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…

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…

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…

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…

Website Updates

I have been making some changes to the site for the past couple weeks. I added more of my history in the about page, added process work to my sketches page, and other small tweaks. Check them out and tell me what you think.

Inktober 2015: Best of Inktober 2015

Last month I participated in Inktober a month long event where artist post ink drawings throughout the month on social media. Here are some of the best drawings and sketches from the month.

Inktober 2015: Week 5 Upcoming projects

Over the past month I have been posting ink drawings and sketches for #inktober. For the final week of inktober, I decided to do drawings of things I have lined up for the future.  The sketch above is part of the process of the illustration for a book review of “Die Empty” I plan to release next…

Inktober Week Four: Tales From The Back-burner

This week I put more effort into the sketches for this time. I spent more time on these so I only have three to show for this week. The drawings this week are things I wanted to do a serious illustration of but I didn’t find the time to do it. The first sketch (above)…

Inktober Week Three: People

Inktober continues with week three. This time around my theme was people. The set is mostly casual drawings done on my breaks between teaching classes.

Inktober Week Two: Tea

I’m back with another set of #inktober drawings. This week I chose tea as my theme (because I’m a huge fan of drinking tea). Next week I will have a new theme with more pictures.

Inktober 2015 Week One

Every October artists from around the world take part in an event called Inktober. During Inktober artists produce ink drawings and share them online everyday… that’s basically it. I’m not sure how much time I will have to do drawings but every week this month I will be posting drawings and sketches done in ink. …

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…