Thursday, December 31, 2015

Last Post for 2015: Digital Portrait WIP Hood and Goggles first post

It has been worked on for about three weeks, but this is the first post for this piece. It is coming along as the others... slowly. I hope all of you out there have had a wonderful Holiday season.  Thanks for stopping by. -db

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Miskatonopoly: The game board is completed

The goal was to get done prior to December.  I have met that goal. It was a lot of work, but I am happy with the results.  

Friday, November 27, 2015

Miskatonopoly game New England Water Works Card Back

I thought I was done with this card... then I remembered I still need four more cards... the go to Jail card, the free parking card, and the Just visiting jail card, and Go, otherwise known as the corners.  So I still have some more to complete, but I am sure they will file along as the others did.  Thanks for stopping by.

Miskatonopoly The Train Doom

The train illustration is done.  I dreaded this one for a while... I'm not comfortable with mechanical drawings. They appear so stiff. My goal was to give it some personality.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

not one of us

I find it interesting when those who say reach for your dreams turn out to be the same individuals that shut the door on your hand.   -db

“How can we be in If there is no outside…
You're not one of us, 
Not one of us, 
No you're not one of us.”    -P.Gabriel

Monday, November 23, 2015

Miskatonopoly Game mystery girl card back design

So maybe I spoke too soon... maybe I will use this one after all.  I really like how she turned out.

Miskatonopoly: Witness card back design

And welcome to image 8.  The Witness. I will hopefully have one more that I will finish that did not make the cut. But I believe looks nice anyway.  Thanks for stopping by -db

Sunday, November 22, 2015

2015 Christmas Card Design: Warhol Campbell's Who Hash

I really didn't think I was going to get a design done this year. Then I revisited past sketches and was inspired by my earlier attempt at a Who Hash soup can.  This needed to be pushed to a new solution.  I am happy with this parody of Warhol's soup cans.

The inside reads:
“Welcome Christmas, while we stand
Heart to heart and hand in hand.”

-Dr. Seuss

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Miskatonopoly: Candle Girl Card back Concept Illustration

Candle Girl... very dark, very creepy and number 7 of the eight character cards needed. I am happy with how these are progressing. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Miskatonopoly: Mr. Moneybags Card Back Design

I am getting closer to seeing the end in sight. I am happy to see the results and am happy with the results so far.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Miskatonopoly: Game Concept Card Back Design -Shhhhh

One more down... Over the half way point now on the little portraits. Hopefully the last three will go as smoothly. Probably time to work up a card with a female on it as the subject. What to do, what to do....

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Miskotonopoly: Card Back Design - Fright

It's been a good weekend of work.  Got two finished and am happy with both. Four Down and six more total to go.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

misktonopoly: Cultist Card Back design

The Cultist card back design. They are starting to come with more ease now. I think I am hitting into a groove. 

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Miskotonopoly: Skull card back design

A second card back for the game I am working on... I believe that this will be a property card, but that may change as I continue.  More to come.

Miskotonopoly Card: Arlington Gas and Light Co.

A card back design for a game I am working on.  This card is for the Arlington Gas and Light Company.  More to come.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Marshall Hat WIP1

Starting up a new drawing. not much going on yet, just blocking in the darkest blacks... but it's a start.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

miskotonopoly type design

Working on a bit of a different project between portraits. I have taken up a reinterpreting of Monopoly based upon the works of H.P. Lovecraft. I have most of the writing done. Now comes time to start up the illustrations. This is my solution for the game logo named after Miskatonic University. The school where 'odd' things seemed to always be happening.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Derby 1 final

Derby 1- Self Portrait.  It's finally done, or I am finally done with this piece. Digital drawing 24" x 24".

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Derby1 WIP Week 9

Working along and results are starting to become evident.  I hope to be done the end of next week.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Derby1 WIP week 8

Getting close to starting to see a lot of results really soon. Set up work is still going on. I am hoping that within the next week or two this will be completed.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Burial At Sea

story - A burial at sea

A friend of mine at one time worked as a night manager at a local hotel.  He told me the story of what the term “a burial at sea” meant to the cleaning crew and staff of that particular hotel.

A burial at sea refers to the act of clogging a toilet so badly that the guilty individual ends up in a state of panic and covers their mess with massive amounts of toilet paper, only to leave in a rush in hopes that nobody will recognize them or see them leave the stall and restroom facility. Pause…

So, I entered a public restroom recently and opened a stall door to discover, you guessed it… a burial at sea. And it was a whopper. I was about to salute the results as I was holding down a dry heave when I noticed that something new had been added.  Someone, (hopefully the guilty individual who created such a terror) had stuck in the center of the paper island, a plastic fork.

My mind reeled as it attempted to grasp the situation that my eyes were seeing. Who brings utensils to a public restroom? Were they eating and decided experiment with cutting down a few steps in their biological process? Perhaps the were frightened by what they saw and ran off to find the first defensive weapon they could find… only to return with a plastic fork. Maybe it was a claim of power the way that conquistadors did by driving a flag into the ground and pronouncing that “this island is claimed in the name of The King!!” and the flag just fell off. For those who are conspiracy theory buffs, possibly it was a person of the opposite gender that entered in to perform this act of defiling the bowl only to leave unnoticed in order cover their tracks and thus leaving the blame to the local male population.

Shortly, I realized that I no longer had any desire to benefit from the use of this particular facility. In fact I also found myself in very short supply of fresh air. I did my best to sneak out without detection so that no one would tag me with causing such a crime upon at least two of the human senses. I ended up quickly driving away as fast as I could and spending the rest of the day with legs crossed, while shaking off a rather impressive case of the heebie-jeebies.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Derby1 WIP week ... seven?

still plugging away... It's moving slowly forward.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Derby 1: WIP Week 6

Week Six, slow and steady results this week. The next couple of sessions won't show a lot of results but then all of a sudden, things will pop together.  It is an odd time for the work. I just have to keep plugging at it.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I hope that you’re happy wherever you are

I hope that you’re happy wherever you are

Separated as we are, I don’t see you.
I don’t hear from you… still i keep looking for signs.
Elders say that you are in a good place.
I hope so.
Books say that you are with all those that you loved and loved you.
I hope so.
In my head I see you in a beloved academic atmosphere;
learning, growing, showing, teaching, loving.
I have no basis, no reason to believe this.
Maybe it is the sign I have been searching for.
Maybe it is a vision of what is to come.
Maybe it is a way for me that I can deal why you were taken.
I still miss you
I still love you
I have been fractured because of your loss.
Breaks can be glued back but those scars will remain.
I hope that you’re happy wherever you are.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Derby 1 WIP sessions 4 and 5

Results from weeks four and five. Some progress moving forward but still a lot more to go.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Derby 1 WIP first post

Starting a new piece... this is about week three on this work in progress. A long way to go... just plug away a little bit every night.

Friday, July 10, 2015

doodle United: Luchador

It's been a long time since I was able to work up a piece for Doodle United. I just couldn't resist the topic of Luchador Wrestlers.  Such fun.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Warning Glance

It's done. I probably need some distance from this one. It was far more of a challenge than the previous piece. I'm happy I did it, but I am more happy that it is complete and I can start something new.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Frowning 1 WIP week 5

Got some work done this week. It was a week of many distractions and looks to continue for another two weeks. I hope to get in some quality time in the evenings. Slow but steady.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Frowning 1 Week Four WIP

Week Four.... not much to show this week. A lot of prep work and under drawing so I can apply finishes to a lot of areas in the coming weeks.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Frowning 1 WIP weekend three results.

Weekend three of a new digital ink drawing. A lot of results this week. We shall see if I am getting faster. I hope so... I think so. Hope all is well out there for whomever sees this. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

New digital ink portrait Frowning1 - week two Work in progress

I started my second digital ink portrait, and this time it is the start of three self portraits. For some reason, the second of anything for me is really tough to pull off successfully. Maybe I set my sights to high, perhaps after an initial success, I want even larger swings into the realm of achievement and that just doesn't happen in the real world.  But win or lose, I have been working on this piece and think I have it bent into a pleasing direction finally.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Old Man Left --- It's done. Whew!!

I don't know how I did it, but I buckled down and finished it tonight. Ah, That is a big load off of my mind. Now to research how to "archival safe" float mount a drawing.  I have included a couple of close ups. the Drawing is just about two feet high. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Old Man Left -WIP Weekend Six: Skin all done.

Well, after another week of steady work on it, I am finally able to see an end point. I'm happy... now on to hair rendering.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Doodle United: Teen Titans

Doodle United for April 13th. Had to take a break from the old man drawing to pop out a piece for Doodle United. I have been so lax completing anything for that group. Humble apologies.  This week Starfire/Minion mash up.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Old Man Left -WIP weekend 5. Good results showing

So after the previous sessions not showing much in the way of results... I decided to turn of the TV at night and work on this each night this week for an hour or two and then hit it heavy on Saturday and a little more on Sunday. Much more progression this week. It is coming into focus for me. I hope to get the jowls done this week and hopefully will have only the hair to complete in the next two to three weeks. Hope everybody is well out there. -db

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Old Man Left Working: session 4

Weekend four... not much work done on this one. But now I feel obligated to post whenever I get any work done on this just to show I wasn't just parking the entire weekend on the sofa watching ncaa basketball.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Old Man Left_working _ weekend 3 work in progress

Weekend three just ended and so I am posting my results on this project. It is progressing, slowly but surely.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Old Man Left- Week 2 work in progress

Week 2 progress... not much during the week, maybe a couple of hours total, but hit it hard Saturday afternoon and Sunday. My goodness this is a slow and tedious process, but I feel good at the progress and results.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Old Man Left - new piece, work in progress day one

Started a new piece to keep me occupied while my knee heals. And I haven't done anything of any real size for some time, so I am working a digital pen and ink drawing. This is all in photoshop but it is drawn one stroke at a time.  The size will be about 21" x 21" when completed. This is session one from last weekend. Fun stuff.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

how long

I watch the water slowly creep up around me, I move to what I believe to be a safer place on the boat. I try to convince myself that situations can be changed for the better, that perseverance can overcome many seemingly insurmountable obstacles. I pass the Captain. The Captain doesn’t say the boat is sinking, that all we have done is for not, to go and try to save ourselves. The Captain designates who gets thrown overboard to temporarily lighten the ship.

I have seen many thrown overboard. Some went willingly, some went with sad faces and some fear as to what was to become of them. I wonder how long can they last in that cold water?

To quote Robert Louis Stevenson’s Long John Silver; “Them that dies will be the lucky ones.” I fought against that manner of thinking. Do what you can to survive, to make it work.  Now perhaps, looking around at the sinking, crumbling vessel that was once a mighty ship…. I wonder how long before the Captain points and signals that I am to be sent overboard.

Monday, February 09, 2015

3X3 Illustration Annual 11 is out

3X3 Illustration 11 is out!!! I am so happy to see two of my pieces in the professional show for Self Promotion. They have an online gallery for the book as well. 

I am so very proud and honored.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Doodle United: Adjective Snowman

For the first Doodle United of the new year, we got the assignment of Adjective Snowman, in honor of the great Bill Watterson, Creator of Calvin and Hobbs... specifically "Snow Goon strips" We were given a link that is a random Adjective Generator. 
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We were to Set the Limit to '1,' and hit refresh. The adjective that was generated we were to place in front of the word Snowman, and BOOM. Draw it. IT was fun.