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The following is a list of all entries from the Backstory category.

Milan Lucic

Milan Lucic

Marker on bristol board.

This is actually my second attempt at doing Milan Lucic–I had to scrap my first one, since the lettering on the back of the jersey was much harder than I anticipated, and one thing seemingly led to another, culminating in a wasted sheet of bristol board. At least this one going up without the Bruins in danger of being eliminated from the NHL playoffs.


Dustin Penner

Dustin Penner

Marker on bristol board.

The story behind this picture goes back a few weeks, when the University of Maine fired hockey coach Tim Whitehead. Having been drawing famous faces for the past several weeks before then as a result of being inspired by a couple of caricaturists I found online, it occurred to me I hadn’t yet done any former Black Bears, and one of them should probably be my next face. I had recently heard for the first time that Dustin Penner was a former Black Bear, so I looked up his profile at Hockey Reference, and not only was he, I just missed being a classmate of his (granted, I most likely would not have had any classes with him… )

As much as I would like to upload more pictures of hockey players through the NHL playoffs, this one took a while for me to get right, and I don’t know how much more I could do. Then again, now that I have found a technique which works for me, it may take a lot less time per drawing.


Cityscape in Perspective

Perspective 1

Pencil on white copy paper.

Since this week’s Illustration Friday theme was “urban”, here is an exercise in perspective I did way back when I was in high school.

(Please excuse the shadow–the lighting was very poor!)


Gum Burst

Ordinarily I don’t do posts like these, but these have an interesting backstory.

Last week’s Illustration Friday topic, Burst (of course, it wasn’t last week’s *yet* when I started), seemed like a good one to try for myself, but I wasn’t initially sure how to go about it. Having been in the Badlands that Friday and having seen some around, my first thought was a grazing bison about to explode, a la Mr. Creosote in “The Meaning Of Life”. Unfortunately, the bison I ended up drawing did not look like it was about to burst. My next thought was a grazing cow (which I also saw a lot of) with an overly full udder, but I felt that wasn’t convincing enough of a burst either.

A few days later, it started to hit me the trip would soon end, and I brought a smiling toy moose into the hotel with me for cuteness. It then hit me to draw the moose making a bubble from gum.

Blowing Bubble

Pencil on white copy paper.

Since the full bubble still did not look enough like it was about to burst, I decided to draw the aftermath the next night.

Black and White Gum Burst

Pencil on white copy paper.

I felt this was too good an idea not to do in color on bigger paper.

Color Gum Burst

Colored pencil and rollerball pen on standard sketchbook paper.