Friday, November 25, 2011

Santa: Believe

After multiple give ups and a one year detention in the drawer, I finally finished this piece. It is a sequel to the Elves and cardinals.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Twins of Passage

I have retitled this, the Twins of Passage from the original title, the Children of Darkness and Light. there just isn't too much "light" about it.
16"x20" on masonite/ clayboard.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

november 12 red door

finally, after being double booked all of September, and being out of practice all of October, I am getting back into the swing of drawing again.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

darklight day 3

session 3 is finished for the day and so far it is holding together. I need to have the background done and inked by Monday hopefully. That way I have a month to work up my Santa piece. Should happen.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Children of Dark and Light stage1

A week later and I finally got to do a bit of work on it tonight after chores of the autumn lawn today. It is coming along. We shall see how session three goes.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Children of Dark and Light stage1

The start of a new piece for the October season. The Children of dark and light. This is day one on the piece, and the top half of the board. It was four scans photomerged together to achieve this one image. We shall see how this progresses.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

5 minute and a 10 minute dwg for the last two sittings at the end of the day. I had master artist Sherri McGraw. A wonderful teacher, and a blessing just to listen to. I have learned a bit about myself from each of the instructors and presenters. I am happy. I am very happy that I am home, but I am happy.

I attended my first workshop... the American Artists Weekend with the Masters. Lots of wonderful people and so many gracious instructors and painters of world renown that I was simply happy to be among them. The drawings above were some of the many that we did in a day of gesture drawings. Most of all were 2 minutes or less.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Red Door drawing: The Steam Punk model

Red Door Saturday night drawing group: The model was one of our own, artist Jenna Tomlin. Bravo indeed and thanks so much for sitting for us.

Friday, July 01, 2011

another drawing for the boogeyman files.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Seven O'Clock Man or The Bone Setter

Bonhomme Sept-Heures (the Seven o'Clock Man)
in this French-speaking province, the Bonhomme Sept-Heures (7 o'clock man) is said to visit houses around 7 o'clock to take misbehaving children who will not go to bed back to his cave where he feasts on them.

The Bonesetter is an old Quebec bogeyman legend about a traveling peddler and medicine man who journeys from town to town. During the 19th and early 20th centuries when this legend arose, many Quebec towns had no doctors or nurses. There were real bonesetters, both men and women, who would perform modest surgical procedures and who specialized in reducing fractures and dislocations and, as the name implies, would set broken bones and perform manipulations that today might be done by a chiropractor.

In the days before the discovery and use of effective anaesthetics, if a large bone had to be rebroken and reset, the resultant pain and screaming of the patient would have alarmed the entire village. Kids would hear these screams and be terrified of the bonesetter and he or she could easily earn a reputation as a bogeyman. The horrid folktale adds a special fright: Bonhomme sept-heures took disobedient children as payment for his work and the children disappeared from the town and were never heard from or seen again.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

the Queen of Derbies large print preview

Kingof Gears large Print

The King of Gears large print preview

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Steampunk Owl Card_print

This is the second in a series of limited edition prints based upon my steampunk card deck. This is a reinterpretation of the card back; the sky pilot owl complete with smoking cigar.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Jack of Gears Large Print

The first of a series of limited edition prints based upon the steampunk card deck. This first is a reinterpretation of the Jack of Gears.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Red Door Drawing Group April 23rd 2011

I showed up a couple of minutes late and the place was pretty full... which is really exciting to see. Also some new faces were in attendance, which is even better to see. Good For Lacey.

Red Door Drawing Group April 17th 2011

we got a celebrity, a performance artist, and juggler... fit as fit could be... and could hold a handstand for a full minute.

Red Door Drawing Group April 2 2011 two week pose

Two week session, same pose. I don't know if it reflects in the quality of the drawing, but it allowed me to fix a lot of problems that were showing in week one.

Red Door Drawing Group Feb 2011

I have been tardy in posting the weekly Red Door Drawing group sessions. So starting with the February, if I remember correctly, until last night, here they are in order as I best remember.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

card deck logo

This will be the short side of a tuck box design. The front/back would be a card front and back.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Steampunk Card Deck- Joker-X

Joker-X is one of two native jokers in this cast of houses. Joker-X has was originally adopted by the House of Dirigibles and accepted as one of their own, but her thirst for power and perpetuation of chaos created such an uproar within the House of Dirigibles that the House of Derbies was asked to step in, as a tutoring agent due to their abilities to work with free spirits. The House of Derbies accepted the youth for tutoring with the understanding that if the entity who would one day become the Joker-X wished to stay under the House of Derbies, that would be her choice. However the chaos tendencies were too strong for even the Lords of the House of Derbies to aid in teaching how to use her skills towards more beneficial outcomes. The whereabouts of Joker-X are unknown. But it is believed that she may have found a kindred spirit in the being known as Joker-Y.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Steampunk Card Deck- Joker-Y

Joker-Y is one of two native jokers in this cast of houses. Joker-Y has was originally adopted by the House of Gears and accepted as one of their own, but his denial of structure and perpetuation of chaos created such an uproar within the House of Gears that the House of Windows was consulted. The House of Windows offered to accept the youth for tutoring with the understanding that if the entity who would one day become the Joker-Y wished to stay under the House of Windows, that would be his choice. However the chaos tendencies were too strong for even the Lords of the House of Windows to teach control of. The whereabouts of Joker-Y are unknown. But it is believed that he has found a kindred spirit in the being known as Joker-X.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


A friend of mine asked a favor, to work up a character for their men's roller derby team; The Cow-town Butchers. They were looking for a Minotaur, or an angry bull character, and asked for something in my drawing style. While it doesn't hit the 'roller-derby' answer at all, the character is interesting I believe.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ace of Dirigibles version 2

Version 1 started to rub me the wrong way. He looked to villainous. So, since it's my game, I redid it. I am more satisfied with this option. Yes, HE is the Ace of Dirigibles. Done... I think.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Ace of Dirigibles

The Ace of Dirigibles is a dog-eared Commander of battles across space and time, witnessing the rise and fall of so many, for so long, yet he refuses to give in to what he truly believes to be wrong. The Ace of Dirigibles has found a loyal House to follow, and a family to call home. For this he will devote and give all that he is.

King of Derbies

The King of Derbies is one who demands as much from his entire house as he does from himself. He expects victory over all he pursues and expects the same effort in all who follow him. This does not mean that defeat may not happen someday; it is just that it has not happened… ever. The King has a charisma, an ability to reach deep to a core of the individual where the pure self resides, that which is only the defiant independent and is able to touch it, to connect to it, and do speak directly to it. During this link, ideas, concepts, solutions, whys all become known.

The House of Dirigibles: The Queen of Dirigibles

The Queen of Dirigibles is the embodiment of what could be… what might be. Ever reaching forward towards the perceived destiny of the House and herself, she sees the challenges of existence merely as obstacles in the way of the next clue on The Path. At certain times this philosophy can be a driving force of power that when spread to the masses, is difficult to match. If there are too many unknowns however, those may be overlooked for the call of The Path may be so strong as to shadow over pitfalls and warning signs, thus causing casualties, or catastrophy.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The House of Derbies: The Ace of Derbies

The Ace of Derbies has found his true calling, being the leader of battle this House. For it is this that he excels in, lives for, and is when he is complete. It is here where he knows he can finally release all that is inside without holding back. Victory is what is at stake, and must be claimed for the House of Derby. Being the Battle Lord is not what the Ace of Derbies does, it is what the Ace of Derbies is, it is all that he is. Without the fight, without the foe to conquer, he is lost.

Friday, February 11, 2011

King of Dirigibles

The King of Dirigibles (also the suicide King of this deck: normally the suicide king is depicted with a knife behind his head. Being the King of Dirigibles, knives would not be very welcome, but tie-down ropes are of abundance.) This King is one who seeks out high adventure, and sees his role as leading by example on living life to the fullest. He is not afraid to get his hands dirty by shirking responsibilities when duties become risky, or difficult. In fact, he almost thrives upon it.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

The Jack of Derbies

The House of Derbies:
The Jack of Derbies-
The Jack of Derbies is the one to watch out for. His embodiment of freedom tests the boundaries of the term in every way. Of all the entities in this house, it is the Jack of Derbies that causes the most worry on the battlefield… for both sides.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Steamdeck- the cardback

This is the back of the card deck design.

House of Derbies: Queen of Derbies

The House of Derbies:
The Queen of Derbies:
The Queen of the House of Derbies is one of determination and accomplishing whatever tasks that she believes important enough to be addressed. This Queen has an innate skill for filtering out what must be done from what others believe should be done. This ability starts to filter out into what some may call influence. Whether it is a tether to the other members of the House, or an influence of those seen as a threat to the House this remains yet to be fully explored.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

King of Windows

House of Windows:
The house of Windows deals with visions. Visions of the future tense, the present and the past all at the same time. Perceptions, possibilities, mysteries of what is, what was, and what might be are all kept and pursued by the House of Windows.
The King of Windows
The King of Windows is the mapper of possibilities. By passing though to see what has been and what might be, He observes, makes updates, and notations to the Paths of Existence. A history of the universe that is constructed in such a way that the Past and Future interlink in a construct of fantastic proportions to where it is almost... alive.

House of Gears: the numbers

The House of Gears:
the numbers cards

Ace of Gears

The House of Gears:

The Ace of Gears

The Ace of Gears is not a whom but a what. The Ace of Gears was forged from the mind and hands of the King of Gears long ago when the Houses numbered in dozens and the threat of siege was present at every turn. The Ace of Gears is the perfect protecting Knight that the House of Gears has ever produced. Its power is unrivaled; it protects the members of the Royal family as well as those of the entire House, even to the extent of sacrificing itself if necessary. It will never bend; it will never tire, never yield, and never surrender.

The Jack of Gears

The Jack of Gears is a Jack in the truest of terms, relying upon his wits at least as much as upon his knowledge and attention to details to carve out his path. The Jack of Gears is perhaps the only member of the House of Gears to not only recognize chance but welcomes it and at times will embrace it over the known. This may be his way of stepping out from the shadow of the King and defining his own identity. At this time it does not appear to be as much a defection as much as the exploration of abilities and style.

The Queen of Gears

The House of Gears:

The Queen of Gears

Ever noble and steadfast at her true loves side, the Queen of Gears is a vision of honesty, of knowledge, valiance, and confidence. She knows who she is, as much as who she is not. She knows what she has the ability to change, and how far that ability can reach. The Queen of Gears, though ruling at her Kings side, is at no means a step down in power, in the eyes of the House of Gears, or any other House. She is Queen.