Monday, February 15, 2021

Recent Doodles

 Like many people, I try to reuse paper from my printer. Instead of just throwing away a piece of paper with something printed only on one side. I tear it into quarter sheets to use the unprinted backsides as note paper. These can be just written reminders.

Little mindless doodles are also something I quickly scribble down on the back of the scraps of paper stacked at the corner of my desk.

Here are some recent ones pasted together, sumo wrestlers, oni, hair, and a giant grub.

scanned pencil sketches


Friday, December 11, 2020

Happy Holidays 2020










Scanned pencils, digital finishes.


Thursday, October 22, 2020

A CookieDoodle

 I drew another CookieDoodle art parody. One of the iconic comic book covers from the 1970's was by Bernie Wrightson for DC's House of Secrets #92.  Len Wein and Wrightson created the character of Swamp Thing for a one off story in that DC anthology comic, but the character is still going strong today.

There is nothing too ominous about my parody of that cover, unless you wish not to share your baked goods.

I can not find that I posted my first try at a CookieDoodle. Here is that splash page parody of the story by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby from Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four # 51.

Scanned pencils, digital finishes.

Sesame Street characters @ Sesame Workshop

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman


 It is the beginning of Autumn in the  Northern Hemisphere. I was thinking about Johnny Appleseed.

From what I have recently read, Johnny Appleseed, John Chapman, actually planted cider apple seeds. In colonial times cider was the most common beverage. Water was often not safe to drink and most homesteads had an apple orchard.


Scanned pencils, digital finishes.



Friday, April 03, 2020

Amabie, a Japanese yokai for luck, but still wash your hands.

"A long-haired merperson with three scaly tails and a beak might not seem like someone you’d want in your corner, but there’s a good reason this mythological creature is gaining traction online.

The character, known as Amabie, is one of the yōkai—a class of spirits first popularized in Japanese folklore during the Edo period. According to legend, seeing and distributing Amabie’s image can keep infectious disease away. It stands to reason, then, that artists around the world are now sharing their interpretations of the classic creature on social media."

 From Smart News, Smithsonian Magazine. Read the article here.





Scanned pencils, digital finishes.



Saturday, December 14, 2019

Happy Holidays 2019

Scanned pencils, digital finishes.


Friday, October 25, 2019

Halloween 2019 Cute and Scary!


Lately, I do not seem to draw cute well. I sent my "Tanuki's Dream" to a young friend. She informed me that it was scary.

Here is my attempt to draw a cuter tanuki for Halloween. The more I worked on it, the weirder it became. Maybe something cute and scary is more disturbing than either just scary or cute!

Well, in Japanese the words for cute, kawaii, and scary, kowai, sound very similar to my American ears.



digital sketch



Saturday, October 05, 2019

Happy October 2019

I wanted to have some fun with a Happy Halloween drawing for this year before I became busy with other projects. The Japanese at the bottom of the pumpkin art reads, "Kabocha Goblins" and "Happy Halloween."
When I asked a native Japanese friend to check my script, her corrections were mainly concerned with the direction and order the strokes had been put down. This is her approved version.

I was told "kabocha goblins" is the closest translation into English for how I wrote "kabocha no obake." Other friends have told me "obake" is like a ghost or spirit of an object.

Tanuki's Dream
I did ask if my Japanese for the Weird or Strange Raccoon Dog's dream is correct. The Japanese may be correct; but if you see an angry tanuki this Halloween, let me know how it looked, not if it needed glassed but, it's appearance. I would like to know how close I guessed the cute tanuki's Hyde version.


Scanned pencils, digital finishes.