Monday, December 26, 2011

Alright one more post for today. I've been updating my main website-blog lately, but the spam filter plugins that I've found for Wordpress seem severely lacking in comparison to whatever Blogger uses. So I might just stick with this blog. I dunno. Anyway!

I did a series of drawings and paintings leading up to Halloween. Here's a couple of 'em.

This was a Birthday card for my wife, Julie. Featuring the gang of animals that do their best to distract me from my work all day long.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Hi Everybody,

I've got a new portfolio/blog site up at, so if you're inclined to click on strange links, give it a look. I'll probably be updating both this blog and that one simultaneously, if I can figure out all that Wordpress php mumbo jumbo.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Yup yup yup, another warmup. I got a sepia tone Pentel pocketbrush, and I'm playin' around with that. Goes great with brown paper, so it seems. This one's another shaman, I dunno why I get stuck on certain design/characters like this. It's like I've gotta flush it out of my system before my brain can move on.

I did kind of a short body cleansing thing this last week. You know, aside from showers. I realized how ridiculously hooked I was on caffeine, so I went a week without caffeine, alchohol, sugar, etc. Aside from the headaches the first couple days, it wasn't so bad. Today I had my first cup of coffee, and damn, it's crazy what a week can do to wipe out a built up tolerance. Halfway through one cup I had to stop, I'm jittery as all hell. Maybe I should do this cleansing stuff more often, given that I typically go through a bag of coffee beans in a week. Hmmm...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Here's some recent work for Wizards of the Coast's June issue of "Dragon Magazine." It's been published, so I think I'm safe putting it up here. The linework was done on bristol with brush and ink, and then all the colors and flashy bits are Photoshop.

Wizards of the Coast has been on my list of dream clients since I started freelancing, so that's awesome. I've always been a huge geek for fantasy art. The art director I worked with (Jon Schindehette) was great, and he even brought me in for a tour of their offices. Man, I though Video-game studios were nerdy, but I've never seen so many figurines, posters, and other knicknacks in one place. It looks like a pretty cool office to work in, as far as offices go.

Friday, June 3, 2011

I needed to practice drybrushing in a focused manner, so I decided to do a pinup image. The main cast of "DangerGirl" seemed to fit the bill.

It seems it's much easier to completely screw up rendering the female form than it is for the male form. I've read that the fewer ink lines on a female face the better, and I do find it true that very few artists have made pen and ink rendering on a drawing of a woman's face look... right. Too many lines on a female face, and she starts to look craggy and unappealing. Maybe it's just that we have the built in expectation that the female form should look softer than men. Or maybe we're unused to seeing heavy shadows on women in popular media. Or maybe, just maybe, I'm overthinking this and should just draw instead.

Anyway I don't know if the drybrushing is entirely successful, but I like how it turned out overall.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A couple more sketches in the toned paper sketchbook. These are sketches of fellow patrons of a local coffee shop.
I've been sketching on toned paper with some Col-erase pencils and a Pentel pocketbrush. Good times!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

So this is gonna become one side of the postcards I'll be mailing out this month to editors and such. I tried limiting myself to a 3 color palette, and MAN that shit's hard! But worth it, you're guaranteed to have color harmony if you pick your 3 colors well.

Hey, lookit, I finally got a watercolor to look almost-sorta right in the photo! Overcast lighting, with the painting facing where the sun would be seems to work pretty well. Being that overcast is Seattle's default weather, I guess I'm in luck.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

more inks

Here's a couple things I did as my morning warmups. I've been practicing inking fast and dirty every morning to try and get a little faster, as well as to kick my brain into gear.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What's this? Two in a row? Preposterous!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Some more experimentation. I was trying to stay reaaaally loose, and use the same brush the whole time, a Pentel pocket brush.

Hey look, new Woodsman stuff! I've been experimenting with different materials/techniques. Some are working, some... not so much. I somehow got a bad sheet of Strathmore 500 series bristol (supposedly the best stuff they make). The ink was bleeding out like crazy all over the place. It might have been all the tears and sweat soaking onto the board, but that's another matter altogether.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

An illustration for Corning Life Sciences. The whole idea was superstitions in the lab, which proved to be difficult to convey with the camera angle they wanted. I think it worked out though.

Monday, March 7, 2011

A sketch from a sketchgroup meeting a couple weeks ago.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sketch dump! So these are some studies, and some watercolor practice. I'm really seeing what people mean when they say watercolors are the hardest medium to reproduce, because no amount of camera/photoshop tweaking seems to get the colors right. I think I need a few white-light bulbs and a better camera lens.

Oh, and Julie handed me an owl stamp while I was inking, that I felt compelled to use. Totally completes that last one.