Saturday, February 28, 2009

EDM #60 - Draw an automobile

I found this car on a bike ride across the state of South Carolina (in the low country) several years ago. It was only a matter of time before I decided to draw it. We went by it again this past year on our way back from the beach. The owner must not have moved it at all because small trees were growing up through the front fender.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Ship - 1990

Here's a pen and ink drawing of a ship I did in 1990
for TopTec, Inc in Simpsonville, SC.
This was for the cover of their Fall price list.

It's hard to believe it's been 19 years ago! Ouch.

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Terry is a good friend of our family. I have learned a lot from every one of my friends.
From Terry I have learned how important it is to have leaders that are passionate about helping others in the community. Terry does that as well as anyone I know.
I am fortunate to be able to call him my friend.

Laurie Garner - Teacher of the Year

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Keyboardist

This first grader is trying out the keyboard to a computer (along with learning programs) given to him free of charge. These recycled computers give him and other kids learning opportunities at home.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Jacques-Yves Cousteau (June 11, 1910 - June 25, 1997) was a French naval officer, explorer, ecologist, and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. Cousteau was born in Saint André de Cubzac, France and died in Paris, France. Cousteau is generally known in France as le commandant Cousteau ("Commander Cousteau"). Worldwide, he was commonly known as Jacques Cousteau. Quote: From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sean Sign Language

Millard Fuller Celebration of Life

I had the honor of creating this illustration for the Fuller Center for Housing. The Fuller Center ( will be hosting a celebration of the life for Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller on March 14-15 in Atlanta, Ga. Mr. Fuller passed away unexpectedly on February 3, 2009. His vision and work with thousands of volunteers built 300,000 houses for more than 1.5 million people since 1976.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Ice House

The Ice House was a drawing I did back in 1983 when I had just gotten out of art school.

I drew many of the houses in the historic district of Greenville, SC. The "ice house" was built from the stones of the old ice storage building in Greenville. Ice was delivered to homes and businesses by wagon in the days before refrigeration.

Here’s some information on ice harvesting that was done in those early days:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mary C II

Mary C II... My daughter was not happy about me doing a second drawing of her ... and posting it again. Unfortunately, that's one of the hazards of having a dad that is an artist.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Tindale Ave - Greenville, SC

This drawing was a commission I did during the Christmas of 2000. This was supposed to be a surprise, so I tried to go unnoticed as I took my photos of the home. I was told the drawing brought tears to the eyes of the recipient. It's a bonus to get that kind of feedback, but I don't always get to hear the end result.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Mary C goes to her first dance

My daughter last night just before she went to a valentines dance.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Tilman Hall - Clemson University

Tillman Hall Clock - Clemson University.
I was hired by a friend who was an interior
decorator to draw a series of pen and inks to
decorate a teens bedroom.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Home in Greenville, SC - 1983

Greenville, SC - 1983
This is one of several pen and ink commissions I drew nearly 30 years ago.
I don't even want to say how much I sold these for back then.
I was just glad to be able to make some money with my art.
These drawings were done in the McDaniel Ave area of Greenville, SC in 1983.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

League Family Home Place

This is a pencil drawing of an old family home place in Mauldin, SC
This is pretty typical of a small southern home with a porch on the front or side of the house.
Imagine what it was like just sitting and talking on the porch (sipping lemonade?) and enjoying a cool breeze on a Summer day.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Papa Pete in Color... just celebrated his 85th birthday

Papa Pete - 85th Birthday

Papa Pete just celebrated his 85th birthday...
The same day my daughter celebrated her 17th birthday.

Getting old is not for sissies. Bette Davis US movie actress (1908 - 1989)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Doodling Stars

For me, doodling is one of the best ways to practice drawing and shading. There are no definite rules, but one rule for this one seems to be that there has to be some kind of star in each section of the drawing.

Monday, February 9, 2009

First Grader

This little girl from a local elementary school was the recipient of a free computer from This local charity recycles used computers for school kids.

North Carolina Hornet's Nest Flag

The House of Flags Museum is located in Columbus, North Carolina. The flag presented is a project the museum and I worked on together to re-create the first flag of North Carolina.
The flag is available exclusively through the museum.

Thank you ever so much for helping with our museum. The "Hornet's Nest" flag is a fantastic addition to our unique collection... as well as a great fundraiser!

I am sending this one to you as a token of our appreciation of your work. - Bob Williamson, Chairman

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Our Yorkshire Terrier - Licker

Here's our dog Licker.
My daughter named him when she was three.
My mom can never remember Licker's name,
so she calls him Whiskey.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Millard Fuller - Habitat for Humanity


“For a community to be whole and healthy,
it must be based on people's love and concern for each other.”

Millard Fuller

Millard Fuller
(January 3, 1935 – February 3, 2009) was the founder and former president of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit organization known globally for building houses for those in need, and the founder and former president of The Fuller Center for Housing. Fuller was widely regarded as the leader of the modern-day movement for affordable housing and had been honored for his work in the United States and abroad.

Source: Wikipedia

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Restoration uses portrait skills

This is a restoration job I did today for a canvas print job.
I used some of the same techniques I use in some
of my portrait sketching to save this incredibly faded photograph.
Honestly, I wasn't sure I could save it!

Monday, February 2, 2009

A baby is a blank cheque...

“A baby is a blank cheque made payable to the human race.”

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Paul Morrow - AUMC Man of the Year

Here's a drawing of AUMC Man of the Year Paul Morrow
and a little boy from the Lake Forest elementary school.
Low income families receive free recycled
computers for the kids homework assignments.