DuttonArt

Sketches, Scribbles, and Sharings by Illustrator and Google Doodler, Mike Dutton.

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Messing with acrylics outdoors. My struggle this year has been finding a halfway point between how I approach drawing vs how I approach painting.

Messing with acrylics outdoors. My struggle this year has been finding a halfway point between how I approach drawing vs how I approach painting.

mariatumbles asked: Hello! I love your work! I just want to ask what kind of pochade box you have. It seems so portable and small enough that it's very convenient to carry everywhere. Thank you!

Thank you, Maria! I ordered my pochade from allaprimapochade.com. They’re individually handmade by a woodworker named Ben Haggett. 

Here’s my setup on a painting trip a couple seasons ago.

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And you’re right – They’re small and portable. And very functional. Ben’s also a painter, and has really thought through the practical aspects of his products. They’re geared more for oil painting, but you can see here that it works just fine for other mediums, like gouache.

Can’t say enough nice things about’em – Get one!

One little corner of my house finally feels finished.

One little corner of my house finally feels finished.

All the sheer splendor Lovers Leap has to offer and I manage just a five-minute thumbnail. Still, a perfect weekend.

All the sheer splendor Lovers Leap has to offer and I manage just a five-minute thumbnail. Still, a perfect weekend.

If you’re not a french film buff this doodle will require some explaining… What appears to be german soldiers from WWII is actually the famous comic duo, Louis de Funes and Bourvil - frenchmen disguised as nazi soldiers as they help downed english pilots evade the german army in Gérard Oury’s best-known film, Le Grande Vadrouille. Whew! That’s a mouthful.
More concisely: I hope I still have a job tomorrow.

If you’re not a french film buff this doodle will require some explaining… What appears to be german soldiers from WWII is actually the famous comic duo, Louis de Funes and Bourvil - frenchmen disguised as nazi soldiers as they help downed english pilots evade the german army in Gérard Oury’s best-known film, Le Grande Vadrouille. Whew! That’s a mouthful.

More concisely: I hope I still have a job tomorrow.

Here’s the latest doodle I got to illustrate, this time for Britain’s first national park, the Peak District.

Here’s the latest doodle I got to illustrate, this time for Britain’s first national park, the Peak District.

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck. This is a panoramic “still” of the interactive doodle I worked on earlier this year. I hope you check out the full version if you’ve not seen it – but perhaps more enlightening would be to listen to a segment on Morning Edition about how much of the novel and its themes are still relevant today (via Betsy Bauer).

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck. This is a panoramic “still” of the interactive doodle I worked on earlier this year. I hope you check out the full version if you’ve not seen it – but perhaps more enlightening would be to listen to a segment on Morning Edition about how much of the novel and its themes are still relevant today (via Betsy Bauer).

We just got back from a week long road trip in our new truck camper. My two-year old christened it, Jolly Holiday, from the song in Mary Poppins.

We just got back from a week long road trip in our new truck camper. My two-year old christened it, Jolly Holiday, from the song in Mary Poppins.

Road trip sketches down 101 and into Joshua Tree

Happy Monday…. Let’s go to the DMV!

Happy Monday…. Let’s go to the DMV!

We both learned something over the weekend.

We both learned something over the weekend.

"We find after years of struggle that we do not a take a trip; A trip takes us." - John Steinbeck
Happy would-be-112th birthday to my favorite writer. It was an honor, life highlight, and just a lot of plain ol’ fun to create a google doodle for him. (go to google.com to see everything else!)

"We find after years of struggle that we do not a take a trip; A trip takes us." - John Steinbeck

Happy would-be-112th birthday to my favorite writer. It was an honor, life highlight, and just a lot of plain ol’ fun to create a google doodle for him. (go to google.com to see everything else!)

Been a little quiet here as I’m hunkering down on a project at work. Snuck in some layout studies of one of my favorite films while riding home on the bus. Can you name it? 
I’m having a helluva time figuring out how to respond to followers who post in my comment section, including to one follower who has been asking about painting setups. I promise I’m not being a jerk. So if you happen to guess the correct film, please accept an insubmissible but very real nod of approval from me.

Been a little quiet here as I’m hunkering down on a project at work. Snuck in some layout studies of one of my favorite films while riding home on the bus. Can you name it? 

I’m having a helluva time figuring out how to respond to followers who post in my comment section, including to one follower who has been asking about painting setups. I promise I’m not being a jerk. So if you happen to guess the correct film, please accept an insubmissible but very real nod of approval from me.