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Nov
4

Crystal Horned Dragon- Finished in Color

dragon head with crystals for horns sketch inked and colored pencils drawing

Finally found some time to finish this dragon head with crystal horns! I inked in Sharpie, then colored him with a combination of markers and colored pencils. I tried to let the paper color show through for most of his body color. Pretty happy with how it turned out. I’ve really enjoyed drawing on these colored papers and I think I’ll be continuing to draw more things on it! 

And as always, feel free to contact me if you are looking to have me develop a unique look for your creatures or characters. I love working on creature & character design projects.

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Oct
26

Crystal Horned Dragon Drawing

crystal horned dragon head sketch pencil drawing

Here’s a dragon head with crystal horns that I sketched out last night for fun. I’m hoping to find time later this week to ink and color him. It’s really satisfying after a day of work (drawing things for clients digitally) to spend a few minutes drawing something for myself on actual paper. 

Oct
20

UnicOrange Cute Critter

orange fruit unicorn cartoon creature monster inked and colored drawing

UnicOrange is contemplating his own hard questions during this political season. Had fun drawing this cute little creature in my travel sketchbook. He’s drawn with colored pencil, then inked with pen, then colored with markers. I wanted to draw something completely random and silly to take people’s minds off of this crazy presidential election. Something fun and different for social media. Why not draw a combination of an orange and a unicorn?

Oct
5

Fly Trap Ostrich Creature

venus fly trap ostrich cartoon creature monster inked drawing

It’s been a busy first part of October, but here’s my first Inktober drawing for the month! Inktober is an annual artist tradition, started by Jake Parker, where artists create an inked drawing every day in October. For this fun doodle, I decided to combine a Venus fly trap with an ostrich. I love his big wide mouth! I probably won’t be able to do an inked drawing every day this month, but I am going to try and fit a few more in.

Sep
26

Big Eye Red Squirrelfish Drawing

big eye red squirrelfish inked cartoon fish drawing on red paper

Saw one of these Big Eye Red Squirrelfish at the Sea Life Aquarium about a week ago and remembered how much I love them! Had to draw one up for fun yesterday. A little headstart for October’s inktober art month. Drawn on red paper with col-erase pencil, then inked with Sharpies then finished up with some prismacolor colored pencils and and white gel pen.

Sep
3

Buff Minotaur Cartoon Sketch

Big Horned Buff Minotaur Blue Colored Pencil Cartoon Drawing Sketch

Sketched this Minotaur in my Travel Sketchbook yesterday. He’s so buff he hardly fits on the page! I’ve been playing more with drawing clear basic shapes in my characters, like you see in this Minotaur’s head and horns. It’s good to remember the power behind simplified elements within a drawing. I think this guy will be aggressively staring me down until I take time to draw a full body pose of him.

Drawn with a Prismacolor Col-Erase pencil, which I’ve been loving to draw with! One complaint is that these pencils are hard to get really dark lines with, but they’re really intended for underneath pen or a darker pencil, like you’ve seen on some of my other work.

Sep
1

Vintage Style Cartoon Goblin Character

Happy Vintage Cartoon Classic Goblin with Wooden Barrel Gun on Color Starburst Background

I finally had a chance to finish my vintage, classic cartoon style goblin in color! I really like this little guy. 🙂 Now I want to see a cartoon series with him in it! One can dream, right?

Aug
30

Pokemon Inspired T-shirt Design for Dodgeball League

pokemon pokedodge characters t-shirt design final vector artwork for dodgeball league sports team

A local Phoenix dodgeball league asked me to create another t-shirt design for them, since they loved what I designed for them last year’s season. Here’s the final vector t-shirt design I created. They wanted a Pokemon design of some sort, since many of the players love the new Pokemon Go app. I was limited to 4 ink colors, and the design needed to work well on 12 different shirt colors, for the 12 teams. I think it turned out quite well. I actually enjoy working creatively within the limitations of a project. 

pokemon pokedodge characters t-shirt design rough sketch for dodgeball league sports team

As always, I had started with a sketch for the clients’ approval, before finalizing the design. Since I couldn’t use any actual Pokemon characters, I suggested that they would allow me to create brand new characters and creatures that look like they could belong in the Pokemon world. I studied the art style of the existing Pokemon and then mimicked a similar style for my monsters. I really enjoy drawing in a variety of styles and imagining original creatures and characters. With that said, here’s a closeup of each original Pokemon monster I designed (one to represent each team in the dodgeball league): 

pokemon fire phoenix firebird original character creation burnix

The first character is the one that made it as the main, large character in the center, the monster I call Burnix. Since this dodgeball league resides in Phoenix, it only made sense to make this guy the focal point, and design this Fire Pokemon to look like a phoenix or firebird. 

pokemon bug insect beetle with spikes original character creation scarabatak

The next creature is Scarabatak. This one is a Bug type Pokemon. I love horned beetles, so I used that for my initial inspiration. 

pokemon dragon wyvern green original character creation draxiguard

Here’s a Dragon type that I call Draziguard. I based him on a two-legged wyvern style dragon and gave him some features that I feel match him well with the Pokemon style of creatures.

pokemon electric lightning cute ferret original character creation zaptrex

This one may just be my favorite, because everyone loves an Electric type Pokemon, like Pikachu, and he turned out so darn cute! I call this monster Zaptrex and love his extra set of legs! 

pokemon fighting ram horns spiked tail original character creation pummlesar

Next on the list is Pummlesar, a Fighting type Pokemon. I liked the idea of a boxing kind of stance for this guy, but didn’t want to give him stereotypical boxing gloves. So instead, I drew him with a spiked club tail and matching spiked hands. He probably doesn’t need the ram horns, but it does give him a nice secondary fighting move to work with. 

pokemon flying butterfly sparrow bird moth original character creation flitterchi

Is it more bug or more bird? You decide! I call this Flying type Pokemon, Flitterchi. I designed him as mostly bird-like, but with two sets of legs and butterfly or moth wings, to give him a bug-ish feel. Also, it helps the creature become more unique than if it was just one or the other.

pokemon ghost wisp skull original character creation spirwisp

I had a lot of fun designing a Ghost type Pokemon. It took me a little while to come up with a design that didn’t feel too much like an existing character. I think the final character, which I named Spirwisp, has a great look! 

pokemon grass plant mushroom leafy original character creation mushtopus

Up next is the Grass or Plant type. There seems to be a lot of monsters in this category, so drawing something original took a bit of creativity. In the end, Mushtopus became a really fun one. He definitely falls into the “little bit goofy” category of Pokemon. 

pokemon ice frozen icecube with mohawk original character creation mowcube

One of the first things I thought of for the Ice type Pokemon was a single ice cube. It didn’t take long for me to sketch out this snowflake mohawk, ice cube monster! Mowcube is a great fighter, but also one of the most fun critters to have at a party! 

pokemon poison scorpion bunny rabbit original character creation scorpoisar

The next Pokemon type was Poison. I knew that I could really go anywhere with this type. I hadn’t seen much in the realm of scorpion-looking Pokemon, so I felt like that was a good base to start with. And then I incorporated the cute bunny rabbit face from there. And I couldn’t forget the crossbones on the tail! Scorpoisar looks cuddly, but you might not want to get too close. 

pokemon rock stone crystals original character creation crystone

Rock type Pokemon was also an interesting category. I ended up deciding that it would be cool to have crystals growing out of him. Perhaps one of my simpler monster designs, but a strong one, nonetheless. I named him Crystone. 

pokemon water armored dolphin dinosaur original character creation dolphtar

And last but not least, here is Dolphtar. This monster fits into the Water type Pokemon. This guy is a little bit of a lot of things… dolphin, eel, dinosaur, dragon, etc. I love the feel of this guy for the realm of Pokemon characters. 

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And as always, if I can help develop creatures for your product, game, or brand, let me know. Or even if you just need a really unique and captivating t-shirt design. Feel free to reach out anytime. 

Aug
29

Sketch of a Family of Foxes

Cute Cartoon Family of Foxes Red Colored Pencil, Sharpie, and Pen Drawing

Quick sketch of a cute family of red foxes in my Travel Sketchbook. I’ve been thinking a lot about my future family with my lovely wife. 🙂

Drawn with red prismacolor col-erase pencil, fine line sharpie, and ball-point pen.

Aug
25

Red Lizard Creature- Redrawn 14 Years Later

Old High School Cartoon Colored Pencil Drawing of Red Lizard Creature with Horns

Throwback Thursday of sorts… Here’s an old drawing of some red, horned lizard creatures I drew back in High School (probably 2002). I decided it would be fun to redraw it over a decade later, and see the difference. My Dad loved this original character and I remember he had named the lizard, Nagle. I’ll be giving him the new updated drawing as a gift. 

New Updated Redrawn Cartoon Colored Pencil Drawing of Red Lizard Creature with Horns

Here is the redrawn version I just finished last night. I’m not sure where the checkerboard landscape came from, but I felt like I should keep it, along with the essence of the lizard- the colors, the horns, the back fins, the general snout shape- while updating him to a stronger and more appealing design. I kept the materials and medium the same as well… I still used a gray paper and colored pencils, just like I did with the first. Had a lot of fun with it and I think my Dad is going to love it! 

Aug
17

Bearded Welding Skull Logo Design

Logo Design Bearded Skull with Welding Helmet Coalescence Fabrication and Welding company

Just finished this logo design for a client. He loved a bearded viking skull I drew in the past, and wanted a similar one, but wearing a welding helmet instead for his company logo. A perfect look for a welding company! I designed it as vector art, so that he could easily get shirts, stickers, and other printed materials made.

Jul
29

Tough Spiny Seahorse Vector T-shirt Design

Just finished up another vector t-shirt design for a great client of mine. For this design, he was looking for a strong image to represent his aquatic saltwater fish business. He asked for a tough yellow spiny seahorse, lurking in sea grass and coral. Here’s a bit of the process…

Dark Horse Mean Cool Seahorse T-shirt Sketch Stage Artwork Design

 

As always, I started with the sketch. I wanted the spiny seahorse to really feel like he was within the grass, blending in with it a bit. Also, I wanted to make sure he looked cool and tough, not a cute seahorse you would see in an animation. This is for seahorse aquarium enthusiasts, so it needed to hit the target audience well.

Dark Horse Tough Mean Cool Seahorse T-shirt Vector Artwork Design

Here’s how the final illustration turned out. I really loved how this one came together, and my client did as well. The entire design is vector art, for ease of screen printing. I’m always extra excited to draw a design with sea creatures in it, since I love fish! (I used to have 7 fish tanks running in my house at the same time).

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If I can help you with your clothing line or vector artwork, feel free to contact me. I’d love to talk with you on how I can help your vision become a reality.

Jul
26

Tree Ent Character Sketch

Cartoon Drawing of Tree Ent Creature with Antlers talking to a bird

Here’s a sketch of a Tree Ent in my travel sketchbook. His sole purpose is to keep his forest protected and growing strong, and perhaps listen to some sparrow gossip every now and then.

Jul
25

Vintage Style Goblin Cartoon

Happy Vintage Cartoon Classic Goblin with Wooden Barrel Gun Inked DrawingAre Goblins cute? I’d like to think so! I had an idea of a vintage, classic cartoon style goblin. I drew it in a way that it looks like he could fit well in an old 1930’s animated cartoon. This little goblin has a crazy wooden barrel gun of some sort, of which I imagine he’s the only one who knows how to use it. I’m pretty happy with this little guy. Planning on coloring him soon, when I find the time in my schedule.

 

Jul
22

Blue Crab with Palmetto Trees T-Shirt Design

Tribal Blue Crab Beach Fishing Palmetto Tree with Crescent Moon T-Shirt Design Full Back Vector Artwork

Here’s another fishing related t-shirt design I created for a great repeat client of mine. He requested a tribal-looking design featuring a Blue Crab, Palmetto Trees, and a Crescent Moon. Should be another great seller for him on the East Coast!

Tribal Blue Crab Beach Fishing T-Shirt Design Front Vector ArtworkAnd here’s the crab I prepped separately for my client to use on the front of the shirt. This makes a pretty compelling design just by itself as well.