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My First Post in August

Holy cow, I can’t believe it’s already the middle of August and I haven’t posted. Truth be told, my day job kicked in. That’s okay though because I made a different schedule. I’m filming and editing new stuff. In the mean time, here are three more coloring pages. I was able to resurrect an old print of the Silver Surfer!!! I couldn’t believe it. I think I made that print back when the second Fantastic Four movie had come out (before that AWFUL reboot). The anatomy is a little off. I’ve worked on my anatomy and fixed a few things.

Anyway, enjoy!


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Have You Been Sketching?

Grab something around your house and start sketching! Why? The practice!!! I teach art at a local elementary school and I’m always, ALWAYS, asked how I learned how to draw. The truth is, you have to keep drawing get better. And that’s how I learned to draw.

As you draw your sketch notice the lines, shapes, and values of the object you are drawing. Pay attention to the little details that define your object. Keep drawing and having an inner dialogue with yourself about the elements of art that make up your object. If you need to refresh your memory about the elements of art has some great downloads.


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Using Reference Material pt.1

When you draw, people magically expect you to know how to draw EVERYTHING! Well, we are artists, not gods. We need to look at things in order to accurately draw them. Don’t ever feel guilty about using reference material. I use it all of the time depending on what I’m requested to draw: animals, cars, people, buildings. All of these things have their own characteristics and you can’t possibly remember and accurately draw them all.

Since I like comic books, I’m often at a loss for poses. I look through dollar stores and find coloring books. These books have a ton of different poses I can practice drawing my anatomy, foreshortening, and build a library of poses to use for the future.


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Which Eraser Works Best?

I don’t have anything against a Pink Pearl eraser except that they sometimes leave streaks on your paper. I prefer to use a vinyl eraser. Truthfully, the type of eraser you use depends on the mistake. For a smaller area, use the kneaded eraser, for larger mistakes use the vinyl or gum eraser.

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!! Now go sketch!


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Oh my goodness, another con has come and gone. Thank you, sincerely, EVERYONE who stopped by and bought a print, commissioned a drawing, stopped to chat or just stopped to look at my art. I genuinely appreciate the fact that other people like what I draw. Chibi big heads fused with American comic-style anatomy was a gamble but people seem to really like it. November we are expanding into gaming starting with The Legend of Zelda franchise. That series is very popular and, because of an awesome commission, I have ideas for an impressive Ganon! Speaking of which, if you like gaming check out Kyle’s YouTube channel for gamers, AZ Link. He has a great sense of humor and you get to preview games the AZ Link way.

Thank you again everyone!!!! You made 2018 a successful year.