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Doodle Adventures: Book 3
June 20th, 2017

"The Rise of the Rusty Robo-Cat"Alright, everyone, be on alert! Cats are acting very odd, and items have been reported as stolen. The two could be related, but how? Grab your pencils, pens, crayons, colored pencils, markers, or whatever drawing instrument that you can get your hands on (I highly recommend a pencil); we’re going to help Carl the Duck crack the case!

The Rise of the Rusty Robo-Cat” is the third installment in the “Doodle Adventures” series. Written and illustrated by Mike Lowery, young readers will go on an interactive reading adventure to foil a dastardly kitty’s plot to conquer the world. How can readers help Carl?

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Giving My Creation Life!
October 11th, 2015

Dr. FrankensteinAs some may know, I celebrate Halloween on this website every year. But, the trick-or-treat page is usually up for only 1 week. Well, today, I remedied that! The page is now up year-round, and you can download all of the “Young Frankenstein” treats from years past.

Halloween is celebrated for a full week (October 25-31, Pacific Time), and that’s when you’ll get the next treat. See you in a couple of weeks!

Falling Apart
July 22nd, 2015

Doorless Chambers LogoIt is my unfortunate displeasure to announce the second death of the Doorless Chambers website. Due to the lack of time and money on my part, and the lack of interest of the public, I am forced to close it once again.

Now, that’s not to say it’s spirit won’t live on. I’ll continue to design and release the Young Frankenstein Posable Figures every Halloween. And, the Disney Experience will continue to create annual treats.

Doorless Chambers will close in early August, 2015.

Portable Studio
July 13th, 2014

For my birthday, I bought myself an M-51 engineers field bag. At first, I was both overwhelm and undecided about what to put in it. After a few days, I discovered that I was adding more art supplies than anything else. So, I decided to turn it into an artist’s go bag for long trips where I typically wouldn’t be able to do much art.

For simplicity, I focused mainly on both drawing/sketching and watercolor painting. Simplicity. Yeah, right!

I started with the basic materials. Then, I started anticipating different scenarios; the bag got heavy. I had to do an audit to get the weight down and to make room for the essentials. Then, I could start adding in fluff. Here’s what I’ve got so far:

  • 9 x 12 Canson Drawing Pad
  • 9 x 12 Tracing Paper
    • I use tracing paper as a light-weight, protective cover sheet for artwork that smears or rubs off easily.
  • 6 x 9 Strathmore Watercolor Paper
    • I originally had a 9 x 12 pad, but it added a lot of weight and bulk to the bag. The smaller size is perfect for quick, on-the-go paintings.
  • Synthetic Leather Roll-Up Pencil Case
    • For fun, the case looks like a pirate map.
  • Palomino Blackwing 602 Pencils
  • Palomino Pearl Pencils
  • Palomino Blackwing Pencils
  • Palomino Long-Point Pencil Sharpener
    • My new favorite sharpener! It gets drawing pencils extra long and extra sharp.
  • Windex (in tiny spray bottle)
    • There will be times when I include electronics, which will need to have clean screens. Plus, Windex can clean a great deal of different surfaces.
  • Microfiber Clothes
    • Again, for the electronics.
  • “The Masters” Travel-Size Brush Cleaner
    • The best for cleaning, conditioning, and keeping brushes in shape.
  • “The Masters” Travel-Size Artist’s Hand Soap
    • Removes paint, ink, dyes, and grease from hands.
  • Kiss-Off Stain Remover
    • Helps remove various stains.
  • First-Aid Kit
    • Paper cuts are bad. Watercolor paper cuts are worse. X-Acto knife cuts can be serious! Plus, you never know what life will through at you on the go.
  • Black Sharpie Ultra-Fine Permanent Marker
  • Black Gel Pen
  • Red Ball-Point Pen
  • Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils
    • Travel-size watercolors with less mess.
  • Derwent Water Brushes
    • Watercolor brushes with built-in water reservoirs.
  • Dish Sponge
    • Replaces paper towels or rags for absorbing excess water from brushes.
  • Water Bottle
  • X-Acto Knife
  • X-Acto Knife Blades
  • Large Rubberbands
    • These come in handy! They can bind items, keep paper attached to a clipboard on breezy days, and keep drawing pads closed.
  • Small Binder Clips
  • Flashlight
  • 12-inch Ruler
  • 5-inch Diameter Collapsible Silicone Bowl
    • This was sold as a dog dish! Perfect for holding water.
  • Resealable Plastic Bags (assorted sizes)
    • These have been so useful.
  • Empty Spray Bottle
    • For spraying water or chemicals for painting effects.
  • Scissors
  • Standard No. 2 Pencils
    • For writing or letting kids draw. Kids tend to be rough on pencils.
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Gum Eraser
  • Prismacolor Premier Pencil Sharpener
    • For sharpening watercolor pencils. The large shaving storage means less mess and emptying.
  • Elmer’s White Glue
    • It comes in handy more often than not.
  • Clipboard
  • White Printer Paper
    • For letting kids draw. They go through paper like it was water!
  • Painting Stencils
    • Self-made stencils for drawing a quick border to paint/draw in along with a half-inch border. Sizes are 5 x 7 and 4 x 6.
  • Clip-On OttLite LED Mini Flip Light
    • For drawing in low-light situations. OttLites show true colors while reducing eye strain.

Now I just need to test it in the field.

Doorless Chambers
October 23rd, 2013

Doorless Chambers LogoThis year, I revived my old Doorless Chambers website with the intention of keeping it going this time. It should be much easier than prior years since I’ve found solutions to a lot of problems.

Doorless Chambers is an annual free online trick-or-treating event that runs from October 25-31. As a last-minute decision, I’ve decided to add Nava Designs to the roster, giving out a special Halloween treat. Come back to this blog during the mentioned dates to get started, or visit Doorless Chambers.

Paper Art: Pirate Ship Restauraunt—No. 01
February 20th, 2013

I started a video series on the Disney Experience, showcasing the entire design process of a new paper model. I thought some people might like to watch how I work.

Here is the first video, of which many others will follow. If you would like to continue watching the series, you can follow them either on the Disney Experience website or on YouTube.

“Bring the Polar Bears Home!”
November 27th, 2012

It took some savvy Internet sleuthing (thanks, Google!), but I was finally able to find that the Coca-Cola® polar bear papercrafts that I designed have been released to the public. The papercraft is part of Dollar General‘s 2012 Coca-Cola®-sponsored seasonal Web page. I was hired by the good folks at Triad Retail Media who were tasked with putting the entire Web page together.

I don’t know what will happen to the papercraft after the holidays, so grab it while you can!

      

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