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…

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: 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 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.

New Logo

Recently I updated my logo. The new design was inspired by a Chinese seal my father gave me several years ago. While I almost never used it as a signature (its intended purpose), I did on occasion use it on artwork. Most recently my Octo-Samaurai illustration. The seal was only a starting point. After multiple ideas…

Animated Banner for The Descovari Channel Blog

Earlier this month I worked with Ashleah Sy’Mone on updating the design of her fashion blog, The Descovari Channel. Ashleah is a fashion stylist in Atlanta, GA and a close friend of mine. Along with some things behind the scenes, I did the animated banner top) for the blog and a static banner (bottom) for her other social media…

Creative Book Review 3: “Making Ideas Happen” by Scott Belsky

  The forces that help us be productive and execute our ideas are often the odds with the very source of our ideas: our creativity. -Scott Belsky Years ago while I was still a student at College for Creative Studies I met a man who was an excellent storyteller. When he told me his ideas for…

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…

Batman Returns

16×20 in Ink and Digital This piece was inspired by the animated movie Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 an animated movie about an older Bruce Wayne who comes out retirement when the crime in Gotham drives him to be Batman again.      

Building the Plane While Flying It

17×11 in Gouache and Photoshop This was made for a private client who gave me the task of illustrating the phrase “Building the plane while flying it”.