June 29, 2015

Ich bin

Filed under: CARTOONS,History,Political, Justice, Media — Colby @ 12:09 am

OK, so I’m a little slow with current events. Let’s just call this an historical cartoon. Which means that most people won’t have a clue what it’s about. No, I won’t explain. You’ll have to look it up. Hint: JFK’s speech at the Berlin Wall, June 26, 1963.

Ich bin

I guess it’s better than being a doughnut. Again, look it up.

June 21, 2015

Just Right – process

Filed under: CARTOONS — Colby @ 5:27 pm

Just for fun let’s discuss what I go through to draw a cartoon.

1. An idea pops into my head. This can come at any time. Unfortunately, it may come to me when I’m driving down the highway, or about to go to sleep, etc. I have forgotten many hilarious cartoons before they ever got to paper and pencil.

2. Write it down! Unfortunately, again, later I have no idea what my note was supposed to mean. 2(a). Be specific and obvious and include both text and image. Unfortunately, yet again, sometimes when I look at it later it makes sense I think, “Well, that’s not funny at all.” So nevermind.

3. Finally, I’ll do a pencil sketch trying to compose the idea on paper. Sometimes it’s close to a finished drawing and other times it’s still very sketchy.

4. Scan the sketch and save it to my computer.

5. Using a stylus and tablet to draw I will create layers in Photoshop. The bottom layer is the scanned pencil drawing. The first new layer will be for the lines; or what used to be the “pen and ink” stage. Often the lines will be on separate layers so I can move characters around for better composition then I’ll merge all the lines onto a single layer. Text, word balloons etc. must be thought out while composing the drawing but I’ll keep them on their own layer because it’s easier to move them and color under them.

6. Then I delete everything on the layer that showed the original scanned pencil. That layer, under the lines layer, will be for color. I can use the magic tool to select areas on the line layer and fill them with color on the color layer.

7. With the color done I’ll add shading. Most of the time that will be done on the color layer but occasionally I’ll had another layer just for the shading.

8. I’ll flatten the image into one single layer and save it. I’ll make a copy and reduce the file size to fit into my SirColby template.

Below are images from my recent cartoon, “Just Right.”


A. When the idea came to me I did a very quick sketch on my iPad and emailed it to myself.

Just Right Sketch

B. Later at my desk I did some pencil sketches of what I wanted in the cartoon.

Just Right Pencil

C. Line layer on the computer.

Just Right Lines

D. The color layer. I hid the line layer so you can see just the color.

Just Right Color


E. Simple shading done on a separate layer between the lines and the color.

Just Right Shading

F. To see the final image click here “Just Right.”

June 15, 2015

Ghost Writer?

Filed under: CARTOONS,Fantasy — Colby @ 12:20 am

Invisible Autobiography

June 7, 2015

Girl with Purple Hair

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 11:13 pm

Don’t ask me. I can’t explain it. I just wanted her to have purple hair.

Girl with Purple Hair

Color pencil on paper, 9″ X 12″

June 1, 2015


Filed under: CARTOONS,History — Colby @ 7:59 am

Smile Mona

May 24, 2015

Young Gene

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 4:10 pm

Back in the olden days I would often do my drawings sitting in the den with a drawing board on my lap. Just for the heckuvit I decided I would try that again. I chose to do a simple charcoal sketch. While it was fun I think I’ll stick to my easel in the studio.

Gene Tierney is the most beautiful woman in the history of cinema. And I say that with great respect to so many lovely ladies over the years. When I came across a photo of Ms Tierney without much make up I was committed to doing a drawing. Unfortunately, the drawing-board-in-the-lap-in-the-Lazy-Boy-in-the-den experiment didn’t do her justice. But I think her natural beauty still comes out.

Gene Tierney

Charcoal and chalk on paper, 8″ X 10″

May 17, 2015

Drought Relief

Filed under: CARTOONS,Science, Health, Weather — Colby @ 11:18 am

This will mean more to my Texas friends than to others. A few days ago many lakes were too low to put a boat in. Now many are over flowing and having to release too much water.

Drought Relief

May 10, 2015

Four Little Hearts

Filed under: Uncategorized — Colby @ 11:15 pm

It has been seven years since that May 12 Mother’s Day, 2008. In memory of my precious wife who got to love her grandchildren ever so briefly. Another song I wrote for her has already been shared with family and friends. I now have the courage to share it with everyone else.

Click this link to hear my song: Four Little Hearts

Mother Beverly

Photos with her children and grandchildren.


May 3, 2015


Filed under: CARTOONS,Sports and Recreation — Colby @ 9:09 am

Fearless Team

April 27, 2015

North Dallas Artists Studio Tour April 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Colby @ 2:46 pm

Wow! What a wide variety of artistic talents – oils, acrylics, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, collage, photography, weaving, watercolor, works in wood, metal…!

I spent the weekend visiting the artists on the North Dallas Studio Tour. On a whim I decided to take photos of the artists with their work. Because of this it took me about four times as long to see the tour! It’s interesting how asking, “May I take your photo?” immediately starts a conversation. But I loved every second.

I did this a few years ago on the White Rock tour (click here to see: White Rock Artists). Unfortunately, I didn’t have pad or pencil to keep track so I don’t have their names with their photos. I apologize to the artists. Click here: NorthDallasArt for more information. I also apologize for the very amateurish photos. It’s the thought that counts, right?

I encourage everyone to go on one of these tours. You’ll see some outstanding talent and get to visit with the artists right in their studio. You might even find some art for your home or for that perfect and unique gift.


IMG_2305 Bernard BortnickIMG_2306

IMG_2307IMG_2309 Karin Michelle



IMG_2312IMG_2308 Martha BoxIMG_2314IMG_2317IMG_2313

IMG_2315 Wooden SecretsIMG_2316

IMG_2318IMG_2319 Bob English

IMG_2320 Annie DavisIMG_2321

IMG_2322IMG_2325 Debra O'Brien

IMG_2323 Nathan JonesIMG_2327IMG_2330


IMG_2328 Stephen PotterIMG_2329 Nan Phillips