Testing for Unicorns

This is just a little test to see how easy it is to upload a movie from the iPad. If you’re curious this art was produced on the iPad Pro using the Procreate app. So far I’ve found it to be an excellent program and I highly recommend it for sketching. In this video you’ll see it’s not to bad for color either. I have yet to try it for a professional job with anything other than sketching but this should give you a little look at what it’s like to work with the program for both sketching and color.

My goal with this post was to see how posting a movie straight to the blog would work out. Overall it was pretty simple but with an 8.8mg .M4v file I feel like the load speed is going to be a little clunky. I think the better option might be to upload the movie to either Youtube or my Vimeo account and post a link, that way three things will happen. First, my blog doesn’t get heavy with bloated files. Second, with Youtube especially, I get better SEO and lastly no waiting around for the video to load up. I’ll do a quick follow to this post when I have a little more info on the performance. Until then I hope you enjoy the video.


UPDATE: Here is the youtube version for a little side by side. Seems WordPress choked on publishing this so I’m going to give it another go. Stay tuned for updates

Creatures from the Deep

creatures from the deep title art

I’ve always been fascinated by what lives in the darkest depths of the ocean. The creatures of the deep however remain elusive. What’s down there? Until recently it’s been a complete mystery. Recent discoveries show that there is a vast world we never knew existed. One with creatures that appear so alien they could not possibly be of this earth. Yet, somehow there they are. Each day we learn a tiny bit more about what lurks at the bottom of the sea. Beneath the waves are a host of creatures that appear, at first glance, so hideous, so grotesque, so horrifying that only an artist could love them.

This series is dedicated to the fascination I felt as a young boy the first time I discovered this strange new world I knew nothing about. To the fascination I still feel as an adult when I image search, Creatures from the Deep on the Googles. To the fascination I feel when I realize how much we still don’t know, and to the fascination I feel when I look at that those creatures of the deep trying to figure out if they really exist or if they are just a figment of an artists imagination.gulper eel

angler fish art by bob ostrom


inktober title screen

It’s Inktober kids, and this is where you’ll find the story…

Day -2

inktober day 2

Day 3

inktober-day 3 art by bob ostrom

Day 4

inktober art by bob ostrom



Day 6

inktober day 6 art by bob ostrom


Day 7

inktober day 7 art by bob ostrom


Day 8

inkober day 8 by bob ostrom

Day 9

inktober-day-9 by bob ostrom

Day 10

inktober art by bob ostrom

Day 11

day-11 inktober art by bob ostrom

Day 12inktober-day-12 by bob ostrom

Day 13

inktober day 13 by bob ostrom


Day 14


inktober day 14 by bob ostrom

Day 15

inktober day 15

Day 16


inktober day 16 art by bob ostrom

Day 17

inktober day 17 art by bob ostrom

Day 20

inktober day 20 by bob ostrom

Day 21

inktober day 21 art by bob ostrom

Day 22

inktober 22 art by bob ostrom

Day 28

inktober day 28 art by bob ostrom


Day 29

inktober 29 ostrom

Day 31

inktober-day31 art by bob ostrom












Stuff I’ve posted on Instagram

Just in case you don’t follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or any of the other social media platforms I frequent, here’s what you missed (in no particular order).

Behind the Scenes Children’s Book Illustration

“How To” Library series published by The Child’s World.


I thought it might be fun show you a little behind the scenes look at a few of the children’s book illustrations I did  for this series of “How To” library books. You might have noticed that one of the sketches still shows the colored line technique I used to use when I sketched on paper. It’s an old art guy trick I picked up many years ago while working with Disney designed to save time. I still find it useful even though I have drawn a sketch on paper in years. These days I sketch exclusively in Photoshop using a big honking Cintiq tablet. Not being able to zoom in on my sketch seems ridiculous. I image in a few short years as new technology replaces the desktop work station we’ll look back and wonder how we ever got along without it.


How I missed 10 super important messages on Facebook

facebook - hidden messages
It started out innocently enough. I was thumbing through Facebook when I saw an article about hidden features on Facebook. I hardly ever click on these things but for some unknown reason I decided to give it a look. I wasn’t expecting much but what I discovered absolutely ruined my day.
Facebook filters your messages for spam. Hardly a shock, but I had no idea this was a thing. I guess it makes sense, I mean there is a fair amount a garbage that shows up on a daily basis and who wants to be bothered by it, right? Wrong.  This filter is built to detect and pull out spam and it does a pretty good job… except when it doesn’t. When I checked mine I found at least 10 or more VERY important messages that were filtered out. Some were from people asking questions about upcoming classes I was conducting, some from students or parents of students wanted to know what illustration classes to take. Some were even about potential illustration jobs that I missed out on because I had no idea they were there or even trying to reach me. The saddest part was these messages date back weeks, months and even years.
I have no excuse. Facebook does a pretty good job about explaining how things work. You can find information about all this and more just by Googling it but I really wish I had know about these filtered earlier, when I could have done something about it. If you’re like me and you had no idea this existed here’s how it works. Go to Messages > More > Filtered. Inside the filtered folde you’ll find a lot of spam but in between the spam you’ll probably find a lot of important stuff too. I am trying to catch up on the ones that are still timely. To the others that I failed to respond to, I’m very sorry and I hope you were able to find the information you were looking for another way. If anyone who was looking for help still needs it please feel free to get in touch through.