Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cookamungus among us!

Just a sketch of some creatures I call 'Cookamungus'.  I'm creating an encyclopedia of creatures whose names are based on old slang, as well as funny nicknames, etc.  The idea I had for these guys was to have them be the transporters of the moon through the night sky.

Monday, September 28, 2009

More doodlin'

Another quick character sketch.  I call this guy a Rinky-dink.  To see another doodle, click here.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


This is a painting I did for a good friend of mine, Dr. Pia Cuneo, who saved a young filly (draft horse) from a Premarin farm (where they collect urine from pregnant mares for estrogen hormone replacement) and from almost certain death.  She's such a sweet horse, and BIG too!  (Sorry about the glare/poor quality picture.)  Here's an excerpt on the subject from the Humane Society of the United States:

...horses used in the production of Premarin are being mistreated. Ellen Buck, a horse expert at the Humane Society and a former veterinarian, says mares are confined to small stalls, have restricted access to water, get insufficient exercise, and are forced into pregnancy annually. Three months into pregnancy, mares are tethered by short ropes in narrow stalls and a rubber collection cup is placed beneath the mare to capture the urine. The mare's movement is restricted and she cannot turn around. This collection process continues for several months, and during this time mares are given few opportunities to leave their stalls for exercise. In addition, many of the foals produced are eventually slaughtered for human consumption in Asia and Europe.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What's old is new again

I love art and the history of art (it was actually my other major in college - Illustration & Art History) and for kicks I decided to paint a modern day person using a classic pose from art history.  Angelina Jolie is the person I chose to use for this piece.  It is done in the traditional method using oils painted on a 16" x 20" piece of masonite board. The painting I opted to reference is Johannes Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" - shown below.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Hurakan challenge - Part 1

Part I of V

Silohouettes of the Mayan god, Hurakan, for submission to an art challenge given by Jon Schindehette, Senior Art Director for Wizards of the Coast and Dungeons & Dragons.

I only learned about this challenge on Friday (9/18) afternoon, and the deadline was today (9/20) at noon.  After work, I spent most of Saturday night going through my Mesoamerican art history books (glad I held onto them after college) researching Classical Mayan art styles.  I then spent all night and into the wee hours of the morning developing sketches.  By around 10am, I was scanning what I felt were my best 3 into PS where I frantically filled and set them in their line up.  WHEW!  I barely managed to finish by the skin of my teeth and submit it.

I have to say, however, that even though it was a MAJOR crunch to get it done, (and ultimately not the way that it should've been done) I really enjoyed doing it.  I hope the powers that be smile upon me and enjoy what I've done.  I'm really looking forward to the next phase of this challenge, as well as having more time to do it in!  ;)  Now it's time for some sleep.

Sunday, September 13, 2009