Rat Soldiers

As part of working through some story ideas, I did some studies on what a Rat Soldier might look like.

Started with some online reference for some quick sketches.

Wet Rat
Cautious Rat

Next, I worked in a more stylized approach which I quite like.

Rat Soldier

Then repeating the style, I sketched what a squad of these tough guys might look like. Not crazy about how the lead rat’s neck came out, but I think they come off as a pretty tough bunch.

Squad of Rat Soldiers

Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

After eight years living in San Francisco, we moved to Wilmington, North Carolina this past August. It was a big decision, but we were ready for a change in scenery.

Moving across the country is a big ordeal. But, after a disaster of a red eye flight with a poor 14 year old cat in tow, we made it safely.

One of the draws to coastal North Carolina were the warmer beaches. Shortly after our exhausting move, we took some time to enjoy nearby Wrightsville Beach.

Of course, this meant sketch time for me. I used a favorite brush pen and some watercolor to quickly capture the day in a very old pocket-sized sketchbook.

Little Thank You Cards

I started this year off with a fun project. My niece recently had a birthday party featuring a cat theme. She had cat cake, cat plates, cat napkins, and even cat-themed gift bags for her friends.

My sister asked me to design a thank you card fitting the party’s theme and who better to adorn the card then our friend, Little the Cat.

Rough Pencil Sketch

The final piece was done in India Ink on watercolor paper — with a “Little” help.

The Original Little the Cat, lending assistance

Here’s the finished piece before sending it off to the printers.

Little Thank You Card

Inktober 2018, Days 23-25

Well… life, work, and exhaustion ended my run for this year’s Inktober. I did manage three more days’ pieces, but I didn’t come close to meeting my goals. Anyway, here are my last three Inktober drawings for 2018.

Inktober 2018, Day 23 – Muddy

 

Inktober 2018, Day 24 – Chop

 

Inktober 2018, Day 25 – Prickly

Inktober 2018

Day 1 – Poisonous

It’s hard to believe that it is again time for Inktober and we’re already a third of the way into the October. This is my third Inktober and, unlike last year, I’m following the daily prompts.

Last year, I drew at least one panel per day of my story, Little. It was incredibly fun and challenging. And I finished a book!

Day 2 – Tranquility

This time around, I don’t yet have a story ready for artwork but, I’m taking the opportunity to practice drawing some of the characters, environments, and props that may make their way into my next project. So each day I’m using the daily prompt to inform what I’ll put my characters through.

Day 3 – Roasting

Unfortunately, the busiest time of the year at work coincides with Inktober so I’ve already given myself permission to skip a day here and there. After all, I do need to sleep.

If you would like to follow along, I’m posting each day’s artwork on my Instagram feed.