Friday, March 26, 2010

Happy Anniversary Mimi!

One of my Mariah drawings is on her site:

halfway down on the right

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Battle

Here is my second illustration from my tutor mill class.

detail shot:

Here are two process sketches: (although the focus and composition went through a lot of big jumps)
special thanks to my wonderful teachers Marcos Chin, Yuko Shimizu, and my good friend Andrew Yang for helping me flush this one all the way out.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Casting Doll Heads with Andrew Yang

Well hello there!
My good friend Andrew Yang and I are making dolls together.
After almost 2 months of sculpting and refining we have finally finished the heads.

Here is how we cast those heads:

First we hot glued the heads to a base board.
(My head is on the left, Andrew's is on the right)

Then we covered our heads in goo, waited, put on more goo, waited, put on more goo....and so on.
The whole process of gooping took full 2 days.

created a "cut seam"

We made an fiberglass shell for our mold to sit in.and cast our heads in resin!
Quickly threw on a little paint!
and some wigs.....and it's a photoshoot
Pretty Lady
Sexy Gibson Girl

Our new resin heads with their original sculpy mothers.

We still have quite a bit of refining to do but the molds turned out perfectly! Stay tuned for more dolls from J. David McKenney and Andrew Yang!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Doodle-A-Day w/ Speedball Pen (March 16, 2010)/

Today's doodle took WAY too long because I'm trying how to learn to use a speedball pen:

They are very temperamental but I like the quirky lines they create. I'm not super fast with them yet but I think it'll come with practice.

I did end up really liking my drawing though. I liked it so much in fact, I made it into a beach bag!

check it out:

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Jesus of McCarren Park

I'm taking an online class called Power of Idea on, taught by two of my favorite illustrators Marcos Chin ( and Yuko Shimizu ( this month.

It's one of the best whim decisions I've made in a while. I'm really loving the class format and Marcos and Yuko have been amazingly helpful in encouraging me expand my portfolio out of my comfort zone.

So anyway, I finished the first assignment today, and here it is. I'm not going to get too into the concept because I'm hoping the illustration speaks for itself. The assignment went from the word Utopia and ended with this image called:
Jesus of McCarren Park

process sketches:

Doodle-A-Day (March 10, 2010)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Doodle-A-Day (March 9, 2010) (?/?/2003)

Today we have a vintage doodle I found in an old sketch book of mine from 2003.

I like her face.

fyi: I didn't draw the card above. It's from my cousin and I had stuck it in the book with photo corners.
I used to be so good at scrap-booking.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

All new J. David McKenney stuff!

I just moved my store from etsy to zazzle. Check it out!!


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Which size tattoo should I go with?

I'm getting a new tattoo tomorrow! Which size should I go with? Large? Small?



Doodle-A-Day (March 3, 2010)