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.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Contentment

I'm killing two challenges with one stone with this illustration. The first is for Illustration Friday, the topic is "Summer".

The second is inspired by illustrator Holly DeWolf. She post a word of the week for her to illustrate. I thought I would take on her challenge and illustrate "contentment".

For me, I'm as content as a cow when I can relax with a glass of limeade in the summertime!

Illustration created with watercolor, gouache, and ink.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

"Joe in Danger"

The School of Visual Storytelling has a 3rd Thursday illustration contest every month. This is my third time participating. Top illustrations get prizes from the SVS store and a critique. I'm always open to constructive criticism so if my piece gets picked then that would be great. These contests seem to be oriented towards children's book and art, so I'm wondering how I might work that in to what I typically do, which is editorial illustration.

This illustration was created with watercolor, gouache, pen, brush, and ink.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Making of a Mutt

Here's the story behind this illustration (if it isn't obvious enough).

We just adopted a dog about a week ago. On his information it indicated that he was a German shepherd/chihuahua mix. My first thought was, without getting too graphic, "How did that work?" So I'm a little skeptical about that information, but nevertheless, we still have a wonderful dog that will give us many years of joy.

Illustration created with watercolor, pen, brush, and ink.