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A little about my artwork: I interpret the words written on a page by telling the story behind the story working with pen and ink, watercolor and Photoshop, I fuse old techniques with modern ones to create a world that every drawing can speak to a child or grownups.

Friday, June 17, 2016

FOX from sketch to finish

Sketch/ pencil drawing with washes of India ink 

Washes of watercolor

added ink line waiting for color and ink to dry

used eraser to remove unwanted pencil lines


Tuesday, May 24, 2016


I got the call!
Well not "the" call but a text message from my niece, "Hi uncle Steve do you have time to talk?"
I called
Me: Hi
Her: what are you up to? Doing any projects?
She wanted to know if I had time to do some artwork for her as part of an assignments for one of her college courses.
Me: How many?
Her: Only 20
Me: By when?
Her: I need them by cousin Marks wedding
Me: That's two weeks away
Her: I know
Me: What class is this for?
Her: Picture book writing (something like that) 
Me: Okay this is what I can do for you


So I started...
 I decided to treat it like a book dummy I figured it was the only way it will get done on time.  I broke down her version of Pandora's Box into a storyboard format and picked a handful of sketches to do as finished artwork.

    Then I added the text I am no graphic designer so I make no claims that I understand fonts and what works best with illustrations; I did the best I could with what I had to work with.

It was a lot of hard work but I got it done on time.
I personally think it should of been an A+ but her school does dot give them out. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Ame Dyckman's words

On twitter I came across this:
"My firefly jar's Lid is gone. Woe betide it-- Scroll beside it: "I promise not To leave 'Til dawn." With a tiny flourish, Contract's on."
  by Ame Dyckman

It struck a nerve I needed to illustrate it.
So I did this sketch first.
I posted the sketch to show Ame she loved it.
I started to do more sketches and came up with this idea.
I add shadows using India ink, and washes of watercolor
More layers of watercolor.

And finally
the finished artwork
Thank you Ame



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