Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Just a couple of sketches of snowmen in honor of the season.
-Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Not Quite A Tutorial: The Beach With Sugar

One of these days I want to try my hand at doing some type of drawing tutorial. I have a deep desire to pass on some of the knowledge I've picked up over the years, but sadly, I really am a horrible teacher. I hope to overcome that in 2010, so for the time being, this little series of sketches will have to do, as a precursor to the big ol' festival of drawing knowledge yet to come.
Last Friday, my girlfriend, Sugar, and I celebrated the 2 year anniversary of our first date (Woo-Hoo!) and I wanted to make her a card. After running through a number of design possibilities in my head, and then sketching a few rough and quick thumbnails, I decided on one that I had tried to do the year before that hadn't turned out too well. The concept was sound, because we both love the Oregon Coast and make it over there as often as possible, unfortunately the execution was the best. For example, you'll notice that the characters came out okay, most of the background is all blotchy to the point of a full blown buggers-muddle.

One thing I've noticed is that my style has evolved quite a bit over the last year, although it is not as obvious in this quick rough version, seen below.

In this next version, you can see some of the style change I mentioned, it has become looser and more fun, at least in my opinion. Not too long ago I rediscovered the joy of drawing with colored pencils, a light color to start off with, and then I go over the lines that I like with black. By way of disclaimer, this technique looks a lot better in person, so yes, all of these images have been digitally manipulated.

Being that I'm a bit of a knothead from time to time, I forgot to scan the finished version before I gave it to, Sugar, but the version below is pretty much the pose I finally went with. I'm really looking forward to the coming year and this new style I'm developing, very retro, with a fair amount of contemporary snarkiness, if you know what I mean.

So, there you have it, thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Nakey Nerd Girl

Pretty basic, just a nakey nerd girl, well not completely nakey, but nakey enough for Nakey Wednesday (even though it's actually Thursday).

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Color Play: Birch Tree

More color play, this is simply a birch tree on a stark white background.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Color Play: Donuts

I've been playing with some colors lately, so these are some donut shapes with variations on a color combination with markers. Obviously this doesn't translate on screen very well, but I'll be fixing that soon.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Ths Unwitting Wolly-Gobbler

*Yes, I know it has been quite awhile since I've posted anything here, but I'm hoping to change the flavor a bit and do a couple of posts like this one a few times a month, as well as getting more sketches scanned in in and posted. Thanks for your patience.

For those of you who may have forgotten the playground taunts of your youth, a wolly-gobbler, is a person who bites fart bubbles in the bath tub (presumably their own, although I would assume any fart bubble would qualify). The reason I bring this up is because there are certain situations in life that require a person to retaliate in a childish, vulgar fashion. Oddly, I ran into just such an occasion only last week when I was at the pool doing my daily swim. I noticed a young woman standing at the edge of the pool, and although she didn't say anything to me, it was clear she intended to share my lane, which is fine, since there are only six of them, and swimmers often have to double or even triple up. I don't have a problem with this, however there is a certain faction of swimmers whom I think of as the elitist dipshits, and they seem to feel that their workout is much more important than those of anyone else, and as it turned out this little squim was one of them. Unfortunately, I didn't know this at the time, so without breaking my rhythm, I made room for her by taking one side of the lane and leaving the other half for her. However, when I got to the far end of the pool and started back for the return trip, I was surprised to see her barreling down on top of me. I quickly paddled over to the other side of the lane and resumed swimming, thinking that she was doing what I call the loop (and I'm sure the elitists know the proper term for it) which simply means everyone in the lane swims in the same direction in a donut shaped pattern, similar to race cars, oh and incidentally it is usually reserved for times when there are three or more swimmers in a lane. A little unorthodox I thought, but I can adjust. Alas, when I got to the other end, there she was coming at me full force, going the wrong way—again. So, I returned to the original side to again split the lane, thinking that she had realized what I was doing and was making a feeble attempt to play nice. And it seemed she was doing exactly that . . . for the next lap or two, but after that, I'll be a God Damn if she didn't do it yet again. Unbelievable! At that point it had become blatantly obvious that she was just being a twat and trying to chase me out of my own lane so that she could have the whole thing. Well, I'm not one to stand for that horse excrement! By now, the bratty little quince had gone back to her own side of the lane, but I was still greatly irritated and knew it was only a matter of time before she would return to her obnoxious behavior.  Now as luck would have it, an amazing intestinal  opportunity presented itself just as she approached me, and with precision timing . . . 3 . . . 2 . . .  1 . . . BLÄAAAPFT!! — I kicked loose with a stout blast just as we met halfway across the pool. I'm not sure if she actually heard my flatulence over all that splashing or if she merely tasted it in the water, and honestly I like to think it was a bit of both. What I do know for certain, is that she got out of the pool immediately afterward, so unless it was an unbelievable coincidence, my point had been made. Score one for the old gassy fellow!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Expression Studies

Here are some expression studies done for no particular reason or project. They started out as tiny scribblings in my travel sketchbook,. These expressions are some that I liked, so I decided to do them a little larger, and I then did a quick inking job, so I guess you could also call them inking studies if you like. Not much time for chit-chat today, I'm posting some Halloween invitations and such in my Zazzle Shop today, feel free to stop by if you have a chance.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Gas Pump Girl

This is another one that I had forgotten about and recently stumbled across. This is watercolor with ink on watercolor paper, it was done sometime last year, but I can't remember why or what for.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Belated Nakey Wednesday

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I've been trying to get an awful lot of things done, and then I had a minor injury flare up, but that's not why you called. Its actually Thursday at this point, but it's always a good time for Nakey Wednesday, and now without further delay, here is an undated pinup test I did in markers, colored pencils & ink. Yeah, I know I did a pretty shitty scan & paste job. Ordinarily I don't post stuff this big, but I had actually forgotten about her and just stumbled on it a little while ago. Nevertheless, here she is; Happy Nakey Wednesday.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Semi-Nakey Wednesday!

I haven't decided, but I'm thinking of making Wednesdays, Nakey Wednesday from now on. This will be a celebration of the human figure, usually the female figure. This is basically just an excuse for me to draw naked gals, but this is my blog and I can do as I please. Oh, and just to clarify, Nakey Wednesday will only be here on A Walk on the Wiles Side, I don't want anybody showing up to work naked on my account. Although that reminds me of a funny story from art school. Maybe it's only funny to me, but I got one of our models to go outside without his pants on for a smoke break. Although kind of rural, it was in a fairly conservative part of town. Somehow the instructor knew exactly who was responsible for it.

Anyway, I still haven't decided for sure, so I've split it up:
First a couple of clothed gals in what I call daily poses. As I recall they were both waiting for coffee, but not at the same time. There is also a little piece of the guy on the toilet from last week's sketch dump in the lower right corner.

Second we have four nakey gals, I suppose if I were a higher class artist I would call them nudes, but I really just like the word nakey. So there. These were all done from imagination if you're wondering.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Year Round Tiki!

I'm still feeling a little nostalgic for all things Tiki, so here is a little something from the sketchbook. This was done in a coffee shop while people watching. I got to wondering recently if there is an official Tiki Season. If there is I would have to assume it ends with the summer. Well, I call bull poo on that—Let there be Tiki all year long!


Monday, August 31, 2009

Sketch Dump! Part Deux

Holy Smacks! I've been awfully busy, and I'm worn to a frazzle so it's just a quick sketch dump for now, I'll try to add more comments later. In the meantime, have a great week.



Thursday, August 27, 2009

25 Years Ago Today!

Yeah, I know this is about the third time I've posted this image here, but there is a reason. The lighthouse is a kind of symbol for me, its  somewhat off-kilter and a weathered through tough times, but its still standing, holding its own and doing what it's supposed to do. Kind of like me. It's hard to believe, because it seems like both a million years ago, and just the other day that I gave up drugs and for the most part, alcohol. To clarify, I didn't give up alcohol completely, but one or two drinks a year is what I would call pretty well controlled. However, no marijuana, or cocaine in 25 years, now that's saying something. Not only that, I'm nearing 5 months without cigarettes, which is something I never thought would happen—ever! So, there you have it, 25 years drug free, and still doing okay.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sketch Dump!

Holy Smacks! It seems like eons since my last post, which is probably bad form for a blogger, but I do have a good reason; I've been slaving away on new projects, and a couple of commissions. So, how do you like them apples?

Anyway, this is my first official Sketch Dump, and I've got a whole mess of piping hot sketches straight from the sketchbook. As I've mentioned before, sometimes after scanning my sketches I go into Photoshop and clean up some of the stray lines and overlapping doodles, but not this time. You could call these sketches in the raw, because they truly are in their naked state, which kind of goes with the theme, since some of these sketches are of the racy persuasion. I may or may not get more posted later in the week, so no promises, but either way have a great week.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

My Super Gal

This started off as kind of a joke between me and my gal, Ace. Rather a long story, but we were bantering back and forth over who was going to Google something. She wanted me to do it, and started calling me Google Boy (and made up a little theme song for me as well), and I in turn told her to do it herself, and dubbed her Goggle Girl and even gave her full rights to use my new theme song. Anyway, at the same time I was thinking about creating a Google Girl mascot, she asked if I was going to draw her a Google Girl. Well, of course, Google is trademarked, and I have no desire whatsoever for any kind of legal hassles so for now this character will be known as Super Gal, until I get something better worked out. Oh, and if you're wondering, she finally looked it up herself, but she used, instead of Google, probably just to be contrary.

This is just a sketch featuring my new favorite mix of blue & black colored pencils. It's a bit off and somewhat wonky in places, and she even has an extra leg, but overall I'm pleased with it. Oh, and my UPS is being a pain in the ass tonight, to the point that I probably will have to replace it, so I didn't bother to scan the other part of the retro shape dealio.

Monday, July 27, 2009

A Little Asian Fashion

I don't really have any true fetishes, however, I do have tons of—for lack of a better word—obsessions. They seem to rotate, and some even get abandoned altogether, such as the one for garter belts. Yet, the one for corsets remains. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to them, and I've actually stopped questioning them; I just go with it. They also seem to fall into two categories; Main Obsessions and Sub-Obsessions. One of my most long standing sub-obsessions, from the exotic fashion main obsession if you're wondering, is for the high necked Asian style dress. Oh, chopsticks in the hair are pretty nifty, too, although I guess that would be a sub-sub-obsession. Anyway, that's where this one came from.

Hmmm. And now that I'm looking at it on screen, I see that I made the *boob-line a bit wonky. Oh well, that's why they're called sketches.


*Yes, incidentally that is my own word, but feel free to use it.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A Couple of Dorky Fellas

For lack of a better title I call this one Happy Guy. I know what you're thinking, Hey Bob-O, what a profoundly unique title. Way to stretch that creative muscle. Woo-Hoo! Well, I'll tell you, its late and I'm tired. But there are some interesting things coming down the pike at the almighty Walk on the Wild Side, and I don't mean just your average run-of-the-mill pencil farts, this might really be something, just a little more flavor. Sadly, that's all I'm at liberty to tell you right now, but in the spirit of the excitement check out this second sketch called, Astonished! How do you like them apples?

Monday, July 13, 2009

Topless in Jeans

Just a slightly chubby topless tattooed punkabilly chick, for no particular reason other than I think she's cute, and I'm fairly pleased with the way it came out. Incidentally, I seem to be back to my old pencil sluttish ways. My current pencil-tart of choice is a standard Prismicolor colored pencil; the official color is True Blue, if you're wondering. Actually, the color is True Blue whether you are wondering or not. Anyway, I really like the way it mimics the non-photo blue pencils of old, and yes, I know non-repro blue pencils are still used today, but with digital inking become more the standard it is increasingly rare.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Post # 75: The Big Beer Baby

As I mentioned not too long ago, I have been going through some old files and whatnot, and came across this colored pencil sketch. I'm really not sure how to categorize this one, it is either the beginning of the end, or the end that became the new beginning. Sounds a bit complicated, doesn't it? Well, basically a few years ago I was working in a quiet family oriented brew pub, which was kind of like a restaurant that focused on hand crafted ales. On one particular evening I cut a friend off and pulled his beer, because he had had way too much to drink. He was getting loud and belligerent and was dropping F-bombs left & right. Evidently, cutting The Beer Baby off and pulling his beer gave him full license to throw an incredibly childish temper tantrum, which was then followed by a shockingly bad display of poor management skills on the part of the manager on duty that night. Later, when informed of the situation, the actual pub manager's apathetic, feeble response told me it was time to get out of the restaurant business and follow my artistic dreams. It has not been an easy path, and I've made mistakes along the way, but I have no doubt that I am better off now, than if I would have stayed. I also know that I'm going to be okay, and that I'll make it.

Oh, back to the sketch, it was well over a year after the fact that I heard through the grapevine that he was still threatening to get me back. So, in honor of his profound douchebaggery, this is a sketch I did of The Big Beer Baby shortly after the incident. I also have a couple I did of the manager on duty, but for legal reasons I don't think I should post them.


Friday, July 3, 2009

More Poop Greeting Cards!

As you may have guessed, I've been going through some old files as of late. I never realized how many poop related greeting cards I've done over the years. This is one I did for my friend, Pea, for her birthday also in 2006. The thing about sending Pea cards, is that it is nearly impossible to offend her. Seriously, I have sent images of masturbating clowns (with two penises), anthropomorphic vulvae, and a number of things in that vein, which I can't recall at the moment, but the point is that none of it phased her.

Anyway, this is her dog, Klaus, he's a tea cup dachshund, and he loves to eat cat poop. He's also extremely vindictive, and if you dress him up in, oh, say a Santa outfit for Christmas, he will urinate on your feet—twice! Anyway, the small one is just a stand alone of Klaus with a big ol' turd in his mouth, which I believe was on the back of the card, and the bigger one below is the actual front of the card. I'm afraid my lettering was pretty crappy on that particular day. It reads: . . . and upon waking from his mid-morning nap, Klaus was delighted to discover that the "Kitty-Roca Fairy" had once agin paid a magical visit, [Note: I should have left it off at this point] leaving behind the most delectable treats. Oh, and his thought balloon reads: Oh Boy! They're Still Warm!

Have a safe & sane 4th of July.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Dog Poop Flamingo

I feel like a butthole for not posting much lately, but I have been really busy. Nevertheless, here is an old birthday card I did for my older sister back in '06. Kind of an off the wall kind of card; if you can't read it, it says: What Do Birthdays And A Flamingo Stepping In Dog Poop Have In Common? As I recall, the inside read something like: Nothing At All, But It sure Makes for An Amusing Visual. Incidentally, my sister has a thing for flamingos, not necessarily dog poop.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Chad the Gall Bladder

Happy Monday! A friend of mine has been having gall bladder problems as of late, and in fact, she is supposed to be having it removed sometime soon. She has even named her internal nemesis Chad. I don't know why. Nevertheless, this is the get-well card I made for her, but don't tell her, because I haven't sent it yet, and I would like it to be a surprise. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out. Chad just seems like the ne'er-do-well brother-in-law type, you know, the guy who despite contributing absolutely nothing would not think twice about taking the last donut in the box. Anthropomorphism (giving human characteristics to non-human creatures or objects) seems to be one of my strong points, at least it does lately. Just imagine if she were having a labioplasty or something done. As for the card itself, well, you can see, the outside of the card reads: Suddenly, Chad realized—. If you're wondering, the inside reads: he was no longer welcome. I don't know if there is a market for this specific of a get-well card, but I might just look into it.

Oh, and yes, I realize an actual gall bladder would be a much darker green, but it didn't lend itself to marker rendering. Call it artistic license.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Post #71 New Header Banner Thingy (beta)

Hey kids,

well all you longtime readers of WOWS, will notice the new header banner thing-a-ma-jig—I don't like to get bogged down with technical terms in the summer. Anyway, it is still in beta, meaning it still needs some fine tuning and whatnot, but I am happy enough with it to put it up, which is saying something. You've probably also noticed that the color scheme is also new, well that is also being worked on, and still needs some tweaking, the nearly invisible links, for example.

So, Stay tuned for Gala Grand Opening, which should be soon . . . god willing and the creek don't rise.


Update: 6/9/09 Getting closer, but still needs fine tuning.

Final Update: 6/15/09 Okay this baby is done!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Dear John

Not really much to say on this one, simply one of the worst days of a soldiers life. At the end of a horrific battle, a Dear John Letter waits for him. This is based on an old sketch from an abandoned project. Parts of it I'm happy with, and other parts not so much. Probably not the cheeriest of subjects, especially for a Monday. Maybe, and no promises here, I'll be able to get something a little happier done later in the week.
Until then, cheers!

Monday, June 1, 2009

A Belated Beach Post

Yeah, I was really hoping to have this done the Monday after our return but I've had so much going on that I didn't get it done. Anyway, in case you missed it, my girl, Sugar, took me to the beach a couple of weeks ago. It was really an awesome trip, because not only did we have a grand time, but it was supposed to rain the whole time and it virtually DID NOT, which if you are at all familiar with the Oregon Coast, you understand just how amazing that is. I hope to do some more drawings from this trip soon, but for now, this is a semi-quick one in walnut ink & Copic pens of me and Sugar hanging out on the wharf in Newport .

Have a great week.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Road Trip—Guess Where?

Seascape: Walnut Ink.

Beach Cabin: From Sketchbook.

Stubby Lighthouse: Walnut Ink

Hey Kids! If you guessed the Oregon Coast—sometimes called the Pacific Wonderland, you are 100% correct. Yup! Me and my gal, Ace, are heading for the Oregon Coast today so these images might look familiar to you, it's because they are all reposts, a first here at Walk on the Wiles Side, by the way. This will be something of a working road trip: gonna do some sketches, get some reference photos, do some research & get some inspiration, as well as scout for venues to carry my T-shirts, but it's not all work, I fully plan on eating way too much and lounging a bit, but most importantly, hanging out with my gal. Anyway, we'll be back soon and I should have stories, sketches, and maybe even some exciting news. Have a great week.


Monday, May 4, 2009

DeLuxe Retro Motel

DeLuxe Retro Motel; sketchbook

This one comes under the heading of: germ of an idea. In other words this is the nucleus of a possibility, it may or may not become something substantial, but only time will tell. This is not a motel that exits, at least not to my knowledge. Although if it were an actual motel it would be on the beach at the Oregon Coast. As a point of interest, it looks like there might be a destruction derby underway in the parking lot, car A appears to be hurtling towards car B at a breakneck pace going in for the kill. But this is just over exuberance on the undershading—which is kind of like the drawing version of underpants, but not really. And yes, if this were an actual drawing and not a page from my sketchbook, I probably would have fixed it, or worst case scenario, done it over entirely.

Monday, April 27, 2009

More Skulls, a Naked Hipster Chick & Some Whatnots

Skull Profile, Perplexed Girl
& Naked Hipster Chick

Maudlin Old Fart, 3 Skulls, a Pinup Pose,
a Butterfly & Part of a Frog Foot

I seem to be going through a new skull style phase, and I must say that I really like it. There should be some new shirt designs featuring this new style up at my almighty Zazzle shop soon. The only other thing in this set of sketchiness that requires special attention is the naked hipster chick—ya' know what? I've changed my mind, there really isn't much to say, she's naked and she's a hipster chick, pretty cut and dried. *Hint: you can tell she's a hipster chick because of the cool retro glasses she is wearing.


Monday, April 20, 2009

Some Wicked Skulls and a Surly Punk

Partial page from sketchbook; pair of Skulls in my wicked new style.

Partial page from sketchbook; Skull & Surly Fat Punk.

I hope you all had a great weekend. I'm just glad to be finished with my fucking taxes. Just for the record, I don't have a problem with paying my taxes, but I DO have a problem with them being an enormous pain in my ass!

Well, this started out as a post of a neat little seahorse drawing I did. I scanned it and brought it into Photoshop for adjustments when lo and behold, I realized it looked like shit. Seriously—it was awful. So, I grabbed the sketchbook I keep in my car and took a couple scans from that. So, these will just have to do for now, a some wicked skulls, and a surly fat punk.


Monday, April 13, 2009

Seascape in Walnut Ink

Seascape in Walnut Ink #1

I think I may have mentioned last week that lately I have been working on taxes and other unpleasantries, well things are coming along okay on that front, nevertheless, I am way past due for an excursion to one of my favorite places, the Oregon Coast. Sadly, I don't think it is in the cards, at least not for a little while. Anyway, to help dull the edge of my beach craving I did this serene little seascape with a walnut ink wash. Not perfect, but overall, I'm happy with it, and best of all it takes me on back to where I wish I could be.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Better Late Than Never: Elmo's Birthday

Elmo's Birthday 2009

Hey Kids!
As I mentioned earlier, I've been bogged down with taxes, but I'm finally getting a handle on that situation, and I'm itchin' to move on with some new plans. Anyway, my friend, Elmo is turning 49 in about 3½ hours, well, actually I guess it will be in 2½ hours, since he is in a different time zone, but soon nonetheless. The point is that this is his birthday card, and I just put it in the mailbox, so it probably wont get there in time for his actual birthday. You see, I made some mistakes that I couldn't correct, so I had to start over, and there you have it. By the way, Elmo is probably expecting a joke about his tiny wiener, or adult diapers, or something of that nature, but sometimes I like to keep him on his toes, and go with the unexpected. Besides, he's old enough now that he can make his own jokes about his Wee Willy Winky. And, just for the record, there is no particular reason for the guy in the funny little space suit, that's just what came out of my head.

Happy Birthday Elmo, your card will be there soon.