Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler's birthday is August 12. He is better known as the lead guitarist and vocalist for the rock group Dire Straits. Even before I knew anything about playing the guitar, I knew Mark had his own thing happening on the instrument. His gnarly right picking hand was always contorted in a way that no other guitarist's was. Back in the '80s when it seemed every rock guitarist was sweep picking and finger tapping, to me Knopfler's style seem really cool.

Illustration created with watercolor and India ink.

Friday, August 1, 2014


So some time soon, Facebook is going to make it where mobile users will have to use an app outside of the Facebook mobile platform to create and send messages. Predictably, there are some complaints about this change, and also predictably, it seems that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is going to pretty much do whatever he wants to do. Give it some time, people will soon forget what all the fuss was about once they start using the service.

Illustration created with watercolor and India ink.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Great Value

It seems that Walmart's Great Value brand of ice cream sandwiches don't melt when left in warm temperatures for a long duration of time. It seems there are some who are trying to make a viral scare about eating the sandwiches. However, it was stated (which will probably be overlooked by people who want to be afraid of such things) that three main ingredients, guar gum, carob bean gum and cellulose gum (all natural ingredients), act as stabilizers, and keep the ice cream from rapidly melting. So maybe they really are a "great value." I think I'll get some and eat them outside in the summer heat.

Illustration created with watercolor and India ink.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

James Garner

James Garner passed on a few day ago. Though I haven't watched many show with him starring, I have always enjoyed the one in which he did. I mostly remember him from the Rockford Files because my parents watch the show when I was growing up. I later watched the reruns.

I always liked Garner's sense of humor and his honest demeanor on the screen. I can't help to wonder if that was simply his personality coming through to his characters.

This illustration has him as his James Rockford character, with sideburns, and his nifty sports coat - very 1970s!

Art created with watercolor, gouache, and India ink.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Johnny Winter

Bluesman Johnny Winter passed away a couple of days ago at the age of 70. He was truly one of the greats.

Illustration created with watercolor, gouache, and India ink.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Illustration Friday: Beard

Started doing Illustration Friday challenges again. It is nice to have IF as a resource for when I need to generate ideas for developing my portfolio.

With "Beard" being the topic for this week, I thought I would show a common evolution of the male solution for going bald. I hope it doesn't come to that for me because for one, my head is shaped too funny to be totally bald, and two, I am unable to grow a full beard.

Illustration created with watercolor, gouache, and ink.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Suarez Eats Italian

Though I'm not much for sports, who didn't catch wind of Luis Suarez biting Giorgio Chiellim during a World Cup soccer match? Memes are up all over the Internet, so I thought I might as well put something up too.

Illustration created with watercolor and ink.