Sunday, November 27, 2011


Here is a short animation (gif)of a planned landscape.
First is the sketch... Then I thought I would do a painting of the Background and mix a little media with the computer and inked art over top so you get the blacked out modified sketch.

Then I paint off scene... paste a scan of the painting down, then I ink and pencil and tweak the foreground trees. Then I jump into computer c on the foreground and merge everything into a nice final piece.

There is much more thought and color experimentation in the whole process though this is the quick revision animation of how I work.... It takes much longer then the few seconds seen here.

I hope the Gif animation works... it's late enough as it is... Argh!

Here is the link to the animation if it fails to work in blogger


Friday, November 25, 2011

rambo of the X-men... Huh!?!?!?!?!?!

I thought it would be funny too.


Childern and Spoonerisms

My youngest made us all chuckle when we offered up some ice cream.
Well the conversation went like this....

"Hey, do you want some deep fried ice cream?"

"Oh gross! I don't want deep fried Vikings!"

Just thought I'd share.


Friday, November 18, 2011

playing with style and color

I'm always looking for interesting ideas in art and how to approach them in a way that best tells the visual story. Here are a few illustrations done with ink, ink wash, pencil and black pencil crayon. I loved how these turned out. Also I added a cross over card - Yes! A mummy helping Santa delver goodies to the children... Might not be what you wanted for Christmas but it would be better then a severed head from this guy!

- Enjoy.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Real artists

Most people would agree that real art comes from children. They have a very neutral view of things and tend to depict the world around them in the most honest of ways. Every so often though, the children get the craziest ideas and that come through in their art too.

No matter what they create though it is pretty compelling. One thing children tend to lack universally is the sophistication or rather maturity to make their art look finished. Some times that means a little guide could jump in to help them out. In my case my little ones always want to do what Dad is doing. By combining forces with my children I created these two paintings....


Friday, November 11, 2011

New Ebook...

Oh yes! I finally finished a short illustrated tale that is available over here...
The Book is called My Kraken McKraken. It is about a giant squid and only costs $2. Original art and a great starter reading book for children looking to read fancy hand writing. Truly a must have. My boys thought it was really great to look at.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Life Trend....

I've had calls, I've had Interviews and I've had rejections.
The only thing I haven't had was a BEER!

Its a good thing I have all these useless digital skills of graphic design, art, illustrations and digital media as well as Web SEO and various software skills. Heck If I spent any more money on useless skills and upgrading, I could be unemployed for the rest of my life! Not a bad prospect. I wonder if the Mustard Seed has a few extra beds this winter. I can't offer much in the way of skills but my body heat and heavy breathing would at least add to the natural heating of the cold tiled floor.

Now back to my Beer. Here's to life!

Friday, November 04, 2011

Illustrated Audio Tale...

The first episode is up...
Since this is a one person production, it is not likely to change in quality much. All art and voice work is done by me and is copyrighted in its entirety by Richard Grzela 2011.