Posts Tagged ‘sketch’


Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Randomly piddling on my iPad while watching TV.

Digital illustration

Careless Claudia

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

When I watch TV or a movie I often get curious about the actors. Sometimes actors from days past, sometimes up and coming ones. So I look them up on the internet. I came across an interesting photo of Claudia Cardinale and had the urge to do a “pencil” drawing of her on my iPad Pro.

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Digital illustration.

Girl with Long Hair

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

This was done on my iPad Pro using the “pencil” tool in Adobe Sketch. It is actually a detail of a larger drawing which includes nudity so I cropped that out.

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Girl With Towel

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Archives: 1989. Sketching exercise.

Girl With Towel

Pencil on paper, 12″ x 18″

Art Lesson

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

I gave my grandkids (ages 8 and 11) an art lesson on the ways I usually draw cartoons. I had them do a pencil sketch. Then we scanned it into the computer, opened it in Photoshop, created a new layer and then they did the line work using my stylus and Wacom tablet. When that was done to their liking we printed a copy so they could see what it looked like on paper. Then we deleted everything on the pencil layer and they added color. Last step was to flatten the image and print it. At the end of the lesson they had a copy of each stage: pencil, line and color. I think they did a pretty good job on their respective drawings, “Dino Duck” and “Awesome!”

Dino Duck

The first big hurdle was learning to use the stylus and tablet; drawing in one place while looking at another. Plus, a stylus and mouse do not work the same way. When you lift a mouse the cursor stays where it was. The stylus cursor appears wherever you touch the tablet. That took some getting used to.

The next challenge was duplicating the pencil drawing. I tried to explain that the pencil sketch was only a guideline and they did not have to do it exactly the same way. One was more free with the line work, the other meticulously copied the original. One had to make corrections immediately, the other patiently waited and made corrections at the end.


When one was struggling with coordination and concepts I explained, “It’s like when you hand me the controls to your X-Box and expect me to immediately be able to play.” It was a fun project!

Just Right – process

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

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.”

Soaking Up The Son

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

A new father adoring his first son napping at the beach.

Soaking Up The Son

Pencil on paper, 8″ X 10″

Girl with Open Mouth

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

I started off with the idea to mix color pencils and water color pencils but I mistakenly used a regular color pencil where I wanted the water color. From then on the drawing kept forcing me to change what I had in mind. I also added a few strokes of acrylic paint where I thought I needed them.

Girl - Open Mouth

Water color pencil/wash, color pencil, acrylic paint, 8″ X 10″


Friday, July 25th, 2014


A quick sketch of Senta Berger. It isn’t a very good likeness but she was so beautiful that even a bad picture of her comes out just fine.


Pencil on paper, 8″ X 12″


Thursday, February 20th, 2014

In memory of someone who was too young to leave us. And to bring some peace to her family.


Charcoal and chalk on charcoal drawing paper, 9″ X 9″