My first paid commission was to draw my high school teachers parrot. I’ve loved drawing animals ever since.
I enjoy capturing the soul of my subjects using cross-hatching combined with linear simplicity.
I was fortunate enough to agree to rescuing Dobby when my wife Julie found him online. My only experience with a dog was with my childhood dog named Buck. He was a lovable Irish setter mix who was happy go-lucky but not the brightest bulb. Buck famously grabbed the cooling Thanksgiving turkey and ran through our house tearing off chunks and then frantically picking up his prize and running before my 70 year old grandmother could catch up to him and continue whacking him with a rolled newspaper in a failing attempt to salvage the turkey. We ate pasta that year. Dobby is the complete opposite. Extremely smart, loving and very sensitive. He is also known as the Dob-Juan ‘cause he’s so handsome.
I started doing pen and ink again after a 30 year break when I decided to challenge myself to a no-pencils-allowed pen and ink challenge. I decided to draw trees and scenes ink to paper, no pencil lines. No cheating. I did this to force myself to slow down and to take the time needed to draw the complexity of tree branches and foliage.
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