Category Archives: Less Talk More Art

Random Drawings: Miscreation #1

It’s been almost a solid year since I last posted. I thought I’d share a sketch I made with the iOS app Paper by Fifty-Three.

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Random Drawings

My hyperactive imagination seems to hijack my thoughts at the most inopportune times (during staff meetings, church, and less than exciting conversations). Additionally, I’ve loved to draw since I was a young boy. I am a notorious doodler and tinkerer. I used to add robots and jet planes to the illustrations in my first Bible. I couldn’t be bothered by the impossibility of Moses having robot canines on his rocket-powered Ark. So it’s not surprising that as a teacher, I often create wacky activity sheets for my students at the Boys and Girls Club to help them tap into their inner artistic weirdo. I thought I’d share the the sheets themselves and the examples that I worked up for them. Admittedly, I was just looking for an excuse to draw strange and wonderful faces, figures, and hairstyles*.

* All art created with pencil, pen, and markers. Shadows and backgrounds were added digitally.


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Illustration 4.6.12

Happy Easter weekend.

Here’s an illustration I’m finishing for a future postcard. If you’ve never listened Maps and Atlases I’ve highlighted them before. The illustration depicts singer/guitarist Dave Davison belting one of my favorite tunes,“Israeli Caves.”

This was a fun experiment. It was my first time coloring a sketch in Photoshop in this particular way. The process was laborious, but it gave me some added flexibility in terms of colors and effects. I’d love to design some rock posters or a children’s book in this style.

I’d also love to know your thoughts.


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Sometimes, art takes time. My ideas usually have to marinate for a while before they come to fruition. In 2012, I want to learn to cook a quicker creative stew, to effectuate more than procrastinate. That said, the painting I’m revealing here today has been a long time coming, testing  even my considerable procrastination skills. Seriously, you don’t even want to know. 

The piece is called “Dreamers,” and it is a commissioned acrylic painting measuring five feet by four feet.* I was handed a check by a generous friend and simply told to ‘do something.’ After much self-doubt and deliberation, I opted to work from a quote that impacted me in two books I was reading concurrently:

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.” – T.E. Lawrence

Okay. So my girl’s eyes are closed, but you get the point. What began as a lucrative art gig became a monument to my haphazard creative lifestyle. What should have been a two-month endeavor became a project older than some of my friends’ children. What started as sketch in my notebook became an image that speaks to me about self-realization. We create our preferred futures every day with our words and our actions.

Let’s be dreamers of the day.

*(Enjoy photos of the full painting below, with details and the original sketch).

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