Saturday, December 09, 2006

NOT my drawing, but... is my horse, and I love what Dave did--so I'm bending my sketchbook posting rules and putting one of his on-the-scene sketches here for you to enjoy. There's more at Dave's page.

Anyway, here's my "Osk"(it means "wish" in icelandic)--a mare from Iceland(really--she flew Icelandair to get here). Icelandics are sturdy, pony-sized horses that carry adults in Iceland, as they're the only breed that's been on that island for over 1000 years. These are the descendents of the viking horses, believe it or not. They are smallish--that's what happens evolution-wise when an animal reverts to a wild common denominator. Dogs, horses, cats, etc. all revert to "wolf", "pony" and "tabby" types naturally(especially in 1000 years). But the icelandics are now bred very carefully and shown all over europe; they're quite feisty and fast, and do a gait called the tölt, a running walk that doesn't bounce and is a blast to ride.
Here she is in full color--one view, anyway:

Here she's trying to climb in the back of our car.

Dave P. and David Derrick and I visited the horses at lunch a month ago and all did drawings; Dave D.'s are also terrific. Mine? Well, I do have a lot of random horse sketches, so maybe I'll put something up eventually when I can scan them. I'm just glad Dave P. did.
Happy trails!

Friday, December 01, 2006

A pinfeather here, a piece of down there...

I was describing to my friend Dave what happens when our African grey parrot has what I suppose you'd call a neurotic episode, which he's going through lately. He doesn't screech or bang his dish or do much else except...pluck. The poor fellow.

I bite my nails from time to time, so I understand, I think.

Friday, November 17, 2006


I've just finished Lady Antonia's book of the doomed princess-cum-Queen(very very good), but haven't seen the film. I think I'll go this weekend. Anyone else seen it? I'm an afficionado of costuming and period clothing(and, well, plain old periods of history--pretty much all of them)so I feel certain that at least will entertain me.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Much better, thank you!

Well, Our own Bizarro-Krypto Weet the pointer, has made a wonderfully fast recovery from whatever it was that was ailing him(we suspect sprained back-he's very athletic--usually--and does all kind of flips that a 6 year old probably shouldn't try).

Thanks for all the good wishes--they worked!

Friday, September 01, 2006

under the weather

Few things as sad-looking as a sick dog. Well, of course, lots of things are really, but when the poor blighter is usually so peppy and goofy and uncontrollable and he's suddenly having a painful day, it's tough. The really hard thing with animals as with kids is that a)they're helpless and b)they don't understand why they're hurting. They just try to make the best of it. I hope I figure out what the trouble is with Weetie here. he seems to have pulled his back out, if that's possible.

On a wildly different note--have a wonderful weekend, all!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The quintessential California girl? Well, I was born in California and these girls sure seemed like aliens to me.
I think they do all look like this in Texas, though--Texas, and the Hamptons.

negotiating the stairs

Idly doodling on the cintiq; my friend Dave D. took some video while visiting my horses at the barn; his 3 year old(well, almost 3)is quite a cowgirl--even if she doesn't see why she shouldn't rather be called a horsegirl. The end of the video has a shot that looks sort of like this...I'm just really thrashing around with the pen/stylus, and thinking of that shot. I'm wearing a really puffy vest, btw. ; )

For a change...

A drawing actually done on paper--what a concept!
As you can see, when the model is lacking in life drawing, there's usually a great subject not far away. I wish this wasn't cropped, but oh, those scanners.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


I've been reading a fascinating and disturbing biography of a strange and talented woman, Dare Wright--the author and illustrator(via black and white photographs)of the book "The Lonely Doll". She was a very photogenic woman(looking fantastic well into her 60s!), and the bio is filled with her anyway, here's a quickie cintiq sketch of Dare.

Monday, June 26, 2006

more Lilo and pal

Here's some drawings I did as suggestions for that "Stitch Has a Glitch" project from several years ago. "Quick and dirty", as they say, but eh! Don't anyone think I'm posting these as some beauteous examples, mind you--just to show some ideas.
The plot involved Stitch--AKA experiment #626--having a "sell-by" date that was getting close to expiring, resulting in his reversion to an unconsiously nasty meanie; the story crew played around with the idea of the "glitches" Stitch would have at odd moments and when they might occur. Here Lilo and Stitch are up late watching a monster movie(that part already in the story); I have Stitch glitching/hiccupping--Lilo thinks he's had too much popcorn, not realizing that his electrical charge has zapped the TV off.
The others are what happens when Stitch has a glitch that causes both him and his soda to fizz. The end gag was my personal tribute to "The Exorcist", if anyone remembers that scene. Click the drawings to see them up close(r).

Sunday, June 25, 2006

fun to draw

Just for antikewl: reposted page of early doodles I did when working on the "Stitch has a Glitch" story crew. I posted this back in the early days of my Blackwing Diaries blog, too, but likely no one sees it now. What the heck, they're drawings.

It was one of those videos, but the story crew worked exactly as a feature crew does; we pitched out scenes and had a great amount of freedom to mess with scenes and/or the script(yes, there was a script). I loved working on this--I had fun and talented coworkers, and best of all got to draw these characters, some of my all-time favorite character designs(by Chris Sanders, of course). My scenes in the finished film are mainly the "search for Elvis's bench/inspiration" sequence, plus some other hula-related stuff, plus other things I can't remember now. It seems like a decade ago. Maybe I'll finally post some boards here...the trouble with that is that the panels are large enough that it'd require a lot of recopying to scan them.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006



Inspired by the lovely work of Donnachada Daly.
This isn't me, by the way. I just think there are fewer more beautiful subjects than women expecting children(even if it doesn't always feel so lovely).