Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Howdy all!  For today's post I've shined up a couple older pieces.  One for experimentation purposes (and to get my brain thinking in an effective, limited color way for future plans, moohahahahaha!) and the other for a gallery show.

First off, Boba.  This guy was screaming for the Kenner action figure coloring, so this happened.

This lil fella is soon to find itself printed on metal and hanging in a local gallery so I thought it needed some sprucing up.  A couple of things I had thought of when I did the piece originally and a couple of ideas I could only get from revisiting older art.
So what have I learned from this exercise? Go back, look at your old work!!  Sometimes it's done but sometimes it's waiting to be done.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Give Up

Hey there rust belt homies! Here's some more stuff happening in my sketchbook, this ones a double page drawing (note the seam) and has lots of lines. Lots of tiny tiny little lines that make my hand hurt by looking at em. I hate those lines. 

Your Pal, 

Randy Crider

Monday, June 16, 2014

Want me to turn this up for ya?

Decided to throw a little color in my brush pen experiments. And why not, old school, limited color screen print style!?  

Friday, June 13, 2014

Tess And The Dragon 2


Hey dudes! I'm still digging through a lot of older sketchbook work to share with you, but I wanted to take this week to play a bit with a limited pallet. I've got a few personal projects around the corner where it's a skill that will hopefully come in handy. This image came from a life drawing session, but I added the dragon afterwards as I've given up taking mescaline while I draw. 

Recently, this image was used to promote the FIVE HOUR life drawing sessions I'm facilitating at BAYArts. next week. I had to add a quick black bikini top to it just like the biker magazines I used to stare at behind the corner in the grocery store growing up. Every so often they'd miss an edit and encourage me to start saving for a motorcycle.  

I never got that bike, but starting next week I'll have 5 hours to stare at naked people without sneaking around. 

Your Pal,

Randy Crider

Original Recipe

Monday, June 9, 2014

An OK portrait of a GREAT painter

This IS Erin Schechtman, finally my birthday portrait is done.  
The intention to do portraits in the subject's "signature" media nearly hurt me with this one. Why?  I am more of a Draughtsman than I am a Painter.  Don't believe me check out this way to involved under drawing.

Crazy right?  Well after painting shoulder to shoulder with Erin for the last couple years has given me the drive to attempt more paintings.  Erin is what you might call an inspiration, it's hard not to learn from her.  Being in her company has upped all of our games and bolstered our courage to try more!
Everyone should have an Erin in their lives!
Happiest of late birthdays!!!!

Friday, June 6, 2014


I do tight pencils, and I'm always sad to see them go once I finish a piece in Illustrator, this is the first attempt at blending those two worlds.  I dunno about you, but I think they go together like peanut butter and jelly, so you'll probably see some more stuff like this. In the meantime I'll keep mixing up peanut butter and jelly inside my tummy. 

Your Pal, 

Randy Crider 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Fun times at Great Lakes

Had a lot of fun at Great Lakes Brewery's 2nd Annual Comic Book Heritage night!  Drew comics with my friends for appreciative people, met Derf and generally got to nerd out for a few hours.  A great night was had by all!  Thanks to Great Lakes Brewery and Carol and John's Comics for the event.

Here are a few of my warm ups and sketch covers. Enjoy!