Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Pumpkin Head Trick or Treat IF

This is an from an ATC series of new "Creepies" for Halloween.

Saturday, October 27, 2007


"Calaveras" is the Spanish word for "skull" and for "rake" (a person). Having drawn a few this month they take on a devil-may-care aspect for me. This and "Dream of God" are my "Stream of Conciousness" Drawing. I want the viewer's eyes to move across the images and pick up familiar bits and images.

detail from Dream of God

There is a sketch of this posted earlier. I just added ink lines to finish it.
It was inspired by a question, "Are we just a dream of God?"
You can see the original of this and "Calaveras" at the Ricardo Vela Gallery, 2923 Upas St., San Diego, CA through the month of November 2007.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Halloween Creeeeeeepers ATCs

Six of the ten of these I made are for a Havest/Halloween trade.
My concept was to create some original monsters and maniacs. Horror movies held a special place in the childhood of baby boomers. Except for Sci Fi, horror movies challenged our imaginations unlike any other genre.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Contrary Beings

This is a 12" x 12" beaded piece on fabric. It borrows several cultures.

In Vino

"In Vino Veritas" is Latin for "In Wine (is) Truth".

Green Ghosts

This was created for "Ghost", a Digital Illustration topic in October 2006. I recently posted it to a group and got a lot of positive feedback for it. Coming up to Dia de los Muertos and Hallows Eve, I think it is appropriate to ressurect it.

La Abuela

This is a graphite drawing I have donated to to a fundraiser for Christie's Place. Christie's is a drop-in center which provides support primarily to women and children affected by AIDS.
I based this on a drawing by Mary Cassatt. There is no other artist, whom I am aware of, who captured the subtle emotions of women and girls better than Cassatt.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Day of the Dead Distraction

This is one of 9 ATCs I made for a Day of the Dead Trade. Day of the Dead, a traditional Mexican holiday, is November 1st and 2nd. It is a time to look back on our loved ones who have died.
Living loved ones may take a picnic to the cemetary and put things the deceased enjoyed in life on their graves. They may also create an ofrenda or altar and decorate it with a picture of the dead and things they liked.
Read more at:

Day of the Dead Family Fun

Day of the Dead Greetings

Day of the Dead In Vino

Day of the Dead Guiltless Pleasure

Day of the Dead Exercise

Day of the Dead Always Faithful

Day of the Dead Kickin It

Day of the Dead Self Portrait

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Sketch from Dream of God

This came from a detail of a sketch I am working on. It was inspired by the question, "Are we just a character in the dream of God?"

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Logo suggestion for this years Variety Show

This is kind of my UU Elvis (his leaner years).

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Raisa was named for Mrs. Gorbechev (sp?) because they both wore white furs. She inherited me from my partner Tom. As the only gal in a house with three guys she knows when to bare her claws.
That afgan was knitted by my mother and has since gone to Texas to live with my nephews family. Raisa just small chenile bedspread to replace it.

Friday, September 21, 2007


I found this great book as National Geographic Vintage Photographs. This is a rearrangement of a photo of Aborigines in a Sidney studio, circa 1900. They appear to be adorned with dollops of white, possibly earth and quite unselfconcious about having their photo taken.

Animal ATCs

I did some ATCs from the San Diego Zoo's magazine Zoo News.
The sea lion and the giraffe have been traded away.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

IF Momentum Final Copy

This is my cleaned up copy.
Momentum makes me think of a rolling snow ball that gets bigger as it goes down hill. This gal was a little more colorful. And it will be sledding season before you know it.

IF Momentum

This was my sketch for the Illustrator Friday topic of Momentum. I really liked the casualness of it but needed to go to Illustrator to clean it up.


The seated woman was from imagination.
Mark Fosterling, my late neighbor, showed extreme strong will in this picture taken by Ted Drake. Mark lost his hair a couple of times because of chemo or radiation therapy to treat his cancer.
The rest of the faces are from art books.


These are some ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) I have been working on. They are 3.5 x 2.5 inches and only meant to be traded with other artists.
I really enjoyed the pencil sketches of the faces. It also feels good to bring out the colored pencils too.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Illustration Friday-Alphabet

Illustration Friday---Alphabet

This was a lot of fun because it was reminescent of coloring book technique and freedom. After I drew these three characters I thought they must come from my love of teachers. I have such great respect for those who can go into the most hazardous of invironments and instruct little hellions in the skills they need. And they lack the basic benefits that would make most back hoe operators walk off the job.

Hey, it was also fun to dust off the crayon box. Just in time for school too!

Colorized "Sketching"

This guy is off to the Land Down Under with two Illustrated image ATCs.