Tag Archives: Portrait

Pirate sketches


Sketches and concept drawings for my finished works. These two will make an appearance in my children’s book. 

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Black Tooth Bart illustration 


A detail of a piece I’m working on for a self-initiated children’s story. 


Hillary Clinton Illustration

Hillary Clinton Illustration

Hillary Clinton Illustration
Pen and Ink with Watercolor

President Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton today for the Democratic Presidential nomination. I thought this would be a good time to re-post this image.

 


Andrew Bird Illustration

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Andrew Bird Music Illustration
Pen and Ink with Watercolor

I’m starting a new series of work featuring musicians. These are larger pieces at 22″ x 30″ on watercolor paper. I start by drawing the image in pencil followed with the line work with pen and ink washes. The background is watercolor wash with splatter and dripping techniques.

I’m finishing them off by selecting a song and working type digitally on top. These are quite a bit of work but a great deal of fun!

Andrew Bird, Lull


Illustration Process

A couple of process images. I’m working on a series of drawings of musicians. This is Andrew Bird. I wanted to get a copy of this version. I have changed the eyes in the final version but this shows a bit of the process in the pencil drawing. Still trying to keep the line quality lively and loose with pen and brush work. This piece is 22″ x 30″ and I will throw a bit of color on at the end.


Martin O’Malley Illustration

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Martin O’Malley Illustration
Pen and Ink with Watercolor

Martin O’Malley is the former Mayor of Baltimore and Governor of Maryland who recently was seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. President in 2016. According to his website, martinomalley.com, he worked to pass marriage equality in Maryland, signed a bill banning discrimination against transgender Marylanders, raised Maryland’s minimum wage, and helped to revitalize Baltimore’s economy among other things. O’Malley has since dropped his run for U.S. President.


Lawrence Lessig Illustration

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Lawrence Lessig Illustration
Pen and Ink with Watercolor

Lawrence Lessig is a Harvard Law Professor who was running for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 U.S. Presidential race. According to the lessig2016.us web site. He helped to build the field of internet law in 2002 when he “co-founded Creative Commons, which gives artists and authors free tools to share their creativity widely on their own terms.” Additionally, he “helped challenge regulations that weakened the freedom of creativity and threatened the Internet, serving on the boards of the Free Software Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Software Freedom Law Center, and Public Knowledge.”

Lessig ended his nomination on November 2, 2015 leaving the Democratic nomination field a little smaller.


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