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Dream Catcher

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So this is the last drawing I finished for the San Diego Comic Convention. It's with right now. She's done an incredible job with two other drawings of mine. I must say, that of all the crazy s...
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Watercolor detail

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A detail of a painting I made for a friend.
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Sea Girls

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So this is the rest of that watercolor. Before anyone writes me, I'm aware the reclining girl is short one finger. I like the pillow colors but I have a long way to go before I get the washes smoo...
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Cover Girl

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Cover girl for book 3
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Me, after a day in the Mojave

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One of the rare pictures of me. I'm usually behind the camera, and I'm usually in the desert. Mojave, or Death Valley.( I noticed a lot of people thought I was sunburned. I wasn't, but they did poi...
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Graffiti Girl for color

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Okay, so here is the inked but uncolored version of this drawing if anyone wants to try it out. I can't promise I'll have any time to post the results, but do send them along if you get the chance,...
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Tutorial 001

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I was wanting to do a drawing of a witch. This is the tenth sketch. Maybe the fifteenth. Some worked out better, but I kept pushing on this one. I filed the others and I'll get to them when I ha...
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Tutorial 002

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This is an important step. I learned a long time ago to turn drawings over and re-work them. On a light box, everything is reversed and thus you can see it as a fresh drawing. When it is reverse...
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Tutorial 003

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Now the challenging part. For me, anyway. I tend to do lone figures, which has become a bit bland. So I decided to try and add another witch, sharing the broom. I'm not worrying about costumes,...
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Tutorial 004

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...feet!I really like the way the second girl has her heel hooked around the first girl's leg. In the previous sketch I gave the first girl a bust reduction, and I like thew way it looks. I'll pr...
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Tutorial 005

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So I decided to add one more figure, to make the original girl feel like she's stuck in the middle of a crowd. I figure the two outside girls will be friends, having some sort of conversation, payi...
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Tutorial 006

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Whoever it was that guessed I was going to lean Girl 1 back - you nailed it. I want to keep Girl 2 open, and also crowd two pairs of hands behind her to make the whole thing more congested. I tem...
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Tutorial 007

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One more layer, this time a new sheet of tracing paper over the whole thing, because its time to bring the sketching to an end. Now I'll try and get faces and feet and tummies and such all in the...
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Tutorial 008

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Same drawing, with a plain bristol board slid underneath the top layer of tracing paper so you and I can better see where this thing is at the moment.I included some details on the sides - it is th...
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Tutorial 009

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Okay, so that whole thing I mentioned before about how you need to look at drawings backwards so you can see them with a fresh eye? I held this up to a mirror this morning and noticed all kinds of...
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Tutorial 010

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Just for the heck of it, this is a photo of the drawing in context with my desk. It's good to see this to get an idea of its size.
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Tutorial 011

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Here is a low angle to better see the simple repairs on the drawing. After I get enough things in their right place, I'll scan the final rough for transfer to the bristol board.
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Tutorial 012

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My tools. Faber Castell Polychromos. Staedtler Mars plastic eraser. Coffee. Music.Never underestimate music in this mix. The right music will keep me at my desk for hours, and the right music...
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Tutorial 013

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Okay, so even though I had some time this weekend, I just needed step away from this. I like it, and I want to keep liking it, so it's important to take a break now and then. I'm back on it this mo...
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Tutorial 014

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So all of this work led to this last moment before I transfer the drawing to Bristol board for inking. I did some last minute changes that will be much easier to accomplish on the computer than to...
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Tutorial 015

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From top to bottom - I print the drawing out in several sizes, even if I need to print it on multiple pieces of paper.I decide on 125% as the size I want to ink. I take the three prints that toget...
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Tutorial 16

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Sorry for the big delay - busy busy busy.So I took the B&W print (the one I scribbled scarlet Col-Erase all over the back of) and taped it down onto a piece of Bristol board - plate finish. I then...
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Tutorial 17

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Sorry I didn't get this posted till after work - code yellow busy was raised to code orange mayhem when a skunk apparently got inside and sprayed one of the dogs while I was taking the other dog to...
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Tutorial 18

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So here is the tracing. I took my time with it as I didn't want to lose the essence of the original sketch. Even though this can be tedious, I try to relax and enjoy this step. Transferring dra...
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Tutorial 19

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Okay, so we've gotten over the next great leap with the film, which means I had Sunday morning off, which means I finally had a chance to touch up the red line before I finally ink it.This is one l...
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Ink in progress

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Well, I'm just working my way through this. Probably the most complex thing I've ever inked. Even though the drawing was enlarged, the characters ended up being pretty small just because there are...
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Inking Progress

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So I'm back into this. This is actually the most complex thing thing I've ever inked, I think. Despite the large size of the drawing, which is over sixteen inches wide, the characters are still rel...
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Tutorial 025

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My progress as of this morning. I hope to have this finished tomorrow morning, although there are still a lot of lines left to do.The good news is there isn't a lot I'll have to fix once this is do...
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Tutorial 026

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I got a request for a close-up of the dog, showing the before and after inking. Even though I have gotten through what I consider to be the most harrowing part of this picture - the girls - I still...
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London Sketch

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I thought I'd post something different today, since I'm on my way to NY to record an actress for the new movie, and I won't finish inking the tutorial till Friday morning. I am pretty close to fini...
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Tutorial 027

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Well, I finished with the inking this morning. I'd estimate that if I did this in one sitting it was probably about seven to ten hours. I purposefully stopped before I inked the little chain on the...
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Tutorial INK and PAINT part 1

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So, now that I have a line I can be fairly settled with, its time to color. There are a lot of ways to approach this, but one of my favorites is to separate the ink layer and paint layer. This is m...
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Tutorial INK and PAINT part 2

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Now highlight the INK layer in the LAYER box. Above it you will notice a little empty box next to the word Lock: Click in the box to put a check-mark in the box. This will lock the layer.Restore th...
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Tutorial INK and PAINT part 3

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And just a quick shot of some color being splashed onto the PAINT layer, just to see that its working correctly.Now that I have a clean and distinct separation between INK and PAINT layers, everyth...
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Fiddler, London

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Another sketch I made in the balcony in London. I didn't have room to put the little adjustment knobs on the violin, so I left them off. I'll put them on next time.
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Polka Dot Girl

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Wanted to do some watercolor. And I also wanted to draw a girl with heavy arms. And three fingers. And an unhealthy tan.So there!
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Harem Girl Book 1

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Here is something a few years old - it was the cover art for the first sketchbook I sold at Comic Con. I was going through some files this morning and decided to post some of the drawings from book...
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Lantern

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An ink drawing I did in an old sketchbook. I like the sepia for a change.
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Old Watercolor

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Just an older watercolor. I really liked the color on this, they were done with the Dr. Martins Dyes.
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Lion and Trike

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Another random stuff.
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Jungle Girl 001

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Something I inked this morning. This is a detail of a bigger drawing, and I haven't yet cleaned off the red pencil or done any last-minute repairs. I have five drawings to ink this morning, so I'm...
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Bullet Train Girl

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So I just got back from Japan, and I was inspired by the wonderful art and visitors to the Kyoto Manga Museum. I've never tried drawing a girl like this before, and I think I was about 20% successf...
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Auction Study

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At the Comic Con I was approached about creating two watercolors for an Auction in Paris. I set right to work, because the deadline is just a couple of weeks away. This is a rough of the finished c...
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Auction Study 2

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One of the first sketches - this one shows the black bear I was thinking of placing on the right. This drawing is exceedingly small, no more than four inches wide
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Auction Study 3

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This might actually be the original sketch in the series. Its where I hit on the idea of fairies sitting on animals heads, having a bit of a meeting. When I asked what to do for the auction they sa...
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Forest Meeting

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Well, this probably would have been better with the bear, but I frankly ran out of time. I'm still not finished, and I intend to add a wash of blue-gray in the sky behind the figures to tie them to...
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Nightmare contest drawing

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Okay, so the only reason I'm posting this tonight in its unfinished form is so that everyone can get a heads-up on the thing that's going on on Tuesday. I'll get up early tomorrow morning to finish...
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Turns_001

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Just a snapshot of the work in progress. You really can't do a turn without a light table. You can see faint horizontal lines where I was marking any significant points on the original drawing. Top...
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Turns_002

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Second drawing in progress. I've struggled with the position of the feet a bit. The more you get done the faster it goes, because you can simply trace the exterior contours of the opposite drawing....
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Finished Dreamcatcher Turn

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Well, here is the finished turn of the central character. As I predicted, it was a chore, but now that its done I'm pretty happy with it. The feet are contradictory, as are some things here and the...
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