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Nerdy Halloween Cartoon Characters

Cartoon Sketches of Nerdy Halloween Monsters, Headless Horseman, Mummy, and Creature from the Black LagoonFor the Halloween season, I decided to sketch a few of my favorite Halloween creatures, but making them nerdy. For the geeky character sketches, we’ve got:

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon, reading a comic book
  • Headless Horseman with a flaming pumpkin head, writing some code on a tablet
  • Mummy Girl combining some chemicals in test tubes

I had a lot of fun with with these! And I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!



Veggie Root Dinosaurs Illustration

Cartoon Carrot Root Dinosaur Characters Creatures, little dinos trying to get older root creature to come out of the ground into the sunlight

Created my personal art piece yesterday, using my vegetable root dino concepts from earlier. I’ll be showing this at a small art gallery at my church for the next several weeks. The theme for us artists was “Seeds of Growth.”

The message behind it being:

Sometimes we are afraid to try something new or open ourselves up to others. We become deep rooted in our own stubborn ways, thinking that it’s safer or better. Yet if we are open to trying something new, we might just discover a bright, beautiful world we never knew existed. We have to have faith and courage like the young ones out there. Take a chance on something new, and maybe a little scary, today!

I’ve had a lot of fun with these little veggie creatures so far. I’m thinking about developing a whole story around them. We’ll see!


Beaked Centipede Snail Creature Sketch

sketch and ink of creature monster centipede beaked snail shell critter

Here’s a crazy beaked centipede creature I drew this morning for fun. These monster beasts make good pets, but will get a little peckish if you forget to feed them. :) I used colored pencils and pens for this quick drawing.


Prickly Pear Cactus Stegosaurus

cartoon creature mashup of a pricky pear cactus and a stegosaurus

Had an idea for a mashup creature of a Prickly Pear Cactus and a Stegosaurus. Drew it in my travel sketchbook and finished it with colored markers & pen. This guy was fun to draw. I think I’ll probably be trying to draw¬†some more plant + animal creatures like this.


Sophisticated Sasquatch

Sophisticated Sasquatch monkey Cartoon character sipping espresso from a tiny mug wearing a tuxedoThis drawing has a little bit of a backstory… When I order a sandwich from Which Wich, I like to write silly names on the bags, so that the sandwich makers have to call it out. Today I wrote: “Sophisticated Sasquatch.” Needless to say, I felt like I had to doodle a little something for that. This cartoon bigfoot guy likes to dress dapper and is a bit of an espresso aficionado. Draw with just brown pencil, pen, and a black felt marker.



SciFi Snail Soldier Character

Cartoon Slug Snail Alien SciFi Soldier Character sketchI sketched this SciFi Snail Slug Alien Soldier with a big space gun a few years ago. I had sketched it just for fun. Recently a repeat client saw the old sketch and fell in love with the character. He hired me again, this time to finalize this creature for use on his online video gaming channel, as the mascot for it.

Science Fiction Slug Snail Alien Soldier Character inked lineworkSince it was a few years back that I had created the original sketch, the first thing I did was adjust some of the posing, to strengthen the drawing. Then I inked the linework as seen above.

SciFi Snail Slug Alien Marine Soldier Character Creature finalized in color illustrationI presented my client with 2 armor color options: orange and purple. My client chose the purple armor for the final illustration. He absolutely loved the final artwork. I do as well, especially the awesome giant glowing space gun!

I’d love to work with you on your project as well. Feel free to contact me to discuss your character and illustration needs!

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Day of the Dead Style Cartoon Animals

Day of the dead style cartoon giraffe platypus slug seahorse toucan kiwi bird axolotl kangaroo rat rattlesnake

Which one is YOUR favorite?

There’s a fun artist challenge called Inktober every October. Hard for me to commit to a traditionally inked drawing every day of October, but I’ll be doing a few throughout this month. Here’s my first: Day of the Dead style cartoon animals!

Penciled, then inked in Sharpie & White Ink, then finished with Markers. Fun to get to draw on actual paper every once in a while, since most of my client work is digital.


Girl Dog Walking with Gator

Cute little girl walking scared dogs and a happy alligator funny cartoon illustrationI was inspired by an old vintage photo of a girl walking her pet alligator down the stairs…

Vintage Photo Gator and Girl walking down stairs

So I wanted to create my own illustration with a girl and a gator, but make it different somehow. My first sketch was a simple reversal of the photo, with the gator reluctant to come down the steps…

Cartoon gator scared to come down the stairs with girl owner pulling the leashI decided this just wasn’t original enough, or compelling enough. Then I thought of the idea of the scared dogs lagging behind on the leashes as the girl is walking them with the gator happily walking ahead, oblivious to their fears. And of course, this is a brave girl who sees nothing wrong with walking a large reptile.

Brave girl walking dogs and a gator on leashes cartoon sketchI think the final came out great and hope you enjoyed reading a little about my sketch concept process. Sometimes you have to jump in and sketch a little, before the best idea or concept comes forth.


Shark Beast Monster Sketch

Cartoon Shark Beast Monster Creature Drawing in my Travel Sketchbook

Sketched this shark beast monster but wasn’t sure I liked him… then my wife added the bandaids and suggested the potbelly and now I think I like him more… :)


People Sketching in Starbucks

sketch of an Asian man with crazy curly hair in starbucksI was waiting for a client meeting in a Starbucks yesterday and saw this crazy, curly-haired older man. I had to draw him! Carrying around this travel sketchbook has come in handy!



Friendly Tree Character Sketch

Cartoon Tree Character cartoon in my travel sketchbook

Been sketching this Tree Character¬†off and on during lunch breaks for the past few days. Finally finished him. It’s a combination of red pencil and red pen, which I think makes a nice look. :)


SciFi Board Game Illustration

Illustration and design of scifi spaceship board game artworkI had the pleasure of illustrating and designing the box for a new SciFi board game called Space Truckies. Can’t say too much about the game mechanics, but it sounds really fun! Here’s a little insight on my process for this artwork.


concept sketch for the box of a scifi board game illustrationAs always, I first discussed the details of the game and the style with my client. He loves the old, vintage scifi spaceships of the 1950’s, the style you see on the Amazing Stories covers. I am a big fan of those retro vehicles too, so this project was a perfect fit. I sketched the image above out, thinking of how to incorporate action and excitement into the composition. The camera angle, movement lines, and overlapping the ship on the borders of the box all help with this. I felt that a sense of movement would entice the viewer to buy the game more than if it was just a ship parked on a runway. I also went ahead and illustrated the background more fully, so that the client would get a better idea of the overall look and feel I would be achieving in the final illustration.

Science Fiction Board Game Box Illustration in a variety of colors

The client absolutely loved the initial sketch, so I was able to quickly move on to the final color illustration. The client wanted nice, bright colors for the final box, and so I gave him 3 different color options to choose from. At this stage, I also included the sides of the box, so he could start getting an idea of how it would look as a whole.


final illustration for science fiction spaceship board game box designAnd here’s the final box design, with the color option that the client chose. You’ll also see a few minor changes to text and icons incorporated on the sides of the box. I love how this turned out and I look forward to playing the game soon, when the production is completed.

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Veggie Root Dinosaur Creatures

Vegetable Root Carrot Dinosaur Creatures Monsters Concepts Drawings

Sketched some concepts for a personal art piece I’m working on. I’ve got an idea for some cute vegetable root-like dinosaur creatures, that are trying to get an older, cranky root to come out of the ground and enjoy the world. Hope to have a chance to do the full illustration in the next few weeks.

Which Veggie Root Dino Critter do YOU like best?


New Pocket Sketchbook!

Fun Cartoon Octopus with mustache and holding vintage pocket watch with tentaclesI just found a nice leather pocket sketchbook recently at Hobby Lobby! Been looking for a nice, smaller sketchbook that I could carry around with me wherever I go. I was so excited when I found this! Here’s the debut sketch for the sketchbook- a mustached octopus looking at his pocket watch. I suppose he’s checking to see if it’s a good time to draw, which the answer is always YES! :)


Skeleton Packaging Illustrations

cartoon skeleton characters illustrations for food packaging designI created these 4 cartoon skeleton characters for use in a client’s food packaging design. The client requested rough, sketchy skeletons in these 4 sports actions: basketball, skateboarding, BMX biking, and surfing. They wanted a Day of the Dead kind of feel, mixed with a fun cartoony style. Each skeleton will be used on the Mexican food packaging of Diego’s different products.