Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I turned my comic story into a nook book.
It's great for kids of all ages.
I'm not a salesman so I'll just straight up say I'd love to see it sell a few copies.
So check it out if you're interested and/or tell some one who has an e reader and either has kids who like funny stories or like funny stories themselves.

It's on Barnes and Noble here...


Monday, September 26, 2011

Step By Step Page art

The art below is ©2011RobertSnyder

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Painted window art

This is the window art that I painted for Locks of Fun in Valparaiso Indiana.
They asked me to combine two of the drawings that I sent them.
If you find yourself downtown in Valpo go take a look at it in person.
Locks of Love is on Lincolnway across from the Centier bank.
If you know of anyone around the Valpo area, who would like to have their window painted let them know about me, or me about them.
My info can be found at my website   www.robertsnyderillustrates.com

Close up of the scarecrow.
I enjoyed painting the window.
The hardest part is thinking backwards when painting.
Meaning I had to paint the highlights and shadows before the main body colors.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Window roughs

Bear in leaves

Boy and Dog

Girl with Pumpkin


Thursday, April 28, 2011

New digital art

I have been working on new samples for my portfolio.
I am going to rework my portfolio site to be broken into specific sections.
Traditional art
Digital art
Hybrid art - combining traditional and digital methods
Product design

These are examples of the Hybrid style.
They were hand inked and digitally colored.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

March of the sketchbooks day 25

I don't know why I'm drawing skulls in March, but I don't question the sketchbook and it's motives.

I'm going to continue to work this up by adding a lot of black so they look like they are flaming.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

March of the sketchbooks day 24

The Easter Bunny is trying to cultivate a new kind of carrot.
He's trying to mix carrots with jellybeans.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March of the sketchbooks day 23

I am beginning to figure out how to draw Toulouse Lautrec for my next artist in a series.
These are the first explorations.

Zombunnies and critter pirates.

I finished the color for the Zombunnie art last night.
Here's the process.

The rough drawn in my sketchbook.

The inked art in my sketchbook.

And finally the colored version. Digital.
I scanned it in to Photoshop and saved it, then put it on a layer in Illustrator.
I set the inked art to multiply and locked the layer.
The color was added on several layers below the inked layer.
Once I was done with the color in Illustrator I opened the file in Photoshop.
I created a noise layer over the top and reduced it to about 12%.

After constructive criticism I made some changes to the coloring of the image.

I brightened some of the color, and added a little more contrast.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

March of the sketchbooks day 22

I filled in the rest of this page from yesterday.

I heard today that Cap'n Crunch cereal won't be advertised to children anymore and will probably stop being made.

Monday, March 21, 2011

March of the sketchbooks day 21

This page is only partially filled because I spent most of the day working on a chicken coup.
No I don't live on a farm. It's for 4H. My son is raising chickens as his project.

Nothing special. Just playing a bit with the puppet
theme and then the big hairy guy showed up.

Friday, March 18, 2011

March of the sketchbooks day 18

Another day of subbing and drawing Kermit the Frog without reference or concern of staying "on model."

I've always liked drawing puppets as animate objects with personalities so I'll probably continue in this vein for awhile, but you never know, sketchbooks are fickle and things change from day to day.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

March of the sketchbooks day 17

The march goes on.

This is what you get when I grab a reptile magazine at the library to flip through.
I penciled most of these yesterday and inked them today while subbing at a local high school. 

Kermit just kind of slipped in there today.

I was still subbing when I sketched this one.

And this one also.
Kermit came back with a vengence on this page.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March of the sketchbooks day 16

I spent a good part of yesterday tightening up the pencil sketch and inking this page of my sketchbook
I used Micron pens with the intention of getting line work that looks like a linoleum block print.

When I started the sketch I knew I was going to use it for the Illustration Friday site this week.
The word of the week is "Stir."
So what you see is a group of animal pirates trying not to stir up the water as they sneak past the night guard of their enemies.
I'm going to add color today to create a moody night scene.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Van Gogh 300dpi

Please feel free to print this out for your reference files
or to pass on to anyone who might like to hire me as a freelancer.
If you'd like to discuss any freelance opportunities I can be contacted at...

Robert Snyder

March of the sketchbooks day 15

Beware the Tides of March.

Adventure Mouse has discovered that that nice soft landing spot has it's downside.
For some reason I decided to draw a zombie walking in nose deep water.

Monday, March 14, 2011

March of the sketchbooks day 14

This is my morning sketch for day 14 of March of the sketchbooks.

It's the rough sketch for Illustration Friday this week.
The word of the week is Stir.
The image is of a band of critter pirates trying not to stir up the water as they sneak past the guard on the shore.
It's going to be a night scene. Probably drawn to look like a linoleum block print.

Friday, March 11, 2011

March 2011 mailer

In doing my research for things going on in March besides the typical Holidays it came to my attention that March 30th is The birthday of my favorite artist Vincent van Gogh.
So I decided to make him the subject of this months promo mailer.

I'm open to comments on improving it.
If you see any typo's let me know.

I'm planning on doing a series of these on different artists.
I'd like to tweak it to be the kind of thing a middle school art teacher would hand out to students, or be in one of those magazines that they hand out in class.
That's the reason for the title.

I'm planning on sending this out around the 20th so there's time for comments and corrections.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

March is Van Gogh month

Vincent van Gogh has always been one of my favorite artists.
While looking for a subject for my March promotional mailer
I realized that Vincent was born the 30th of March, 1853.
So I have decided to make Him the subject of my mailer this month.
In order to do that I took a trip to the library, two libraries actually, to
get the reference I was going to need.
So now I am going through the books to see what interesting things
I can find out about him and use them to inspire some art.
I don't intend to use his art in my mailer. It will contain original art
that is inspired by the reference materials. I will not attempt to learn/mimic
his approach to painting in less than a month.
So far I have spent the past two days doing sketches of the man in order to try an "see"
the him through the art he made.
Here are the sketches so far...

I haven't decided yet if the art is going to be all digital or hand drawn and digitally colored yet.
As you can see by the last 2 pages I have settled on a basic head shape for him, and that I am working out different spot illustrations of him with his sun flowers, writing to his brother Theo, painting at night, ...  These will run along the bottom of the mailer and there will be a bigger image in the center section.
The mailer is the first in a series that I would like to work out that features a different  per page.
The 8 1/2 by 11 page would have art inspired by each artist, and information about the artist.
This van Gogh page will be titled "10 things you might not know about Vincent van Gogh."
Down the left hand side will be the list of ten things.