December 8, 2018

Christmas Card

The Lights of Christmas

They twinkle thru pine, tinsel, and globes,
Strands of many tiny colored bulbs—
Crimson, amber, azure, and green:
The lights of the Christmas Tree.

They tremble, flicker, then dance
Over wicks in sculpted wax,
Flames aglow with warmth on the mantle:
The light of Christmas Candles.

It shines thru all times and all ages
Sparking goods works in all places
Even in those who don’t know His Name:
The Light of the Christmas Babe.

Jeff Thomason
12/4/2018

November 13, 2018

Wandering Koala pulp illustration

Wandering Koala locked in Stocks

Another illustration in my Thanksgiving series, again taking a slightly darker approach. This one is an illustration of the concept "Trapped".

This illustration was inked with a Tombow Hard Brush Pen and toned in Adobe Photoshop CC.

November 10, 2018

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Wandering Koala Chased by a Warlock

Another illustration in my Thanksgiving series, this time taking a slightly darker approach. This one is an illustration of the concept "Terror".

This illustration was inked with a Tombow Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop CC.

November 8, 2018

Wandering Koala pulp illustration

Wandering Koala Surprised

Another illustration in my Thanksgiving series. This one is an illustration of the concept "Surprise!"

This illustration was inked with a Tombow Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop CC.

November 6, 2018

Wandering Koala pulp illustration

Wandering Koala caught by an Eavesdropping Dragon

A quick break from the Thanksgiving series.

This illustration was inked with a Zebra Disposable Brush Pen and toned and colored in Adobe Photoshop CC.

November 3, 2018

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Wandering Koala rides The Wild Turkey (colored)

A continuation of a new illustration series in honor of Thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays. I've colored the linework in an older style. I'm not sure which one I prefer.

This illustration was inked with a Zebra Disposable Brush Pen and toned and colored in Adobe Photoshop CC.

November 1, 2018

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Wandering Koala rides The Wild Turkey (toned)

This month in honor of Thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays, I plan to create a series of illustrations related to that theme. This first one is a black and white rendering inspired by the brilliant newspaper comic strip work of Roy Crane on Buz Sawyer.

This illustration was inked with a Zebra Disposable Brush Pen and toned in Adobe Photoshop CC.

October 30, 2018

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Wandering Koala faces The Storm

Our favorite Silent Wanderer(TM) is preparing to embark upon a new adventure.

This illustration was inked with a Prismacolor Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop CC.

October 26, 2018

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Wandering Koala Preparing to Dance

Our favorite Silent Wanderer(TM) is preparing to dance.

This illustration was inked with a Tombow Soft Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop CC.

October 25, 2018

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Wandering Koala Leaping Thru the City

Our favorite Silent Wanderer(TM) is parkouring thru the city.

This illustration was inked with a Prismacolor Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop CC.

October 13, 2018

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Wandering Koala Stalks thru the Night

Our favorite Silent Wanderer(TM) is searching under the cover of night.

This illustration was inked with a Sumi Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop CC.

September 11, 2018

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Wandering Koala practicing Mixed Martial Arts

Our favorite Silent Wanderer(TM) is preparing himself for a fight.

This illustration was inked with a Sumi Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop CC.

July 23, 2018

Wandering Koala comic strip

Wandering Koala hunts The Gargoyle

Our favorite Silent Wanderer(TM) is on the hunt for a monster who has ravaged the countryside.

This illustration was inked with a Prismacolor Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop CC.

July 19, 2018

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Wandering Koala fights The Scorpion Wasp

The Wandering Koala is in the midst of fighting a frightening new species.

This illustration was inked with a Sumi Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop CC.

July 7, 2018

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Wandering Koala Exploring the Underwater World

Our favorite Silent Wanderer(TM) is going where few have dared go before.

This illustration was inked with a Japanese Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop CC.

July 4, 2018

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Happy Independence Day

Our favorite Silent Wanderer(TM) is celebrating our nation's independence.

This illustration was inked with a Sumi Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop CC.

June 25, 2018

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Wandering Koala swinging to Adventure

Our favorite Silent Wanderer(TM) is swinging thru the air on a great adventure.

This illustration was inked with a Sumi Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop CC.

June 21, 2018

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Wandering Koala sitting unsure

Our favorite Silent Wanderer(TM) is pondering the summer. After all, today is the first day of summer.

This illustration was inked with a Prismacolor Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop.

May 11, 2018

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Wandering Koala in a Tight Spot

Our favorite Silent Wanderer(TM) has gotten himself into quite the pickle. But we all know he'll find a way out of it.

This illustration was inked with a Sumi Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop.

May 10, 2018

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Wandering Koala taking a break

Another sketch. Enjoy!

This illustration was inked with a Prismacolor Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop.

May 4, 2018

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Wandering Koala sidekicks

Happy Star Wars Day! This illustration is completely unrelated, but it's been a while since I've posted a new sketch. Enjoy!

This illustration was inked with a Sumi Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop.

March 19, 2018

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Wandering Koala perched on a Lamp Post

More sketches in preparation for the next chapter in the Wandering Koala saga.

This illustration was inked with a Prismacolor Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop.

March 16, 2018

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Vigilant Kangaroo finds A Pot of Gold

I decided to give other members of Wandering Koala's Universe a turn.

This illustration was inked with a Prismacolor Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop.

March 10, 2018

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Wandering Koala resists the Daylight Saver

Growing up I always hated Daylight Savings Time. Then I moved to Arizona, where they don’t observe it, and realized that during the summer it was a nice thing. I just don’t like how early it begins and how late it ends. Moving the dates was a huge mistake.

This illustration was inked with a Prismacolor Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop.

March 6, 2018

Wandering Koala Landing

Wandering Koala Landing

Another sketch in preparation for the Wandering Koala graphic tale inked with a Sumi brush pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop.

February 27, 2018

Wandering Koala Perched

Wandering Koala Perched

Another sketch in preparation for the Wandering Koala graphic tale inked with a Prismacolor® brush pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop.

February 26, 2018

Wandering Koala Investigation Interrupted

Wandering Koala Investigation Interrupted

Another sketch in preparation for the Wandering Koala graphic tale inked with a Sumi brush pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop.

February 24, 2018

Wandering Koala Pointing illustration

Wandering Koala Pointing

Another sketch in preparation for the Wandering Koala graphic tale inked with a Prismacolor brush pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop.

February 21, 2018

Wandering Koala Flying Kick illustration

Wandering Koala Flying Kick

Another sketch in preparation for the Wandering Koala graphic tale inked with a Japanese brush pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop.

February 19, 2018

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Jack Frost nips the Wandering Koala

A finished color illustration inked with a Prismacolor Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop.

February 17, 2018

Wandering Koala crane stand

Wandering Koala crane standing

Another sketch in preparation for the upcoming Wandering Koala Tale. Again drawn with a Prismacolor Brush Pen and colored in Adobe Photoshop CC.

February 15, 2018

Wandering Koala clashing

Wandering Koala clashing

This was another sketch to test out possible styles for the upcoming Wandering Koala Graphic Novel. This was inked with a Sumi Brush Pen and then colored in Adobe Photoshop with the limited cmyk palette of classic newspaper comics.

February 13, 2018

Wandering Koala praying

Wandering Koala praying

I think he might be praying I put him in another adventure. Well, that prayer is about to be answered, because the script for the next Wandering Koala Graphic Tale is finished! I’m beginning the thumbnails and drawings this week. The image above is a sample for me to work out the style. The line work was created with a Prismacolor Brush Pen, then colored in Adobe Photoshop.

February 1, 2018

Wandering Koala kicks Cupid

No Valentine’s Day This Year

Here’s an illustration I did for Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure why no one has done this to Cupid before.

December 22, 2017

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Nutcrackers enslave the Wandering Koala

Only a few more days. Have you been naughty or nice?

December 18, 2017

Wandering Fights Snowmen

Wandering Koala's Snowman Fight

Only one week until Christmas. Are you ready?

December 8, 2017

2017 Christmas Card

Gifts That Can’t Be Wrapped

Trick or treating came and passed.
With fifty days to go,
Christmas was approaching fast.

Erin had begun months before.
Finding the perfect gift
for friends and loved ones she adored.

She searched online, stores in town,
and catalogs she saw in the mail
(who knew those were still around?)

She felt like ole Saint Nick
with every gift she picked
and the smiles and cheer they’d bring.

But each year she was thrown
by the same name on her list—
her dear aunt who lived alone.

No matter what she found
her aunt would feign a grin
but inside dwelt a frown.

Then in church one week she learned
during the sermon she rarely heard
for what her aunt had truly yearned.

Two hours she sat spellbound
by tales from years long past
finally shared with another at last.

Stuff that comes in a box is nice,
but not all presents can be wrapped.
Both aunt and niece were blessed that night.

- Jeff Thomason
December 5, 2017

December 6, 2017

Wandering Koala Christmas

Wandering Koala Jumps Santa

Here is the color version.

December 5, 2017

Sketch

Wandering Koala Jumps Santa (black & white)

I'm getting ready to create this year's Christmas card but needed a little warm up first.

November 20, 2017

Illustration

Calligraphic Drawing

Or doing things with a ZIG Calligraphy Pen you're not supposed to do

So I'm still sketching and writing. Here is one of my latest experiments in linework using a ZIG Calligraphy Pen. I'm liking it.

October 9, 2017

Holiday

Happy Columbus Day!

Discovery

Columbus equals discovery. Europe discovered the Americas, and the people of the Americas discovered the people of Europe forever changing the world. And both peoples are better off today for the most part because of it. Truly, Columbus is a man who should be honored and deserves a holiday named after him.

Holiday
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