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….

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….

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…

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…

Where did Creative Book Review #6 Go?

I’m saying it because debates are taking place in cinema, painting, dance, fiction, poetry and theater on issues where Christians have something to give, and yet they are not even being heard. – Steve Turner Don’t you hate it when you work hard on a project you can’t use? If you follow me on social media,…

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…

Unicycle Brand Contest Entry

I had a lot of fun painting this piece, I haven’t entered a contest like this since I was in art school. I did this painting for a contest hosted by Unicycle Brand. To enter the contest artists had to use one of the reference photos provided by the website to do a piece of…

Postcard Illustration: Octo-Samurai

I wanted it to be something epic. I always liked the over the top fights in anime and martial arts movies so I decided to go in that direction when working on the illustration. This piece is an illustration for my promotional postcards I’m sending out to potential editorial clients. The inspiration came from a…

Creative Book Review 1: Make Art Make Money by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens

“It is foolish to think we can’t be both artists and entrepreneurs , especially when Henson was so wildly successful in both categories.” -Elizabeth Hyde Stevens  Originally published in 2013, Make Art Make Money isn’t your typical book with 10 lessons that will set you on the path to greatness. It doesn’t give you a…

Your Art Matters

Your Art Matters 18 x 24 in Acrylic, spray paint, watercolor, ink, gouache and paint marker This is a poster I made for my classroom for my students as a reminder that the art they do matters. The idea sprang from a conversation I had with Bea Jackson about complements people give us (artists); things…