Friday, September 25, 2009


Here are a couple more sketch exercises. One is a stork-like bird in a baseball cap, and the other a bald black guy. It's important to be versatile.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Old sketches

Another post in my Sketches From the Past series. I did all of these sketches while working at HP. We would have down time, and production line meetings, and I drew these sketches while sitting and waiting. The excersise was a favorite of mine at the time, scribble on the page, then find objects in the scribble to turn into characters, or things.

In this sketch I spotted a man in a baseball cap, a witch, a woman in a hat, an elephant, an old car, and a dinosaur.

I have no idea what this is. ?

Monday, August 31, 2009

Scheming Monk

Here's another pencil sketch. This monk is plotting how he can get out of KP duty tonight.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cowpoke sketch

Here is a cowboy, a gunslinger really. Don't cross him. He's a surly cuss. Especially just before naptime.

Monday, July 6, 2009

July 6, 2009

Do you ever feel like the days, and conversations and events are currents you make your way through? Just keep swimming... just keep swimming...

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Here's another group of characters sketched while I was in a meeting.

Rotating head

Here's a series of rough sketches from my notebook done during another boring meeting. I need to animate more, I'm getting rusty. There's a bit of a wobble to this guy.

I'm back!

It's been quite a while since I've posted. Over three months. I've been very busy, getting married, moving, setting up my office/studio anew, working my day job at HP, and working freelance. I've been blessed this year, and am very thankful for everything that's happend. Here's an animated gif of a bunch of little characters I dashed off while sitting through an agonizingly boring meeting at work one day. Enjoy! -- Ryan

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Today I am marrying the most amazing woman, Angela Schuh. I met Angela last July, and we fell in love. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with Angela, doing everything I can to make her the happiest woman on Earth. Thank you in advance to all our friends and family who attended, and to all who couldn't come, but sent their best wishes.

I love you Angela.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rachael Loehr

Hello everyone. I've been very busy working on many different projects lately. One of them was the Rachael Loehr Fundraiser at my church. Rachael suffers from heart disease, and we are raising money for her, and her family. There are all kinds of costs involved in getting to Seattle where they'll do the operation, when a donor is found. If you want to hear Rachaels story in her own words, you can find it here. Go about 40 minutes into the video, the interview with Rachael is about 12 minutes long. I warn you though, it's an emotional story. She shared it with us on Sunday. She's a courageous young woman, and her faith is very strong.

One of the events the church is hosting is a pirate night where the kids and adults who act like kids dress up like pirates and watch a movie and eat a spaghetti dinner. It should be a lot of fun. I donated artwork for T-shirts they'll be selling there, I've done a lot of vector art in the last year and so I was able to convert my pencil sketches very quickly. Here is the T-shirt design:

If you'd like to order a tshirt, you can find an order form here. If that link doesn't work for you, send me an email, and I'll email you the file.

I had a lot of fun working on this project. It's very fulfilling to work on something like this, where your artwork helps people who really need it, and you get to do God's work rather than just work to make a buck. Iris Wellman was basically the art director for this job. It was a delight to work with a client who trusts in my creativity, and can make command decisions. Here is my pencil sketch:

I took the same art and re purposed it again to make posters they could sell at the pirate night along with the T-shirts. I've been working on this style for a few months now, sort of a 2D/3D look. I've got a couple of ideas on how to use it in animation, and also in a book project. Here is the poster artwork:

So that's just one of the many projects I've been so busy with. That's why I haven't been blogging much.
As I finish up the other projects I'll post them here. Thanks for stopping by. -- Ryan