Design, Illustration, & Stuffs

Web designer, illustrator, and hobbyist cartoonist.

This is my art journal documenting my progress as I attempt to develop my style and practice drawing different... uh... things.    Enjoy?


March 21st, 2012  |  Posted in: Illustration  |  Comments Off on 21

So, I draw, right?

But I don’t draw much. And I don’t post anything on here virtually ever. So I found a “30 Day Art Challenge”, and I thought I’d give it a try.
Here’s day 1; draw yourself. I hate it, but hey. Day 1 down.


February 23rd, 2011  |  Posted in: Illustration  |  Comments Off on 20

So back in February ’09 I drew another picture of my wife. Something always bothered me about it, and when my wife asked me to print off some of my pictures so we could put them up around the house, I decided to take another crack at this one. I lengthened her hair as it’s much longer now, and changed the shirt.

I still have my reservations about it. It LOOKS like her, but something is still… wrong. The previous one looked like maybe the eyes or something were in the incorrect position, but while doing this newer version I’m starting to think it was just the angle of the reference photo. I’ll have to take some new shots and try again sometime. February ’13, most like. =P

Here’s a closer shot, which looks much better than the smaller one, I think:


November 4th, 2009  |  Posted in: Illustration  |  4 Comments »

I’ve been listening to too many comic related podcasts, apparently. Immediately (read: two months later) following up my Spiderman post comes a Harley Quinn drawing. I thought it would be fun to try my hand at a painted comic look, like Alex Ross and others have done. I don’t understand lighting well enough to get the same results that those guys do, but I think this is one of my better pieces.

The pose was meant to imply that she’s off-balance, both in a physical sense (that she’s goofing off) and also in the mental sense. No idea if that’s conveyed well or if the pose just looks weird. =P

Since I spent so much time on it, here’s a closeup of the face:


August 2nd, 2009  |  Posted in: Illustration  |  Comments Off on 18

I’ve been practicing drawing women a bit, and figured I would color and post one of the sketches I’d done. I haven’t collected comics in a long time, but every now and then I get the urge to doodle a sketch of two of some of my favorites, and Spidey has always been at the top of that list. As for her, I elected to draw more of a ‘girl next door’ Mary Jane rather than the hugely endowed ‘supermodel’ Mary Jane I remember from my days collecting back in the early nineties. Sorry to disappoint. =P

Let’s all try to ignore that the ceiling is crazy high for a New York apartment.


July 5th, 2009  |  Posted in: Illustration  |  2 Comments »

I’ve been playing the hell out of Warcraft lately, so naturally it’s been on my mind a lot. I thought I’d try drawing up a Warcraft related image in the style of the portrait images I’ve done.


June 14th, 2009  |  Posted in: Illustration  |  2 Comments »

Quickie post. Just snagged one of my sketches and touched it up a bit (and splashed in some color).

I’ve been playing with the idea of doing a comic with my wife (cause I’m doing so well with starting up my regular comic again). Here’s a style I’ve been playing around with for it.

So far my wife isn’t sold on this style, so I’m still tweaking. I enjoy drawing it though, so I might use it elsewhere.


May 26th, 2009  |  Posted in: Illustration  |  2 Comments »

I’m pretty sure I have my cast all hammered out now. I was starting to have doubts about how they’d all look together, so I duplicated an image I’d done a few years ago to compare which ones I liked best. All around I enjoy the new look more. The experiment was a success!

Here’s the old image for comparison’s sake:


April 1st, 2009  |  Posted in: Illustration  |  Comments Off on #14

I thought I’d try a deviation from my usual art style. I find it fascinating that no matter how much I try, every new style I try ends up having strong resemblances to my usual style.


March 2nd, 2009  |  Posted in: Illustration  |  Comments Off on #13

I think I’ve settled on this as the new design for Kaigon, from my Chipmunk Bay comic strip. Chubbier, with more droop to his posture. The shirt image is different, but I doubt I’ll change that in the final version.


February 13th, 2009  |  Posted in: Illustration  |  Comments Off on #11

I think I finally have the new look for Jacob hashed out. I’m trying to create a slightly different look to all of my Chipmunk Bay characters so that they’re more instantly recognizably different from one another than they currently are. I decided to make Jacob’s face a more rectangular than it was before, and elongate it somewhat. I’m still not sure I REALLY want to go through with the design change, but I think it’ll help my art grow if I force the change. Hopefully readers will embrace the change.

For comparison, here’s ‘vintage’ Jacob: