Animal Sketches #1


For the past few weeks, I’ve been meticulously studying animals and how to draw them. I started off doing many pencil drawings (not pictured in this post), but here are my most recent animal sketches from a very small sketchbook. I drew them all with a ballpoint pen without penciling them in first or erasing (something I didn’t even know I was capable of doing until just a few days ago). The cheetah scanned a bit blurry in one spot because the drawing spans two pages and I could not press the pages perfectly flat.

Below, you will see a wolf running in the snow, a happy fox looking up at you, a cheetah lying on a grassy mound, a cat’s head in profile, and a Borzoi dog resting its head on a cushion.




My Animal Drawings Project – Child and Adult Artwork


So, I found some old drawings I had made during the 1990s when I was a child. Only one had a date on it (the gorilla from 1997 — in which I would have been age 13 or 14), but I recognize from the poses and textures that all of the drawings come from a “how-to-draw” animals book I got as a kid. I’m guessing the more primitive-looking drawings are from an earlier date, such as 1995, so I assume I drew them all around the same year (in which I would have been 12 years old). This year (2017), I redrew some of the animals, and you can see the comparisons below . . .

CHILD                                              ADULT



“Midnight Prowler” – Cat Art


Here is some art I created back in high school called “Midnight Prowler.” (If it looks a little messed up, it’s because this is a scan of an old photograph. The original artwork is too big to put in my scanner). I’m not entirely sure, but I think the medium is charcoal pencil (although it could be graphite). I thought this one was appropriate for Halloween and so decided to share it. Enjoy!

Midnight Prowler

Transmogrified Book Trailer – Your Feedback


I would like some feedback as to what viewers think about my book trailer for Transmogrified. Here are some questions you can answer to help me improve my marketing strategy in the future. Please write your answers in the comments section here on this blog, or on the same post shared on my Facebook page (by following this URL): Transmogrified Book Trailer

1. Does this book trailer look professional? Why or why not?

2. Did the video capture your interest? Why or why not?

3. Are the character degins appealing? Why or why not?

4. How did you feel when you watched this video?

5. What could I do to improve the “Transmogrified” book trailer and make it more appealing to a science fiction reader (or even to capture the interest of people who are not normally drawn to science fiction)?

Feel free to write any other comments or suggestions regarding this book trailer.


Transmogrified – All Watercolor Paintings of Main Characters


Here are all of the watercolor portraits of my characters together for all to see and enjoy!

Note: I had to crop the pictures a little bit since I used my camera to take a picture of each one. Watercolors slightly warp the paper so they don’t appear perfectly straight in the photograph.