Posts Tagged ‘crosshatching’

Mister Beardsley, hirsute hat-lover

October 15, 2013

Mister Beardsley SMALL


Pen and ink on moleskine sketchbook.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2013

Love Fool SMALL


February 14, 2013

Line and Dot-stupefied SMALL




1. With dulled senses or faculties. Synonym: dazed.

2. in a state of amazement or astonishment.

Surely you jester!

February 7, 2012


This is an illustration for the May 2012 issue of In Touch magazine. It was done in black, blue, and red ballpoint pen in about an hour. Here’s a zoomed detail:


Image is copyrighted property of In Touch Ministries.


March 10, 2011

Got to do a pen-and-ink of Toccoa Falls for the college located there. The place is absolutely beautiful. It was fun trying to capture the feel of the falls and the spray in black and white crosshatching.

Little Chuckie Cherub

April 13, 2010

Sorry…I’m shooting blanks from my “witty comment” gun right now. I’ll let you decide what should go here.

Smaug and the fires of imagination

September 14, 2009

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My seven-year-old son and I are reading (or re-reading, in my case) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein. We are nearing the end of the Mirkwood Forest stage of the journey, and will soon be to the part where they first encounter Smaug, the fearsome dragon. Ethan has gotten really excited about the book, and is chomping at the bit for Smaug to make an appearance.

As we’ve been reading, I couldn’t help but remember how disappointed I was in the way Rankin-Bass envisioned Smaug in their 1980 version of The Hobbit. A little too cat-like for my tastes. And a furry back??? What the heck was that about?

I’d always imagined Smaug as more of a cross between the dragons the great Ray Harryhausen did, and the dragon that appeared in the 1981 film Dragonslayer. Instead they give me one that’s only slightly more menacing in appearance than the Luck Dragon from Neverending Story!

All that being said, I found myself doodling a dragon recently in a meeting, and the first thing that popped into my head was, “Now that’s my Smaug!” Unfortunately, where I started my doodle on the paper will not allow me to finish a full body sketch of him, but I hope you’ll enjoy the small part I was able to do.

Mister Happy Has A Secret

August 14, 2009

Mister Happy


June 17, 2009


And then one day it happened. In a single instant, all the doctors’ theories about the cause of Mel’s headaches were proven wrong.

Father Abraham had many sons….

May 14, 2009


This is an illustration for an article in the upcoming August 2009 issue of In Touch magazine. I had a lot of fun doing it. I wanted to take a more rugged approach to Abraham than most of the illustrations and paintings I’ve seen. The base illustration was done with a Bic ballpoint pen, with color and additional background texture added in Photoshop.