New Book: Sammy & Friends Coloring and Activity Book

Hi Everyone, Over the past few months I have had the pleasure to have worked with Power of One LLC to create a coloring book companion to their Children’s Book Sammy’s New Look ( a project I also illustrated). Sammy & Friends Coloring and Activity Book has over 100 pages of coloring pages and activities for…

New Illustration Process Video

“Justin, you make painting look easy” That’s what people who have seen me do artwork either in person or in a video say.  In reality it is a lot of work, from the planning to the final artwork, Recently I recorded this video of my illustration process. In the video I shows the basic process…

New Work: Large Painting for Frontier International Academy

Earlier this year I had the privilege to do second piece for Frontier International Academy in Warren, MI. The first piece I did a small mural in the lobby area of the school. The principal of the school wanted artwork that showed the character traits the school aims to develop in the students. I also used…

NEW WORK: Sketchbook Paintings and Videos

Hi Everyone, I haven’t been posting on this blog a lot lately but I have been busy making new work but, most of it I can’t show yet. In the mean time, I have recorded the process of many of my other projects and sketches and below are some of my videos of painted sketches…

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.  

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…

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.  …

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 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…