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…

New: Sketchbook Paintings

Everyone loves seeing sketchbook work right? Check out these pages from my watercolor moleskin sketchbook. This one is a study of a photo from a trip to the Detroit Zoo several months ago. This sketch is from this is for a personal project I’m working on I will talk more about that later. Later this week…