Sunday, December 30, 2012

girl waiting

Quick sketch using "Open Canvas" Software. Sitting In bed, in Minnesota!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012


got to focus for Friday's Art grade and 1st, not a tough crowd but I do want to get it together! More of this guy To follow!

Friday, November 9, 2012


 SketchBookPro. . . _ tried to use a more painterly style. . . .

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Shop dog

 Just a warm up sketch ,trying to go from Manga Studio for inking work to Sketch Book Pro for Color.  I am having resolution issues and speed issues on my Tablet. . . Manga can easily work in large files @600 DPI.. . But SBP can't pull in those Large files and slows down the brush response.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Went down to the Ann Arbor district Library to an event (Comic Jam) hosted by Jerzy Drozd with guest speaker, Michelangelo Cicerone... Thought I would try out a mini "comic Jam" on the kids before bed time.  The kids loved it and dove right in, giggling and laughing at their own jokes and putting them to the page with none of the usual need to erase and correct lines...they were more eager to get the message on paper and less critical of the sketch.  When I draw with them they tend to want the sketch to be "just right" ...but this was different as the story was primary and the sketches just flowed out!  They had more focus and more quantity ( not to mention FUN) than usual. It was a great lesson for all of us! 

Color Study

 This started out as a sketch of mom, but I don't think it ended up looking much like her.... but some of the color & blending were good experiments.... SBPro

Monday, October 29, 2012

Blue Eyes

 a warm up looking at less black Line more tone ....

Sunday, October 28, 2012

On the hook

 Watched Peter Pan with the kids  tonight... a doodle from the couch....

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012


 Spent to much time on this... lets see how it Looks in A few days. . . Not to happy but still posting...

Robot 1

 Late night character sketch a plump Robot, kind of an elderly cylon:)
 time for bed...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


 More Warm up sketching -Sketchbook Pro-on tablet while watching the Final Debate ( Go Obama!)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ethan and Natalie playing on my tablet.  The, both wanted to be posted my blog because Soooo many people would see their work!  So please feel free to compliment their wonderful Art!  They did great work!
 Both these are pictures of scuba divers helmets under water:)
created by Ethan:
  Created by Natalie:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

lil monsters

smile for the camera :) that the best you can do.....
Just finished this while catching up on my Harry Potter. Staking up way, way, to Late!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Steven's concept car

Steven, I didn't realize "bleausd " was you!  I checked out your blog!  I liked your concept car!!!...I want to see more sketches!!!
Here is some FAN Art for you! I rendered up your concept on my new tablet....I hope you like it....sketchbok-pro
Here is the original, VERY COOL!!!
lunch time warm-up sketch on the tablet....give me a few months and I will upgrade to the 1700.

Monday, October 15, 2012

sketchbook pro good on the tablet, trying to get a handle on color and texture!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

bed time..

just before bed on he new tablet!  in sketchbookpro, loving this new system!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Mr. Green

loving and hating sketch-bookpro....another warm up on the new table PC ...already looking at the 1700 and haven't even added my new ram chip yet!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Working on a little homework in prep for Natalie's first day of school, 1st grade, tomorrow....
Natalie doing a good job!
Dad's version.....

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Adding an Author

I have just added an author to the blog ....TrooperTreehouse....lets hope this works

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A page from my note book...Ethan want to stay up late and watch movies....its fun...

Friday, August 24, 2012


Trooper is obviously upset with my progress and seems willing to pull me off the project.  I can understand his frustration having talked with him about this. I did not appreciate such a public statement,  nor did I feel their comments will help my situation or his.  It is not my intention to delay his comic or hinder him in any way,  These things just take time....and sleep....time for bed.:)  I will hope for a full apology ...

Black and White

More playing with inking, this was done in Manga again.  I feel like I am getting more and more comfortable with the inking.  I like these 2 images of Trooper.  Now I need to figure out a story.  I have been focused on styles and workflow...but have not made progress with thumbnails and story lines.  In the next few weeks I will be pulling stories or mini comics together....lets hope ...time for bed...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


playing with color...Trooper and the Bear out on a star filled night....time for bed



Testing a posting from posterous....


Sunday, August 19, 2012


Playing with inking in Manga studio again...redid an old rough for clean up and starting to look at text....

warm up doodle in photoshop

warm up doodle in photoshop

Saturday, August 18, 2012

can I draw with u

I did this for a few hours this is a panel about the making of a panel...just for fun

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Trooper meets the Bear

More playing with Manga Studio for the inking.  Really starting to love this program.  Brought into Photoshop for color.  I know the Creature Box guys use sketchbook pro...and I love their mix of line and color.  They do the best stuff!  I have sketchbook but feel I am just starting to really feel good with Photoshop and to learn another new program and duplicate brushes and all...I just have to spend more time on PS to get the color and rendering down...also need to understand comics "flattening" techniques.

Way to late to be up doing this...time for bed...

Monday, August 13, 2012

Ogre or Troll

Tried to use inking techniques in Manga debut 4 software....really like the line work in this program...
Still need to figure out coloring techniques...looks to dark and muddy ...but we will see how it looks in 3 days...

butcher paper Troll

Doing a few character studies before bed.  Using a new sketch book and brush ink pens.  Watched the closing of the Olympics and did a doodle before bed...good night.

Saturday, August 11, 2012


Sketches for a comic....note book with inking and white prisma color pencils ....hopefully more to come...

 a few more sketches from the sketchbook...

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Trooper Returns

So I am thinking about starting up "Trooper" again....since no one ever really saw Trooper anyway it would not be much of a return ....just for me...
Time for bed...


just a quick warm up sketch for was a scribble that turned into a fun little feeling....

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Art Parent Cover

Here is a rough cover for a school "Art Parent" handout for the 1st and 2nd graders...I guess the mouse still needs a lot of work.  So the next posts will be more character development....
Time for bed....

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Time To Go

Sometimes time passes quickly and you miss all the small clues until that moment when,  be it fate, luck or destiny,  it finally bites you in the butt....And if you are lucky you realize its time for a change.  Scamper and Mousey had one to many close calls....and decided to move on. Scamper and Mousey are the names given by Ethan and Natalie to this pair.

Photoshop rendering...I wanted to play with light in a more dramatic way.  He finally "sees the light" as it were. This took 2.5 hours from a true blank piece of paper.  Trying get more of a scene, and story telling, move away from just technique pieces.  I like the textures and the feet and floor.  Notice the poop droppings ....Mousey lost composure on this close call....Implied fir textures...with the main character in shadow I was hoping for drama and contrast but I may have to revisit this in a few days.
Time for bed....

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Playing around with Photoshop again...found this picture on Art Deviant (  beautiful photo by woman, Tenori-Tiger from Russia....anyway...used it as reference. The photo outdoes the sketch but best I can do now... Took me about 4 hours...lets do the 3 day test...see if I like it after 3 days....Let me know if anyone ever sees this by dropping a comment...

Here is a detail

Here is the full view...