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    Drawing on life and imagination

    I'm not a computer artist, outside of sign designs.
    I do some drawing and painting with some illustration or naturalist bend.
    C&C welcomed.

    1st pic a 14' high billboard of Willie Nelson.

    2nd drawing Thomas with bambo

    3rd Concept drawing for a bar called "The Chase"

    4th Concept drawing for a bar called "The Chase"

    5th Daydreaming drawing butterfly faces with Shofars.

    6th Daydreaming drawing 'Island Flower'

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    Cats jamming on the porch

    Some acrylic on 4' x 8' panel. loose and goosey, a sketch.

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    More cats and some drawings

    Cat band scanned 2 different paintings printed then painted on top of print.

    Pirate from themed drawing session.

    Seals from looking at pictures of them then winging it.

    Eric from life drawing session.

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    some drawing

    1 Pirate with jewels

    2 young man with stick

    3 old guy dancing

    4 women reclining with arms over head

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    a little of this and that

    Hey! Anyone there! I'm new here so Hello. I'm an old fart 59. hope that's not over the hill for this group. Ordered a tablet today thought I might give it a try as the computer work on this site looks like fun.

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    really nice work man, i love ur flowing sketches in ur latest post. keep it up, 1st page is awesome

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    people in the park - missing model so we all modeled

    Jesus Food Thanks for commenting. I enjoyed your SB very much.

    First bunch people listening to music. second bunch people from life drawing went model filed to show.

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    second bunch people from life drawing went model filed to show.

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    For the Birds (one of two)

    Who's a bird brain?
    Tried to post this earlier but it disappeared so I will brake it into two post.

    This is a detail from a mural done on block wall:

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    Acrylic painting call "Swan Light":

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    Acrylic painting call "Swanset" looser brush work:

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    Acrylic painting on vinyl then applied to RV about 5'-6' long:

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    Will try another post to show others. thanks for taking a peek1
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    for the birds two

    This is my first design of an eagle on a gym floor client wanted this pose I used some clip art then tried to fix it and make it realistic didn't quite fly but shows where I started. Damn if they did not like it had me do it again in their new gym years later. this is the newer one:

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    Last summer I was commissioned to design and paint two basketball courts for a private school beside letter the end zones and center court I had two eagles near the sides of the court about 8'-9' long. Painted using bulletin enamels (Billboard paint).

    This is my helper transferring the pattern to floor via a large piece of carbon paper:

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    This is how the layout looks:

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    Here is 1st eagle in progress:

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    Here is 2nd eagle in progress:

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    The finished eagles:

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    Detail of both eagles heads:

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    In the second gym they opted for an eagle on the wall. I painted acrylic on an aluminum composite sheeting that I cut to shape of eagle 8' high:

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    I hope this will be interesting for some of you. Being old school and large.

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    Now how could you possibly go wrong with a cat band? I really like it. And excellent eagle mural, too.

    Visit my just a tad bit strange sketchbook: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=224247

    My comic "Miss Doomsday" (here on CA): http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=223608

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    Sketches and horsing around

    In 2009 I was in hospital and my brother in-law stopped by to play guitar for me, a very nice thing to do and made my day. I managed to draw this while he played.

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    Here is a Christmas card for the breeder of my dog, Max with him drawn out in the body of the card.

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    These are from life drawing sessions some times I get drawn just to the faces.

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    Lastly, My family and I were driving along a causeway in Montana cutting thru this lake and this horse was in the water. We drove slowly and it walked with us. I had my daughter take some shots thru the back, side window. The light on the water behind the horse was real neat. I have not done it justice, but had to paint it.

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    You have some nice sketches! I like the ink or pen sketches the most : )post some more if you can

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    Chaulk up to experience!

    Pastels from life drawing. This model does a good job.

    Long stretch!
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    Stick to it.
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    Back side.
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    Jump rope in hand.
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    Thomas in blue.
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    Tom in green.
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    pen -ink and watercolor

    Lys,
    Thanks for your comments. Glad to have some one respond. Here are some pen-ink watercolors you asked for.


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    Island women- imaginary sketch Bahamas.
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    Three boy up to something.
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    Old Man with basket.
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    At the Diner.
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    Good stuff. I like those life drawing pastels. Very expressive color.

    As the ego shrinks, so the spirit expands.
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    Horse after charlie Russell plus!

    MephistoLV thanks looks like you enjoy color. The Briggsy threads on color are very cool here is the link:http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=112049

    Here are some sketches after Charlie Russel painting and sculpture with some of my own thrown in.

    I started from back end of horse and it grew bigger so I tried starting from the head what a difference!
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    All these were in one painting whew! the guy is good.
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    He had some sculpture I had to draw.
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    Learning the hard way started from the back end again.
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    I added in my own background.
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    After doing the above I tried making up these.
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    I picked up this great book 'Horses of the Camargue' and did some sketches and this drawing. I may post sketches in another post.
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    The stuff above is from last weekend. This is from last nite and this morning.
    I thought I would try making up a dragon turns out I was born in the year of the dragon pays to eat Chinese. It should go over well on this site. Is there a dragon thread to post it in?
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    Lots of work to post these, wish there was a more streamline way.
    I would appreciate any feedback.
    Mike

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    tuti fruity

    I have some stories I told my daughter when she was a little girl. This is Arturo, The hero of the story.

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    Got this funny image come to mind at a restaurant near Fort Myers, Florida
    And did this water color sketch. Udderly or utterly cow fishy


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    Awful quiet out there Boo!

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    Very impressive linework, it's clear there is a lot of passion here! Keep doing what you're doing.

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    some thing-a na bobs

    Little sketch:

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    Idea for a high school mascot:

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    Study of cat while in the Bahamas:

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    At the Beach in Fort Myers, Florida:

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    Count on Dracula

    This is an idea I developed for Dracula and his different manifestations.
    What do you think?

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    Here is a colorized version:

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    Developing the Dracula

    My Daughter and I worked together brain storming ideas for the project for her Vampire literature class. after a rough sketch, I drew up this pattern, then made a transparency for her to paint from. I coached her through the painting. I think she did real well. The drawing above( the count on Dracula post) was done after the pattern drawing. She edited out the top head in the painting on wood.

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    Some sketches. Horsing around a bit.

    These are pen sketches.

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    graphite drawing.
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    Hope you fine these interesting enough to comment.


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    pen sketches dinos birds horses

    Here are some pen sketches.

    Woodpecker from photo by a friend.



    Deer from photo by same friend.



    Dinosaurs.




    Horse.
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    Crits and comment welcomed!

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    Your whole book is amazing!

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    ugh.....FANTASTICO.
    keep it up!
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    Themed drawing off of Brave

    We had a themed drawing session Disney's Brave. we had Three models.
    this one is mother fixing red hair:
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    this one I made up the horse:
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    these are fun sessions. all of these done in graphite:
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    Boaring Process

    Boaring process
    I have been asked to do a hand-painted sign for a B-B-Q place, their old board's head was a little worse for wear. so I developed a new one.

    I found some reference pics on line I started the sketch on right but did not like feel of it, so I printed reference and traced it out (on left).

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    Still weak so I printed it out then did brush work with ink and white paint maker. I scanned that in and created a red mask, then added high lights and finally rotated it for placement in sign. I have sent them layout for sign when they pick one I will post design and pic of completed sign with Boar's Head. I will fine tune this during the paint process so any suggestion will be appreciated.
    Note I think the anatomy of these guys is very strange and wonderful.
    Here is the process:

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