Octo-Samurai Flashback 2 (and process video)

A new chapter of my web comic Octo-Samurai is out now. This is the last part of the 2 part flashback showing the origin story of King Squid and the main character Octo-Samurai. Read the series here. Below is a video of the inking and coloring process of this chapter.   Advertisements

Mini Mural for Frontier International Academy

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to paint a small mural for Frontier International Academy in Warren , MI. This small elementary school had just opened up their doors and was accepting students in their newly renovated building. During the process of decorating the school I was called in to add some color to the…

New Youtube Channel

Over the past few months I have been recording the process of how I create my work. Now I’m sharing my paintings and illustrations via Youtube. Here is a preview trailer of what I’m going to be on the channel.  You can subscribe now to be notified when I upload new videos.  

Cover Art For Power of One LLC

Recently on a post by one of my favorite illustrators John Hendrix on instagram I was reminded what it’s like on the other side of a commission. It is easy to forget the amount of time, effort and money goes into a project before it gets to the artists that get it ready for release….

News: Illustration Featured In Storyteller Magazine

The above illustration is an older piece I did as a personal project. Recently, I was approached by Storyteller Magazine about publishing the artwork in their winter issue. So now it has a nice home in this Tennessee based magazine. It has been a while since I have posted, and I have a lot more…

New Octo-Samurai Comic Pages

The second chapter of Octo-Samurai comes to an epic end. (I promise this will make sense in the comic) For anyone who doesn’t know Octo-Samurai is a side project of mine where I draw the epic story of an octopus… who is also a samurai that fights ninjas underwater. In addition to being super fun to…

Downsizing (a new challenge)

A New Challenge For a the last month or so I have been using a new smaller sketchbook. I would love to say I did this as some cool new challenge for myself. But it wasn’t, it was mostly a happy accident. Recently I filled up my painting sketchbook and went to the store to get a new…

Lots of NEW ART

I haven’t shared anything in a while. That is because I have been busy working on lots of new art planing some changes to the website. I will take the time to talk about what I am sharing in this post in detail later. For now here is a quick run down of some of the new artwork….

Octo-Samurai Chapter 2 Preview

I’m back to working on Octo-Samurai. The next chapter was very fun to work on. In the first chapter I left the story at a cliffhanger (if you missed it check it out here) . Octo was in a losing battle outnumbered and hurt. It didn’t look good for our hero… This is where most…

Sketchbook Paintings 6: Gouache and Casein studies

I’m Back I have been painting have been making a lot of art since the last time I’ve posted. I have a new chapter of Octo-Samurai in the works as well as illustrations for a large personal project and a mural.  Below are some of the sketches I have done in my watercolor sketchbook.  …

The Wait Is Over. The Octo-Samurai Comic Is Here

After a lot of work and time. The Octo-Samurai Comic is here! As I have said in my earlier posts, Octo-Samurai started as sketch for a drawing challenge last year and evolved into something larger and more personal. After the sketch, it became a promotional postcard illustration. Now it has become a comic. My day…

Sketchbook Paintings 5: Casein

Are you looking for a new painting challenge? Do you love oil painting but need to be able to scan it for reproduction? Want to have something besides watercolor to paint out in the field? … I answered yes to these questions. I also found the one medium that has made it possible to have the feel…

Sketchbook Paintings 4: Travel Gouache

For a long time I had looked for a travel setup for my gouache. Now, I have found it. Above is a picture of one of my fun dinosaur sketches I did at a restaurant with my friend Laura. This is a picture of my travel gouache kit. A collapsible water cup Ceramic palette Small…

THE OCTO-SAMURAI COMIC IS ALMOST HERE

The Octo-Samurai comic is just about done! On my last post I spoke about working on a new personal project. When I started the comic it was to do artwork with my students. After my sketches turned out better than expected I decided to make it into a more finished short comic. Above is the…

Octo-Samurai Comic Coming Soon

What do you get when you mix sea life, over-the-top anime, and motivational pep talks ? You get my new Octo-Samurai comic. Octo-Samurai is a character I made up as part of a 30 day sketch challenge I did with Bea a year ago. Ever since the challenge it has been a reoccurring character in my…

New Year, Love and Art Books

As we wrap up the year I would like to thank all of you who read this blog. It has been a very eventful year with both ups and downs. No matter what, I still feel blessed and thankful to have the support of so many wonderful people. Over the past few posts I have posted…

New: Sketchbook Paintings 3

Ready for more small paintings?  Here are more of the paintings from my sketchbook. These and more paintings are part of a book I will show later. For now, enjoy!

New: Sketchbook Paintings 2

Can using a limited palette take your painting skills to the next level?  The short answer is yes.  A limited palette forces you out of color-mixing habits. If you don’t have a color “grass green” you’ll have to mix it from scratch, and you’re more likely to get the right green that way. James Gurney I…