Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cartooning is not the only pastime...

Cartooning is my favorite thing to do now that I have retired from my teaching career. However, being an artist allows for a wide range of art choices to now have time to enjoy. My second love, and most enjoyable form of art is watercolor.
This is one of my paintings that depicts another pastime of mine.....obviously, I am trying to organize my free time.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cartoon Posters before the Senior Class

Usually,my winter months are taken up drawing seniors in class posters as athletes, college-bound graduates,or showing off their favorite things and accomplishments. However, Athens has me do a poster of their 5th grade graduates that is really special. They are at the age that participation in school activities like reading, math, and sometimes sports is on the top of their lists. I enjoy doing this poster every year, I hope they enjoy the work too.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Twiggs drawing trees

This drawing was a request from my wife to make a B/W drawing for her bathroom project that needed some artwork. She wanted " a black and white picture, something with a branch in it with a little pink thrown in". This is what came of those directions.... I think she likes it :)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Olaf strikes again....

Ever do one piece of work and then everybody wants one? That's the story on this little project making Olaf from the Disney movie Frozen.
This one was completed for my nieces daughter Lexi, and as soon as I posted it, another request was made for yet another version of good ol'Olaf by the end of October. I'll let you know how the next one turns out.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Senior Posters spreading across the state

I think I always knew that when I retired from teaching that I would expand my senior poster business. Trying to teach, run athletics and recreation, and be a husband and father didn't leave much time to sit in my studio. This past year with my days freed up, it allowed me to create my Senior Poster artwork well outside the valley.
Making the projects is very time consuming but just as rewarding when delivered. The students see themselves just as they request and now that they are in full color, the cartoon images appear more like caricatures in the composition.The students from every school seem to love the fact that their class is shown in the drawing together the way they want themselves remembered.
I have heard from many people since 1983 (when I started doing posters) that they still have theirs framed hanging in their house. The quality of the work has changed a lot since those early years but the idea is the same.
Kids want to be shown as themselves, doing what they were known for or what they liked to do. Not just a headshot in a photographers studio lined up on yearbook pages. I hope that these posters continue to allow kids to remember their high school days and friends for years to come.
These are just a few of the works that were done in 2014, I look forward to working with these schools and others this year as CreativeCartooning continues to expand. Hopefully, it will become successful enough to bring in some friends and former students to reach out even further. Time will tell.

Getting my "Super Fix" on...

I have friends that are artists that focus on super hero comic artwork. Me? I have always been a fan of Super heroes but never really "drew" the characters, I just read them. However, recently my son-in -law requested six drawings of his school mascot (a Trojan Warrior)as super heroes possessing super powers for his K-5th grade students. Below are the results...
The challenge was a fun one and the process of making each of them show a special power and have Trojan traits was a test of creativity even for me. We will see how well the kids like them

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Little Frozen

Here is a piece I did for yet another Birthday Party for my Granddaughter Madeline's 5th Birthday party.
Painting this character seems easy since most people see it as white. However, in the end, there isn't much white left at all.