I made this pen and ink drawing of an art gallery in Key West back in 1971. I sold the original to a friend in Grand Rapids, but I got this wonderful photograph of it from the University of Michigan Television Center. This is one of many drawings of houses, businesses, and boats I drew at the time. It was a great way to get to know the island, and its people. This piece was pulled from my archives, and has never been published.
My name is Tom Woodruff. I am the illustrator of four children’s history books which you may have seen in your school library: Michigan, An Illustrated History For Children, Great Lakes and Great Ships, Indians of the Great Lakes, Prehistoric Great Lakes. These books are being used in Elementary and Middle Schools throughout the Great Lakes Area. Over the past thirty years, I’ve had the pleasure of sharing my love for Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, with students and teachers in schools, libraries and conferences, throughout the state. My Great Lakes Illustration Workshops, engage students, of all ages, in challenging and fun drawing and writing projects. We explore the history and natural resources of the world. My Illustration workshops can be custom...
This drawing began as a felt tip marker drawing on an overhead transparency. In a 45 minute Illustration workshop, 4th grade students at Eastwood Elementary, in Big Rapids, drew along with me. Line for line, with pencil on paper, their drawings became 3-dimensional, rich with texture, loaded with detail – as we sailed through the Age of Discovery on our magnificent Galleons. Each drawing was as unique as its maker. Each student revealed their own unique style. Since then, I’ve added watercolor and acrylic to my drawing. Students added colored pencil and wrote stories for theirs. All were rightfully proud of their work – and so was
This piece called "Gorgazilla" evolved from a tonal pencil drawing, then I added the thin acrylic washes to explore the color combinations. It was inspired by my childhood monsters of Gorgo and Godzilla. I decided to combine them, building a monster of seaweed and marshmallows ravaging the landscape, and battling with Bi-Planes.