iPad Pro Sketches

Two more drawings done with the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. It’s very interesting how the materials we use effect what our drawings look like. How I draw and paint, how I build up shadow – it’s very different when I use Adobe Sketch on the iPad. I’m enjoying using it as basically digital color pencils. I am not in love of painting on it. But then again, I am not a painter! I am at my best when I am drawing.

These were done at my daughter’s softball game. But only one was truly inspired by the events at the game. Guys which one.



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iPad Pro Sketch

It’s been a while since I posted any drawings done on my iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil. I’ve been doing a lot of quick sketching but have started to use Adobe Sketch to do some color drawings. No high concept here, I literally just start drawing and let whatever happens happen.


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Between spelling errors and some odd-blogness, this post is being reposted!

As I have discussed on this blog – I am a tea drinker. Worked at a tea import shop in college and it stuck with me. But I am not a good shopper. What I mean is I tend to buy only the things I set out to buy. I need  new socks, I buy them. I want a specific book, I go buy it (unfortunately book buying happens way too often as also bemoaned on this blog). But when I came across these awesome tea cups, I did the thing capitalists love, and I bought them. No regrets.


At first they look like a beautiful traditional teahouse design, but look carefully and your time with your cup of tea just became a lot more interesting/frightening!



Calamityware is the brainchild and wrist child, of designer/illustrator Don Moyer. He has all kinds of calamity inspired wares on the website.  These particular mugs are called the “Things-Could-Be-Worse Mugs”. And indeed, things can always be worse as we are learning this election season.

You can read about Don and his career in design on the website.


When I saw these porcelain tea cups with assorted creatures and their obvious love of detail, I knew they deserved a place with my next cup of Assam. They are so smart and casual and well done. Beautifully designed and wonderfully made. Now if I can just hold out against ordering the plates on the website! 

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The time of year

An old painting, but appropriate this time of year here in Oregon.



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Over the past few years I have gotten pretty bad at updating and maintaining an online portfolio. On my website I have a dozen or so images and it’s a lot of work to update and change them and I’m not sure anyone cares anyway.


I’ve slowly started to amass everything over on the new Adobe Portfolio site. Slowly…I realized that with a few projects, I have no idea where the art is. So much for the ease of digital asset management. I think one or two projects might just be gone – as in – deleted the files or had them on a back-up drive I erased thinking I had them elsewhere or were on the infamous dead drive where all the art from Earthling! lived.

So if you have a few extra minutes and you want to see what else I have been up to, check out the Adobe My Portfolio site.

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Wolf Dog?

We are coming up on the 4 month mark with our new dog Greta. She comes from rescue, so we can’t be sure of her age. Somewhere between 11 months and 16 months. I’d guess 14 months If I had to.


She’s the most social dog I’ve ever had…well one of the most. Loves to meet every person and every dog. We are working on the whole sating chill when we see dogs in the park. Trying stop convince her she doesn’t have to run clear across the park to say hi.

Though she looks like a wild-wolf and more than one person has crossed the street when they see us, she’s very friendly and amazingly curious and alert. She simply goes the opposite direction when faced with aggressive dogs. One fellow path walker said, “…Your dog looks ferocious.” Yes she does, at times. But she’s just preparing to greet you with a big lick and sniff.  This is her ‘hide and romp’ pose in the long grass.


It took a year for me to recover from losing our last dog. I just had no heart for it. But like many important things in life when the time is right, you know it.

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Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians!

What’s this I see in the new Candlewick catalog?


A book written by Jason Carter Eaton and illustrated by some kid named Mark Fearing. What a jerk that Mark is. Blah, blah, blah he goes on-and-on about drawing pictures. I hope he grows up and gets a real job someday.

Look for it next February. And yes, I WILL talk a LOT more about his come next year. It was a super fun book to illustrate.

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