Monday, May 26, 2008

We Salute You!

Join me and my new friend, Captain Santa in a salute to all the men, women, and children who gave their lives to help make and keep the United States of America a free land! This day to honor those who would not go down without a fight began for the U.S. as an event called Decoration Day near the end of the Civil War (the same tradition had already been practiced in other nations for several hundred years.) Loved ones of those who had died in war would visit and decorate the grave sights of the deceased with flowers and other colorful ornaments. Today, we honor the memory of those brave and selfless individuals, and pray a special prayer for all those who are still fighting to keep our country safe. Thank you all so very much!


Monday, May 19, 2008


I just enjoyed this sketch of Billy and decided to have some fun with it. Proof that even your doodles can be useful. Never discard them as worthless -- anything can be given value!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Happy Trails

I started this as another Saturday sketch at The Academy's Teen Program. The shadows and highlights were added in Photoshop, and I scanned this great wood-fiber blend for the background. Kinda makes you wonder, doesn't it . . . what's behind your fence?

Monday, May 05, 2008

Joy In Action

It's amazing how much can be added to a composition by framing your character. This is a sketch I did while enjoying some downtime at The Animation Academy's Teen Program. Originally, it was just Col-Erase blue pencil on a white page, but after scanning it, adjusting the levels and color, and adding the black border in Photoshop...BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR JUMPING JOY BOYS!