Sunday, December 18, 2016

Weird Lady Drawing

This is one of my less successful attempts.  Her eye looks weird.  I guess the rest isn't too bad, but it's not exactly good either.  Back to the drawing board I guess, literally.

Chillin Chimp

I love apes and monkeys, they fascinate me.  This guy was just hanging out, eating some grass.  I have a whole bunch of chimp and gorilla pictures, but this is one of my favorites.


Two ladies kissing, drawn from a photo.  The lady on the left ended up with wonky lips and fingers, but overall I don't think it's that bad.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, drawing people is hard.  I have both admiration and envy for people who can draw people well.

Greenhouse flowers

I liked the purple and white together on this.  I wasn't crazy about the background, but didn't want to monkey around with it digitally.  I am not against digital editing or anything, I just didn't think it would work for this picture.


A sketching practice, the fish in the background are pretty terrible, but I kind of like the big turtle.  Animals are way easier to draw than people I am finding, I don't know if it's because they are just put together more simply, or if the lack of fine detail detracts less from the picture.

Little Frog

This little frog is one of the first pictures we took that got us really excited and made us want to take up photography as a hobby and not just something to document vacations and such.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Horse Sketch 3

Finishing off my horse trifecta, this one isn't as good as the last one in my opinion.  The shape of the foal's face is a little off, and once again the eyes have that empty creepy look.  But I don't think it's all that bad, just wish it had been a little better.

Horse Sketch 2

My second attempt at horses.  Much better but I did still have some trouble with the little one.  It helped that these were standing still and not running I think.  I managed to avoid that empty scary look in the eyes.

Horse Sketch

My first try at sketching horses.  The eyes are kind of frightening.  It is difficult to express motion in a still drawing I have found.  Still lots of practice needed, but I am having fun so it's all good.


A red flower, this is one of a bunch that we submitted for stock.  This one didn't get chosen, so I am sharing it here.

Paper Lantern

You can see notes to a lost loved one stuck inside.  Once the lantern was released it floated up into the sky until it completely burned away.


Another sketching practice exercise.  Wildlife does seem easier to draw than people for some reason.  My dolphin on the bottom right looks either mean or angry though.

Dog Photo

To change it up just a bit, this time I have an actual photo of a real dog.  This dog was swimming in the lake and I thought he was super cool.  He was really friendly too, and loved nothing better than chasing a stick out into the deep water.

Dog Sketch 2

This is another sketch of a dog.  Not a whole lot to say about this one.  Just a practice thing I was doing.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Dog sketch

This is a dog sketch I drew from a sketch exercise book I picked up.  Didn't turn out completely awful.  If I live to be 90 I might evolve into a halfway decent artist some day!


Playing around again with GIMP photo editor.  This is 2 versions of the same pic of a suit of armor, I played around the colors and effects, these are the two that I kind of liked.  It is interesting how lighting and color can so drastically change a picture.

A Human Male

Don't laugh, but this was a sketch done from a picture of Andy Warhol.  Yes, that was supposed to be Andy.  And while it doesn't look much like the original subject, it is a recognizably human male, so I am counting this one as a win!


A lot of this blog is going to just be stuff where I was messing around, because I am learning.  I could have taken classes for art and photography, but between my lack of money and time, and the fact that I don't want to learn to do things the way everyone else does but would rather figure out how to do them in my own way, I decided to take my normal approach and just jump in and start doing it.  Now of course this means that most of the things I try are spectacular failures, but learning is more fun this way anyway.  And sometimes sharing your failed attempts can be as much fun as sharing a masterpiece.  With this I was just playing around with colors and backgrounds and I actually found that I liked the texture of the background when I was finished.

Cartoon characters

I am trying to learn to draw rather later than most who take it up.  I started with cartoon characters, and I decided to gather a bunch of them up and show them together in one post.  They were fun to do and I kind of like a few.


An old barn I found.  I thought the tree in front gave it an interesting look.  I love old buildings, and the rustic feel.  This barn has definitely seen better days, but I think it still has a lot of character.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Open field

This is a rare flat spot in the Ozarks.  This field is used to pasture cattle, though they were elsewhere at the time this was taken.

Wall in the woods

The brick wall standing indicates there used to be a house out here in the middle of the woods.  It doesn't appear to be burnt, so it must have just fallen down with age.

Seated woman

I sketch I drew based off a photograph.  Most of my drawing right now is me trying to draw stuff out of photography books and magazines.

Tree In Nogo

I don't really know my trees, but I thought this one looked nice with the red leaves.  You can see the stone tables to the right, and the dirt road that leads to the cemetery to the left.

Outhouse in the woods

This is a 3 seater outhouse out in the woods of southern Arkansas.  This is another shot taken in the small (read non-existent) town of Nogo.

Stone Tables

These stone tables are at the community building in a little town called Nogo Arkansas.  Other than the community building and a cemetary, there didn't seem to be much to the town.

Hello World

Welcome.  This is the first post in this blog, which I am starting to document my efforts in the world of art.  A little while back, I came to the realization that statistically I had lived longer than I had left to live.  Maybe it was my mid-life crisis, but I decided that I wanted to create something before I left this life.  I didn't want to die thinking "I wish I had tried to do x".

I have played guitar for many years now and I used to fancy myself a writer.  I have always had a desire to create.  Life, as it does,  got in the way.  I had kids, and bills to pay.  So I went to work, and went back to school in my thirties, and then went to work in jobs that demanded even more of my time.  I was well on my way to grinding out the rest of my life in the corporate machine.  But I wanted more out of my life.  I am in IT, hence the title of this post which references the first bit of programming that everyone learns.

I started with photography.  I bought a lower end DSLR camera and started learning how to use it.  I bought books and magazines.  I started taking pictures, and then started to submit them to online stock photo sites.  I got more rejections than I can count.  Then, suddenly they accepted one.  Then a couple more.  Now I have about 50 pictures available through stock photo sites, and more through a site that sells pictures on canvas and prints.

I have also decided to learn how to draw.  So I bought art supplies and books and I have been practicing sketching.  I have begun writing again, working on a science fiction horror story and posting articles about pop culture and politics online.  Lately I have begun gearing up to try my hand at collage.  Ironically guitar, which has been my sole artistic means of expression these many years, has been neglected to an extent, because I just don't have the time to do everything I want to do.  I am hoping to rectify this.

I know that if I want to excel at something I should focus on it to the exclusion of the other things.  But again, I don't want to end my life wishing I had tried something, so if doing a little of everything means I do not develop as much as I'd like at one thing, I guess that is the price I will pay.  I want to dip my toes in all of the creative pools.

One thing about being creative today, the internet has really democratized art.  So I can share my work and experiences if anyone is interested in taking a look.  I have created some social media pages, but wanted another way to present things, so I am starting this blog.  I will use it to share work, to discuss how things are going and obstacles I overcome.  This will be my forum to vent about my creative endeavors.  I look forward to sharing with anyone who might be interested.  My hope is that I can brighten a day or two with some piece of work, or inspire someone else to do something creative that they have been on the fence about.

Because I think that is what life is all about.  Each of us contributing some small thing to our culture to make someone happy, or inspired, or comforted, or whatever.  If anyone connects with something I do, or takes inspiration from it, then it will all have been worth it.