Monthly Archives: December 2012


“Slumbering Moonlit Cedars” – prints available in my Etsy shop:

I decided this time to try my hand at simulating elements of a classic woodcut print for this week’s “glow” theme “.  I looked to M.C. Escher’s “Dragon” as inspiration and a guide to the look of shading that I was striving for. I’ll always be in awe of this man’s work. Truly ahead of his time.


“Dragon” by M.C. Escher

This is really difficult to master digitally. Custom blends, clipping paths and incremental positioning of shading elements made it one of the most tedious projects I’ve done in a long time. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the results. Here are a few variations of blends I used for each area. Most were customized for each area of snow.


Some detail closeups and a couple tricks I used:


This past grey and rainy Sunday I spent some time getting acquainted with my Wacom tablet again. I stumbled upon a great little blog, “Illustration Friday“, and thought it would be fun to start participating in their weekly challenges. The challenge is merely to create an illustration using a single word as inspiration. This week the word is “stretch”. The site welcomes all ages and skill levels, promises nothing in return, and it is just plain fun to see what wonderful ideas people come up with. My first one is a little cartoon traced from a sketch. It took about 20 minutes to get the idea down, and I’m embarrassed to say how long it took me to digitally render it!


Starting out with a sketch

The Wacom tablet lasted about 10 minutes for me, then I promptly switched to the mouse. Having a hard time making the transition. A couple resources I ran across during the process that I’d like to share:


The final result. A combination of vector art and Photoshop painting.


I kinda like this little dude’s attitude. You show that spider who’s boss!