Man in the Moon Costume

(Ink and Marker)

I sat down with my sketchbook tonight and put some marks down. I came up with this guy in some sort of a moon or banana costume. I suppose it kind of works as a moon costume, it can be the man in the moon and the carrot on the string represents his continuation of the moon cycle? Sure. Let's go with that.


Hindsight is 20/20

One more Star Wars piece -

(Ink, Pen, and Marker)

After watching the end of Return of the Jedi, I couldn't help but think it was a big mistake to for Emperor Palpatine to send away his personal guard...


Sad, Sad Elephant Man

There's Star Wars marathon going on right now, so guess what I'm watching!  I had to do a quick sketch, so I broke out the iPad and whipped up something quick.  Anyone recognize this blue guy?

(Digital Media)

It's Max Rebo!  (Jabba's Palace - Return of the Jedi)


Kermit the Spider-Man ... or Spider-Frog?

(Ink, Pen, and Marker)

Don't ask me why I decided this was a good idea - it just sort of popped into my head.  Quick sketch, colored in marker.  I think I'm going to go ahead and do some more of these.  It was a lot of fun - and a good excuse to get back into using the brush pen and markers.  I think the green-guy would be a good Spider-Man.  I mean I guess Disney does own both Marvel and The Muppets...

***Update*** I totally just noticed that I'm not the first one to come up with the Spider-Kermit idea... dang. Haha.


The Hulk Sketch


(Digital Media)

That is all.


Mr. Preato's Class

Hey I got a hold of a few more photos of my class's artwork display in the art show:

(Photo courtesy of Laura Mazzarella)

(Photo courtesy of Laura Mazzarella)



Wow, ok - it's been quite a while since I've posted anything, so I'm more than excited to say that I'm glad to be back!  Where was I exactly?  I was keeping pace with school and finishing up my semester.  i had an excellent experience teaching a great group of kids as part of a Saturday Art Workshop (SAW).  It was an 8-week program in which students showed up at 9:30am (way earlier than I probably ever got up on a Saturday growing up) to come to an art class (once again, I'm pretty sure I never went to school on my weekend off from school).  Anyways, the short story is that it was not only a great teaching a experience, but a learning experience as well.  We managed to get in 3 major art projects, and my class - along with 6 other classes held an art show to display the culmination of the SAW program.  Below is a snapshot of a corner of the gallery - my class's work is in the corner on the left.

(Photo courtesy of Carey Simone)

I've been working on some of my own art, though limited due to teaching taking up a lot of time!  I just got an iPad so I've been playing around with some of the art programs on it.  I settled on a program called "Procreate, it's worked for me so far, and I'm impressed with the level of features and ability in this program.  If you're interested, here's a link to their website: Procreate (I should really see about getting paid for advertising stuff!)  I can appreciate the iPad's sensitivity to finger-based gestures, but for a program like this is grabbed a stylus, and I went with the WACOM bamboo stylus, because frankly, their products haven't let me down yet.  Ok, enough talk, below is the first drawing I whipped up on the iPad.

(Digital Media)

For this work, I had some inspiration from a couple of sources: AVATAR's floating mountains of pandora, the beautiful illustration work from a game called "Machinarium", and a little bit of my own previous work.

I think that's all for now.  I have some other things in the works, and I plan on being more faithful to keeping up with the blog and posting regularly now that I have a little less "homework".  Until next time - keep on keepin' on!