Here is a Christmas card based on actual events. Our cat ruined our tree one year. Today, the tree has been saved thanks to packing tape on the bottom branches. It worked like a charm.
It's been snowing in my hometown. Looks like most of the northern United States has put of with this weather.
I miss the days I went sledding with my son. Now, he is taller than me. Getting on the sled just isn't as easy as it used to be!
Serendipity! I was working on this illustration when Illustration Friday announced "Little things" was the theme.
I liked the play in this photo. Is the little thing the boy or whatever the boy is hiding from the teacher? You decide!
I illustrated this for the local, high school Christmas concert. As luck would have it, it works with Illustration Friday's topic of "excess."
We go to excesses at Christmas, don't we? We shop and eat until December 26th, then we make resolutions to get back in physical and financial shape.
Merry Christmas, and pace yourselves. All those excesses can weigh on a person.
Rumor has it that turkeys have a superstition about pumpkin pie. If they eat in on the dawn of All Saints Day, they will have good luck and avoid the fate of other Tom's on Thanksgiving. How do I know this? A little birdie told me.
Around the Spear household, we are learning to be the pack leader. Some days are better than others. Our new dog-let's just call her a puppy-is still trying to make her mark.
Walking the dog has been a trip because we discovered she is terrified of vehicles. We have also discovered she likes to plant her feet. Cesar Millan may not be happy with us. I need to watch the Dog Whisperer again.
I did this illustration in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Here is the sketch page I took it from. I was wondering about some unusual Halloween scenes. The boy in the pumpkin costume came to mind because of the infant costumes you see now. I remember my nephew having one. The poor kid looked like a pumpkin had swallowed him. It's fun when the parents are still enjoying the holiday while the child is too young to have a clue what's going on.
I scanned the page then focused on the toddler. I did the finished brush work in Photoshop.
Next, I placed the Photoshop file in Illustrator and finished the color. I could have all been done in Photoshop, but it is so much easier using the color palettes in Illustrator.
A few weeks ago, I drew an illustration for a church event. If you live near Anderson, Indiana, and you are looking for a safe place to trick-or-treat, our church will have a Trunk n Treat this Wednesday night. It will be at Madison Park Church of God.
This was one of those few times where I didn't start with a sketch in my book. When I thought of a trunk filled with candy, I wondered what it would look like if one had a giant jack -o- lantern.
I drew the original rough in Photoshop. I use a 8"X 6"Wacom Intuos 3 Tablet. Here was the first rough.I made this layers transparent and polished up the sketch.
Next, I hid the gray, rough layer and opened the finished drawing in Adobe Illustrator. I used Live Trace to convert the Photoshop file into an Illustrator Vector file. Then I used Live Paint to color the illustration.
My wife and I are on vacation while our kids man the fort. They'll be so happy when they find out it's raining in Florida today!
I did a quick sketch of my wife while she slept. My intent was to get the quick pose and not to focus on detail. This is pencil and blending stump in my sketchbook.
Open wide and say, "Ar-r-r-r-r-r!"
When the word, "Open," was announced, I started thumbing through a previous sketchbook.
Where did this ideal come from? Perhaps it was "Talk Like a Pirate" day. Or maybe Sponge Bob was on while I was brushing my teeth. Who knows. All I know is don't count on a pint-sized pirate for your dental hygiene.
I'm guessing they will get all the candy eaten just in time for Halloween.
My daughter has brought home a nice, little puppy. It's a little furball of energy.
The cat has reacted better than I thought. He hasn't been violent, though you can tell kitty has the blues.
Here are the finished illustrations I did for Warner Press' line of kids birthday cards.
Most everything was done in Adobe Illustrator. I then exported it into Adobe Photoshop for the finishing touches and the type.
The doctor said there was a lot of that going around. I found out it wasn't streph and was shipped back into the real world.
One great advantage of all this was I got to draw a modern doctor's office. You never know when this setting will come in handy.
I was thinking more about the term, "missing." It reminded me how easy it is for guys to zone out of their family life.
I know I have to watch it and I pray I never get to the point where my kids and wife resent my career or my illustrations because they took the place of our relationship.
As I passed by a TV last night, of those bachelor/bachelorette shows was on. It looked more like a game show than reality TV.
Now if you watch a show about Uncle Bert watching TV, I would call that reality TV.
Does anybody still serenade? What about a poem on a midsummer's night?
It has to be a good poem. something that sparks romance, yet is harmless enough so it doesn't inspire the dad to call the dogs on you.
Ah romance! I think I'll go read a James Whitcomb Riley poem.
I updated this illustration a little and added some shading. I couldn't leave well enough alone. Still, it's pretty much what the original illustration looked like.
I lived vicariously through others. Just ask my brother. I convinced him to by the comic books so I could read them.
When I heard of this week's theme, I thought of a twisty ice cream cone. The next thing I knew, I saw the torch of Lady Liberty. Quite fitting for Independence Day.
It may be a heavily American theme, but that's what's on my mind this week. Happy July 4th!
I was able to add the shadow and highlight details in there. In addition, I was able to add some stars and add some bush and grass details.
A few months ago, I did all my art in Illustrator. But now I'm finding Illustrator and PhotoShop work together and give me a richer illustration.
I printed the finished file at 14" x 22". I used an 18" x 22" poster board and folded it like a greeting card. Everyone at work will sign the inside of the card.