Recently I have had an extended discussion with several people about my doodling at work, in meetings, in class, and the part that plays in my creative thinking. As such I have added a file into my gallery just for doodles. Many of my paintings and drawings come out of my doodling. When I made my living as an illustrator, I was completely dependent on my doodling to capture ideas and express them to bosses for approval.
Most everything you see in my gallery started out as a series of doodles before it became serious work.
I do a lot with visual puns and with images I half remember from my childhood.
This one is mushrooms and eyes. You will find these in my notebooks and sketchbooks all the way back to grade schools.
I have been in trouble with more than one teacher for turning a variation of this drawing on the top, bottom, edges or back of school work.
I have no idea when I started draw silly tikis. In recent years the tikis have taken on steampunk overtones. I have always drawn them in airplanes, fast cars, and sailing ships.
I learned about the art work of the Indians of the North West Pacific coast when I was in Oregon. And things like this fish and sun have been a part of my visual vocabulary ever since.
Often I mix visual puns with the psychedelic. The chameleon is having hunting “timeflys” on top of Captain Kangaroo's Grandfather Clock while cat fish swim past wooden starships.
I often draw things I visualize to carve.
Freaky page filling faces fill the space of my mind’s eye. You will remember some of these guys from my drawings and illustrations.
I have a whole menagerie of characters floating around in my head. Meet Moose and hippie bear as they check out a sound outside the cave at night.