Monday, December 21, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Earlier Aspirations

Old photo that I found yesterday...I thought it was lost. This was in the mid-seventies when I couldn't imagine that I would not be making a living as a drummer someday. Thank goodness, reality set in. For art work, scroll on down.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Watercolor Wednesday







First Watercolor Wednesday post.....



Wednesday, December 2, 2009

More old signwork (Scroll Down for Artwork)

I did this 4x8 sign a few years ago for the entrance to the town I live in. It's all hand painted except for the small lettering. The "Rockport" is a style I made up for this particular sign. If you're looking for my art posts, please scroll down a bit.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving

My son, who is running a grain elevator at the busiest time of the year, took off from his sixteen hour a day schedule to make a six hour round trip to be with the family and me (on my birthday). He made two family Thanksgiving dinners then went back to Northern Kentucky to go straight back to work tonight.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

While I'm waiting to finish the boat and the Tom Tilly cover, here's an old watercolor from fifteen years ago...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tom Tilly pencil sketch for cover


I think I'm going to go with the more realistic Tom...gonna transfer it to illustration board or 300 pound Arches and then get busy.




Monday, October 19, 2009

Anoche voy a hacer un commentario en espanol...trascurrido mucho tiempo y no espanoles del hombre que digo "algo cada dia en espanol." Asi, voy a tomar una cerveza (o mas) y escribir.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Well, the post seems a little less askew now (see below) so I guess I can continue working on the foreground...

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I have only been working on my illustrations for my books lately neglecting any attempts at fine art. A very gifted cyber-friend of mine who is a great illustrator as well as a blossoming fine artist suggested that I could do both. So...this is a watercolor painting that I started and messed up a lot of stuff half way through it. I am going to try to resurrect it as a mixed media painting. I'll post progress (if there is any). The friggin post is leaning and don't know whether to adjust it or not...posts on an old dock do lean but this one is so dominant that I think it makes the whole composition askew...we'll see.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Some spanish so I don't completely give up.

Hoy hable con mi amigo, Santiago. Que ha estado aprendiendo ingles y el esta hablando en ingles mas bueno que la ultima vez nos conocimos.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Tom Tilly cover

I added this one after the ones below...just to make myself a little crazier about how to represent this character. If anyone has any thoughts as to which style is preferable, feel free....
I'm going to try to post a step by step for Tom Tilly's cover.
Here is the pencil sketch for the cover...

I've added some color in Inkscape...


Some linework to see how it's gonna look...Next will be color in the bottom part then ink it....hopefully, soon.



Saturday, June 13, 2009

More miscellaneous art...


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Semi comp sketch for dummy book

Es un pintura por un libro que estoy escribiendo. Espero que estara acabo en una semano mas o menos.









Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Stuff I Used to Do



These are products I made for a company where I was production art director/designer/painter/silk screen printer, etc. They are made of 4 to 6 inch foam board and are completely handpainted. They range in size from about 4 to 6 feet tall.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Rest of the Year They Hop...




Artwork I did when I worked at some crappy job fifteen years ago.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunday, March 8, 2009

REMEMBER WHAT THE DORMOUSE SAID...




sketch for Monday Art Day...thought I'd check it out here first.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

If you have two chickens and deny one to a starving stranger…you are a pig.
If you have two chickens and give one to a starving stranger..you are a good man.
If you have one chicken and you are starving but you give it to a starving stranger…you are on the right track.

Monday, February 23, 2009


Finally, I've done new roughs for the book...Manchester has just been caught reading in Great Event Class by the Grand Elder.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Manchester Lemming

En relaciĆ³n con el libro, ahora estoy solo estancamiento.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

THEN AND NOW

This is on the porch of the house we live in now...it was 1950 and that's my PaPa (PawPaw)
Here we are in the old kitchen overtwenty years ago....
...and here we in the living room over twenty years later.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009



Hielo y nieve hoy y manana. Deseo estaba en LA con mi primo.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hoy es los cumpleanos de mi esposa. Feliz cumpleanos, Angie!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I felt the need to post something, anything, today to keep in the swing of things. I read a piece from a book that was very good and in it I found a new word in spanish that I could use for my "una palabra cada dia" category (okay, it's not each day but I am trying).
And even better...it gave me something to illustrate. "La chismosa," I believe, in the context of the story means "tattletale."
I portrayed this character as she might appear as a vile lemming dishing out a little dirt. I kinda like this character and may find a way to insert her into the book...but someone else may have to go.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A NEW BEGINNING

Somos el cambio de que buscamos.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Hoy es los cumpleanos de me hija. Feliz Cumpleanos, Baby!

Friday, January 16, 2009

I'm posting the project I'm working on today. It is an aluminum sign for a local bridal shop. The sign is four feet tall and twenty-one feet wide. This is the sort of thing I do for income while I wait for the author/illustrator thing to happen.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

This will also be the year that I will improve my spanish speaking and writing skills. Somewhere on this blog, at each posting, there will be something posted in spanish. Anyone who speaks spanish is graciously invited to comment or correct...I've been too inconsistent over the years at this and now it is time to learn at last.

Manchester Lemming nacio' cuando el mundo de los lemmings fue uno de estricto orden.



This is the idea for pages one and two with the old Manchester in the drawing. The new and improved Manchester is the graphic above. I like the new one better. And I just noticed, the top paragraph is supposed on the bottom and vice versa. Guess I'll change that, too.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

This is Manchester with a little colored pencil added. He will be modified before the day is out but it's a start.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


I have nothing important to add concerning Manchester today but to stay in the habit of posting I'm going to include a sunrise shot I took in November. It's from my neighbor's back yard and just beyond the trees is the Ohio River.

Monday, January 12, 2009


This is Manchester Lemming. His appearance has changed a lot in the last year. Hopefully, he is becoming the lemming he needs to be to represent the book that is named for him.
In the next few days he will have a little color added and maybe a little intro to his situation.

Day one

This will be a test entry for the virgin blogger....Feliz cumpleanos a mi nieto, Jackson.