Fishing with Grampy

 Okay, I have to admit, this isn’t a sketch done recently. In fact, it’s a sketch I did about 3 years ago in a small pocket sketchbook I carried with me at the time. What makes this sketch so special is because it was the first sketch in my RoBot world. I named it fishing with Grampy, because that’s what my niece re-named my dad about 16 years ago. I think the name is too close to “Grumpy”, or even worse, “Crampy”. Sorry, Dad, it just is. My mom’s name is Grammy. Now, that’s a cool name. Very English. My Grammy’s mom was Big Grammy to us kids. I’m not sure why because she was a relatively small woman. Pay attention, I’m gonna quiz you later.

The sketch is a bit older, so I really can’t recall what the heck I was thinking at the time. All I can do is describe it to you as if someone else did it.

The artist clearly has a huge fear of abandonment. Obviously, the extreme use of dark shades means he views the world as a dark place and he longs to crawl back in the womb. Kidding. Grampy is the start of a steampunk introduction. It’s one of my favorite art forms, combining the new with the antique. Lots of brass and leather. Kind of fitting, since he’s a much older RoBot. The scene is on the eastern shore of the lake at dusk. The reason I knew this is because the scene is from my memory of Owasco Lake in the summer. If you’ve been to my main site, you’ll see the start of a painting similar to this drawing.


DISCLAIMER: KMRucker and all affiliates do not advocate excessive violence in any sense for the sole purpose of entertainment. See Marvel Comics for the definition of excessive violence. These are robots and don’t feel pain, so there. This was a request after I posted 3rd & 50 by my buddy Mike Rinehart. He didn’t request the golf swing to the head. Okay, so it’s not exactly hockey, but it’s pretty close.

Interactions throughout the drawing is key to keeping your eye moving in a deliberate direction. If you start out with the players in the foreground, which is the focus of the piece, the eye gradually works up the stick and into the stands, then over to the Bot spilling the beer and eventually to the players going over the wall, via his pointing finger. I kept the players by the wall sketchy because I wanted to show the difference between the fans and the ice. There’s a “glow” coming off the ice that I was trying to capture as well to give some atmospheric perspective. I was going to draw the team in the box, but I have about 3 hours into this drawing and wanted to get on to the next one. I do have a day job (for now, anyway). Overall, there’s a lot going on in this sketch, however the different elements and techniques work fairly well together. I’m happy with it.

3rd & 50

Thank God for the return of football. If you think about sport, besides the side bet, there’s no positive or constructive outcome. So, why do we pay athletes millions for the privelidge of watching them do the very thing they love? I think that’s it.


We love watching the best athletes in the game compete against one another. We love the bragging rights we have for at least one whole year when our team barely pulls out a victory in the last seconds of the game. We love watching the highlight reel from every single game before we turn in at night. We love the underdog. What a great game and thank God it’s back.

I drew this in honor of my good buddy, Mike Lunsford. He’s a huge Tech fan. He’s always running around his house yelling, “Go Jackets!”. Go Tech, Beat Georgia! Don’t worry buddy, I said it for you.

I am really happy with the texture of the grass. All it is is a bunch of random pencil strokes close together. I was going to get a little more detailed with the fans, but decided it would take away from the main focus, in this case it’s the eyes of the robot catching the ball.


Missed it by this much

Gah. Off by one letter…I am creating a sign for my first show tonight and I was off by the “r”. Actually, the hat that covered it was an afterthought and became more important than the signage itself. Mistakes happen in drawing. What I mean by mistakes is, when you make a mark on your paper, it did not turn out the way you intended. I see these lines as objects that need imagination to come to life. I can promise you, it was an unintended line that brought that hat to life.

I added color – Holee. Since this was intended to be a rough sketch, I left the letters as loose as I could without compromising the legibility. I have posted the actual sign here. It’s turning out a bit different, just because the initial RoBot didn’t fit. I am going to hang it tonight exactly as you see it now. It’s a work in progress and may change even more later on. I have thoughts of painting over everything in oils.

Sky-Doo 292

Growing up in upstate NY was a blast in the winter. I practically grew up on the back of a snowmobile. My favorite sled was our Ski Doo TNT 292. I remember, Greggy – my best friend growing up – and I would ride for hours and go for miles. We were no more than seven or eight years old at the time. Now a days, if anyone would even think about letting their pre-teens operate motor vehicles by themselves and go any significant distances, they’d be arrested. Especially in New York – welfare – State. Thanks for the memories.

This design is based loosely on the Ski Doo. When I create a futuristic machine of any sort, I will envision entire systems, like intake, fuel, propulsion and steering. That’s half the fun. At first glance, it looks like the handle bars are missing, but I decided to leave any visible steering device off, allowing the individual to use his or her imagination. I gave it more of a retro look than the original design for the simple fact that I like round headlights more than square ones. I have to give credit to Gus Levi Jones for suggesting the pads that the sled rests on when idle. Thanks, Gus.


This piece is unfinished…maybe. If you look at the front tire, the spokes are missing. I like the effect it has currently of being chrome with a mirror finish. That requires drawing the reflection of the brakes in the chrome. I kinda wanna leave it for a while and decide later how/if I want to fill it in. I will probably leave it as is and move on. I love white paper and theres plenty of it – as well as ideas swimming in my head.

Fortune Teller

This is a typical sketch I will post here. It’s one of my favorite subjects to draw – robots. I love to draw mechanical objects because of all the cool detail. The fortune teller aspect is a reminder that we can’t predict the future, no matter who we are, nor should we even worry about it. Life is a series of “now-nesses”. Embrace them and live for them.

The style is noir. I really love the old pulp-fiction covers from the early 30s to the 50s. I will also be posting some of my renditions of these covers as well. I have had a couple of photoshoots done and really look forward to sketching them for you.

Fantasy Landscape

This is another study with robots. I will draw them when I want to convey a feeling or a situation and don’t have any one or scene in mind. They are – sort of – my fall back position. I will leverage atmosheric perspective when I’m able. This technique requires drawing anything in the background with loose, gestural strokes, thus making it lighter and pushes it farther back into the background. Feel free to email me with questions. I would really like this site to be educational as well as entertaining.