Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Here's my latest stab at a digital doodle. It's really low rez, but I kind of just got into it before planning the size. I'm happy with where it went for such a short time spent on it. There's hope for future pieces, both digi and traditional. Here's to the future!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Blogoween!

A happy blogoween to all ye bloggers. For those who visit and for those I visit, I hope yours is a spooky one. (oh,...and p.s., carving this pumpkin was NOT easy! lighting is was even harder!)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Big Shoes Bobby

Every great baseball player has a nickname right? I never played baseball, but never had a nickname either. For football it was "Swann", for volleyball and soccer it was "Jason" or just "J". Better than "that guy" right? How would it have been to run for a 90+ yard touchdown to have the announcer yell "AND THAT GUY SCORES AGAIN!!!" When I was in England the kids called me Sonic (becuase my hair was spikey like Sonic the Hedgehog). That's about it. These days people tend to call me "stinky", but we'll stay away from that one.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


Did up a doodle and thought the body language looked a lot like my (near) 2 year old when she's on one. She's got Swannitude! I was going to throw gold chains on the bird and a backwards hat, etc., but no one in the family dresses like that. So 'ere it is.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

You Are Here

(Clarification: My wife helps keep me grounded. She also helps me with my "blurting our stuff that makes no sense. For this entry, I had visited a blog a few days back that had 1 entry. There was a single image with a red dot that said "You are here." That was it, nothing else. I laughed and thought, wouldn't it be funny if there was a town called "Here?")

Wouldn't it make your head explode if you went to a mall, looked at the map, saw a dot that said "You Are Here", looked up and there it was? Maybe it's a store with scenic posters or European architecture screen savers on CD. Or if you were at a them park and there next to the map billboard was the largest roller coaster on the west coast "YOU ARE HERE!!!" (not for the faint hearted, women who are pregnant or those who don't want to ride the "Here" ride, here, now, in this very spot, that you're on, this very second.) Ugh, head hurts.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Six Gun Brigham

Alright. So I was thumbing through old sketches to turn into something final and came across a bearded dude. I progressed and it ended up looking a bit like B. Young. It was a toss up between "Matrix" Brigham, but that was a bit lame. I picture him being a peacemaker, but in this case he'd be a peacemaker WITH HIS PEACEMAKER, you dig? He's probably got a ninja sword in that cane anyway. I'm seeing the comic book now. "Six Gun Ninja Young." Hmmm....I'll have to work that one out.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Oh Say Can You Scream!

We're going for broke this year. Olivia is going to tie me to a rocket while Mandy takes pictures from afar. Asia will be nestled in our bed with a pair of Princess Leia ear muffs on and her paws holding them on tightly. I plan on screaming "Cake or Death!?" as the rocket explodes. Just kidding. Nice little family affair at the local "rich people's" park for some KFC (Kitchen Fresh, right?) and fireworks. I know there are those out there (S.T. Lewis for one) who believe that nothing will top Disneyland's 50th anniversary show. Everything else pales in comparison. But it's fun nonetheless.(Is that really a word?)

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Long Night

I'd like to thank Las Vegas for a wonderful night's sleep. Winds were up around 40 mph until 6am this morning or so. We brought the dog up to sleep with us, 'cuz she's a 100 lb. sissy. When we FINALLY went to sleep, we were both sleeping light because of the wind and also because we were worried about the baby waking up at any minute. I was just waiting for the house to be picked up and dropped somewhere in OZ. If I only had a brain....

Friday, June 01, 2007

Subway, Draw Fresh!

In my ever ongoing attempt at drawing more, I had a sandwich and sketched the local Subway. Chatted about art with a co-worker. His zeal for building an art career outside of work has inspired me. I shall prevail!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

10 Minute Sketch

My buddy Ed Frayna commented on how hard it is to find time to draw these days with a child around. She's best thing about me and I love every minute with her, but the drawing has taken a back seat to playing and taking care of. I fit this one in while the baby was sleeping in the car up in Park City, UT. At 7 minutes and 13 seconds into the sketch, she woke up and wanted out. I intend on finding the time, no matter what. It's just a bigger fight, but one that's worth it.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Las Vegas Living

We don't have a pool, so we bought a $10 wading pool from Wal-Mart for Olivia this past Saturday. For the record, one of those wading pools comfortably fit two adults, a toddler and a 100 lb. dog. Not that it's recommended, but just in case one needed to. Three of our four neighbors have pools, so at one point Mandy says "I wonder what our neighbors are thinking about us..." I laughed out loud. As I sat in 4 inches of hose water, I pictured our neighbors casually looking out the window to see us in our blue wading pool, all together, splashing away. We started to joke about getting a mini tiki hut to serve drinks and other items that would make the scene even more rediculous. Someone once said "to live in Las Vegas, you HAVE to have a pool." Done.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


I've been messing with letters these days. A co-worker handed me "Style Wars" and "Piece By Piece", which are documentaries on graffiti over the years. Purty cool. So I've been tinkering with some of that kind of lettering for fun. It takes some time to adobt any style, so I just mimic until I get used to it and then try to find my own style and flavor. Oh, and if you see someone that looks like me running from the fuzz in the rail yards, ......I was home the whole time watching Lost.

Too Much Candy

This is how I feel these days after Easter. I try to eat the amount of candy that I once did as a young lad and end up feeling like this. Poor bunny......he never knew what hit him.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Little Livie Loo Who

'Ere's a little doodle it did around lunchtime. My 'lil gal has some big beautiful blue eyes and curls that she gets from her dad (yeah, yeah,...I was a pretty little girl,....ha, ha). She stretches and also walks with her hands up like so. It's kinda like "touchdown",....all the time. Fun.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Bitey Lives!

A favorite artist/animator of mine is Adam Phillips. He's got some seriously cool artwork, stories and such. I was in a "fairy-type" shop when I happened upon this statue. Bitey's cousin? Maybe not, but it certainly shows that I see Bitey everywhere.

Check him out at Bitey Castle

Friday, January 26, 2007

Fightin' Grizzly (pup)

Here's my OAC submission for this week. Topic was mascots. This was my immediate mental picture. Entry went like this:

So, our mascot in high school was the grizzly bear. As a freshman, I thought it evoked a sense of fear in our rivals. By the time I was a senior, this is how I pictured him. Lazy and clueless. I think he was tagged, tracked, broke into a rich San Ramon soccer mom's car who became irrate that her leather seats were damage so she had it shot and rolled off a cliff somewhere in the redwoods. Yup, that's about what my four years there felt like.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Viva Las Freezing Vegas!

Sup yo! How's things? So far, 2007's been a blast with me, my wife, my daughter and I think my dog all getting sick the first week of Jan. Picture all of us (well, not the dog) in our jammies this past Sat., Sun., and most of Mon. Watching cartoons, piles of tissues in the corner. I think we hit all the infomercials, twice (I'm not sure about the Body by Jake, but the Charlton Heston Video Bible Collection looks like a winner!) Things are starting to look up, now that we're all getting better. It's been freezing here in Vegas. Well more cold than it's been in awhile for THIS location (thanks you northern folks!). This is how we've been feeling as of late. Welcome to Vegas! Leave your shorts at home.