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 […]

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digital watercolor by bob ostrom

Creating a new style with Digital Watercolor

Digital Watercolor I’ve been trying some new stuff for the last month or so here at the studio and I think it’s about time to let the cat out of the bag. For many years I worked traditionally, mostly with watercolor and airbrush. I don’t really miss the airbrush, that thing was a crazy amount of work and to be honest Photoshop just does a better job. The watercolor though, that’s a whole different story. […]

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Everything You Know About Copyright Is About To Change – An interview with Will Terry and Brad Holland

I had planned to put up something different today but instead because this issue is so important I’m bumping my regularly scheduled post to run this video interview. I would like to give a special thanks to artist Will Terry for allowing me to show his interview on the site today. Also thanks to Brad Holland for all his valuable information. Unfortunately as you’ll see I’m a little late getting on board but there is […]

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texture art by Bob Ostrom

Working with Textures in Adobe Illustrator

Most people point their cameras up when there taking photos. Lately I’ve been pointing mine down. I find the best textures live on or near the ground. I’m sure my neighbors think I’ve lost it when they see me taking pictures of my driveway but I don’t care because I know it’s going to make an excellent texture for my next piece of art. There are lots of different ways to add visual interest to […]

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Rugrats and Other Things from my Attic

Every once and a while I climb up into the attic and grab a bunch of stuff to haul off to the Goodwill store or the recycling bin. Sometimes I get lost up there and start dragging out old boxes full of memories (think Chevy Chase, Christmas vacation). Today I found one full of old disks and drives. Most of them were CD’s or DVD’s but I found a couple Zip Drives in there too. […]

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