Jul 21, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

...to our great friends, Andrew and Erin!

They are celebrating their 1 year anniversary today. Image by Erin Copple-Smith!

Jul 18, 2008

Doodle 1

Doodling with the Wacom tablet...(I'm still a giddy little boy, playing with this thing)

Jul 17, 2008


Cousin of the swordfish, this species didn't last too long...

Jul 16, 2008

Added Security

Wacom test No. 2. Slowly getting used to it. I have a few ideas I'd like to try. Of course, these ideas kept me up last night, so I'm really tired...

Jul 15, 2008

Wacom Test No. 1

I received my first Wacom tablet last night. This is the first image produced with it. Kinda weird, using a pen. I have to get accustomed to it. I was going to post it for Illustration Friday's word: "Foggy"...

Jul 10, 2008

Postcard Mailing

Here's my next postcard. I'm not sure if I should put the title of the piece on the front or on the back...hmmmmm...

Here's the back:

Not sure if this works, if I should do something more simple, etc....*sigh*

Jul 7, 2008

Me? Sour?

Lee Mon wanted to know why everyone was saying he was "sour". After one taste of himself (which is kinda gross), he understood why...