Raising the sails

storyboard by Despina Georgiadis

This is a frame from a storyboard I created about a ship’s crew on a dark night. Ink & Chalk.

Despina Georgiadis @2015


Male Fashion Illustration by Greg BetzaThat is the model’s name, and also what he was portraying with his opulent costume and mirror. A great night at the Society of Illustrators sketch night. #SOI128 #SocietyOfIllustrators #illustration

Greg Betza ©2015

Beyond a Game

The sport of baseball/Michele Bedigian

it is a white ball against

a sky so blue it hurts your eyes

it is thick grass, so perfectly green

day fading into evening

as cheers fade to silence

soft moonlight on an empty park

full of promise with morning light

crack of a bat, the graceful arc

flies over the wall

little white thing, focus of all eyes.

it is breathing hard in soft evening air

running the perfect white line

to reach a base

unending promise, untapped possibility

beyond baseball, beyond a game

it is beauty.


Poetry titled: Beyond a Game, by Jewel W.©2003

Reportage by Michele Bedigian (medium: watercolor and colored pencil)

Cooler Air



Even as the warmer Spring air hid behind giant white clouds, the colors seemed to dance as I wondered out the window, jealous of the wind that wandered through the trees, drawing out what is only right and proper this time of year. Color everywhere.—Dominick

Sketch Book













Another page straight out of one of my sketch pads.

by: Eddie Peña

Lawn Maintenance



Spring is here! And with it, comes yard work and lawn maintenance. Did this line drawing for an illustration commission last summer. I can almost hear the lawn mowers now…

posted and © Veronica Lawlor

Synaesthesia Social with Jason Smeltzer


Another drawing from the Synaesthesia Social  workshop taught by Veronica Lawlor and hosted by Ted Michalowski. These are the hands of Jason Smeltzer and the Theremin Box. I found his playing to be omnipotent; the floating musical hands of Oz! Again, an incredible performance by all the musicians! Had fun drawing next to Julia Sverchuk!

Thank you everyone!

Margaret Hurst

Wine label for Nolita

Wine Label for Nolita

A few months ago I was commissioned to work on a wine label for the Limited Edition of Nolita, an Italian wine. I was happy to spend my time drawing the bucolic scene of a hillside village in Italy with cypress trees and terracotta rooftops. It was my absolute pleasure, especially since I always imagine having my work appear on a bottle every time I peruse the racks of a wine store checking out all the labels. I always have thought about how cool that would be. Go to my blog to see some of the preliminary drawings for the label and also some exploratory art for another wine by Napa Cellars. ~Despina


watercolor by Greg Betza

This is a frame from a storyboard I created a few years ago…something about a princess in a castle…see her ‘framed’ in that doorway?

Greg Betza ©2015

The Sunnier Side of Spring


In the midst of the sun drenched background, as the proper season was finally taking over, the setting was highlighted with the most welcome sign of new life, buds on every tree short or tall. A short lived sweet spot between the  silhouette of the forgotten winter and the coming lush green shade.—Dominick

Drawing a Model














Charcoal model studies.

by Eddie Peña

American Illustration

vl_seattleHappy to announce that the image above was awarded by American Illustration to be included in the Chosen category in their most recent illustration competition. It was one of 215 from 9175 submitted, makes me feel good. Thanks, AI!

The illustration, of the Seattle’s Pike Place Market, is part of a large campaign that I recently completed. More on that later…


Musicians and Singer


I went to a club with Ronnie and Julia in the city where we were also joined by Mary Ann. These musicians were incredible, as well as the singer, hiding between two of the musicians in the drawing! I think music and drawing make an incredible couple!

Margaret Hurst

Woman with Flowers

line drawing by despina georgiadis

Pen and Ink.  ~Despina

Walt Disney World

DisneyWorld drawing by Greg Betza

Here is a drawing from a few years back while I was studying down at DisneyWorld in Florida.

Greg Betza ©2015

Wisdom from the Elders

Hopi River Story/Michele Bedigian


   I met a woman recently who shared with me an incredible Hopi river story that I have revisited daily to remind myself when things get too noisy it’s easier to go with the flow rather than resist it. I thought it’d be perfect to share as a really nice way to start a new week. Just a few valuable words to keep close. – Michele

From the Elders of the Hopi Nation:

Here is a river flowing very fast.

It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid, who will try to hold on to the shore.  

They are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.

Know that the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore. 

Push off into the middle of the river and keep our heads above water.

And I say see who is there with you and celebrate. 

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves, 

for the moment we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves. 

Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.

All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. 

For we are the ones we have been waiting for.


FYI: The Hopi Tribe  is a sovereign nation located in northeastern Arizona. The reservation occupies part of Coconino and Navajo counties, encompasses more than 1.5 million acres, and is made up of 12 villages on three mesas.

Since time immemorial the Hopi people have lived in Hopitutskwa and have maintained their sacred covenant with Maasaw, the ancient caretaker of the earth, to live as peaceful and humble farmers respectful of the land and its resources. Over the centuries they have survived as a tribe, and to this day have managed to retain our culture, language and religion despite influences from the outside world.

Under a Shady Tree


It’s not quite lazy afternoon temperatures around me just yet, but I have been dreaming of sitting under a tree and drawing. I hear the weather takes a turn tomorrow. I’ll hopefully find a tree to lounge beneath.—Dominick




Another page out of my sketchbook.

Ink & colored pencil.

Eddie Peña

Fashion Portraits

scooter_portraitsAs Despina mentioned in her post from Tuesday, a group of us spent a delicious few hours at the Society of Illustrators, drawing the fashions of Scooter LaForge. What a fun night, and a great designer! Arielle and Sailor Moon did a wonderful job modeling.

Thanks to Bil Donovan for hosting.

This is Sailor Moon in her biker chick mode, there were many other looks. To see more of my illustrations from the evening, please visit my blog.

Posted by Veronica


Kika in black

 M_HURST_KIKA_BALL_GOWNA tryptic of the model Kika in one of her fantastic, fancy, frilly gowns! Had a great time drawing the beautiful black shape of the gown. Going a little crazy abstract with it! A joy!

Margaret Hurst