Gallery

When I first set up my website here on Eugene Free Network, there was insufficient room for my HTML files and my images. A 10 megabyte limit was... well, limiting. So I kept the image files on the space available on the servers of my ISP, Time-Warner Cable's Roadrunner.

Apparently, I didn't get enough traffic on that site so they decided to delete all my files and shut down the website I had hosted there. A little advance notice would have been nice. I found out when I went to access my gallery and everything was gone.

I thought I'd lost all the images I had stored there. However, one day at work, I found all the missing files on an iomega ZIP disk.

So here are all the images complete with thumbnails. Some of the images aren't quite as good as I remember them but here they are. I've separated them into the original categories I had here, included some descriptions including techniques, what they were for and so on. Click on each thumbnail to see the full sized piece.

Many of the images are small because they were either produced on old computers that had limited resolution or were scanned using limited resolution scanners. Some of this work is more than 20 years old.

Enjoy!


Pencil

I'm pretty certain I break all the rules in the book (there's a book?) because I do most of my pencil drawings with a 0.5 mm Pentel mechanical pencil. But I like it so what can I say?

Allosaurus
Like all kids, my son was big into dinosaurs when he was younger. So I decided I'd see if I could draw this allosaurus by looking at the skeleton of an actual specimen.
Asteroid!
I was working on a program on potential threats to life on Earth when I decided to draw an asteroid.

In the interest of full disclosure, this was drawn on white paper then cut out an mounted on black matte board.

Phantom of the Paradise
A drawing from one of my favorite cheesy 1970's cult movies. It features Paul Williams, Gerritt Graham and William Finlay (as the Phantom). It was also the motion picture debut of Jessica Harper.
John Dobson
This is a portrait of the famous (yet still very humble) San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomer John Dobson. No drawing can capture the true spirit of this most extraordinary man.

This drawing was done as a negative, i.e. the whites were actually drawn as black. I then scanned the drawing and used GIMP to convert it into a print.

I don't know if anyone else has ever used this technique.

Stephen Hawking
My portrait of the great astrophysicist.

This was created using the same technique as the Dobson portrait.


Color

My favorite color medium is Prismacolor pencils. The color is very vibrant and the control can't be matched by any paint medium I've ever encountered.

There are computer images here but they were drawn using a mouse so I put them under this category rather than the CGI category.

The Legend of Ugni
An image from my planetarium program The Voice of the Night: American Indian Star Legends, this represents the Catawba legend of Ugni. She fell from the sky and her hair trailed behind her. According to the legend, when you see a comet in the sky, you can see Ugni falling.

Rendered in Prismacolor.

Bugs Bunny
Drawn on my old Atari ST 520FM. No scanners or photography here, this was laid out on graph paper then painted one pixel at a time.

Modern computers have made this sort of things so much easier. Higher resolution makes for bigger images, too!

War of the Worlds
This was done on my Atari, too. It was part of a commission for a video game that was never released.

Please note that this image uses a palette of 16 colors.

Alien in the Window
As part of my program Fire on High, I created this to demonstrate how easily "evidence" can be faked. The little alien is actually just a drawing that was blended into a photo of a window in my old house.

Keen viewers will see my reflection in the window.


CGI

These are images created using various 3D computer rendering and animation packages.

Because I'm passionate about freeware and open source software, I'd rather use free packages but sometimes, there are things I can do only with 3D Studio Max.

Glenn
This was a character I created for my planetarium program, Fire on High: a Look at the UFO Phenomenon. This was done back in 1998 and, as far as I know, this makes it the first planetarium program in which every image was created using CGI.

Modeled and rendered in POV-Ray.

LEM
The first version of a model the lunar module for my program, "One Small Step."

Modeled and rendered in POV-Ray.

The End of the World
One of the few deritiave images I've ever created. I saw an image like this and wanted to see if I could do the same.

Modeled and rendered in POV-Ray.

Time and Tide
This was part of the opening sequence for my celestial navigation program, "Time and Tide." In the sequence, this was 50 feet wide and animated.

Modeled and rendered in POV-Ray.


Pen and Ink

I find stippling a very relaxing way to create an image. Cross hatching is OK, too, but a lot more demanding.

Again, I break the rules by using disposable technical pens, felt markers or any other pen that can make a consistent, tiny dot.

Leo the Lion
Based on an Assyrian bas relief, this was originally shot using Kodalith film which was then projected on a planetarium dome over the stars for the constellation Leo.

This is one of my few brush and ink drawings.

Robespierre
When I was a freshman in college, I was asked by the head librarian to produce a poster for the 200th anniversary of the French revolution. This is one of the drawings for that poster.

Before you comment, the painting from which this drawing was taken also made his head look very elongated.

The Shape of Things to Come?
A cartoon production sketch for a planetarium program about dinosaurs.

I always liked the expression on the face of the dinosaur.

The Rat Stuff
An illustration for the book Rat Tales. This was one of about 40 drawings created as a commission. Each of the drawings was a visual pun.
Wizard of Burnside
An illustration for our college literary paper, The Delta Tides.