Friday, September 15, 2017

Dracula's Guest interior illustration1 thumbnail sketches

interior illustration thumbnail sketches for Dracula's Guest.  The Mausoleum scene.  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Dracula's Guest Cover WIP1

work in progress for Cover version 1, work in progress 1. A long way to go, but I like what is happening so far.

Friday, September 01, 2017

thumbnail sketches for Dracula's guest

working on a new project... Dracula's Guest. A short story by Bram Stoker... this story was from the original Dracula novel, but was removed to reduce the length. It was published two years after Stoker's death.  The short story is in public domain. If you wish to read it, here is the link...

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Girl Pirate WIP 2

just plugging away on this one... for those who are curious, this shows how I am starting to build shadows and highlights.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Girl Pirate WIP 1

So I am now working this piece digitally. Here is session one work in progress shots.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 04, 2017

sketches for two new pieces

working on some traditional hand drawn portraits. Two sketches... the profile of the bearded man is a smaller piece. The one of the standing girl pirate is probably 12"x24" in size. We shall see what happens.  Thanks as always for stopping by. -db

Thursday, August 03, 2017

The Soloist completed

The Soloist is finally done. It was a good exercise in staying focused and working towards a larger goal. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

detail of new work in progress

This is a detail of a larger piece I am working on... it will probably be at least two to three more weeks of work to get it finished.   Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

BR1 Blue Cap

Second of the new model series. This one went really fast. I like it.  thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

new BR sketch for drawing...

New sketch for a drawing with the new model. This drawing has already been started and is going quite nicely.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

BR1 Top Hat

I am working working with a new model.  I've always wanted to render out a really big beard. This was so much fun.  As always, thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Man With Black Eyes

The Man with Black Eyes.  Just a quick weekender to keep me occupied and drawing. Thanks for Stopping by.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Big Sur Tree

Finally, Big Sur Tree is complete. This took a while due to other projects, but I am happy with the results.  Ahhhh, one more under the belt.  Thanks for stopping by. -db

Monday, May 29, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Cryptic Strays TreeThing WIP1

first weekend working on the thing in the tree. So far so good. We shall see how the leaves and apples render out.  Thanks for stopping by

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Cryptic Strays... new sketch for the thing in the tree

This is what I am going with for the composition for The Thing in the Tree... The previous version with the thing in the moonlight is too different from what I am trying to accomplish. I am striving for something a bit more quiet and personal.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

new sketch for The Cryptic Strays

new sketch for the series... "When the first boy pointed out the shape, the boys agreed that it looked creepy but began to doubt the validity of what the first boy claimed… then the shape moved."  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Three Cats -the cryptic strays series

"While all staring at the same spot on one wall, they would slowly turn their heads as they watched...something...cross the room."

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Cryptic Strays... 3cats WIPsession 1

I started up the final today and got pretty far. We shall see if I can finish up before Monday.  Keep those fingers crossed in a good way, and thanks for stopping by.  -db

Friday, May 12, 2017

new sketch for The Cryptic Strays... three cats

"While all staring at the same spot on one wall, they would slowly turn their heads as they watched...something...cross the room."

Saturday, May 06, 2017

And She's Still Staring at me!!

The piece is titled "And She's Still Staring At Me!!"  from a new series I am starting called The Cryptic Strays.  The Cryptic Strays is a series of drawings inspired by strange or ghostly stories that have been told to me by those who experienced the incidents.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Big Sur Tree WIP 2

still plugging away at tiny little leaves.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Eastern State Penitentiary Door Pulley

Eastern State Penitentiary sliding door pulley.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Big Sur Tree WIP 1

starting up another tree drawing.  This is a smaller piece, 11"x14" I think.  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Douglas Bell Named by Creative Quarterly as 100 Best Winner


Douglas Bell
Named by Creative Quarterly as 100 Best Winner

[New York] Derby 1, a project developed by Douglas Bell, was selected as one of the top 25 award-winning entries in the Professional Illustration Unpublished category. This highly selective and well-recognized competition sponsored by Creative Quarterly, The Journal of Art & Design magazine, now in its 12th year, recognizes outstanding creative work produced by artists, graphic designers, illustrators and photographers from around the world. A complete list of this year’s 100 Best winners is available at

Winners of our quarterly competitions move on to our year-end competition where 25 winners in each category are selected by a distinguished jury. This year’s judging panel included Caitlin Karolczak, fine artist; Reiner Hebe, Hebe Webeagentur, graphic designer; Page Tsou, illustrator and Daniel Featherstone, photographer.

Entries were judged according to these criteria:
            • How well does the entry communicate?
            • How memorable or unique is the entry?
            • How strong is the entry aesthetically?

Each year winners represent countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. Both professional and academic winners are represented.

Project title: Derby 1
Client: Self Promotion
Creative team: Douglas Bell

All winning projects will be prominently featured in the 128-page, hardbound100 Best annual coming out in May, 2017.

Creative Quarterly sponsors quarterly competitions in January, April, July and October. Information about this year’s shows is available at

About Creative Quarterly
Creative Quarterly offers the best of art and design, quarterly. Founded in 2005 Creative Quarterly has received numerous international awards and recognition for its design. The magazine showcases the work of fine artists, graphic designers, illustrators and photographers, both professional and academic work is featured in both the magazine and online gallery. Creative Quarterly is distributed worldwide.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Caedmon's Cross final

Caedmon's Cross is finally complete.  I have not been so glad to see a piece finished in quite a while.  I don't want to draw a grassy field again for quite some time.  All in all, I am happy with the results. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Caedmon's Cross WIP 1

Wow, who knew drawing grass was going to be such a daunting task... not naive old me.  Well, it is a learning opportunity. Thanks for stopping by. -db

Saturday, February 11, 2017

opengates WIP1

starting up a new drawing... more old stone buildings with rusty iron gates and a haunting female character.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Star Straps

Star Straps
6" x 6"

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Countess Dolengen of Gratz

Countess Dolengen of Gratz is complete. This piece was inspired by the short story Dracula's Guest written by Bram Stoker and published posthumously four years after his death.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Countess Dolengen of Gratz WIP 4

going slow, but it is starting show some positive results for my efforts.  Just keep plugging away.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Countess Dolengen of Gratz -WIP3 tiny bat close ups

small little bats that will fly around the Countess.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Countess Dolengen of Gratz -WIP2

just plugging away at this piece. The midtones have been added in. Now starting to darken the lights and lightening the darks to add detail and shape. it is the long part of the process where you don't see a lot of progress for quite a while. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017