Thursday, December 13, 2018

Winter Trees at Dusk

It's December, and Solstice time. The trees are empty and dusk-light shines through them. There is hardly any birdsong, except for the hardy crows and winter-overing robins. It isn't snowy yet, but that will come. With my owl-like schedule, I spend most of my time in the dark. Every so often I hear hoots and calls from my night-flying comrades.

Original drawing, black tech pen on sketchbook page, 8" x 6", December 6, 1998. Colored in Photoshop, December 2018.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Geometrikon Blue Sky Demo

I went to the art materials store yesterday to get my seasonal colors. Today I bought enough colored pencils to create a fine winter scene. This Geometrikon is a tryout for new colored pencils that match the purplish blue of winter skies, and one snowflake. That's all we got while other people were buried in snow. I also enriched my landscape collection with a selection of evergreen greens: spruce, juniper, sap, cedar, more. And then some light grey for winter clouds. Winter here in MidAtlantica is often bright and sunny, with moderate chill. I've never figured that out.

Colored pencil, marker drawing, 2 1/2" x 2", December 12, 2018.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Terra Nebulosa

"Foggy Earth" would actually be "Terra Nebulosa" in proper Latin, but I'll give the Terra Nebulo people a pass on that. If they were in space, they would be "Nebula," which would make interesting wine. A "shady character" is foggy or shady, hence "nebulo." The vineyard's logo is a black domino mask, which I can't copy here or add to the page, because of copyright rules. Did bandits or burglars ever really wear black domino masks? In the comic books both the bad guys and the good guys wear some type of mask. I just use Photoshop masks.

Photoshop composite, December 2018.

Monday, December 10, 2018

20 Years Ago My Room

DarkoverCon 1998 is over and I'm back at home. Here is a drawing I made of my room after the con. You see bookcases, plush toys, boots and shoes, a plant, bead strings hanging on the wall, and a large pile of laundry. The unusual thing about this is that this room looks exactly the same right now. The only thing that is different is that I now have a bookcase in the  empty wall at center, and my racks of collectible orange sneakers. I still have the felt indoor boots you see in front of the left bookcase. The plant is still in the room but doing poorly; maybe I can re-pot it. The mass of laundry is ever-renewing. The more I wash, the more I pile on the floor, dirty or clean. Twenty years, the same thing.

Black tech pen ink on sketchbook page, 8" x 6", November 30, 1998.

Sunday, December 9, 2018


Another little pattern piece fits into my small sketch journal page. This is a piece of "reverse engineering" where I use colored pencil and ink to imitate the layering technique of Photoshop. These are proper Autumn colors of leaves which have now scattered to the winds and it's twiggy time now until the end of March. 

Colored pencil and ink on sketchbook page, 5" x 2", December 7, 2018.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

20 Years Ago Starbucks

There he sits, like a prince, awaiting his coffee. This is the throne room of King Coffee, and that's what Starbucks is all about. There is always so much to be sketched in a coffee house, from people to equipment to drinks. It must have been a rather warm day in November because the people are not bundled up. This Starbucks was established in 1995 and I have been frequenting it ever since.

Black tech pen and marker on sketchbook page, 8" x 6", November 12, 1998. In those days I thought the Millennium would never come.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Cardinal Acquaviva 1978

Some of you remember a fantasy character of mine, a Roman Catholic cardinal named Acquaviva. The name means "Living Water" though anyone who sees that name thinks it has to do with "Aqua Velva," a men's aftershave cologne. I interacted with this character during my explorations of Catholic Christianity and I continued to maintain "contact" with him up to and including my formal conversion and baptism as a Catholic in 1979. Next year, 2019, will be the  40th anniversary of this event. Naturally the Cardinal was pleased to see me join the fold.

I did this little portrait of His Eminence in August 1978. At that point a new Pope had not yet been elected and Cardinal A. was waiting to go into Conclave to meet with his fellow prelates to vote. 

I parted ways with the Cardinal some years after my conversion. Sometimes I still "visit" him in his corner of the Imaginal World to see how he is doing. 

Black ink on sketchbook page, 4" x 5 1/2", August 1978.