As a kid I was always fascinated and drawn in with comic books and the stories they told. Among my most favorited were “X-Men” and “Avengers“. Aside from the fact that these stories were about people that were born different and through that they were shunned, or even hunted, by those they were risking their lives to protect, I was also drawn in by the art work. The pictorial form of telling a story was intriguing and captivating. I have always been a more visually stimulated person. The printed word seemed to be almost hypnotic through which I would simply zone out and not understand a word I had read. Therefore I would wind up reading the same paragraph again and again just to understand and remember everything I had been attempting to consume.
Another childhood favorite was the Star Wars movies. I didn’t want to do the original stories because they have been done by multiple publishers. So, I had read a few post Battle of Endor novels (21-26 years post) from the “The New Jedi Order” series and decided to do a bit from one of those novels as a graphic novel. Below is an excerpt from Balance Point chapter 14…
Story and Original novel by Kathy Tyers
My son wanted to play Pachisi… or “Sorry” as I knew it from when I was a kid. So, he and I created a board out of a paper grocery bag using coins as playing pieces. Well, needless to say it lead to the creation of this game board.
The Die is a piece of Verdite and mounted in the center of the board. The game piece drawer handle and latch handle are also made from Verdite. The design has a bit of a Celtic feel and all lines have been burned into the wood using a wood burner. There are four dragons placed in each corner of the board which symbolize the four elements (Earth, Wind, Fire, Water). The stones in the center of the game pieces are also found in the eyes of the dragons and are as follows:
- Earth – Carnelian
- Wind – Lapis Lazuli
- Fire – Amber
- Water – Jade
It is pretty much all out of wood, except for the stones and silver hardware that connects the drawer handle to the drawer and the latch lever… also there are two decorative Tibetan silver spacers that keep the die centered in the square hole in the center of the board. Other than that there is a brass screw in each corner and felt pads on the underside.
Enwrapped is probably the oldest sculpture of mine that I can tell you exactly where it is. I can still tell you because I gave it to my wife, now ex-wife, Sabina. I sculpted this as a symbol of mine and my ex-wife’s relationship during the Summer of 1999 (is there a song in there somewhere?). The base of the sculpture is a naturally shaped piece of limestone and the figures are made from clay and molded into a natural hole on the top of the stone. Then the entire piece was painted to resemble granite. Its dimensions are roughly 21cm X 12cm X 28cm (l X w X h).
This is my most recent sculpture. It is made from an air drying clay and painted with acrylics. Its dimensions are approximately 7.5cm X 5.5cm X 3.5cm (l X w X h). It is possible I will be using Slow Joe in a digital painting or two later down the line. He was conceived and born from one of my and my ex-wife’s, Sabina, sculpting sessions.
I carved this out of a stone I picked up at the park. It is basically a relief of my ex-wife’s, Sabina, art signature. The dimensions are roughly 6 cm X 4cm X 2.5cm (l X w X h).
This little sculpture is carved out of steatite or soapstone. Its dimensions are approximately 3cm X 3cm X 5cm (l X w X h). I did not include it because of its grandeur but because of its resemblance of an ancient artifact.
It is a product of one of my and my son’s sculpting sessions.
Here are some caricatures of a couple of my kids, Lara and Christopher. I did these while on vacation a few years ago. They were initially drawn with pencil, then inked, and then colored with colored pencils.
These drawings / concept pieces were inspired after watching “The Spiderwick Chronicles“. The thought of fairies blending into nature through having the appearance of commonly seen creatures or objects was provocative to say the least. I believe everyone in our house were either drawing their imagined creatures or building their own fairy encyclopedias. These sketches are pencil on paper.
Dragonfly Fairy inspired by The Spiderwick Chronicles
I don’t even remember why I sketched these two… I think it may have been an idea for a couple of game characters. Anyway, it is pencil on paper.
This drawing / illustration of the Eiffel Tower was originally created, in 2007, to be part of a background in a header image for a website. And, even though the actual size of this drawing is approximately 20cm X 30cm, it was used at nearly a tenth of its original size with a pink wash and a poodle standing in front of it. It was sketched with pencil on paper and then drawn in ink.