been working on a wildlife documentary. I've been lucky enough
to film some really cool animals. I've decided to post some stills
that I filmed in my backyard. The story is that I walked out
on my deck and went around the corner of the house and I startled
a hawk that was perched on my fence. I could tell he was eating
something, because feathers flew everywhere when he took flight.
Lucky for me he landed in a nearby tree. I've yet to identify
the hawk, but I think he's a Coopers Hawk he seems to be eating
a pigeon. Click on the photo to see the two enlargements.
Portraits: I've started doing pet portraits. My first
attempt is a pencil drawing I created for a friend of mine. He
wanted a pencil drawing of his cat Chloe (a sealpoint himalayan).
I think it turned out pretty good and I really enjoyed the challenge.
Because of this, I've decided to offer pet portraits to anyone
who wants one. Soon I'll have a pay scale for different sizes and
Update: February 8, 2003 = I took some cool
photos not far from my house. I've picked the best ones and made
them available for download as desktop pics. Click
here to view and download.
Update: August 2, 2002 = On a recent trail
run I decided to take my digital camera with me. I plan taking it
with me some more so I can document the entire 5 miles. I was only
able to get the first part because I ran out of memory. You'll need
plug-in to be able to watch. Click
here to watch the video.
Update: July 7, 2002 = I finally got off my
fanny and created an online store featuring my artwork. My illustrations
are available on assorted t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs and more.
Click here to visit my
Update: March 9, 2002 = I found some very old
pictures of my relatives.
There are seven photographs for you to enjoy... Family
Animations are hard to do. This animation consists of 40 drawings
rendered at 24 frames per second. I have always been interested
in animation and have secretly wanted to animate my own series,
but as you can tell it takes a lot of time and effort... something
that I'm lacking these days. Anyway, click on the graphic to watch
the animation. It is looped so that you can enjoy it over and over
Scaup hand carved out of redwood. This decoy is approximately
8 inches long. The Lesser Scaup is the last of three decoys that
I have carved and is the least detailed of the trio. The decoy was
hand painted with acrylics and india ink and took around 20 hours
to carve and paint. All three of the decoys I have carved I have
given away, but if you want one you'll have to pay... LOL! The other
two ducks are a Green-Winged Teal and a Wood Duck. There is a link
inside the Lesser Scaup's popup window to view a picture of the
Wood Duck, I hope to have a picture of the Green-Winged Teal up
Sargeant Major to the right was painted with acrylic
on canvas. Painted life size, the Sargeant Major is
a Damsel fish that lives off of the coast of Texas.
There is a link inside the Sargent Major's
popup window to view a picture of a Lion Fish... I hope you enjoy
Green Heron to the right is another "bad luck"
painting. Like the Toucan at the bottom of the page, the Green Heron
illustration was done in gouache and water colors. The painting
was created specifically to be entered into a contest for a wildlife
calendar. I sent it off with great hopes of being on the cover or
at least somewhere inside. So after three very long months I received
a letter from the WVDNR stating that my painting had not been chosen,
but they encouraged me to enter again in 1999. KERPLUNK! My adams
apple fell into the pit of my stomach. Well I guess there's always
and Ink can sometimes lend it's self to the perfect type of
animals. The Eastern Cougar illustration to the right seemed to
work out great for me. There was no question about it, as soon as
I got the idea to draw the eastern cougar I knew it had to be done
in black ink. At first the short fur was starting to be a problem,
but I soon figured out that a modified stippling approach would
work best. Click
here to learn more about the Eastern Cougar
to the right is one of several illustrations that I created for
a certain magazine that shall remain nameless. The magazine killed
the illustrations right before they ran on the press. Well at least
got a kill fee from it. The Bluegill was drawn by hand and scanned
into my Mac. I then painted him in Adobe PhotoShop and Metacreations
Painter. I use a pressure sensitive drawing tablet to get the look
of a real painted illustration. The best part about creating illustrations
this way is that there is no mess to clean up afterwards.
Toucan to the right was created using pencil, gouache and water
color. The substrate is No.114 Crescent cold press illustration
board. I prefer cold press because of the way the paint interacts
with the teeth of the board. This particular painting was sketched
out to size and then transferred to the illustration board. I started
the painting process by creating transparent washes using water
colors. After the washes dried I built up my colors with gouache.
Some highlights were helped with prismacolor pencils.
Check the links below for more illustrations
Muskellunge | Brook Trout | Eastern Bluebird |
Largemouth Bass |
Check out my work in progress