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Bald Melon

Drawings, Photographs, Short Stories and Ramblings

Updated: 2017-11-23T03:23:43.575-06:00


Happy Birthday


I drew this idea as a card for a friend, then thought maybe I could animate it and turn it into a gif.

March is Sketchbook Month 2013!


Wow! March is here again. Yup, as started by my friend Cedric Hohnstadt in 2011, March is the month to commit to sketch something (non-work related) every day. I've been drawing every day, but I got so wrapped up posting them on my Instagram & Facebook,  I've been forgetting to post them here! Shame on me. So, here is the first 30% of the month I missed. Enjoy...March 1: Watercolor sketch of my dog.March 2: Fingerpainting on my iPad.March 3: Pencil sketch of a lovely wahine in my Moleskine. March 4: My daughter's cats sitting in the window. March 5: A thank you note for people who helped us move to our new house. March 6: More wahine. March 7: The 11th Doctor on an envelope I sent to my daughter. (Envelopes are cool.) March 8: Sketch on another envelope that I sent to an artist friend: March 9: A model I found online. March 10: Hume Cronyn, from the book "Actors Acting". March 11: Stayed up late drawing after watching "The Walking Dead". Love Michonne.[...]

Part Deux...


On the Naughty List!


Love this Strathmore paper for painting, but it doesn't take to my brush pen so well. The lines bled a bit. Might have to re-draw this one at some point.

Just used a fine point Faber-Castell PITT pen for this one. Works better with smaller drawings.

Merry Christmas!


Working on the new Tom & Jerry series! These are a couple of Christmas cards I'm sending to a couple of my new co-workers.

GIF Test


I am trying out my hand at making animated gifs. Just wanted to see if this post works.

A Recent Gift & Commission


I did the top one as a postcard for my niece. And the bottom one is a commission for a friend to give as a Christmas gift.

The moral of the story is: Relatives get free art.

The Fab Four


This is a series of postcards I drew to send to my daughter while she is away at school. I'm sending one every couple of days. I don't think she reads this blog, so posting it here hasn't ruined any surprise for her. Besides, I think she has them all except for George right now.

I'm just glad she's not a fan of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!

Thank You Elephant


Just a little stylized elephant I sent off recently as a thank you for some souvenirs. It seems every time I drawn an elephant I try to find a different color to paint it. I particularly like blues and greens, but this rusty version was a nice shift. Opinions?

Another video


These are fun to do:
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Yes, that's me playing the ukulele.

Self Promo...


Here is a little video I did to help promote my book. Enjoy!
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Feel free to share!

(Link to book)

More Postcards


Even though my iBook is already out, I continue to draw postcards for people. Here are a couple of recent ones...

This is for a friend of mine who plays an upright bass.

This guy was an answer to a challenge from the editor of Doodlers Anonymous. He asked for doddles done in 5 minutes. I drew this in 4 1/2. (Of course I spent about 15 minutes deciding what to draw.) When I was done, I mailed it to one of my nephews.

"Postcards & Doodles" is now available!


My new iBook is now available on iTunes! (Here is the link)You can download this 83 page collection of drawings, paintings and sketches onto your iPad, for only $3.99! ($4.99 in Canada, £2.99 in the UK, and $3.99 in Australia). Oh, and the foreword was written by Tom Bancroft!

(Since it is so illustration heavy, it is not viewable on your iPhone). 

I hope you enjoy all the cards and envelopes I have doodled on. It's like a sketchbook that I mailed out one page at a time.

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright...


Tyger! Tyger! burning bright 
In the forests of the night, 
What immortal hand or eye 
Could frame thy fearful symmetry? 

In what distant deeps or skies 
Burnt the fire of thine eyes? 
On what wings dare he aspire? 
What the hand dare sieze the fire? 

And what shoulder, & what art. 
Could twist the sinews of thy heart? 
And when thy heart began to beat, 
What dread hand? & what dread feet? 

What the hammer? what the chain? 
In what furnace was thy brain? 
What the anvil? what dread grasp 
Dare its deadly terrors clasp? 

When the stars threw down their spears, 
And watered heaven with their tears, 
Did he smile his work to see? 
Did he who made the Lamb make thee? 

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright 
In the forests of the night, 
What immortal hand or eye 
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? 

William Blake, 1794

Working on a Book


Hi All.

I am excited to announce that I will soon be releasing an iBook through iTunes. It's an illustrated volume of many of my hand painted postcards and decorated envelopes. Some of the entries you've seen here, but I've made sure to have plenty of new art as well. Stay tuned. When I have a release date, I will let you know.
Coming Soon!!

Ukulele Sketches


Yesterday morning, I was up early and the house was quiet, so I took some time to paint. I did this little sketch on a piece of illustration board that I had cut off from something else and had used as a scrap to test colors ons. But once I was done, I sorta liked it.
 I posted it on Facebook, and it got a lot of likes.

Today, I decided to work on another version of the same idea. There are many things I like better about the new one, but there's still a freshness to the original I didn't quite capture.



Crockett was saddened when he realized he would be the last gorilla in space. He gazed deeply into the void and considered that the word 'void' was such a misnomer for it. The expanse was full, full of wonders that he nor any other simian would ever see again.
Briefly, his mind flashed back to his childhood, when his surrogate mother would feed him banana paste from a sterile plastic spoon, her rubber gloves gently caressing his cheek.
"Space is a lonely place for us," he mused, "but it's the last sanctuary."

©2012 Tim Hodge



4x6 brush pen, watercolor & colored pencil on chipboard. I have an artist friend who's always been crazy for pirates. I made this postcard for him for his birthday.

Sketches for the Week


I've got a fair amount of freelance going on this week, but I had to take a break between storyboards and draw stuff for me. These first two I drew on the cardboard backing from a pad of paper I just used up.

This one I ended up mailing out as a postcard.

 I stumbled on a photo of a baby elephant playing soccer (sorry...futball), and loved his action and nimbleness, so I had to draw him.
Oh, and by the way, the good folks at interviewed me last week, if'n you're interested.

Re-visiting PoseBook


I spent the other evening drawing figures from Stephen Silver's Posebook. Almost like having a model in your own studio!

Old Chimp


I am looking forward to seeing the new Disney documentary "Chimpanzee". I did this drawing from one of the photos on the film's imdb page. Brush pen and white pencil.

Screaming Waitress


(image) I put this on FaceBook the other day and it got a lot of response. Hope you like it, too.

Barbarian Frog Princess



PoseBook App


If you are a fan of Stephen Silver, and have an iPad, you will love the app he has created. It's a series of photos of models in various poses and costumes. It even has a timed function, so you can warm up with some gesture drawings.
I've been having fun and filling more pages in my sketchbook (see above)
Check out the app here:



I thought about titling this post something like "Here's Looking at You, Kid" or "The Eyes Have It". Then I thought I'd spare you the bad puns. Aren't you happy?

Anyway, I ran across these old notes recently. A friend was wanting some reference on drawing eyes, and I had these old Xeroxes buried in a 3-ring binder full of drawing and animation notes.

I honestly don't remember where I picked these up. But I still find them very useful. I hope you do, too. Feel free to pass them around.