Category Archives: faerie

Tattoo starts and dwarf’s first coat.

Alright, well, I gave the dwarf his first oil coat . . . I have to be careful to wipe away as little as possible of the pencil beneath. Basically I just paint with a lot of medium and some white, letting the pencil tint the mixture as I carefully go over the drawing.  Occasionally you’ll lose some tonal work, but it’s easily replaced on the next layer as long as you don’t lose anything too important like facial features.

Obviously I can’t scan a wet canvas, so we’re back to the fool camera.


When that coat dries, I’ll go in with black and block in the tones correctly, deepen the shadows, and sharpen up some edges.

I also carefully applied the beginnings of a tattoo to the other painting with the intention of wiping it away if it didn’t look good.  It works for me though, so I’ll leave those basic lines and build a more complicated tattoo around them.

Still haven’t decided if the Maryland flag will go on the shoulder or not.  (I took the photo at an angle to prevent the flash from bouncing off it too badly.)


The flash is still washing it out a bit though.  (It’s a lot darker than what it looks like above.)  The top band is a little too dark and will have to be lightened.


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Pre-paint sketch.

Doodled this after posting the last blog on a foot by 3 inch canvas given to me by Don from Artist & Craftsman Supply at the last Dr. Sketchy’s (or maybe the one before?  Things get blurry.)

Figure it’ll give me something else to work on inbetween coats on the other two canvases, that and some more skin and hair practice.


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Bored sketches.

More sketches from life-drawing class.

At this point, I was bored out of my mind.  One, some kid had stolen my seat while I was playing with the snack machine, and two, the model’s next pose was basically his big ol’ butt pointed right at me.

Just really not a lot to draw there.  I suppose I could have, but I just wasn’t excited about doing a giant carefully shaded sketch of a butt.

So I doodled instead.

I stopped halfway through when the model changed poses.  Sometime this weekend I’ll probably go back and finish it and then see how it looks against a Sketchup background or something.  Maybe have the little fellow falling off a barstool.

(The sketch was pretty much doodled for that purpose…and the thought of doing a faerie-bar comic book sometime shortly.  We’ll see.)

This was the last pose…

Now I was really bored……….I think the model was napping too.  When it was time for the break we gave up and left a little early, figuring a pizza and a beer were definitely called for.

Speaking of, unless I get called into work, I’ll probably get some bar patrons sketched this weekend.

Oops, ride is here.

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Some old and new.

Now that all the Dr. Sketchy’s stuff is starting to roll forward, and the website is essentially up, I can finally get back to the stuff over here.  🙂

The first two sketches are at least a decade old – both were done while I was in college.

oil and pencil wash of fat lady

sketch of graveyard fields

The above is a sketch of a bunch of boulders at Graveyard Fields, a camping ground up on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC.   The forest there burned down at one point and moss grew over the stumps, making the thing look like a graveyard at some point in the past (though I don’t think it looks like that anymore.

Next is a bunch of sketches during a Godawful section meeting at work….the first is a diagram of a robot I’m currently building in Anim8or.

animation diagram of a robot

The next two are folks droning on about last quarter’s prediction median’s for next quarters analysis for the previous quarter’s predictions.

pencil sketch of a presenter

another pencil sketch of a presenter

And last, but not least, Mr. Big Nose.

Mr. Big Nose


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An ogre with a mace.

Drew this about twelve years ago when putting together a portfolio for a video game company.  They weren’t interested, and I can see why now….still like the sketch though.

ogre with a mace sketch

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