Character Design: Monster's Favorite Toy



This is one of those design ideas that came from a simple pen and pencil sketch...as simple doodle that was nothing more than that, until I rotated the sheet.  That is when the inspiration hit me to design this little monster.

Composition: Fantasy Landscape "The Toxic Fisherman"



I use The Toxic Fisherman sketch to discuss the aspects of composition and the thought process using one's imagination to expand from a simple design.  The big thing to remember is "Don't Be Afraid To Fail"...put it down and erase what you don't like...experiment with the design and have fun.

LINK -  https://youtu.be/iUL2umnYlZY

Salvation - Published Through Amazon Self-Publishing

Let me introduce the newest author of the family from a long line of writers, which include poets, children's author, a contributing writer for travel publications and a political writer who also wrote speeches for a past Speaker-of-the-House.  The New author is my son Quinlan Powers and his book "Salvation" can be found at http://amzn.to/2G5rHkE.

This was a family adventure.  Quinlan wrote the book and then both his grandmother and I edited the book and his mother designed the cover. Yes I know, "Why didn't I illustrate the cover?" I was tasked with designing the book, setting up accounts, websites, domain names and everything else that is required to self publish through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP.)

This is not a detailed look on how to self publish, but I did learn a lot myself. Amazon makes it easy for anyone to publish a book.  This book is only has been released as an eBook so far, but in the next week or so, it should be available in paper back.

Please check out the book at http://amzn.to/2G5rHkE. It is priced at $2.99. If you are a fan of science fiction, you will love this fast paced book.

Thanks for your support,

-Steve

How to Paint Tigger...Again


https://youtu.be/2UnDwcPTGtg

This is a leftover from last year. It is a different pose, but same procedure demonstrating one way to colorize a sketch.

LINK: https://youtu.be/2UnDwcPTGtg

How to Colorize a Sketch

https://youtu.be/3jF-lNqLzPE


I took a sketch that I did a while back and printed it out on Bristol paper and colorized it with Water Color and Colored Pencils.

LINKS:
https://youtu.be/3jF-lNqLzPE

How To Paint a Rose in Gouache

https://youtu.be/899ZU8qFI9M

The title is somewhat misleading.  Though the Rose is painted in gouache, I also used transparent watercolors and colored pencils making this mixed-media.

Link:
https://youtu.be/899ZU8qFI9M