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Happy Presidents’ Day – 2014

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Hope you are having a fun time celebrating Presidents’ Day. Have you gotten those presidential decorations up? Have you chopped down a cherry tree to put in your living room? Are you having a Weapons of Mass Destruction hunt in the backyard with the kids? What a FUN holiday!

Bet you didn’t expect a greeting “card” for THIS holiday, but why not? All the popular holidays get a card like Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Where is the love for Presidents’ Day, or Labor Day, or Flag Day? (Of course, sending a paper card on Arbor Day kind of defeats the purpose for that one.)

So, whether you are celebrating by fearing fear itself, playing with wooden teeth (watch out for splinters!), or telling your next door neighbor to tear down his wall, stay safe and rest in the knowledge that all of our Presidents deserve to be celebrated for every little thing they have ever done.

Oh, and take it from me, stay far, far away from all balconies.


Civil War photo bomb

This is one of very few pictures of President Lincoln and the missus NOT snapped by famed Civil War era photographer Matthew Brady.

2013 Monster Month: Day 15 – The Monster Manipulator

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Welcome to the grand finale of 2013′s Monster Month! This piece was painted as a cover this past August for the National Cartoonist’s Society (NCS) magazine The Cartoon!st that featured an article about yours truly. I was honored to be invited by editor Frank Pauer to be interviewed, and had a great time creating this monster menagerie to accompany the issue. I have been a member of the NCS for eighteen years, and am proud to be a part of that fine professional organization.


Monster Menagerie

The Monster Manipulator with his league of out-of-the-ordinary gentlemen.


This piece was created mostly the old fashioned way – with real watercolor paints and colored pencils! Only the bookcase eye glow and the haze on the glass dome were manipulated digitally. The hard part was in getting the fellas to all hold their poses for me while I painted them from real life.

I hope you have enjoyed this creepy time together over the past month. I truly had a blast creating the creatures. Bookmark my blog to make it easy for you to see more fun art being posted throughout the year!

2013 Monster Month: Day 14 – Frankenink

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

This year throughout the month of October I have seen many artist friends posting inked drawings on Facebook and calling them “Inktober”. I’m no Sherlock Holmes, but I have deducted that “Inktober” means they are trying to post drawings created with ink. As I looked back on the past thirteen entries for Monster Month, the methods employed have included ball point pen, felt pen, gouache, colored pencil, watercolor, and Photoshop. Nothing seemed to have been inked the old fashioned way of brush or pen & ink! That is about to be remedied…



Frankenstein - the original zombie.


For those of you keeping track, you knew that eventually Frankenstein’s monster had to make it into Monster Month as he has every year. He comes courtesy of a black ink brush pen, highlighted with good ol’ white colored pencil with some black ink and white gouache flicked on via a toothbrush that isn’t much good for cleaning teeth anymore. And just like the real Frankie, this one won’t hold up to fire very well.

Come back tomorrow for this year’s grand finale of MONSTER MONTH!

2013 Monster Month: Day 11 – The Wizard of Dubious Distinction

Friday, October 25th, 2013

When one finds oneself with an inordinate amount of time on one’s hands where absolutely nothing constructive can possibly be taking place, one must be prepared to pass the hours with a sketchbook. I found myself in such a predicament just last week at something that can cause a shudder in even the bravest of men. Yes, I had jury duty. (insert terrifying scream here)

With my trusty sketchbook in hand, I sat in the waiting room at the courthouse sketching fellow jurors around the room, but also some monsters creeped out of my pencil onto the pages. (The two are not necessarily mutually exclusive.) Monsters such as the neighborly ones you saw in my previous post started as sketches that day, as well as the blue monster of dubious wizardry you can see below.

I say “dubious” because he hasn’t displayed one bit of magic yet, and quite frankly, I think he bought the hat at a novelty shop.


Scary Wizard

When hat shopping, he did favor the Cat in the Hat hat, but a cute salesgirl talked him into this hat of magical distinction instead. Sucker.


Return once again on Monday for our final week of MONSTER MONTH!

2013 Monster Month: Day 8 – Undead Head

Friday, October 18th, 2013

It seems as though there is a lot of zombie love out there these days. The idea of the dead awakening and roaming the earth looking for brains to eat is just nasty. What if you are a vegetarian and end up becoming a zombie? What in the world can you actually eat? When I posed that question over on my Facebook page, Emma Knowles appropriately responded with, “GRRAAAAIIINNNNSSSSSS…..”


The Walking Dead Head

It's called a toothbrush. Use it.


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More mayhem to come on Monday!

2013 Monster Month: Day 7 – Web Footed Wonder

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Most monsters really aren’t scary – just misunderstood. Granted, you don’t see a furry web-footed critter like this every day (unless you hang out in the places where I hang out), but it doesn’t mean he is a ferocious killing machine. Maybe he’s just looking for a friend to hang out with. Then again, I don’t think he has those claws just to spear vegetables.

On second thought, maybe you should just remain misunderstanding with this one.


Duck Foot Monster

The good news is that you can hear him coming when his feet slap the ground.


The undead come alive on Friday!



The Giggle Bunny

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Yeah, yeah, I know – the title is a bit cute and sappy. Well, I LIKE drawing cute and sappy sometimes!

In this case, the cute and sappy was just what the doctor ordered. A friend of mine has been in the hospital for many weeks, and I thought it was high time to send her a little encouragement. Nothing can be more bleak than having four hospital walls to stare at in between bouts of sleep. Short of having a pharmaceutical degree, a giggling bunny seemed like the best medicine I could mix together.

Hopefully the bunny’s presence has made your day a bit brighter, too!


Cute Bunny Rabbit

Flowers can be ticklish.

The Boys

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Even though it has been a few years since I worked on a Mickey Mouse project for Disney, I still get a kick out of drawing the gang now and then for friends. This little watercolor sketch was something I did a little bit ago for the first born son of a friend whose friendship began sixteen years ago when we worked side-by-side at Disney Feature Animation.

Thought you all might enjoy seeing it, too.


Disney characters

How a mouse, a dog and a duck ever became best friends is beyond me.