Mixing March Up

This month I will be adding animals into the mix.  Animals from all shapes and sizes play a part in this mass collaboration.  They provide a side to people that reveal different emotions.  Below are some portrait studies:

Thanks again for being my inspiration!



February Face Off Continues

February Face Off grows near the end.  Here are some more portraits:

I may have to think of another name once March begins.  March Madness?  Monochromatic March?  March On?  March is certainly going to be full of mixtures.  Thanks for your inspiration!

February Face Off

This month has been about making faces using color pencil and ink. For it was a February when I first started making portraits in this style.  The people below are coworkers at my current job:

Thank you guys for allowing me to create your portraits!  More to come as the month progresses.

Playing w/ Illustrator

Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while.  I’ve been playing with Adobe Illustrator unlocking different techniques and finding many uses and ideas.

These starters play with gradient tool, ellipsis tool, alignment, shape merging, color and text:shellyfish-watermark


One day I will make a cartoon.  It will be a cartoon in which I can explain to my past self all that I have learned.  I will tell him, “Hey!  You remember looking up at that clock during lunch hour back in elementary school and predicting how your future would turn out?  So far so good on this end.  It’s far less dark on this side and way more understanding.  Try letting go of that anger.  Truly express yourself in your art.  You’re angry and confused!  Go all out and rip that paper and stab that paint brush into all forms of material.  Don’t be afraid of getting close to people either.  People want to get to know you.  Instead of building walls build bridges.  I know you’re the new kid and no one wants to be your partner.  Instead of crying, try!  Instead of being afraid of the dark, be the light!

Hug Great Grandma Arlene as much as you can.  She comes back every know and again to give heavenly hugs.  Love to learn!  You were right to spend recess in the library.  Books are the perfect escape at your point of torture.  Don’t watch anymore inappropriateness on Cinemax/ HBO!!  It destroys all your chances at learning and becomes addictive.  Your brain is mush from all the TV you have watched.  READ THOSE BOOKS!!  Mom is still trying to provide for us even though she is in dire need.  When you get to the point where you start working with her make sure she doesn’t admit to something that she didn’t do!  That point in her life destroyed everything!  Being the foundation of our life she has a big whopper of a crack.  So keep helping out around the house.  Cook and clean and be organized.  Don’t give a dollar to that kid you punched…Hopefully if you read this before entering elementary school you won’t be as angry or alone.  You stay amazing!  Light overcomes our darkness! *Time loop high five!*”

I have so much more I’d like to help him out with.  Who knows maybe someone is going through what I went through!?!  Sharing this cartoon to help bring optimism into peoples lives will be the goal.



This 12″X24″ piece took a couple weeks and has been gifted to my youngest brother for Christmas.  Basketball and giraffes were all I could think about.  What would they be saying if they could talk?

Come on lets play basketball!

Giraffes like myself don’t play basketball.

Fine let’s play giraffsketball then!


Balance the ball like this.

Then what?

That’s giraffsketball.

I don’t get it…

You wouldn’t get it you’re just a giraffe…

So are you!!

I’m a giraffsketball.  Giraffe. Get. Ball.

Patience Circuit

Surround it with light and let it emit heat.  “Keep your cool.”  Big moments and small moments will emerge.  Let light the situation, prevent overheating.  Deep breaths to see the sky.  The time will come.  Fly around and connect.  No one should be considered less.

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Acrylic paints on 24″ X 12″ canvas.  Anticipate this piece as you wish.


The buildings are all burning.  Their is no one to be found.  Massacred all over the ground.  How did this happen?  Why did this happen?  Building cripples and is about to shatter me.  *CRASH*  It missed!?! Blue eyed beast appears. guardian-2

“Stare into my eyes, I’ll protect thee.” *Absorbed into eyes* “Replenish thy glass.  Tend to thy wounds.  Help in this fight.  Don’t give up hope.”

I end up in a place where there are beaches and bridges and beds and corn and people.  Running around are the children, near the edge one falls.  Oh a net. That’s reassuring.

A young man appears to explain everything.  “You look lost and confused.”  “I’m curious more than anything.  The lakes must provide the tears?  The sand must be for sleeping?  What are the beds for?”  “Recuperation.”  “This is a lot to take in. How long have you been here?”   “I created this place, I’m the one that absorbed you.  When danger is at hand I make it a duty to protect as many people as I can.”  “Do you know what happened to cause such tyranny?”  “Greed.” *Confused look*

“One man discovered the cure to every disease and is now immortal.  He destroyed his research so no one could ever be like him.  He’s been causing havoc everywhere he goes.  Killing those that disobey him.  He’s made it a habit to blow up buildings.”  “Wait a second, how is that even possible!?!  To become immortal.”  “I am a protector, a guardian.  I no not how he achieved this.” 

Tree Staff

YEAH I’M TALKING TO YOU!  WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE!?!”  Yelled a man with no eyes.  Yet he sees me somehow *pondering how and walking around him*.  “You can see me!?”  “HELL YEAH YOU’RE FLOATING AROUND IN MY HOUSE!!!  RIGHT THERE!” He points straight at me.  “May I ask ho…” “GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!!!” *swings two bats*  Broken pieces lay on the ground.  He rushes to find another weapon.  Knifes, pans, pots…he threw everything at me with a single screech!


Alas none of those items did a thing.  This man was red mad.  Steaming from the ears and oozing out the mouth. Millions of blue spots start appearing on his face.  What are they?  They begin to glow bigger and bigger.  Blinded by the light.  “AAAAAHHHHH!!!”  “OOOFF!” He shoves me out the door with me landing on my back. *DOOR SLAMS SHUT!* “Man what was that!?!”  This species shouldn’t be able to see.  I was simply observing.  Why so private?  Lets try the x-ray vision to find out.  *shoom*  “AAAHHBAAAHHHLAAA!!!  STOP SPYING ON ME!!!” *ANOTHER BLINDING LIGHT*  This is getting freaky!  How can he possibly know that I was spying on him!?!  “OH NO, CRAP! NO! NO! NONONONO! NNNNOOOO!”  *The house disappeared* Now I have to start all over.  Back to square one….*teleports*

“Day 31245 Num-nums are able to see.  It’s hard to track such a beast with their constant teleporting.  They are very private and spiritual beings.  Known to rely solely off their mouths to survive.  Perhaps with heightened taste you’re able to sense a difference in the area around you!?!  He could taste eye sight?  That could’ve been a different species of num-num.  This one had millions of blue spots?  Maybe those were it’s eyes that normally blend in to the skin?” tree-staff

“Now to find this staff!”  This tree staff is the rarest of rarest to find.  It can shift into any tree and phase into the ground.  Their is only one way to obtain such uberness.  Vibrations.  Whenever the staff transforms it gives off a high frequency.  This is also true whenever it phases into the ground.  The power emanating from this staff also affects the trees around it.  They become more fluorescent.  “How to catch this staff?  Do I lay on the ground and wait for a big vibration?  Hug the center popular looking tree?  OH WAIT!!!”  Staff world exists now woo hoo!  *teleports*

*Headed toward Staff Central*  Big rock guard looks asleep.  I walk right by him.  CRAP!  I’m frozen…I can’t see a thing.  *unfrozen* “What are you doing here?” says the wind in multiples.  “I’m in search of the all mighty tree staff!”  “Which one?” in multiples once again.  Is this some sort of test?  I yell out “FLOURESCENT!”  A blinding light appears in front of me.  It looks like a mere tree branch.  *picks up the branch and starts swinging*  “I can feel the uberness take hold oh yes!  I feel the power!”  All of a sudden laughter shimmers the air “hahahaha!  that’s just a tree branch”  face turns red from embarrassment. “I know this isn’t the staff I have a picture.” Smug as smug can be.  “WAIT WHAT!?! LIES!!” in multiples. *takes out the picture* “Have a look for yourself!”  the tree staff itself appears!  “This is my true form how did you take this picture?”  “I know a guy.”  “Who!?!” “A fellow teleporter like myself.”  I know of no teleporters!  How did you take this picture!!”  The leaves wither away and the branches get sharper.  It almost feels angry.  “I can’t help but feel threatened?”  “NO ONE MUST KNOW OF MY EXISTANCE!  THIS PICTURE BRINGS GREAT EVIL!” *the picture burns*  “NO ONE!!!”  A blast of splinters shoot out toward me.  “Owwie!”  Well isn’t this great.  False intel once again from my buddy Roger…Lets see how this ends…I try teleporting away it doesn’t work.  I try it again and again.  Nothing.  I try running away.  “AAAAAHHH!”  The tree staff appears wailing monstrous apples at me.  “YOU MUST DIE!”  Unleashing it’s deadly spore attack, I end up dying.  As I begin to decompose I become one with the ground.  The tree staffs vibrations are near.  All around I feel its vibrations.  “I must know before I disperse your grounded body, why did you come seek me?”  my spirit shakenly states, “I wanted you and I to be friends and fight crimes together. I didn’t mean to over step I am sorry.”  Spiritual tear rolls down growing the plant above.  The vibration disappears.  I begin to wallow.  “I can’t believe I’m dead.”  I feel as though my body is getting deeper and deeper into the ground.  It’s getting to the point of heat.  “Why haven’t I ascended to heaven?  This seems strange!”    I try teleporting just to see if I could…Nope.  Nothing.  I try moving what’s left of my body.  *wiggle wiggle*  My toes feel free.


I’m back home laying in bed.  “That was a weird dream.”  *tries to teleport*  That’s lame…