June 10, 2018

Christy in Color

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 12:53 pm

It occurred to me that hadn’t used chalk pastels in a long time so I decided to attempt a drawing. The first step was to FIND the chalk. They were well hidden under several other art media. Finally got set up and realized I didn’t have a smudging tool and had to dig around for one of those. I started with a black and white source, studied the areas of contrast, then added whatever color inspired me for each area.

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Chalk pastels, 11″ x 17″

May 20, 2018

Grand Memories – Activity Closet

Filed under: DRAWINGS — Colby @ 8:29 am

Another illustration from the book Creating Grand Memories. This was combined from several photos of my wife and our grandgirls and other sources.

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Digital illustration

May 6, 2018


Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 9:07 am

Piddlin’ on my iPad. This is Camren Bicondova, a young actress/dancer playing the role of Catwoman on the TV series, Gotham.

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Digital illustration

April 8, 2018

Grand Memories – Reading

Filed under: DRAWINGS — Colby @ 7:46 am

It is always fun to read to your grandchildren. That made doing this drawing for Creating Grand Memories also a lot of fun. It’s pretty true to the original photo of my wife and grandson with some rearrangement of toys and books nearby.

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Digital illustration

April 1, 2018

Good Friday

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Religious — Colby @ 8:00 am

I did this sketch for last Friday’s Good Friday service.

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Digital illustration

March 18, 2018


Filed under: DRAWINGS — Colby @ 9:26 am

A glimpse of  Mexican culture we see so often in Texas; beautiful dresses, exciting music and lots of fun.

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Water soluble pencil on watercolor paper, 11″ x 15″

March 4, 2018


Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 7:59 am

I had been neglecting my art. Made myself stop for a minute to doodle on my iPad. I chose this pose of Bryce Dallas Howard, Opie’s daughter. I don’t really think the sketch does her justice but I was in desperate need of artistic exercise.

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Digital illustration

February 25, 2018

The Reverend Rests

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits,Religious — Colby @ 9:03 am

The Reverend Billy Graham relaxes on his sister’s porch in Argyle, Texas, 1981. Inspired by a file photo from The Dallas Morning News.

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Digital illustration

February 11, 2018

Rainbow Guy

Filed under: DRAWINGS — Colby @ 11:16 pm

This is what happens when you let your grandson play on your iPad Pro. I think it’s pretty cool so I decided to share.

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Digital illustration

February 4, 2018

Grand Memories – Toy Box

Filed under: DRAWINGS — Colby @ 1:57 pm

A few years ago I was commissioned to do illustrations for a book titled, Creating Grand Memories – A Toolbox for Today’s Grandparents by Becky Yates and Charlotte Barnhart. I don’t think it’s available anymore. My line drawings were placed at the beginning of each chapter. I decided to, when possible, use photos from my own family as sources. I won’t post all seven drawings at once. I’ll span them out over a few weeks.

This first one, the toy box, was actually taken from a time when my grandson and I were “licking the bowl.” You can see an original drawing of that at Licking the Bowl with GrandDad. I haven’t lost that much hair yet but I’m working on it. The girl in this image is just a random kid for composition and diversity.

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This drawing was also used for the cover of the book so I did a color version.

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Digital illustrations