Saturday, November 6, 2021

in October

 So far, I've managed to publish three books since last year. The most recent one, the Chronicles of Sakura Silver  I finished last month.  Sakura first appeared a collection of short stories I published in 2013, Tales of a Phantom Toaster and Other Short Stories.

I recently made drawings which I later donated to my local United Way for their Day of Caring event.  I like to take coloring pages I finish, cut them up turn them into art (see image to the left). Coloring books for people of all ages can found in stores.

I've been using colored pencils, markers and fine point pens. I've been growing tired of using colored pencils. I  haven't used crayons in what seems like 1,000 years. I picked up a box today with 96 colors, and I'm excited to use them soon. 

Sunday, July 4, 2021

a piano outside


 A random piano sculpture in the city of Stamford, CT. I had gone there last weekend to see a dance performance and saw several pianos in the area. This is part of an outdoor exhibit going until September 2021.  I've been drawing robot figurines lately and sometimes the occasional plastic vegetable. Lately, this has been getting repetitive. I struggle at times to find things to draw that I haven't already captured in my sketchbook. The search continues as I may start looking out the window for inspiration.  The above piano art display I recently saw in Stamford, CT reminded me of an episode from The Twilight Zone titled A piano in the house.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Let's Draw Part I

  When it's raining outside and I have chronic pain, I draw rainbows because they make me feel better. 

Step 1: Draw curvy lines to create side of cloud.

Step 2: Close lines creating first cloud.

Step 3: Begin drawing 2nd cloud. 

Step 4; Continue drawing outline for 2nd cloud.

Step 5: Close lines. Now we have two clouds.
Step 6: Begin drawing rainbow lines
Step 7: Close rainbow lines and
darken pencil lines with pens,
markers or colored pencil.  

Step 8: Color in rainbow and clouds
using markers, colored pencils

I didn't include all the colors of the rainbow in this drawing. Sometimes I leave them out or I include all of the colors. This usually depends on the length between clouds which usually determines the number of lines in a rainbow. I also could've add more thin lines to give the rainbow more colors. Rainbow drawings can be colored in using a variety of media even cutting colored pieces of paper and using it to fill in the colors is a good idea too. 

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Drawing to travel

I've started making drawing collages I create out of coloring pages I finish and then adding my own drawings.  They're fun and a nice escape from chronic pain and pandemic news. They also make me smile and I enjoy creating them then donating them to my local United Way. 

Step One: Choose and color design from coloring book

Step Two: Cut out parts of design from page. 

Step Three: Add your own drawings. 

Step Four: Draw over pencil drawings with marker

Step Five: Color inked drawings with colored pencil, markers.

There are plenty of books, videos out there that teach people how to draw different shapes, characters and objects. Video about how to draw characters using shapes.  One of the books that helped me develop fine art skills is Drawing on the Right side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. There are also other great books about drawing from realistic to just basic shapes. 

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Collection # 3

 I finished writing and illustrating a new collection of short stories. This is the third collection of shorts / featuring adventures of some of my characters. Paperback and Ebook copies are now available. 

I'm also back to volunteering from home since we're all stuck inside these day because of the pandemic. And I've found an excuse to start drawing again creating art from coloring pages I finished. 
I later donate these to my local United Way which then gives them to people in need. I've been making these since last year and have been giving them to people I know.  They make people happy especially during these uncertain times we are living in. 

Saturday, March 13, 2021


 I've been having drawing block and haven't been able to draw anything since January. The last drawing I did was of a robot almost two months ago. I might make an attempt to draw something if I feel motivated....Chronic pain doesn't help. Tomorrow will be better...

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Short Films

Finally finished a DVD of my short films featuring both hand drawn and stop motion animation. I made these films between 2002 and 2007.  I'm thrilled to finally get these little films onto DVD.  Some of these were made while I was a student at Uarts