Congratulations JD and Heather!! – Mystery Project

If you’ve been following hints about the mystery project, you wont have to wait any longer for it. A few months ago, I was asked by my aunt and uncle to do a portrait. But this portrait, like I said, was drawn for a very important event in most peoples lives. My cousin got married this weekend. He and his wife are both in the Air Force, so I included both the aircraft that they fly. My cousin flies a C130J Hercules cargo plane and his wife flies an HH60 helicopter. I used photoshop to position the cropped aircraft behind them. I then used the template I created to draw from. I feel like it’s my best yet.

Here’s a  photo  took when I finished.

I will scan the higher-detailed version very soon. I’d love some criticism, too

Horse Project Update

Today, I will finally start the horse project. The Mystery Project is done! …But I can’t share it yet. It will remain a mystery to all but the requester until it’s revealed. No more can be said. Except that it isn’t long before I show it. Anyway, I’ll keep things updated on the horse!

Joshua Center

Ok, so it’s been a long week. I spent the past 7 days at the Rotary Youth Camp in Jacomo, Missouri. I was working staff for the Joshua Center for Neurological Disorders as the water-boy. However, one thing led to another, and soon I was the camp artist! Becky Ottinger, the head of the operations, asked me what I wanted to do after high school. I mentioned that I was an artist. I let her visit my website and for about the next twenty minutes, I was watching the reactions of other counselors to my art. From that point, I became the camp artist.

Becky now has me drawing dragons for her board games which she will be marketing to counselors and similar organizations dedicated to teaching social skills. There will be a few board games. Each is attributed about 6 sets of “situation cards” (basically they say, “what would you do if…”). There are categories on hygiene, personal space, bullying, you name it. I have a bunch of sharpied concept drawings for the board games which Becky’s co-worker, Jack Kammert will turn into vector images and colorize.

I also have a set of drawings for a story called,”Zac the Zookeeper”. Another one of Beck’s co-workers, Sarah wrote this story, so that was on my list of things to illustrate. So I have a HUGE collection of drawings of dragons and zebras to scan so I’ll have to find at least 2.5 free hours to do that.

So I’ll get back to you all with that within a few days! And all of the above means expanding and spreading of the word about my art! Which means more business.

The Joshua Center for Neurological disorders website: http://www.joshuacenter.com/

Big Art Project

Finals ended Wednesday! Hard to believe they were only 4 days ago. Anyway, I’m starting a couple new projects. The first is for a big occasion, done in graphite on 14×17 paper but I can’t say anything more about it. It’s a surprise!

Then next drawing is of a dog named Precious. This was requested by a Deviant, M-Bae on DeviantArt

I will draw this on 14×17 paper in graphite.

Can’t Trust Anyone

So I recently added my dodge dart drawing to my DeviantArt Deviations and to the contest. Every once in a while, I’ve been checking around the entries to see who else has a good chance.

Today, I found my own drawing (the incomplete version) copied and re-submitted by another Deviant. In the description, it said, “This is my art work”. Can you believe it?? And then I read some comments and one said, “daym, same picture i’m copying i think :L but i’ve cropped it so it looks a bit different :)
really like the unfinished look :) pretty neat :)“. Really?? You’ve got to be kidding!

So I reported the picture and made sure it was clear that the work was mine and had been stolen. Not even borrowed. STOLEN. And you definitely DON’T steal it from the kid who put hours into actually drawing it.

But still, I don’t know how they thought it would be a good idea. When they choose the winners, the winners are required to send in the real art.

So now, I see how risky it is just putting up full-quality or un-watermarked art. I’ll probably have to go through my posts downsizing the pictures to prevent re-use. That kind of thing angers me.

Anyway, tomorrow, I’ll be adding a few doodles and some upcoming art news. I’ve been really busy lately with sophomore finals in only two weeks. Is it just me or are they piling homework on?? Anywhoo, thanks for reading, like me on facebook. Follow for new art.

 

Doodles

This is a collection of doodles I drew a month or so ago. These were all people I found flipping through my biology book. We all know Einstien (I sure hope so, anyway). Paul Cox is an ethnobotanist. I don’t know who the third guy was. Those two were just people I came across in the book. These were just for practice on drawing faces.

News – Unfinished Projects

 

I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. You can see just how bad I am about finishing my art from my latest posts:

Eagle Drawing

First, there’s my eagle. It may appear finished or “purposely unfinished” but looks can be deceiving. The head is the most intricate part I have to detail. (And that’s the case with most human/animal subjects). That’s a good thing. Now  can go back and continue to smooth out and fill in. I didn’t get past what I currently have, because I only had printouts of two sections of the birds head. When I didn’t have time to print, my interest ran low and I moved to the dog.

Dog Drawing

As for the dog, you can still say it looks “artistically unfinished”. But again, the rest of the photo is background. I want background. the art just doesn’t look quite as realistic if you don’t incorporate the out-of -focus parts of the image. It adds depth of field making it look more photorealistic.

A Dog Named Peaches

The dog named Peaches is coming along a little more. there’s quite a bit of detailing to do on the white neck fur and the fur on the side of the mouth. The rest is a lot of subtly detailed black fur. I’ll post extra progress tomorrow.

Cat Drawing

The more recent cat drawing has a deadline, Sunday. That’s a little more incentive to finish. I’ve still got two in-focus legs and an out-of-focus body. I can’t wait to see Charlotte’s reaction. I’ll upload any additions tomorrow.

I drew a little something tonight. I don’t know if I was trying to incorporate meaning into it or not. I just saw one of those “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear” labels and drew a symbolic sketch based off of it. Stay tuned to see it tomorrow. I just didn’t have time to scan the picture tonight. That’s all for today folks!

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Next Drawing

I plan to draw this beautiful dove. It was part of a photo series in this post. I will do my absolute best to complete this piece of work. No more unfinished business.

Surprise Drawing – Cat Progress

So I’ve informed my friend Charlotte not to look a my blog or else she’d ruin the surprise. (Of not knowing what I’m drawing her). I hope she doesn’t hate cats. That would pose as a dilemma. Because here’s my progress on the drawing:

And here’s the full picture I’m drawing:

Surprise Drawing – For My Friend

I am drawing something for my font, Charlotte. The subject was chosen at random. It’s supposed to be a surprise for her. Can’t let her find out. So for that reason, I also can’t share the photo. I’ll have it done by this weekend hopefully.

Work in Progress – A Dog Named Peaches

This is a dog I am drawing for a member of the DeviantArt community. Her dog’s name is Peaches. I started this on Friday and I’ll keep updated.

Regarding Etsy and the Car Drawing

No art updates today. I promise I’ll start more eagle progress, though. So with the news: I have joined Etsy, a large community of artists selling their work. (There’s more to it than that but I’ll just let you visit their site. Maybe you’ll stumble upon something you like). Anyway, I’ve signed up there but I haven’t added any selling options. I’ll say when I do.

Recently I uploaded my Dodge Dart. I shouldn’t be too worried, but I dont know what to expect from the judges. Since I’ve uploaded my entry, I’ve been periodically viewing other artists entries. So far I’ve seen about ten I’m worried about. Sometimes judges don’t prefer hyper realism because it’s “like copying” and doesn’t have much meaning for that reason. Those are generally the deep thinking judges. However, art should be eye-catching, and what I really need is a few double-takes from the judges. Even still, there are other good artists out there. To see the entries, go here.

That’s all for today folks,

-Mick

Dog Drawing – Gallery of Progress

This is a collection of pictures of my progress on the dog. I”ll continue to add until I’m done