Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Once Upon A Time

A fun experiment. How many stories can you spot in this drawing? I'll try to get a better photo up soon, as it's too big for me to scan.

© 2011 J C Drainville
11 x 14 Bristol Board
Copic Markers
Pen and Ink

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Splendid Splinter

Had to do another quick my Sox some love.  Teddy Ballgame.....

Williams' Career Stats:

Batting average: .344
Home runs: 521
Hits: 2,654
RBI: 1,839
OPS: 1.116
BB: 2,021
AB:  7,706

Rich Hennemann, 2011
Watercolor on cold press block

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Warren Spahn

Here's my take on a great photo of Braves legend Warren Spahn.  I have been recently reacquainted with my old baseball card collection, and Spahn is one of my favorite players of his era.  When I saw the theme for the week, it made me think of this photo.  It's all in the eyes.  I used charcoal and pencil on sketchbook paper.

Guest Post from Mark Ramsey

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Gotham Slugger


7" x 11" inch Pencils on Bristol Board - 25 min. sketch.

7" x 11" inch Inked on Bristol Board

Mariners are having a rough start right now with their 6-13 W-L average so far. They had lost 7 games straight in the Texas Rangers and Indians series, and then another 4 straight last week.

Nothing like some Young Healthy Griffey to heat up the roster and get the game going at fullswing. If only some sort of miracle could take place and we turn those L into consecutive W's. I can't help it but it but just wonder if that will ever happen.

Oh and also, I was at the Seattle Mariners Store in Bellevue Square on Monday, and they said you can get Centerfield bleacher seats for only $7 now. So cheap, but it just means you would be going to the game in disappointment. Either way, win-loss, no matter, I will always enjoy watching them regardless. After all, it's my hometown team.

The Babe

"I have just one superstition. Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases." - Babe Ruth

I am not a Yankees fan.....about as far from it as can be, actually.  But I bleed baseball, and I've been enamored with Babe Ruth since I was a kid.  An American icon.  The single most dominant player in the history of team sports.  More feared, revered and loved in his time than any other athlete ever.  He's been my answer to the "If you could meet any one person, from any point in history, who would it be?" question since I was 7....and if I ever do get that time machine, I know exactly where I'm pointing it.

Here come the stats! (Look away, Timmy.....)

Ruth's Career Stats:

Batting average: .342
Home runs: 714
Hits: 2,873
RBI: 2,213
OPS: 1.164
BB: 2,062
AB:  8,399

Pitching W/L record: 94-46
ERA: 2.28
CG:  107

Ruth led the AL in Home Runs 12 times.  But what always astounded me is how he did it, and the time in which it was done.  In 1919, Ruth led the league with 29 HR.....the next closest to him hit 10.  In 1920, Ruth's first season with the Yankees, George Sisler was second in the league with 19 HR....... Ruth hit 54!

Hank Aaron, easily one of the greatest players ever, and the All-Time Home Run King (until modern medicine took over), hit 755 HR in his career, 41 more than the Babe.  Aaron did that in 12,364 at bats........3,965 more than Ruth.  Project Ruth's totals over the same number of at bats (which is silly, I know) get 1,051 HR (not to mention, 3,258 RBI).

And as sick to my stomach as he makes me, I'll even do the same with Barry Bonds.  Bonds hit 762 career HR (roughly 317 of which were, um, juicy....that we know of).  That was over 9,847 career at bats.  Give Ruth that many get 837 HR.

And here, have a look at the greatest (statistical) season ever, Ruth's 1921 campaign:

.378 AVG, 59 HR, 171 RBI, 177 R, 457 TB, .512 OB, .846 SLG, 145 BB

I could go on I'll stop. 

Rich Hennemann, 2011
11 x 15, Watercolor on cold press block

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Healthy Food

Inspired by a t-shirt given to me recently and one of my favorite Sesame Street segments called Healthy Food (Cookie Monster is paying homage to Run DMC in the segment....changed my childhood).  Visiting the set is on my bucket list.

Nick Bedford, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

"The ancient treasure of the Fraggles... is a song."

From my favorite episode of Fraggle Rock. I really want to make a music box just like this.

Pencil on 9x12 bristol.

Wembley & the Doozers

I love the Muppets, and my favorite of Henson's creations has always been Fraggle Rock.

Marker and Prismacolor on a 9x12 bristol.

Still late, but getting closer....

Allison Sohn, April 2011
9" by 12" on colored canson paper
markers, pens and white paint

Sunday, April 17, 2011

How Many Licks Does it Take?

Mr. Count, how many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop?

Let's find out.

One.  Ah ah ah.

Two.  Ah ah ah.

Three.  Ah ah ah.

This silliness is brought to you by the letter J.

9x12 - Ink on Bristol

Saturday, April 16, 2011



Drawing with my son.....

Luke and I were drawing together.....and I couldn't resist doing more Henson. 

Cookie Monster for him, and Animal for me....

Rich Hennemann, 2011. 
Ink and watercolor (and maybe a little bit of crayon).  9 x 12 on watercolor paper.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Beaker & Bunsen Honeydew

These guys were the sentimental choice; my wife and I dressed as them for Halloween a few years ago.

Coloured in Photoshop

Original inkwash

Kelly Tindall, 2011
9"x12" on vellum Bristol

You can see more of my work at my sketchbook blog, my deviantART page, or my Twitter feed.

My weekly webcomic That's So Kraven! can be found here.

Jim Henson's Imagination

This drawing is a few years old, but I thought it fit the theme. It's based off of my favorite photo of Henson.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Lovers, The Jedi, and Me.......

Jim Henson Week!!!

Okay, so I basically stole the idea of putting Kermit and Yoda together from Peter de Seve.  But he's brilliant, and has all the best what can you do?

Rich Hennemann, 2011
9 x 12, PITT Pens, Warm and Cool Gray Copic Markers, with a touch of  watercolor, and some colored pencil.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Witch-King, Lord of the Nazgul

Staying with the notion of better late then never, I finally got to mine. Haven't skipped a week yet! Yeehaw! Not too happy with this one. An inker I am not. Marker on 9x12 bristol.

Eowyn, Shieldmaiden of Rohan

Better late than never, I suppose. I've loved Eowyn and Rohan since I read the books as a young girl. And Miranda Otto is so lovely, she's a pleasure to draw in the role.

Allison Sohn, 2011
6 x 9, Copic Markers, PITT Pens, and a touch of white pencil on sketch paper.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Witch King of the Nazgul

Thought I'd try some wash to bring a metallic sheen to the helmet. Didn't fully succeed with the wash or the drawing, but a good learning experience nonetheless.

Inkwash on Bristol - 9x12

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Love Is . . .

Never Having to Say


Friday, April 8, 2011

This creature is bound to me and I to him. He is our guide.

Who are you?
Gandalf told me you were one of the River-folk.
He said your life was a sad story.
You were not so very different from a Hobbit once, were you?


That was your name once, wasn't it?
Rich Hennemann, 2011
9 x 12, Warm and Cool Gray Copic Markers, PITT Pens, and a bit of watercolor.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Treebeard, Some Call Me

This week's theme, chosen by me, is The Lord of the Rings. Plenty to pick from there, right?

My favorite character is Treebeard. I don't know why.

Super rush job on this one, as I'm heading out to the Toronto ComiCon Fan Appreciation Event in Toronto this weekend. I probably would have skipped a week, but when it's your choice you gotta do one. If you're gonna play lumberjack, you gotta hold up your end of the wood.

Kelly Tindall, 2011
9"x12" on Bristol

As always, you can see more work by me at my sketchbook blog, my deviantArt page, or posted on Twitter. My webcomic, That's So Kraven!, has a new webisode online right here.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Herald of Galactus

Mister Miracle

I hold no particular affinity for Kirby, but grew up with a keen interest in Houdini. So I always thought the escape artist character, Mister Miracle, was cool.

9 x 12 - Ink on Bristol Paper

Saturday, April 2, 2011


My Kirby Alphabet

Inspired by Langridge's Kirby Alphabet last year, I decided to do one of my own. I learned several valuable lessons.
1) Never curse any inker that worked with Kirby. Vince Colleta is now off the hook. These guys had to be saints, because this stuff is insanely complicated.
2) Galactus' helmet is some kind of unsolvable geometry problem.
3) Ink wash is for tough guys. I am not a tough guy.
4) I loved Kirby before. Now I love him more. The elegance of his design and execution becomes more apparent when you try and duplicate it. The guy was a genius. Deep, deep genius. Glad I picked him. I won't make that mistake twice. Hope you enjoy my folk art attempt to honor the King.

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