Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Deadly Poppy Field

Now it is well known that when there are many of these flowers together their odor is so powerful that anyone who breathes it falls asleep, and if the sleeper is not carried away from the scent of the flowers, he sleeps on and on forever. But Dorothy did not know this, nor could she get away from the bright red flowers that were everywhere about; so presently her eyes grew heavy and she felt she must sit down to rest and to sleep.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

Wizard of Oz study/sketch

Then, with a great deal of chattering and noise, the Winged Monkeys flew away to the place where Dorothy and her friends were walking.

Some of the Monkeys seized the Tin Woodman and carried him through the air until they were over a country thickly covered with sharp rocks. Here they dropped the poor Woodman, who fell a great distance to the rocks, where he lay so battered and dented that he could neither move nor groan.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Uncle Henry & Aunt Em

As I work on these two characters, I find I keep thinking about the wind in their landscape. Texture and wind definitely needs to be an important part of their portrait.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Winged Monkey #4

This was going to be my last flying monkey, but it was brought to my attention that I have not yet explored bat wings. How thoughtless of me.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Witch of the North

"But I thought all witches were wicked," said the girl, who was half frightened at facing a real witch. "Oh, no, that is a great mistake. There were only four witches in all the Land of Oz, and two of them, those who live in the North and the South, are good witches. I know this is true, for I am one of them myself, and cannot be mistaken. Those who dwelt in the East and the West were, indeed, wicked witches; but now that you have killed one of them, there is but one Wicked Witch in all the Land of Oz--the one who lives in the West."

- Ch. 2 "The Council with the Munchkins", from the Wonderful WIzard of Oz

Monday, July 22, 2013

None of the Scarecrows in Kansas ever wink

While Dorothy was looking earnestly into the queer, painted face of the Scarecrow, she was surprised to see one of the eyes slowly wink at her. She thought she must have been mistaken at first, for none of the scarecrows in Kansas ever wink; but presently the figure nodded its head to her in a friendly way.

Monday, July 8, 2013

She saw a Scarecrow

There was a great cornfield beyond the fence, and not far away she saw a Scarecrow, placed high on a pole to keep the birds from the ripe corn.

Friday, July 5, 2013


Normally I don't enjoy drawing children (they tend to be less interesting than, say, villains), but I actually had a lot of fun with Dorothy. I'm thinking "A" is the gal I'm going to go with. Sometimes you just get it right the first time.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Tin Man

Sketches of your favorite metal head. I have to admit I am struggling on this one - should he be beefy like a lumberjack? Or un-accountably slender? I think I like face #4 the best, but reserve the right to change my mind later.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Scarecrow Sketches

I am exploring characters from the Wizard of Oz for the next few weeks. Here are some initial sketches for the scarecrow. From the face options, I like the 3rd one from the left the best. He looks a little bit like Dick Van Dyke, don't you think?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013


These are some old sketches from a pb dummy I worked on last year. I love to eat, and I love to draw creatures that love to eat too. Can you tell?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Hat Trick

Here is a page from a picture book dummy which I am working on. I am cutting this spread altogether form the book, but I still really like it, so I think it deserves a spot on the internet at least :)