Friday, February 23, 2007

Pick a card...

Here are the rest of the cards I did for the AT&T sales trip. That last one is the original version of the one before it. I included it because I thought it was pretty cool and I spent so much time on those horses. Seems a shame to let it go to waste.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Dr. Sketchy

Once a month or so a group of Detroit area artists congregate in a small bar in the hamlet of Hamtramck for a night of drinkin' and drawin'. Dr. Sketchy was started by Molly Crabapple in New York City as an alternative to college figure drawing classes. The models are culled from the local burlesque scene to add a little spice to our sketchbooks. Our local Hamtramck chapter was started last August by cartoonist Sean Bieri. Here's a few sketches from our most recent get together featuring Queen Bee. I'm not too happy with them as my magic pen wasn't working right or something. Perhaps I'll post some others later on.

And, imagine my surprise when I was flipping through a copy of Dr. Sketchy's Rainy Day Colouring Book (that I won for another rendition of Queen Bee that doesn't appear here) that I discovered one of my sketches from our first Sketchy session was included really small!

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

S'all Relative

Baby Blue M/M
PVC on Wood
30" x 30"

My cousin, Steve Schmidt, is an LA area artist. Much of his artwork utilizes discarded plastic which he then arranges in grid-like monochromatic patterns. A kind of study of color and texture. He's also used cigarette papers that have been carefully peeled from their crushed out butts, and then attached to board in a similar fashion as the plastic. I especially like Baby Blue M/M. I imagine this is a lot of people's favorite because of the soothing variations of the aqua colored plastic. I like it because it reminds me of the bottom of a swimming pool like the one I practiced for swim meets in for high school. I can smell the chlorine. Mmmmm...

I proclaim him today's Artist of the Day!

Past Life
Graphite on Paper
45 x 48 inches


I just finished up this card illustration for AT&T. It's for an announcement of a western themed party for their top sales representatives. As with much of my work, it's completely digital using Corel Painter.

Also, I'll be attending the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators annual conference this weekend in New York city! T'ain't ne'er been there afore. Kinda intimidated by the whole thing. I'm hoping to get some illustration work and possibly drum up some interest for Rubber Duckie Sees The World. Wish me luck!