Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Gypsy's Moth

Gypsy's Moth
Bryan Collins
8"x10" colored pencil on wood, varnished surface

For some, the gypsy lifestyle of floating around without roots is attractive. Whether you like the idea of a community of traveling friends or the solitude of venturing about on your own, chances are that you've fantasized about wandering your way through life without ties. The bohemian style of colorful clothing and patterns is another beautiful aspect of the gypsy life. As for the moth, some believe frequent interactions with moths could mean that you are thinking too much about your destinations before undertaking the journey. A moth can also serve as a reminder not to be materialistic. There are numerous passages in the Bible that warn of moths corrupting material possessions, encouraging us to focus on the afterlife rather than the physical one. Thy gypsy has very little the moth can destroy. Perhaps this is a good model for living.

This original art has been created with Prismacolor Premier colored pencils on basswood and is varnished. The cradled backed is wired for hanging.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Loch Ness Monster and The Little Mermaid

Nessie and Jon Boat

 After the recent new "sighting" of the infamous Loch Ness Monster, I couldn't help myself from drawing Nessie. Having seen and read too many documentaries and publications on the creature, she holds a special place in my heart. This is a 5"x7" ink and white pencil drawing that has been mounted to a cradled wood panel and varnished for display. The original work is sold.

How could I possibly make a drawing about nautical mythology without also creating one of everyone's favorite mermaid, Ariel. She combing her hair with a dinglehopper and dreaming of the greener grass on land. Like Nessie, this piece is also ink and white pencil on tan paper, mounted to wood and varnished. You can check the availability of the original HERE.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pokemon Drawings

Charizard :: 5"x7" Prismacolor pencil on tan paper

With all of the talk lately about Pokemon Go, I couldn't help but tackle a few drawings of some pocket monsters myself. Hopefully, if you're into Pokemon, you'll enjoy my renditions of Charizard, Squirtle, Eevee, and Bulbasaur. Originals (if available) can be acquired through my Etsy shop. Prints are just $25 for all four or you can catch them individually for $7 each. Just email me at and let me know what you'd like.

Squirtle :: 5"x7" Prismacolor pencil on tan paper

Eevee :: 5"x7" Prismacolor pencil on tan paper

Bulbasaur :: 5"x7" Prismacolor pencil on tan paper

Monday, May 16, 2016

Ariel Is Ready For MegaCon

MegaCon 2016 begins on May 26th and this will be the first time I have 100 square feet since I started doing Mega in 2012. Some of you have said you've had trouble finding me in Artist Alley so hopefully I won't miss any of you with this larger space. My booth number this year is 882 so you can use the map on your program when you get to the convention center.

I just finished this colored pencil drawing of Ariel. Many of you enjoy my non-pop art at comic cons but I like to have some fan based pieces since that's what comic cons are centered on, plus they are just a lot of fun for me to do! This one is Prismacolor Premier pencils on toned tan 8"x10" paper. I didn't use any reference photos so that I was not just replicating a Disney drawing. I actually prefer to draw without references because it gives so much more freedom. I gave her freckles as my own little addition. She is a redhead after all and I'm fond of freckles.

The original drawing is sold but I will have 8"x10" and 5"x7" prints at the show. If you can't attend MegaCon and you are interested in a print, please email me at

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Jacksonville Art Walk March 2nd

Jacksonville Art Walk

Join me Wednesday from 5-9pm in Hemming Park, downtown Jacksonville Florida for Art Walk. There will be live music, lots of artists, beer and wine garden, coffee and food. I'll have brand new originals and new prints available as well. See you there!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Adopt-a-Monster #5

Adopt-a-Monster #5

Up for adoption is this poor wayward orphan collected from the badlands of a faraway planet. He escaped a mad scientist who used him for a variety of wild experiments. All he needs now is a little love. If you can give it to him, head over to and complete the adoption procedure. Thank you for your compassion.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Funky Fish 1 and 2

Funky Fish #1

Fish have always captured my attention. I've been an aquarium keeper for over half my life and have always loved to go fishing or just be on the water. It's no wonder then that I have started a new ongoing series of colorful fish. These Funky Fish are being made on wood with colored pencils and the backgrounds painted with acrylic. They are being added to my Etsy shop as they are completed. See which ones you can catch HERE.

Funky Fish #2