Urban Sketching the County Fair

Orange County Fair entrance
Welcome to the Orange County Fair!

Spent the day sketching at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, California. Looked at the animals (including humans), ate junk food and watched a friend perform with a rock band.

Drawing of the entrance display at the Orange County Fair
Welcome to the Orange County Fair!
Giant rooster guarding the Livestock Barn at the Orange County Fair
Giant rooster sentinel at the Livestock Barn.
Drawing of chickens: Fluffy and Moptop
Fluffy and Moptop
Drawing of an ice cream stand at the Orange County Fair
Ice Cream!
Sketch of Popdudes on stage at the Orange County Fair
Popdudes on stage at the Orange County Fair.
Drawing of John Borack playing drums at the Orange County Fair
John Borack drumming with Popdudes at the Orange County Fair.

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Four stickers from my Redbubble sticker collection

Stickers at Redbubble

Stickers are a fun, inexpensive way to dress up your notebook or laptop with a bit of my artwork. My Redbubble shop offers high-quality vinyl stickers in four sizes ranging from 3×3 inch to 14×14 inch. Here’s a photo of my laptop decorated with small (approx. 3×3 inch) stickers—tiny dog added for scale. 😉

Dog posing with Redbubble stickered MacBook Pro laptop

Each purchase boosts my design’s search ranking within Redbubble and searches are the primary way that customers find my artwork. I’m trying to get my art seen by more customers during the fall holiday buying season, so if you’ve considered purchasing my designs, now is the perfect time to do it! Right now, buy any 4 stickers and get 25% off. Buy any 10 and get 50% off.

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Four stickers from my Redbubble sticker collection

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Pen and watercolor drawing of a green parakeet

Prettyboy the Green Parakeet

From my daily drawings
Pen and watercolor parakeet. Drawn on Canson XL Mix Media paper with Uni Pin Fine Line pens and Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencils. Digital scan adjusted and edited in Photoshop. Background color applied in Illustrator.

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Green parakeet design decorating a Redbubble phone case
Green parakeet design decorating a Redbubble throw pillow
Green parakeet design decorating a Redbubble sticker
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Blue crab with arms outstretched

Crab

His flailing claws were either exclaiming, “Hug me!” or “Get off my lawn!”

From my daily drawings
Crab – pen and inkwash. Drawn with a TWSBI Mini fountain pen (extra fine nib) using Platinum Carbon Ink and shaded with a Kuretake no. 8 fountain brush pen filled with Noodler’s Lexington Gray ink (diluted 4 parts water to 1 part ink). Digital scan adjusted and edited in Photoshop. Color applied in Illustrator.

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Crab design decorating a Redbubble studio pouch
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Collage showing the history of the fez fish

Evolving Art

When we first see a drawing, we might imagine a flash of inspiration leading straight to the finished artwork. Many times that’s what happens, but not always.

One of my favorite drawings took a few years and several versions until the art finally matched up with my imagination. The fez fish began as a 2013 sketch book drawing that I scanned and colored in Photoshop.

First version of the fez fish

A few months later, the fish appeared in a surreal fantasy comic that I created for a comic book contest.

Page 13 from the Little Dreamers comic book

After the contest, I returned to the original sketch book drawing and redrew the fish in Adobe Illustrator. I smoothed out the linework and applied shadows to add depth.

Second version of the fez fish

Jumping forward to 2017, I decided to revisit the fez fish in an attempt to better express the Victorian-era mystery of this character.

Sketches of the fez fish, part 1 of 2

Sketches of the fez fish, part 2 of 2

I scanned my sketches and did the final drawing and coloring in Illustrator.

Redbubble version of the fez fish

Sometimes it takes time and patience to get where you want to go. Even when you are travelling through your imagination!


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Redbubble version of the fez fish

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Society6 version of the fez fish

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Pencil drawn toad

A Toad Named Ali

From my daily drawings
Ali came from a pun-loving family. Drawn on Canson XL mixed media paper using a 2 mm clutch pencil with HB lead. Color applied in Photoshop.

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Toad design decorating a Redbubble throw pillow
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Pen and brush pen kiwi bird drawing

Kiwi Bird

From my daily drawings
Pen and watercolor kiwi bird portrait. This kiwi bird was drawn on Canson XL mixed media paper using a TWSBI Mini extra fine nib fountain pen filled with Platinum Carbon Black ink and shaded with a Kuretake no. 8 fountain brush pen filled with Noodler’s Lexington Gray ink (diluted 4 parts water to 1 part ink).

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Kiwi bird design decorating a Redbubble tote bag
Kiwi bird design decorating a Redbubble sticker
Kiwi bird design decorating a Redbubble throw pillow

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Society6 version of the fez fish

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Pen and watercolor drawing of a fox

Fox Casual

From my daily drawings
Pen and watercolor fox portrait. Drawn with a TWSBI Mini fountain pen (extra fine nib) using Platinum Carbon Ink; Winsor & Newton watercolors; Canson XL Mixed Media paper.

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Fox casual design decorating a Redbubble tote bag
Fox casual design decorating a Redbubble sticker
Fox casual design decorating a Redbubble throw pillow
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