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Epic Old Man Sketch

Cartoon of old man with straw hat and long beard amish epic awesome

Saw this old guy when we were in a Goodwill thrift store this last week. He was so epically awesome that I just had to get around to drawing him. His beard was amazing, especially since he chose to knot it at the end because it was so long. I love drawing interesting people into cartoons. :)


‘At the Earth’s Core’ Creature Design – Mahars of Pellucidar

234_Mahar_Color_Sketch_CADAbout 9 years ago, I was assigned the book, “At the Earth’s Core” to draw characters and creatures from, for an art college assignment. One of the creatures I had sketched was the Mahars, the pterodactyl-like rulers of the world in the earth’s core. I was talking with a friend the other day about it and decided it would be fun to try drawing the creature again. Sadly, I couldn’t find the old sketch from years ago, but here’s my new version of this evil, creepy dinosaur beast. For those artists out there, drawing your version of a character or creature from a book is great visual development practice.



Colored Pencil Caps


So I found some plastic caps for my colored pencils. Seems like a small thing, but I’m really excited about being able to carry a pencil around with me now! (without risk of injury, lol). Here’s a tiny sketch of an Alien Biker cartoon I did in my mini travel pad.


Robot Animal based on Color Palette


So I recently discovered the Color Palette Generating site: After wasting a lot of time looking at color schemes, I came up with an idea for the sketch group I’m part of… create a character inspired by a color palette. This robot otter animal is what I came up with for it. I wanted to use 1-2 colors as the main focus and then use the other 3 colors as more highlights for points of interest. Some might look at this robot as a cold, unemotional machine, but deep inside, he just wants to be loved the same way he loves his octopus stuffed animal.


People Sketching in Barnes & Noble

231_PeopleSketching_1_a_CADHad a great session of people sketching last night in Barnes & Noble with a couple artist buddies. Here’s the unsuspecting group of friends that I sketched from a distance. I loved the contrast of the shapes & sizes of this group. And it goes without saying that the woman on the left had the most amazing, epic hair! So fun to draw and caricature these people into cartoons.



God Speaking Creation Poster & Sticker Illustration

God creating in 7 days

Created this poster for a client of God during the 7 days of creation, making the light, dark, water, land, plants, fish, animals, and Adam & Eve. The image above is the digital illustration, the vector render. The client had a rough idea- she had seen a graffiti mural of God speaking creation over a year ago and had been thinking of doing something similar for quite some time. Even though she had a basic idea, she gave me a large amount of freedom when drawing this image. I wanted to keep a bit of the urban style that she was describing in the first place, while making it bold and illustrative so that it would print well.


Here’s how the final printed posters turned out. I think the colors and print looked amazing! I’m always excited when one of my clients send me some of the finished products. This was a fun one to make!


Tribal Hamsters


Here’s a couple of Tribal Hamsters playing with fire. One understands the danger, but I think the other doesn’t quite get it yet…
I kept it rough and played around with some of the watercolor brushes in my computer program, Manga Studio. Little bit different effect than some of my work. Let me know what you think!

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I had originally sketched 2 cartoons of these hamsters. I posted both to my Freelance Fridge Facebook page and let people vote for their favorite for me to finish! Be sure to like my Facebook page, if you want to participate in future polls and voting! It’s super fun!



Pterry the Pterodactyl

funny pterodactyl dinosaur office cartoon

Alright people! It’s almost Friday!!! Let’s try and stay a little more positive than Pterry today… (p.s. it’s pronounced “Terry,” but make sure you spell it with a “P” on his office birthday card. We don’t want another repeat of what happened last year…)


I had this idea originally over a year ago, but just recently remembered it. Figured I would sketch it out before I forgot again. Little name pronunciation humor, as I get people mispronouncing my last name a lot. :)


People Sketching in Walmart


Did some more people sketching last night… this time at Walmart. :) Didn’t have quite as much time to doodle as last time, but it was still fun. I enjoyed drawing the happy old man the most.



People Sketching in Target


Went to Target with a couple friends yesterday night to do some people sketching. You have to memorize the overall look of a person quickly as they pass by and then do your best to capture it on paper. It was fun! Hope to do it again soon.


Salamander Knight

Salamander Knight Rescuing Princess Hedgehog final color

I just finished this illustration for fun, based on the concept “Salamander Knight.” This endearing knight is just a little aloof as he heads across the little pond to rescue this princess hedgehog. I hope that he sees that snake before it’s too late! When coloring, I used the colors of a Seminatrix Swamp Snake, a Northern Red Salamander (which is more orange than the name suggests), and of course a Hedgehog. Trying to incorporate more “story” in my personal work. Let me know what you think! :)


Salamander Knight Rescuing Princess Hedgehog sketchSalamander Knight Recuing Princess Hedgehog inkedHere’s the sketch and ink steps, for those of you interested in seeing a bit of my process. I try to keep my sketching loose and really enjoy the movement and expressiveness. When I head to inking, I’ll refine some of the character-look and details. You’ll see that I decided to change the princess’s crown to a pointed hat. Then of course, once the inking is complete, I move on to the fun part of digitally coloring the whole cartoon!


Art Magazine Logo & Character Design

I recently had the pleasure of working with a long time fan of mine. He started an art magazine and wanted me to design a logo and character mascot for it.

Logo Design and color treatments for an art magazine logo

As always, I started out by getting all the details and ideas from my client on the look for the logo and character. My client wanted something text based and bold. For the logo, I felt that the best approach was something simple and minimalistic, so that the artwork could really be highlighted on the front of each magazine issue. After that main logo was developed and approved, I created the various color treatments that my client could then use for the different issues of the magazine that come out. The colors and style can be adjusted to fit the art that accompanies it.

delivery boy cartoon character development sketches for art magazine mascot

After completing the logo, I then started the character development. My client wanted a modern delivery boy with a slightly futuristic outfit. He also wanted to make sure the character was created in a fun, cartoon style. These are the 2 initial sketches I sent him. My client fell in love with the one on the left right away, with very minimal adjustments.

cartoon scifi delivery boy character design final illustrations

After receiving approval on the character sketch, I then illustrated the final color character pose. My client loved it so much that he immediately commissioned me to draw another pose of the mascot, sliding down a pile of magazines. The key, when it comes to the use of a great character, is the ability to illustrate the character in a variety of poses and have him look the same. You want to be sure that your branding is consistent and strong. As my client continues to develop his magazine, he has requested me to illustrate more poses and actions of this delivery boy character for use in each new magazine issue. I look forward to my continued work with this fun character!


Marshmallow Martian


The phrase “Marshmallow Martian” came up in conversation the other day… I don’t remember why, but this character drawing came out of it. This marshmallow alien travels from planet to planet, exploring the furthest parts of space, to learn more about the sinister evils that may threaten his squishy home planet.