Tuesday, November 12, 2019

I'm putting an end to this blog

I'm going to put an end to my original blog. With my website, Behance, Facebook, Instagram, Artstation, and Infected by Art, all places where I maintain galleries, I am finding more and more I am not keeping the original blog up to date. Also fewer and fewer people are following the blog. It was a good run and I am proud of the entries that I built. I started it in 2006.  If you wish to follow me in the future,  




Thanks so much for your support.
sincerely -db

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Black Patch Tobacco War Illustration: The Warehouse fire

the fourth piece completed and the final of the series. I have piece 2 and piece 3 to complete yet. This is such a fun project.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

New MFA diary entry: Biography Portrait final sketch

Adam Savage final sketch ready to transfer to board and start painting.  The first painting I have done in several years. I think I have given myself enough time to allow for multiple start overs if necessary.
My MFA diary link:     Doug's MFA diary

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Another final for the Black Patch Tobacco war series

I think this one is done.  Or at least I am done with it. The Night Riders.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Jackelope Sleigh

I found a little bit of open time, so I decided to get started on Holiday card designs for this year.  A little wagon pulled by eight Jackelopes... for those out west.  Thanks for stopping by. -db

Friday, August 16, 2019

Jane Goodall portrait

The start of a new portrait series, Women of Positive Change. Thanks so much for the inspiration to Illustrator and Professor Jackie Decker. More images to come. As always, thanks for stopping by. -db

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Night Riders WIP 1.

working on another historic piece, The Night Riders. I've posted my work in progress and the sketch. Got a long way to go until it's completed, but I am happy with the work put in so far. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The lady in the wheelchair

A second piece for my MFA thesis. I got to comp up six pieces in class a couple of weeks ago and I believe they are quite successful ideas. I am starting to include some of the concepts that the faculty provided in their lectures and talks. It is making a massive difference in how I create. I have a long way to go, and I am excited about where this path is going. 

Thursday, July 04, 2019

from my MFA diary blog at dougbell-drawing.com....  a new entry.  check it out below and as always, thanks for stopping by. -db


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Black Patch tobacco Wars Illustration 1 Working the Field WIP1

plugging away on lots of leaves and foliage. It's coming along slowly.  Thanks for stopping by. -db

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Black Patch Wars #2 The Meeting Final

Black Patch Wars: #2 The Meeting final. Took out the background wall. Got too confusing. I like it much more now. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Black Patch Tobacco Wars: The Meeting WIP3

still working on this one.  coming together I believe.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Black Patch Tobacco Wars piece 2 The Meeting WIP2

two more figures added, need to finish the man with the long beard, add a table and the two foreground figures.  We shall see, but so far I am happy.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Black Patch Tobacco Wars WIP 2. Meeting Work In Progress 1

a close crop of the start of a new part of the Black Patch Tobacco Wars.  The Meeting.  day 1

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Black Patch Tobacco Wars image: Burning Field complete

first of the series possibly complete. We shall see how the review goes.  None the less it was a good technique study.  Whew.  Thanks as always for stopping by. -db

Monday, May 20, 2019

historical illustration sketches

working on a series of historical illustrations.  These are the 4 value thumb nails that I work up for pieces.  I will try to document as I move forward.

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

new drawing WIP

plugging away on a new drawing.  once I get in the flesh, then I can start putting in final highlights and shadows.  Probably more about pushing the Highlights.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

kevin 0219

another small portrait

Wednesday, February 13, 2019


I believe that productivity may slow down for a while. Still working, but at a slower pace. Thanks to Bryan Ring for being a great model and as always, Thanks for stopping by. -db

Thursday, February 07, 2019

self portrait 02/06/2019

When all else fails, and you have no model... self portrait!!

Tuesday, February 05, 2019


another small dramatic lighting study.

Monday, February 04, 2019

Girl underlit

a small one to keep me busy today.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Two of my pieced got into Infected By Art 7

I am proud and honored to have two of my works from 2018 to have been accepted into Infected By Art 7. The book will be available at the end of 2019.  Congratulations to all who got in.

Monday, January 07, 2019

Starting a new year with more figure drawing

Starting the year back with a new sketchbook and a desire to get back into the swing of figure drawing again.  First Step, start drawing, (started).  Step 2 get back into live figure drawing sessions (starting this Sunday)... after several years away this could be rough for a few months until I get back into the swing of things.  As always, thanks for stopping by. -db 

Thursday, January 03, 2019


my first figure drawing digital scratchboard.  Not bad.  Thanks for stopping by. -db

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Does a Bear Pope in the Woods Color Complete

First color completion of 2019. Good Way to start off the year indeed.