Arachtober 2017

I’m working on my yearly installment of my entomological illustration series of spiders, scorpions, mites, and associated species. I am trying to do some species that I have always wanted to cover, but there’s just so many to choose from. First up is a simple species- the Golden Orb Weaver, posted in the Scientific Illustration page. I plan on finishing at least 4 for the month.

Archaeological Illustration

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I’m still teaching at Kennesaw State, and this summer I’m part of a class on Archaeological Illustration.

My teaching partner will handle the science and paperwork side, while I will handle the sketching and illustrating side. I’ve been practicing myself, with lots of sketches of pottery (whole and sherds). statues, and lithics to get the hang of better. My background in sci-art is certainly helpful, especially the attention to detail and measuring, but I have to learn the visual vocabulary of archao art. My favorite pieces were a collection of sherds from a Celtic burial mound in Germany, ca. 1000 BCE. Fun to study 3000 year old artifacts!

I’m posting some of my practice drawings in the Scientific Illustration page. They’ll range from pencil, pen and ink, and digital.

 

 

Arachtober 2016

With artists around the world doing Inktober, I am doing my own version, called Arachtober. I will be doing illustrations of various species of arachnids and related critters during the month. They’ll be placed on the Scientific Illustration page. The first two, the Six-Spotted Fishing Spider and the House Pseudoscorpion, are up now. More to come!

 

Chelifer cancroides, House Pseudoscorpion. Adobe Illustrator. 2016

Drawing Teaching

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Well, it’s been a good six weeks into my teaching job at Kennesaw State University. I’ve been teaching Drawing I & II foundations courses. As my students work, I work alongside them. These images are some of the sample drawings I’ve done to teach techniques.

 

elephant
Elephant Statue; Conte crayon on midtone paper
nymph
Nymph (based on bust reproduction); Charcoal (compressed)
horse
Horse (based on statue); Charcoal (compressed and vine)
heracles
Heracles [or Hercules?] (based on bust reproduction); Graphite pencil

Spring Bugs

I’m doing another round of entomological illustrations, this time insects and related critters in a Spring theme. They can be found in my Scientific Illustration gallery page.

Humbugs 2015

Continuing from Arachtober, I’m doing a series of illustrations for the Christmas season. These will be more varied, as it will cover all of the buggies to choose from. First off though, is an Ant Mimic Spider, sort of bridging the gap. More to come, posted in my Scientific Illustration page.

 

Myrmarachne melanotarsa, Ant Mimic Spider; Abobe Illustrator. 2015
Myrmarachne melanotarsa, Ant Mimic Spider; Abobe Illustrator. 2015

Arachtober 2015

I’ve been adding new illustrations to the Scientific Illustration gallery here, with the theme of Arachtober- Spiders, Scorpions, Mites, and related species. All done in Adobe Illustrator, I’m adding as many as I can for the rest of October.

Apartment Property Sitemaps

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I have been working the last year on freelance work for Network Communications, the publishers of Apartment Finder, the ubiquitous apartments listings catalog. The gallery of the more interesting site maps is here. I’ll add more as I finish them.

 

Cypress-Pond

The Moon- Endless Factory Tarot deck

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I return to a too-long-discarded idea, the Endless Factory Tarot. The concept of a massive factory complex, a conglomeration of machinery, resources, products, and people has given me some new ideas and gotten me out of a creative rut.

This card is The Moon. A subject dreams in her virtual reality prison. With nothing to guide her, she can only focus on herself. Thus she is trapped in infinite recursion, a false enlightenment that will reveal no answers. The flotsam of media surrounds her, blaring on every screen, more distractions, more input.

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