A friend of mine needed a picture for a project, a picture to illustrate the concept of trusting God with all our crap–our worries, our attitudes, our mindsets, our uncontrollable and often unfortunate circumstances.  She gave me this idea of a girl, hesitant to give her stuff over to Jesus because she knows if she does, she’ll no longer be in control, or at least no longer feel in control; and then there’s Jesus standing off to the side a little bit, quietly waiting for her to hand him everything willingly.  I have recently become aware of Dennis Jones’ artwork, and decided to try to imitate his style for this particular illustration—I think I got the look of the characters pretty close, but I am a lousy painter and he is freaking ridiculous.  Check out his stuff at



November 22, 2008

newest drawergeeks jr. assignment, Witch.  I did it in a rush…as if that’s not obvious…


Raya in color

November 18, 2008

I’ve been working on this for several hours over the course of several days, starting whatever day it was I posted the last post, and ending about 5 minutes ago.  I used the chalk brush in Painter X, and I actually spelled her name right this time.  Here she is:


I’m not entirely satisfied with her.  I haven’t taken any figure drawing classes or anatomy classes, so I’m not the best at drawing or shading the human figure.  With Raya, I found particular frustration in trying to shade her chest; I don’t really know the curves on a woman’s chest–how her breasts slope from her ribcage, how prominent the collar bone is, and exactly where, how to shade that little dimple in the bottom of her neck.  Ultimately, I just had to resign myself to doing the best I could, and this is what I came up with.

I chose green for Raya because it is a very relaxing and unintimidating color, much like the love she has dominion over.  Her love is the love of friends, of people who enjoy each others’ company and like to hang out.  It’s a very gentle love, powered partially by emotion and partially by choice.  There is still room for growth in this love, just as the color green still leaves room for fear and excitement.


November 16, 2008

rjpedThis is the early workings of a faerie.  Her name is Raya, and she is one of three faeries of love.  Her particular field of expertise is the love that exists between friends, the love that says, “I rather enjoy hanging out with you.”  Her sisters Ahavah and Dode complete this triforce of love, and though love can exist with only one or two of them, it is at is best and most healthy when all three come together to make one love.

hobbit/monk kind of thing

November 15, 2008


The past two days, I’ve been doing my sketches in red ink and pencil rather than my standard ultra fine tip black Sharpie.  These are a few of the things I’ve come up with during class and chapel.


Red Lady is based loosely (or rather, inspired by) Jimi’s many of drawings of girls’ faces.  I decided to try one of my own, in what was intended to be a similar fashion.




Red Guy doesn’t really have any inspiration that I know of.  He kinda looks like something Leeper would draw, but I didn’t notice that til I was done sketching him.  The sketch initially started out as a kind of tribal mask, but this is ultimately what landed on my paper.



Keep reading to see some more red experiments!

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Flower and Eye Lady

November 12, 2008


I sketched this flower during class yesterday.  The plan is to make it into a digital painting, but I like it as it is.  The only real problem I have with it is that I made it up on the spot, so as far as I can tell it doesn’t represent any real flower.



This sketch is from class today.  I don’t really know what exactly inspired her or anything, but I’ve been having some fun lately with a kind of surreal, semi-Dali look to characters.  To check out some more of my surrealistic characters, all you gotta do is click the link below this line of text.

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Here’s my latest entries for Drawergeeks, Jr.  The theme was “James Bond,” as if you couldn’t tell from the title of the post….

I sent in two entries this time, just because the theme was so much fun.



and here’s #2:



Be on the lookout in a couple weeks for the “Witch” themed drawing!!

Roscoe Von Cannon #2

November 7, 2008


Kickball Kid

November 5, 2008



Just another doodle I did in my spare time.  This was done drawn in Sketchbook Pro, and the depth blur was added in Photoshop.  

This is the kid, whoever he was however long ago, that invented kickball.  His name is Seamus, or at least that’s what I’ve decided to call him.  He’s kind of confused right now ’cause he doesn’t know what to do with the ball yet, but soon, very soon, his foot will tell him exactly what it’s for…