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Sketch Card Set: Island Dreams

Here are a few of my cards for the sketch card set, Island Dreams available November 1st.

In 2011 Marty Kuklinski of WLRA’s Saturday mornings Big Burrito Radio came up with Island Dreams, a tropical themed sketch card set, the sets sold out in less than a day and we raised $2000 for the charity. So far the charity set has raised over $15,000!!  

This year the set is the girls of the island. Each card pack will contain a deck of playing card (yes, real playing card) as well as 2 hand drawn sketch cards by one of our great Island Dreams artists. So get ready for some great artwork to support a great charity!

Artist List (Subject to change)

William BJ Kunkle

Michelle Lewis

Jon Riggle

Kylie Johnston

Del Perry Nayra

Jeff Sornig

Scott Glenn

Walter Rice

Christopher Chamberlain

Jenny Creech

Mel Uran

Chris Zarichansky

Bien Flores

Lynne Anderson

Johnny Townsend


Ryan van der Draaij

Wu Wei

Jeff Abar

Nikole Jones

Anastasia Catris

Amy Fletcher

Clinton Yeager

Dani MacMullen

Robin Mies

Diana Greenhalgh

Laura Ingils

Cayce Moyer

Paul Cowan

Lily Z Mercado

Jason Durden

Drew Lopez

Chris Foreman

George Leon

Chris Thorne

Dianne “Greenwoman” Wickes

Natalya Tasha Nez

Brooke Safken

Jason Shoemaker

Jesse Hughes

Prassedes Ciappolino-Williams

Alfret Le

Barush Merling

Rivana Art

Mohammad Jilani

Terry Pavlet

Alex Riegel

Mark Martino
Christina Ranburger

Sal Galindo

Solly Mohamed

Pierre Beauchemin

Jonty Gates

Elisa Chong

Kevin Munroe

Matt Slusher

Christina Baker

Rusty Gilligan

Stephanie Rosales

Jenni Gregory

William Withers

Helga Wojik

Kate Carleton

Louis Small Jr.

J. Ryan Abney

Huy Truong

Vincenzo D’Ippolito

Norvierto P. Basio

Elfie Lebouleux

Dani Hoy

Shane McCormack

Gary Rudisill

Chris Papantoniou

Merryalina Drew

Jon Rademacher

Michael Sumislaski

Randy Kintz

Sharon Gauthier

Matthew Stewart

Elias Gambet Melendez

Kelly Greider

Aaron Beylerian

Courtney Rose Hennessey

James Morgan Jr.

April Goulart

Alfredo Galicia

Isabelle Angell

Jose Carlos Sanchez

Luro Hersal

Linda van Ballegooijen

Ben AbuSaada

Katie Cook

Robert “Floydman” Sumner

Tutorials and Posts

Making of Crissy Gold Card Step by Step

This is a double size ACEO card.  (3.5″x5″) done completely with colored pencils.   I normally use paints or markers for an under painting but on this I wanted to just try out straight up colored pencils.
 Started with the outline in light graphite. Added some flesh tones and shadow areas.
More flesh tones and shadows. When using colored pencils, I use a lot of colors to get the flesh tones right.  I don’t have any specific colors I use.  I do tend to use a brownish red and a golden yellow/  I determine what colors after studing the reference picture.  Depending on the lighting dictates the color direction I will be using.
Now, I am just relayering the midtones and shadow to give it contrast.
Using the reference pic, I decide to use the same brown in the sweater.
Adding red to the flesh being careful not to over due it.  Too much red would make Crissy look like she has a sun burn.
Now onto the hair.
Adding red to the sweater and working on the hair some more.
Here is the final
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Places you can find me

Aside from my website, there is a few other places to find me, well, atleast my work that is.

This is just a few more later on….. and don’t forget about my FANPAGE ON FACEBOOK


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Whisper and other multiple projects.

I’ve been working off and on with this particular drawing.  Not out of choice but due to multiple projects.  What projects?

Awe! LOL – well its a secret.  I can not post anything about it on my social media outlets.  Ya know Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and I would say etc, but really what else is there?  Oh wait. (I just felt like Steve from Blues Clues just now) Oh Wait, this isnt social media anymore, its my actual Website NOW!!!!

So here is My Latest Charcoal which is currently at the framer. and getting ready to head towards Gifts Inn Boonsboro for its big day in October.  What big day? You people really need to keep up huh? LOL…..Whisper is part of my debate art show in Boonsboro at Gifts Inn Boonsboro as part of the Nora Roberts Book Signing for the NEW release of her latest series, which is based in Ireland and I have to say, it sounds very intriguing. Enough that your’s truly may even pick up a Romance Book and read it, non the less, have Nora Sign it. 🙂

Here is Whisper

21″x16″ Charcoal on Arches Watercolor Paper


and NOW for all the secret stuff. Since you are on my ACTUAL Website!!!!

Sketch cards.  But not only sketch cards….pinup sketch cards that will be released at the ComicCon in Chicago this August.

These sketch cards are double size. Why? because they are done with another artist and cut, to make a puzzle.

In fact, they are Contemporary Pin Up Puzzles and I had the honor of doing some with great artists like my friend Charles Bristow aka Capt. Frogger.

These are actual hand drawn, inked and colored with copic markers. Signed by each artist. It was a fun project. Really exciting for me. 🙂

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How to be a better artist.

Years ago, before Facebook, maybe around the time of Myspace (if you had one) there was(and still is) an artist community social network called DeviantArt. I stumbled upon this community purely by accident. It was around the same exact time that I published my very first website. So I was very excited as an artist to upload years of work and get FAVs and comments, from other artists. But not only artists, but artists from all over the world. It was a great experience that I still have today. So, if you are an artist, I would encourage you to sign up for DeviantArt.

Here is a link to my DeviantArt page, you can also sign up here. LINK TO MY PAGE

Ok, on to my point.  I started posting my work on DeviantArt, or DA and through many posts and interactions with other artist, if it be on my work or theirs, eventually you have new artists or younger artists sending you private messages wanting to know the secret to improvement or success.  My standard answer usually was, 35 years of practice ( I was 35 years old then, now it would have to be 43 years of practice lol) and even though it sounded smart assed, I would extend the explanation and why I stated that way in a joking matter.  There is no secret, there is no tricks no smoke and no mirrors. Just good old fashion determination and practice.

Let me also explain. In high school, I had an algebra teacher who was as old as dirt ( I mention this because he also taught my father when he was in high school) anyways. He gave us homework every single night.  It didnt matter if it was for a holiday vacation or weekend. One day, we asked him why he always gave us homework. His answer: The football team practices every day to get better at football. I give you algebra homework every night so you get better at algebra.  So when a younger artist asks me questions like, How do you get to be a better artist or what should I do to be as good as you (and trust me, I am like every other artist in the world, I am my harshest critic) My answer is: experience and practice. Practice every day and challenge yourself. If you are not good at drawing people, draw people every day. Learn your media. Buy books on it. Watch YouTube videos.  I ask other artists about what they use, what paper, etc. I asked a fellow friend and artist about his shading technique. He wrote me out a tutorial and even a video clip. My only suggestion to asking these questions is if you get answers and help, just Pay it forward when you are the one being asked. But like the football team, draw every single day.  Challenge yourself. Take photos of your work and compare. Ask other artists their opinions. and most of all, learn to take constructive criticism. You are used to your friends and family telling you how great you are. There is nothing so traumatic as the first time someone tells you what to change or point out a flaw. But that’s how we learn. Smart man listens.

One of my hardest things to learn was to slow down.  Everytime I started something, I had the over whelming need to finish it. and then I would find myself rushing it. After I learned that it was ok to put it down and come back the next day, the quality got a lot better. I learned quality not quantity.

In 2000 when I was 30 years old.

and in 2011 when I was 41 years old

Art is a lifetime of learning. It is a journey of never ending knowledge. And a lifetime of sharing.