Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Prayer Warriors

July 24, 2012


E. M. Bounds

Oswald Chambers

C. S. Lewis


R. A. Torrey

Recent work I did for the October 2012 issue of In Touch magazine. Pitt ink pen and watercolor on Strathmore watercolor paper.




Empty Tomb (unfinished illustration)

January 28, 2010

Here’s an unfinished sketch I did for a proposed Easter illustration. The client went with another approach, but I had fun doing the sketch. I haven’t worked from a still life set-up in quite a while, so I was interested to see if I could still do it.

“Coming to the End of Yourself” Illustration

December 3, 2009

My illustration for an article in the March 2010 issue of In Touch magazine. The article is about the widow of Zarephath and how, at the end of everything she had, God revealed Himself to her in an amazing way.

Illustration © In Touch Ministries

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.

Exonerated by the Egghead Brigade

March 2, 2009

Okay, so these guys probably spent a fortune in taxpayer money to “discover” something I could’ve proven for free!

Take Note: Doodling Can Help Memory

Now, if I can just get a grant to prove my theory that society didn’t start having struggles with obesity until AFTER the government made companies start listing the fat and calorie contents on food packaging…..

{Thanks, Linda, for the heads up on the Yahoo article.}

Wait. His name WASN’T Trippy?

February 19, 2009



Remember when you saw your first “Draw Me” ad? Maybe it was in the back of a comic book. Or on a matchbook cover. Or in TV Guide.

You old-timers know what I’m talking about..the ones that promised you an exciting career in cartooning if your rendition of the supplied art was deemed worthy of a scholarship to the prestigious Art Instruction Schools. There was Cubby the bear, a pirate, a cowboy…and, of course, Tippy the Turtle. My main memory of those ads was that, even as a kid, I knew there was no real creativity involved in just copying someone else’s art.

Don’t get me wrong. As a child, I did my fair share of copying other people’s work, and even (gasp!) tracing it on occasion. But I was working on my technique, not my creativity, in those instances, and I knew it. I think that differentiation is lost on a LOT of people.

Anyway, before I get too soap-boxy, I present for your viewing pleasure my take on Tippy. Hope you enjoy it. And if you can draw it exactly as it looks…well….you have too much time on your hands.

And you need therapy.

Pizzilla Attacks!

December 31, 2008


Once again, my doodle gland was stimulated by pizza. This time around, it was enhanced by a day of playing a new Godzilla video game with my son. Fortunately, the pizza was NOT monstrous, but actually quite tasty.

By Request: Harmonious Anteater

December 1, 2008


Chowin’ down on pizza and doodling….two of my favorite pastimes made even more fun when they’re done simultaneously. And Shorty’s Pizza here in Tucker, with their paper tablecloths and their free crayons, are just begging for doodlage to occur. So I was more than happy to give in to the urge.

Then my son makes a special request.

“Draw me an anteater playing the harmonica!”

No “draw me a car” or “draw a picture of an airplane”.



Playing the harmonica.

Man, I love that little boy!

Eternity Goggles: Get your pair today!

June 12, 2008

Sometimes, all you need is a change in perspective, and the problems of the day seem to grow a little dimmer.

An Elusive Tease, or Who’s Sam?

March 18, 2008

As a child, back in the pre-internet days (remember those?) and growing up in a small town, one of the most frustrating things I would encounter was what I’ll refer to as “comic book snippet syndrome” (CBSS). I’d catch a glimpse of some comic book, or even read the whole issue if there was time, as I wandered through a bookstore on one of our occasional visits to the “big city”. Then, being from the booming metropolis that I was, and having NO BOOKSTORES in said hometown, I’d never get to read the rest of the story or find out what happened after the cliffhanger ending that only made me want more.

Oh, the agonies such teasing, elusive comic book encounters can inflict on the tortured mind of a ten-year-old boy!

But I also feel like not knowing helped me. It forced me to create my own stories in my head, and to draw them out on paper. Those teases were the seeds of creativity, the impetus for all my future artistic endeavors.

So now I’m giving a little back to the great Swirl of the Unfinished. This doodle started out as the big pointy frog thingy. Then I realized he had to be talking to someone….hence the little man. The dialogue…well…heck, I don’t know where that came from. Or where it’s leading. Or who this Sam character is they’re talking about.

That’s up to you. And the curious, hungry-for-more ten-year-old I hope we all still have inside.