Landscapes

We have moved on to watercolor landscapes in illustration class this week. Landscapes are a bit more challenging than birds and it takes practice to pull them off. Actually, I just tell the students that landscapes are a bitch and they take a lot of practice. They believe me. Here is today's demo, a little …

Demo Bird 2016

Here is this year's illustration class, watercolor demo bird. Fresh off the press this morning. This is an Eastern Bluebird - Missouri State bird.  

An Animated Course

I've been teaching an introduction to animation course each summer for the last ten years to 7th, 8th and 9th graders. The summer program is the Joseph Baldwin Academy, sponsored by Truman State University. It is three intense weeks of learning traditional cell-frame animation, stop-motion photography animation and claymation. I have managed to excite a …

Not my monkey

I did this poster design, inspired by old circus posters and the old saying about problems not being someone's responsibility. In celebration of no longer being the Art Department Chair. As of July 1st, 2016 - stick a fork in me, I'm done. Save

Better late…

Amazingly, I find myself with a few moments of free time. So, I thought I would post a couple more class demo pieces that I did last semester for my illustration class. One demo bird and a gouache demo. The gouache piece is a portrait of a teacher my daughter worked with in Lesotho, south …

Demo Birds

In the last few years, I have been using birds as subject matter for quick watercolor demonstrations in the illustration class I teach. The illustrations are typically around 8 x 10 inches in size and completed in a two-hour class period. I always appreciated watching someone work on and complete artwork. I try to show …

Working in the digital realm

The header image is a digital illustration. I like working with the digital, but it just isn't the same as working with my watercolor and gouache. I like the risk involved in the traditional media. One misstep and the whole thing can go sideways. Digital... you just go "undo" - boom safe and secure.