Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Recent Art Projects Update - 2014

Here are some experimental and finished illustrations I've worked on since January. Some were drawn traditionally while others were drawn using the iPad and various drawing apps.


This image popped into my head a couple weeks ago...  fortunately I was able to find some time to get it on paper. (Copic pens, sharpie markers on 8.5" x 11" marker paper.)



I'm still working on finding the right combination of iPad apps that allow me to draw more naturally... so far no app works as well as traditional paper and pencil. However, for adding quick color to my drawings I'm liking the iPad and Procreate app.



I've been working on a line of kids illustrations. (Copic Pens on marker paper)


This is an experimental iPad drawing using Adobe Ideas and Procreate apps. The more I use the Adobe Ideas app the more I like it.



This is my ipad experimental drawing of Walter White, one of TVs "best" villains. Drawing created in Adobe Ideas.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

New Lunch Bag Designs

380 Wells Verne Tesla Bag
Spent part of this weekend designing and illustrating a few new lunch bags for my etsy shop. Among the new designs are lunch bags featuring portraits of Jules Verne, HG Wells, Nikola Tesla. My etsy shop is currently filled with over 100 quirky and humorous lunch bag designs. These lunch bag designs make perfect gifts for co-workers or yourself.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sammo

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Re-purposed Cardboard Paintings

Cardboard Paintings
With severe winter weather baring down on Michigan lately, spending time indoors creating art has been a pleasant way to pass the time.
Specifics: Acrylic paint, Permapaque Pens on 6.5" x 13" repurposed cardboard.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

A New Batch of Artist Trading Cards for 2014

Artist Trading Cards - 2014

I haven't drawn any ACEO (art card editions and originals) or ATC (artist trading cards) in awhile... so here's a recent batch of nine. 

Size (each): 2.5" x 3.5" Media: Copic Pens on card stock

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

My Etsy Shop Reopened! Specializing in Humorous, Inspirational and Quirky Lunch Bags

380 Promo Images (4)
After a four year absence from etsy, I decided to open my online storefront again. At the time, it was a lot of fun selling and designing lunch bags, but life became way too busy, forcing me to close the storefront. However, this year felt like a good year to reopen. So for the past month I've been adding new designs/illustrations bringing the total to over 100.
 www.etsy.com/shop/sammo

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Sunset Lake, Vicksburg, MI)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5
This summer I discovered a Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding on flowers near the beach at Sunset Lake (Vicksburg, MI). It flew around for over twenty minutes allowing me to get nearly 200 photos from multiple angles. I think I can happily cross off "getting a hummingbird photo" from my photography wish list.       
Photos taken with a: Canon PowerShot SX50HS

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Images from Recent Photo Walks

 Squirrel
Garter Snake
Red Tailed Hawk
Yellow Dragonfly
Great Blue Heron
OxBaby Muskrat Close Up
Here are some random photos that were taken during numerous photo walks during the month of July. All photos were taken with a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Author Drawings - Guerilla Art Project

 Author Drawings
This is a new batch of author inspired drawings done on pages from their books. I'll be sending these drawings to Southsea (United Kingdom) as part of a guerilla art project where they will be placed in public places for people to find and take home.
Drawings from top (L to R):
Ernest Hemingway (The Old Man and the Sea), Henry Thoreau (Walden), JRR Tolkein (The Hobbit), John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath), T. S. Eliot (The Hollow Men), F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby), Robert Frost (A wishing Well), Stephen Crane (Red Badge of Courage)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bird Portraits form Recent Photo Walks

Crow Portrait
Crow Portrait
Grackle
Grackle
Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove
Here are some photos taken during various photo walks around Vicksburg and Sturgis, Michigan.

Camera: Canon Power Shot SX40HS

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Photo and Drawing Experiment

Photo and Drawing Experiment
This is a photo and drawing experiment I've wanted to try for quite awhile. It's inspired by artist Ben Heine's Pencil Vs Camera project.

www.flickr.com/photos/benheine/sets/72157623723956821/