Monday, October 3, 2016

From the sketchbook

I'll admit that I've never been that interested in female boxing. The closest I came was loving F. X. Toole's novella Million Dollar Baby from the Rope Burns collection (and the Eastwood film based on it that I waited forever to see out of fear that it wouldn't live up to the story).

Watching the documentary "T-Rex" about Claressa Shields was an eye opener. It is excellent to see this girl navigate the typical demands of a teenager, family and push for an attempt to win Olympic gold and troubling to watch some of the double standards that exist. The film made me a believer and she has my respect. Highly recommended.

Monday, September 5, 2016

FI-nal- LY

I'm not even going to make excuses.
I'm nowhere near as fast as I'd like to be with my comics.
I like to post them as a whole if I can.
My kids are job one in the summer.
Yes, I find it discouraging that it takes me two months to do something that I could do easily in a week when they're in school.
They're worth it.
It still got done.

Monday, June 13, 2016


While I crawl even more slowly to the comic finish line now that school is out for our monkeys, I'll post a bit of silliness. I don't think I've posted anything of this sort since the puppets but I end up doing these sort of decorations at both kids' birthdays.

Totoro was the requested character this year. My wife takes on the thankless job of constructing the body of the pinatas while I decorate them after it dries. 

What do you do when nearly all of the party attendees (sadly) aren't familiar with Totoro? Why, you take a cue from the old interwebs and do character mash-ups!

Below is a Totoro Clayface, Spider-Man and Iron Man.

Followed by a Totoro Batman, Hulk and scientist wearing a birthday hat (as requested by the birthday girl)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Some quickies and a slower finished sketch taken with a phone camera.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Team logo

Did this one for my wife's bocce ball tournament at work. Their team name- The Toe Cutters.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Live zoo sketches

As mentioned earlier, here are the the zoo sketches I did:

No surprises that most of the animals were busy going about their business and didn't make it easy. The bald eagle seemed especially agitated that day and in no mood to pose.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


I began trying to work this one out before I got news of my Grandmother's passing. Then I was asked to say some words at her service and opted to paint the portrait below instead. I almost completely scrapped this one after the one, two punch of listening to my sister's and cousin's excellent speeches at her service and never being able to fully realize it visually the way I wanted to.

In the end, I decided I still liked the sentiment of it and I would cope with the fact that I am no where near where I want to be on my comics and just make it anyway.