Monday, September 14, 2015

IF: Villain

Missed "old" but the villain is the same… Age - the villain = all those uninvited saggy things and lines where smooth used to be!

This done with Studio Artist and home made Presets

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Some Studio Artist watercolor like or absorbent paper like effects.
This uses a watercolor paper textured bottom layer and subsequent (upper) layers set to a Multiply-like blending mode.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Croc

Working with the tools...
Adobe Illustrator has come a long way... Particularly after Adobe absorbed Flash.

But for every move I could make in Flash or the defunct Expression3 in a few seconds… I have to drag myself thru some kind of heavy gravity atoms - to get the same effect in Illustrator. Powerful - yes. Quick and easy to use - No!
More and more I am finding the first quick and easy actions (of drawing) carry the core and spirit of what I am trying to “say”(illustrate/communicate)… The sluggishness - and multi step process to the achievement of marking - of old application design (like that of Illustrator) still drags me down by forcing me to be TOO deliberate. Not that I really love the potential lack of focus - lack of statement in spur of the moment, improvisational art making - but I do wish the fast power of first efforts was more available in illustration software.

Rough comps thru Photoshop  are the greatest. The heart is in the comp!

More on this later.

Monday, June 22, 2015

IF: Small

Little is Small
The first page of a short comic here:

Little Bridge is a collection of bite sized comic stories. Each story comes from ideas I had as a kid. They are meant for kids (of all ages). Big things from small characters points of view. Sharing some of the little wonders that inspired me. Enjoy!

Monday, May 18, 2015

IF: Pet

Some fooling around with vector based SA Presets.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

IF: triangle

A little:
A little Studio Artist watercolor like presets

Monday, May 4, 2015

IF: wiggle

8 bit, title page art from educational software of the early 90's.
Making art with the old applications of the time and hard, square pixels was a skill like nothing artists today have to learn.
This image was made of a couple dozen colors (out of a strict, but at the time super generous - 256 color palette)
It looked good on an 256 color (Mac) monitor.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

IF: Tense

Tension, Doubt, Performance anxiety… Can he catch it? Can it get away?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Old Work that never saw the light of day

Some preproduction images for a project pitch.
The soft grey tones added 2015 for fun.
These were intended as examples of illustrations the camera would pan over while a story was read.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

IF: Warrior

A fuzzy experiment in raster presets SAV5


Sunday, March 1, 2015

IF: Reflection

Experiments with Vector Paint Presets SAV5
cd_vect_cakedline series

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Some drawing fun

Some experiments with a grainy stroke vector presets in SA V5

and silly fun with raster presets

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

a little scene IF: noise

The scene is a hyper idealized representation of a little water runoff "cove" I remember from childhood adventures. The noise of the tiny rivulet of water back under the grass always seemed to invite exploration - but the only way to get back into the cove was thru the water - and I was too chicken to step in and get soaked.

Some experimentation with a very liquid look to vector based presets
These were meant to simulate the gradated tonal look of sumi ink paint strokes and water application to existing strokes

cd-vect_sumi-longsoft series