Archive for the ‘Sketchbook’ Category

2014 Monster Month: Day 12 – Salty & Sweet

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

One of my favorite places to eat is at the Colington Cafè in the Outer Banks (OBX to the initiated) of North Carolina. It is a classy joint at the beach in an old house set back off the road amongst some giant old and twisted trees. It is just a little bit of beach elegance.

I, of course, had to bring it down a notch by drawing on the tablecloth. Care for a little Old Salt of a monster with some sweet dessert?


Old Salt

Sailor monsters always come ashore for fresh chocolate cake.

2014 Monster Month: Day 9 – The Hitchhiker

Monday, October 13th, 2014

When your wings get tired, sometimes you just gotta set yourself down on the nearest pedestal, even if it happens to be on the horns of a fuzzy species of unknown origin. Who knows, maybe you’ll become friends.


friends forever

Let's see if he is still smiling after the bird leaves behind a little something something.

Tomorrow’s come see a source of my inspiration!

2014 Monster Month: Day 5 – Purple Non-People Eater

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Today comes a purple creature from the depths of my sketchbook. He doesn’t really care one way or the other about things. He minds his own business, keeps his teeth clean, and combs his beard once a week whether or not it needs it. Just your average, run-of-the-mill purple monster.


purple people eater

Despite his purple color, this critter is not a people eater - mostly because it would take too much effort since they are so boney.

2014 Monster Month: Day 2 – Fang Fish Face

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Ah yes, the ol’ FFF creature. I think this one was inspired by my 5:30am wake-up routine while I was employed earlier this year. I would get up at 5:30 to beat the rush hour traffic on the long commute to the animation studio I was working at all to avoid looking like yesterday’s monster on a daily basis. Guess I traded yesterday’s look for today’s with the lack of sleep I was getting. Here’s hoping my next animation gig is closer to home!

Whatever the inspiration, hopefully you look better than this in your morning mirror!


fish face

A lack of personal hygiene seems to be a recurring theme with monsters. Maybe this guy at least eats breath mints.

One more monster is coming your way tomorrow to finish out this week!

Fun With the TSA

Monday, September 29th, 2014

It has been awhile since I have posted anything. I have been wandering the country seeking new opportunities and connecting with old friends. Of course, I always take my sketchbook with me because you never know when inspiration will strike. It struck in the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport.

While waiting for a flight, I found a nice cozy spot near a TSA checkpoint and proceeded to break out a pen to document the wonders that lay before me. There were so many to choose from, which made it difficult to concentrate on any one subject. However arduous the task, I managed to plow through and came up with this page of life drawing doodles.

Only two people on this page were passengers walking through the airport – the rest were airport/airline employees.


Dallas TSAs

You stay classy Dallas airport.


Of course, now that I’ve posted these, I will likely be targeted for the full search every time I fly. Sigh.

Ken Thorne, Composer • 1924-2014

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Yesterday word started fluttering about Facebook amongst film music fans that Ken Thorne passed away. Ken’s name may not be well known outside of film score aficionados or die hard film buffs, but his contribution is no less important, and he couldn’t have been a nicer guy.

I only had the opportunity to meet Ken once. He attended the Fans of Film Music event back in 2011 where he sat on a panel of great composers such as Brad Fiedel, David Newman, Brian Tyler, Nicholas Pike, Christopher Young, and Lee Holdridge. At 87, the elder statesman of the group not only charmed the audience with his gentlemanly ways, but he also charmed his fellow panelists.


Ken Thorne

Ken Thorne, taken during the 2011 Fans of Film Music event at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA.


Since you were wondering, Ken’s contribution to film began in 1948 with British fare that later included Help! starring 4 lads from Liverpool which later led to his work on Head, a movie starring the Beatles influenced band The Monkees (a film co-written by Jack Nicholson no less). He could do comedy like Alan Arkin’s Inspector Clouseau, he was a master at adaptation taking John Williams’ themes to build new scores for Christopher Reeve’s Superman II and Superman III, and he could do action with Tom Selleck’s 1980s film Lassiter. Somewhere along the line (1967) he managed to win an Oscar for his work on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

That day I met Ken, I sat in the audience caricaturing each of the panelists. This drawing of Ken was posted back then along with the other panelists (which you can revisit by clicking here), and I thought I’d share it once again here today.

Seek out Ken’s work. You’ll find a treat waiting for you!


Ken Thorne

At 87, Ken Thorne was the eldest of the composers on the panel, and also was the only one with an Oscar which he won in 1967 for his work on the movie "A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum."


IMF Birds

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Last night I was watching the classic Mission: Impossible television show when I reached over for my sketchbook and started doodling…..birds. Yeah, I don’t know why either. Cold War dramas don’t usually bring birds out of me, even though the Impossible Mission Force does seem to keep the pecking order in check. Although, now that I look at the sketches the next day, that strong eagle on the right does bear a slight unconscious resemblance to Peter Graves. Hmmm.


Mission: Impossible

Birds of the Cold War. The biggest impossible mission is keeping them from soiling my car.

Boy’s Best Friend

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Sometimes owning a big dog is just a bad idea.


Large Dog

Those teeth marks are going to be hard to buff out.