Personalized Magazine Cover – birthday gift idea

Personalized Magazine Cover – A special birthday gift for a special friend.

Our friend of many years recently celebrated his 60th birthday and I wanted to give him something special so I created a color pencil drawing just for him.

I first looked through his Facebook page for photos of him enjoying a hobby and figured out between fishing and golf it appeared he enjoyed fishing a bit more.  I thought it would be fun to make a magazine cover of him going off to fish and the drawing would be a cartoon of our friend.

The first picture is the work in progress and the second is the framed piece finished.

Our friend could not have been happier or surprised and both the drawing and party were a huge hit!  Next time you’re thinking about a gift for someone think about making them something or having something made special just for them.  I guarantee they will love the thought and time you invested.  🙂

Keep on drawing!

KLentz

Cartoon pencil drawing of Apple CEO Tim Cook

I love both caricature and cartooning and I was watching a caricature artists tutorial about drawing Tim Cook.  I was drawing along with the artist and this is what I ended up with more of a cartoon of Tim Cook than a caricature.  Same amount of fun just finished with a different look.  🙂

Keep drawing!  Enjoy!

K Lentz

D.I.Y. Tee Shirt

My nephew accepted a scholarship to the Stop-Motion school at Hampshire College in New Hampshire last summer, very exciting.  So I decided, as a gift, to make him a tee-shirt for the occasion.  I created a cartoon character that resembled him in four different poses.  The image below has each of the original drawings and the final print for the tee-shirt and I thought I would go through my process with you.

I began by drawing a character, the first drawing, that was the cartoon version of my nephew.  Next I laid tracing paper over the first drawing and drew his arms in various positions and changed his facial expression to match and I did this three times.  I ended up with four Jackson’s and ran them through Photo Shop and colored each a different color and dropped a film background in and added the text for the school.  The final print for the tee-shirt is the first picture in the image.  Using the direct to garment print process I had the final graphic added to the tee-shirt.

In my opinion, the tee-shirt turned out pretty good and my nephew was both surprised and very happy with the gift.

Enjoy and keep drawing!

K Lentz

The Eyes have it

So one of the things I struggle with is drawing eyes.  I decided to make that my drawing this week and I feel pretty good about how the eye turned out.  What are some of the things you struggle with in your art? Any suggestions about how I could make this eye better? 🙂

Thanks,

K Lentz

Batman speaks out about government shutdown. LAME!

Newsflash!  U.S. government is shut down!  AGAIN!  Ridiculous.

I was watching the news last week and of course more news about the government shutdown, yawn.  It got me thinking, what would Batman say about the shutdown?

LAME!

K Lentz

Paris Girl

Paris Girl –  I drew the girl in the picture using colored pencils but she seemed a bit lonely on the page.  I pulled a royalty-free image of Paris and dropped it in the background and placed a graphic of an airplane in the picture from Photoshop and Voila’ Paris Girl!

 

Keep drawing!

K Lentz

Sponge Bob

2019 Drawing Challenge – draw something every day…

Okay.  Let me first begin by saying drawing something everyday is much more difficult than I had anticipated.  Maybe some of you saw this coming…but this does not mean that I am not going to continue with my challenge it simply means I will need to adjust the scope of my frequency of drawing.  Also I do not want to become that annoying blogger person that sacrifices quality for quantity.

My 2019 drawing challenge – draw something everyday is going to become draw something everyday but complete the drawing weekly instead of daily.  🙂

As Sponge Bob would say

“We don’t need television not as long as we have our imagination”.

Keep drawing!

K Lentz