Thursday, December 04, 2008


I've been looking at a few of the blogs that I follow and it seems no one is posting anything's been a long while for me too! I'm wondering why this is?? Is everyone just really busy? Or...maybe it's all this gloom and doom on the news that's got us all in a funk. Who knows...but one thing I'm sure of is it doesn't help surfing around for inspiration and fun, nice things to look at and finding nothing. So, in an effort to put a smile on someones face, I dug around in the pile of doodles on my desk and found a few silly little things that seem to fit together...these are not typical Lael, but I had fun with them all the same.

Monday, October 20, 2008

just more sketches

I've been making an effort to post a little more often lately...trying to mix it up between sketches and colored stuff. Can't always post as much as I'd seems to get in the way of drawing and painting without much purpose. I thought I'd post a few on a Caspian theme from the pile of paper in my desk drawer. Hope ya like em.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Book Cover

I did this book cover illustration last week for a local publisher and thought it turned out pretty good.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

illustration friday: Island

I did this little sketch on Monday...thinking I would paint it up and post it for I.F. It doesn't look like I'll have time, so this is all ya get this week. I've been thinking a lot about getting away to someplace warm and tropical lately. Sun and surf really goes a long way to fixing all that troubles me. Since there is no color, here are a couple more little doodles from the sketch pile.

Friday, September 12, 2008

quick color

my work started a blog for the employees...our first topic was horror. This was a quick effort so I could post something. Horror is really not my "cup of tea" so this was a little bit of a stretch

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Since I've been working in Salt Lake, I've been riding the bus. I usually don't mind the bus, but some times it gets old. One of the good things about the bus is it's a great place to watch people. There are some real "personalities", and sometimes they come out in my doodles.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

illustration friday: Detach

Here is a little doodle for illustration friday. I started painting while I was watching the olympics and ended up spending a little more time than I usually do. This one was 3-4 hours in painter. My original idea was going to be someone detaching their head...but that mitght have turned out pretty gross, so with this I left a lot more to your imagination. what do you think?...does this guy really know this trick?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


one of the things I like about having a blog, is occationally you get people that stop by and comment. Lately a couple caricature artists have stopped by and left comments. Caricatre illustration is something I've always liked to look at, but never really tried myself. So I thought I'd give it a is the first effort. I know there are issues with this, and I now realize there is a lot more to this than just exagerating a feature or two...maybe my next try will bring better results. Oh, don't assume that since I picked obama to paint, that I'm some kind of supporter...I'm not impressed with him at all! (wait, I take that back, I am very impressed with how easily he can get people to donate money...) So, now ya know.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Illustration friday: SAIL

Well, here is another for illustration friday, it's nice to have a topic every week... keeps me doing at least a little something. For this topic, I started thinking about sailboats, then ships with sails and pirates, always fun to sneak a pirate in...anyway, this is what I came up with. Hey, there is sails in it, so I didn't completely get off topic.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

illustration friday: Poof!

when I read the topic for this week, I thought of magic and somthing I sketched this magician and painted it up in painter. This was a pretty quick effort and I know it could use a little more time, but I got bored with there ya go.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


remember in grade school when anyone that was different was teased. I remember a few freckle faced kids who were teased a lot. As adults, freckles sure don't get the attention they used to...I can't even remember the last time I noticed someone because of their freckles. Wierd.

Monday, July 28, 2008

more color?

Here is the sketch I posted a week or so with a quick color. This is my son Sam. He makes a pretty good character to draw because he is such a "character" in real life.

Friday, July 25, 2008

illustration friday: Canned

have you ever talked to someone who had obviously been in sales all their adult life, then, when it's time for them to close the deal they give you their "look"? The other day I was in a car dealership and saw a few of the older car salesman and wondered at what point does that canned look stop some point doesn't it stop working for most of us? Anyway, here is my attempt to show an ageing sales guy flashing the canned look that always used to "work" for him.

Thursday, July 24, 2008


Here is some color on the sketch from a few posts promised. He may be slow, but he's just fast enough when it really counts.

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Yesterday was a really fun day. It was time again for our utah county vw car show. I entered my 1961 ragtop bug. This is a car I've restored over the last several years. I have entered it in the show before, but I was always up against some very nice show cars. My car is not a true show car...I restored it all myself, painted it in my garage ect. It has some flaws. So this year I entered it into the daily driver catagory...and...I won. I won two tropheys yesterday. One for best daily driver and also a people's choice award. Add in winning a nice prize in the raffle at the end of the show, overall, I'd say yesterday was a very fun day!

Friday, July 11, 2008

super soaker and more!!

I posted a little sketch of my son with his camo shorts and a squirt gun last summer...well he's a year older has another pair of camo shorts (this time blue camo) and he's moved up to much bigger squirt guns! I thought another drawing was in order. The other two doodles were just laying on my desk, so I thought I'd post them too.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Slow draw McGraw

I sure haven't had (made) much time to draw lately. I got to work early and found a little time this week so I sat down to doodle...out came this turtle. I didn't realize it when I first drew him, but I think I must have been very influenced watching Kung Fu Panda...anyway, I started to paint this up, cuz I kind of liked the way it was headed. Stay tuned for a color version.

Thursday, June 12, 2008


I almost forgot how to use this's been so long. You'd think I'd have a massive post, but no. I've started some projects at home that have got me pretty distracted. For now, just a little doodle. Hope to post more soon.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

grumpy pirate

Nothing can cheer you up like sketching grumpy faces...there is just something fun about drawing grumpy....especially grumpy pirates! Just a couple sketches so we can stop looking at that ugly green thing down there.....should have never posted that....sorry.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone.

Nothin' too special...just a quick doodle from this morning. I got board with it before I got too far, but decided to post it anyway....happy st. patty's everyone.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Just some more from the desk drawer

seems time goes too fast these it really March '08 already? Here are some more pencil doodles from the desk drawer. No real ryme or reason for these...I was going to post the "choose" sketch for an illustration friday topic a few weeks back, but didn't really like it enough to paint it never got finished.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Wow time flies!!

I can't believe it's Feb '08 already...where does the time go? I didn't post once in Jan...I guess I assumed people have stopped comming by for a look...thanks for the wake up call Jamie. Here are a few from the office drawer...nothing special, but he at least it's something to post...enjoy.