Draw the environment before adding the character. If you're modeling for a drawing class, the Angry Hulk pose and Tebowing are crowd pleasers. Surround yourself with talent and you'll eventually win a door prize. My drawings need texture. If Brian Lies is speaking, I'm listening. I dare anyone not to blush when a group of attractive lit agents and writers shout your name from a balcony. All of the illustrators I met were extremely cool people. But not all extremely cool people can be illustrators of course. And then there’s Hazel Mitchell… Honored to have sketched in the Octo-Puss in Boots book. BTW, Casey Girard is cool as hell. Love and care about each character and the rest will be easier. You don't have to know how to play the banjo to play the banjo. Speaking of banjos, Russ Cox deserves every accolade thrown in his direction. Harry Bliss is a comedic genius. Meeting my Facebook and Twitter illo pals was e
Leaf flake. Leafflake would make more sense, like snowflake, but the neighboring f's look stupid. I thought about adding an acorn in the middle, and maybe I will at some point. I like autumn/fall much more than winter. Not a ski guy or a snowboard guy. I'm well-padded, but underneath I fear I may be frail. I like ice skating, and I'm getting better at it after not having skated for almost 30 years. Crazy, right? But I have my own skates now (Bauer hockey) that need to be sharpened soon so I'll be ready to go when the weather and water turns frozen. But yeah, fall is the best. Cool air. Great colors. Pumpkins. Pumpkin flavors. Playoff baseball. Football, which isn't nearly as appealing as it used to be. Sweaters and sweatshirts. Hiking boots. The natural migration from iced coffee to hot coffee. Sitting outside in 50º weather sipping a hot coffee? The best. So enjoy the season. Because the next one is approaching, and it's never as beautiful. Or friendly.