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developed by Douglas Bell, was selected as one of the top 25 award-winning entries in the Professional Illustration Unpublished category.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