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Here are some rough sketches for a recent commission.

Below is the approved final sketch. I’ll post the painted final on my blog soon.

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This month our topic is Pinocchio. I’m concentrating on some other paintings at the moment, and completing the dreaded taxes. I didn’t want to completely pass up such a fun topic, so here are some quick character studies I was playing around with.

I’m very much looking forward to the new 3D stop motion animated Pinocchio movie based on Gris Grimly’s illustrated 2002 book of Carlo Collodi’s tale! It will be brought to the screen by none other than the masters, Guillermo del Toro and The Jim Henson Company! Some more info here.

A nontraditional Valentine gift can be just as sweet.

Scroll down to download wonderful free printable Valentine cards from Tina & Brooke!

A Christmas Carol was written by Charles Dickens, and first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. Now, 168 years later it seems the only difference in our society is that we have so many more Scrooges. Sorry to be dark and negative, but everywhere I look these days miserly activities are far worse. Ebenezer remarked about the poor, “If they would rather die they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.” I can’t help but notice that same attitude prevails today.

I chose to illustrate this scene when Bob Cratchit asks for Christmas day off to spend with his family, and Scrooge only allows it because no other businesses will be open. I was struck by how even today we work and work, but if we don’t get to enjoy quality time with our loved ones than what is it all for? Is this the life we want for everyone when our world is filled with such abundance?

While researching this story I recorded Disney’s Christmas Carol thinking it would be the great version with the mouse, but instead it was that freaky one with the animation that tries too hard to be too realistic. I found it to be unwatchable. Then, I found the wonderful Muppet version, and was much more inspired. I even watched The Flinstones’ version and the George C. Scott movie was very good. Dr. Who had a fantastic Christmas Carol episode last year.

It’s been so fun seeing what our blog members have turned out for this topic! Check out the wonderful illustrations by Jill, Tina, and Brooke that have already posted.

Automated Bunnies – Acrylic on wood

I started sketching fairly traditional robots for our November theme, but they somehow morphed into these robot/bionic bunny hybrids. Sometimes I just hold onto the pencil, and let the idea play out. I just dropped this off for a local gallery show. You can see the other 2 paintings here.

Sneaking this in on All Hallow’s Eve. I’m so happy to have been invited to join Between the End Pages! To start off I wanted to revisit my penguin and chicken characters. They’ve decided to have a truce (well, sort of) in order to have some Halloween fun.

I’ve posted another quick Penguin and Chicken sketch over on my blog.