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July 20, 2010

Comic-Con Sketch Group

Filed under: Studies, Wildlife — tb @ 10:54 am

Here’s a little flier I did for TheIllustrationBoard.com’s Comic-Con Sketch Group announcement.




With Comic-Con just around the corner, I thought it would be fitting for TheIllustrationBoard.com to host a Zoo Sketch group and welcome all visiting artists in the area.  If you’re in San Diego for the ‘con and want to do a bit of drawing this Saturday, July 24th, meet up with our group in front of the zoo at 5pm.  All are welcome of course, so come on out and have a great time!


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June 11, 2010

An elephant never forgets…even if I forgot to post this elephant.

Filed under: Uncategorized — tb @ 3:31 pm

An Asian elephant bull, done for the Elephant Drawing Day announcement a little ways back.  Ah, and Keep your eyes on the blog, folks…I’ll be announcing another sketch day Creature Feature very soon..


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May 15, 2010

Of very large cats

Filed under: Studies, Wildlife — tb @ 7:39 am

     Last week ended up being Cat Drawing day for the zoo sketch group from TheIllustrationBoard.com.  We had a pretty nice turnout, but rain, sickness and some rather shy animals hiding in their exhibits led to very little drawing getting done.  I did manage to pull out a decent lion scribble from the day, and I prepared a handout for those who attended.  If you didn’t get a copy of the handout for yourself last Sunday, feel free to print it out and keep it for your own personal use.

Aaand if you haven’t already, make sure to check out the other blog I manage for theillustrationboard and take a look at the sketches everyone else did for Big Cat Day.




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April 11, 2010

Blur that line: Birds and Dinosaurs

Filed under: Dinosaurs & Paleo-art, Wildlife — tb @ 1:44 pm




     My last post was a bit of an announcement for a special bird/dinosaur drawing zoo sketch group.  Here’s a bit of the oucome from that day; Flamingos, pigeons, and a Therizinosaur (loosely based around beipiaosaurus).  The Therizinosaurs were a *very* strange group of dinosaurs…  Feathered herbivores descended from carnivorous theropods, they looked (As Ryan Shutter put it..) like “Turkey Monsters.”  It’s with species like these, species that blur the line between birds and dinosaurs,  that you can really have fun and merge wildlife drawing and concepting.


    On a side-note, I prepared a handout for the Dinosaur drawing day.  While it was designed to be paired with the talk I gave, the breakdown I made of the theropod form and shapes still is helpful on it’s own.  If you’re interested in a printable version of the handout for your own personal use, click the thumbnail below.




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April 6, 2010

The Face of Dr. Frankenstien’s Hubris.

Filed under: A to Z monsters, Gribbly, Thumbnails — tb @ 6:45 pm





The face of a Frankenstien’s Monster redesign I’m working on, and the acompanying thumbnails.  The above-head will be going on something that looks akin to #14.  Further sketches on their way…

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April 1, 2010


Filed under: Dinosaurs & Paleo-art — tb @ 10:58 am



A quick drawing done last night for the announcement of a talk and demo I’ll be doing for TheIllustrationBoard.com.  Swing on over to the boards for more info, and be sure to come to the talk if you have time.

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March 31, 2010

North American Mammals

Filed under: Studies, Wildlife — tb @ 11:09 am



Here’s another page from the ol’ sketchbook, which accidentally ended up being North-American Mammal-themed.  The skulls were done at home (Pronghorn skull, grizzly skull, and two polar bear skulls) and the animals were done from life at the zoo… Speaking of which, there’s another zoo trip coming up this Saturday, April 3rd at 9:30am.  Show up and do some drawing.  It’ll be grand.

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March 22, 2010

Bears of the polar variety

Filed under: Studies, Wildlife — tb @ 10:47 pm



Nothing much to show today, outside of a bit of studying for the upcomming demo and lecture at the San Deigo Zoo.  If you’re in the area and free Saturday morning, swing on by and say hello.

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March 19, 2010

What’s that? you want to see what I’ve been up to? Alright..

Filed under: A to Z monsters, Gribbly, Studies, Wildlife — tb @ 3:29 pm

My apologies for the lack of updates lately; I’ve been pretty busy with my new role as the Zorganizer (Zoo Organizer) for TheIllustrationboard.com.  Head over to the boards, sign up, and say hello.  While you’re there, check out the animal drawing blog I’m running for the board, and take a look at the “Events” section to jon us for our zoo drawing trips.

Anyways, you’re probobly wondering what’s been going on in my sketchbook.  Well, here you go…












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February 26, 2010

Of studies and whatnot

Filed under: Studies — tb @ 3:29 pm





Well,  it’s been far to long since the last update.  I’ve been busy working, trying to get ideas for the website in order, and studying.  Speaking of studies, here’s a few, done at both the Atelier and in-studio at home.  The figure painting is from photo reference, the portrait from life, and the pinup portrait is a quick study after Elvgren (to get me warmed up for an in-depth Elvgren study I have planned.)  While I’m talking about illustration studies, I want to go ahead and point everyone in the direction of TheIllustrationBoard.com, a fledgling online community dedicated to illustrators, visual storytellers, and representational art.  Swing by, register, and take a look at what the forum has to offer….Everything from critiques by working professionals, to contests, to tutorials.  Make sure to take a look at the events section on the boards as well, as I’ll be leading weekly sketch trips to the zoo on behalf of the forum.  You can look forward to some fun lectures and drawing demonstrations on specific animals with each trip, and get to know the illustration community here in southern California.

Hope to see you on the boards, and at the zoo.


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