New Art, Sketches & Progress Shots
Graham's Up the Tree! ("and there's nowhere else he can go!") - my 4 year old ran around the house for weeks misquoting the story with his own interpretation of an Australian accent. Calling it out over, and over, and over again.
With fish in hand & a mischievous grin on his face... Billy's about to rat out Graham for being up the tree to his sausage stew eating family.
I took on the Graham's Up the Tree project one week before little Izobel, my 4th kid, was born. Looking back I have no idea what I was thinking (I also work full time as a game industry artist) but I'm glad I did.
This one was drawn with a Pilot Custom Heritage 92 piston filler fountain pen. The magic of these smaller #5 Pilot nibs is that they're actually softer than the larger #10 and #15 nibs - but not soft enough to have the side effects sometimes associated with soft nibs. Great pen.
"Billy gets there last, wiggles up a spot..." from the Graham's Up the Tree book. I grew to love these kids after drawing them so much. They sort of became real to me.
"Her cricket kids traipse in to wash their hands." Cricket is a popular bat-and-ball game in Australia where the winning team gets to eat crickets at the end of a match.
For these Graham's Up the Tree drawings I used a Pilot Custom 823 with FA nib. This pen is legendary. It has a very soft nib and a giant vacuum filled tank of ink so you can write and draw for days.
"At 6 o'clock the window squeaks and mum calls time" from Graham's Up the Tree. It must have been strange for mbpardy to see his his story interpreted through my illustrations... but page by page these characters came to life, with both of our contributions somehow adding up to something bigger.
This was my first drawing for the Graham's Up the Tree book. I used my most trusted pen: Metal Pilot Falcon, Soft Extra Fine.
Australian author mbpardy & I have a children's book coming out soon called "Graham's Up the Tree." This illustration from the book makes a good countdown to release.
"This is not a game! It's not about Fortnite it's all about Fort Wayne!" It's Kashal Tee ( @samjewel ) and Ida on a hip hop adventure. Guest starring Fort Wayne's finest, @sankofafw
Colored with Winsor & Newton watercolors on Strathmore Multimedia 140lb paper.
Drawn with my Pilot Custom 74 using De Atramentis Document Ink Black.
I'm always drawing in meetings. With Rebelle 3 by Escape Motions I'm able to turn those quick sketches into more finished works of art as I did with this one.
Check out the time lapse video:
Created for a HAM Radio/fountain pen guy --- this is a new model of his favorite radio designed for even further contact! It was drawn with a Pilot Custom Heritage 91 (F) using De Atramentis Document Ink Black on 140lb watercolor paper.
Here it is before the color.
Notice how waterproof the De Atramentis Document Ink is. There's no bleed at all. It's an outstanding ink for fountain pen artists.