Merrilee’s book just went to the printer. It was a ton of fun working with her. This book is special to me because I used my son and daughter as models for the main characters. It was fun to work with them. Watch for it this holiday season.
Paper dolls are making a comeback. My sisters played with them when I was a kid and my daughter played with them now. My wife read and loved the book Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson published by Deseret Book. A few week later I got a call to work on a series of paper dolls to go along with the book. The project was a lot of fun. Check out the book it’s great. This is one of the paper dolls that was taken out of the project. Have fun playing and remembering the good old days.
For my head drawing students. Here is my drawing demo, the first is the five-ten minute lay in. I wanted the students to focus on the design and placement on the page. As the students watched the demo they saw that I started over two or three times to get everything right where I wanted it. Picture two is the finished drawing done in vine charcoal, about one hour.
The “Illustrated Book of Mormon Stories” published by Deseret Book came out just in time for the holidays. working on the paintings for this book was an exiting but stressful time. Originally two artist were going to collaborate on the artwork, but just a few week into it I got the whole thing. I have to give my family thanks for giving me up so that I could do this project because I basically fell of the face of the planet for four months. after a couple of months planning, photo shoots, and sketches I did the math and added up all the paintings, and I had to do a painting a day to get it all done by the deadline. Well a lot of prayers and long, long days later I finished everything with the last painting going out the morning of the deadline. It was a wonderful opportunity to work on a Book of Mormon reader for kids, I know how much my Book of Mormon picture book meant to me when I was little and first learning the stories, and I spent hours looking at the pictures and reading, in that order. I have to thank everyone at Deseret Book that worked on the book putting it together, they did a fabulous job. I hope you all enjoy it.
After 10 years of having my wife ask me to paint portraits of the kids I am finally doing it. Here are just a few.
Well it’s almost time for classes at Brigham Young University-Idaho to begin again. I get the opportunity to teach head drawing this term while Leon Parson is out for a sabbatical. I was going through all the material I need to teach and looking for some examples to show the students and I thought I’d post a few of my drawing for them to look at.
I spent most of my time painting digitally and it’s always nice to get away from the computer and get my hands all dirty with charcoal. Here is one of the figure I was able to draw last term in figure class at BYUI. I managed to get it done in-between helping all the students, actually I probably ignored them a little to get it done, but a lot of them watched and hopefully learned something from the demo.
Welcome to my very first blog post. If I get brave I might learn to text later today. I really should be working right now but I thought I would paint a quick digital painting of one of my favorite comic book characters, “Hellboy”.