Friday, August 28, 2009

Something I'm working on

Upper Bridge, Middle Bridge, Lower Bridge, Dunker Church, and the tower. All are made of basswood, all still in process, all bound for an elementary school battlefield program at the Park.  (go here)

I really like my new bandsaw!

Ranger Mannie

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Vacation's End

These days, time off is simply time alone.

I look forward to returning to work tomorrow, as a Ranger at Antietam National Battlefield.

Come visit,

Just North of Sharpsburg.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Making Sense of Antietam

The Sounds of Construction

During this week off I've been transforming my shed into a studio. That means installing windows, work surfaces, interiors walls, ceiling, electricity, etc. Boy will my nail-holding fingers be happy when this is over.

Monday, August 24, 2009

A week off

I've been off for a week now, collecting my thoughts, working on a large project, and learning to live alone.

I found myself at loose ends yesterday evening, so I drove out to my favorite place on the planet, which also happens to be the place that I get to spend my working days - Antietam National Battlefield. Lucky guy.

I also stopped by the local art supply store during this off period to look up, and bring home, an old friend that I haven't seen for about 20 years:

the Hunt #107 crow quill pen.

I used to do ALL of my cartooning with risky little gem. Unlike technical pens, the crow quill provides fatter or thinner lines in one stroke just by applying more or less downward pressure. Its a very simple, elegant pen, that delivers great results and has the user at the brink of disaster with every stroke. The steel nib is so sharp that inattention can cause it to cut the surface of the paper, and gravity, ubiquitous as it is, often coaxes the pen to blot at exactly the worst time.

But like all of the best things in life the benefits outweigh the risks.

I expect you'll be seeing more battlefield-related illustration before too long.

Inking up,

Just northeast of Sharpsburg.


Saturday, August 01, 2009

Parting shot

Here's the last photo taken with my Canon Powershot:

Camera by the Terminator, finger by E.T.