Tuesday, August 05, 2014

STILL HERE AND LOTS GOING ON.......on the easel that is

Just a brief bit today, have lots going on with the paint and some new projects happening down the pike, so those will be mentioned again as more progresses with them, but here is a brief look at what is happening in the studio for now.

.... and as always, please feel free to leave comments and just say ehy

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Sometimes you just sit down and draw. No if''s, and's, or but's...........

Last night was just one of those nights, I was tired, exhausted even, just a long day, and I needed to relax. So, I pulled out a piece of paper..11 X 14, and sat there, and my hand started to idly move about and slowly a shape started to take, well ......... shape. 

The shape turned into a girl sort of crouching and leaning and as I drew, I started to become quite relaxed and just totally into what I was doing, and after about 90 minutes or so, I had a drawing.

 Whilst she is not quite finished, still need to do her hand and left leg, I sort of like her as is too. 

There is something to be said for just drawing, it is an amazing thing. Next time you are tired and need a way to relax or unwind.........pick up a pencil and let your day go and just see what comes out.

She was done on Bristol, with just a 2 B pencil and a kneaded erasure....

Sometimes the simple things are the best things........

Monday, July 14, 2014


O.K...............I have to say i am totally thrilled and honoured with this one, I am the featured artist on the FRAZETTA GIRLS BLOG

Big time thrill and so glad to see these women carrying on Franks works for the world.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014


this sort of just in, I will be doing a piece for Blade Runner Press. It is for an RPG called Endless Terror

Here is a little preview:

Saturday, April 26, 2014


Just to let everyone know, I now have a site for prints, coffee cups ( and essential part of life ) and phone and tablet cases!!!!It is on Society 6, here is a link to the place.........

Tracy's Society 6 site!!!

now here is the actual address:


....and here is just one of the things you can get!!! 


I am in the process of adding more things, as well as getting some paintings photographed and ready to go up too!!!

So please stop buy ( I know I wrote buy instead of by.......sort of a hint )

Thanks ya'll

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


It is no real secret........... I love doing pencil drawings, to me the pencil is the KING of all traditional art tools. I have just recently ( today ) finished a drawing that brings back a lot of memories and nostalgia as it were to my brain.

In college, I had a studio class where we were not allowed to use a pencil sharpener. We had to use a knife to sharpen our pencils, and nearly thirty years later, I tried it again..........it is pretty cool, and am not sure why I ever stopped doing this.

What got me to do it again was sort of a silly little thing I saw on Facebook and was honestly quite happy to obtain as well ( thanks Brian ). It was an old Tarzan pocket knife. More so than just an old Tarzan pocket knife, it is exactly like my art hero Frank Frazetta  used to sharpen his pencils...

Franks knife
photo Doc Dave

Once I got the knife ( actually two of them ) a little drawing thing came up in which I got the opportunity to do a drawing of Vampirella......something I always wanted to do, but never really had the time nor inclination to do, but now seemed to be a good time to do so, AND what better way to do her than to do a pencil drawing and to try something I hadn't done in years as well as a sort of homage to tradition and to do her in the way that her creator did.......... I got out my Tarzan pocket knife and sharpened my pencil. I did use a 2B for this and not a 3B .

Here is what I learned along the way: 

when sharpening a pencil with a knife, you retain more lead if you leave it with a more or less blunt tip. 

the blunt tip gives you a softer ore organic line and as you use the pencil, you tend to make sharp spots on it for more finer detaily parts

the softer more organic line is easier to erase and smudge........which works well with the way I draw

the only real thing I didn't like was that if I wanted a really REALLY sharp point I would have to work a bit harder at getting it by scraping the lead down and I am a bit too lazy to do that a lot, so I went back to my brass bullet and another pencil and sharpened it for a fine point.

Will I do this again.........not really sure, but maybe, but it was fun to go back to something I hadn't done in years, and to sort of pay tribute to a Master.

the tools of the trade

the final piece

Friday, March 28, 2014


well it has been a little rough the last few months, a few issues on the personal level, but also working on David List's book illustrations as well.

I do have to say this book was an incredibly fun read and made me want more. I personally cannot wait to see the finished product in print and hopefully see David write the next phase of his world.

Now for a little fun and a sneak peek at what we have coming up for this project.........

a few roughs...

....this is just a taste of what will come, the book will contain 23 images, basically one for each chapter, and the narrowing down of choices will be difficult ....... there are 56 roughs to choose from, so i do not envy the author this task.