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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

WIP New Howling Rage Art Part 2

As promised, here is my second post showing progress on my commission for Dave H. In step two I scan then digitally color my pencil sketch. For this piece I also refined the sketch quite a bit, adding detail and cleaning up lines. As striking as the pencils are, adding color--especially those flames--make quite a difference.

Stage three is an acrylic painting which is currently sitting on my easel. If you want to see it in person, come to Pentacon in Fort Wayne which will take place November 7th to 9th, where I'll be delivering the painting to Dave. For those of you who can't make it to Pentacon, I'll post a scan of the painting here after the show.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Etsy @ the Market

Good Morning! I want to let everyone know about a new show I will be attending in Ann Arbor Michigan on Sunday October 5th. It's called Etsy@the Market; it will be an out door show at the Kerrytown Farmer's market. For a map of the place, please click on the link below. If you are in the area, come check it out!

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

WIP New Howling Rage Art

Here's a piece I'm working on for Dave H. It's a commission of his character in an 'excitable' mood. When it's done, Dave will get the original painting and I will use the image to replace the art for Howl of Rage--which, though serviceable, is an early example of my digitally painted work. The final for this piece will provide a much more exciting image. To see just how exciting, check back next week!


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Web Comic

Some of my first published art appeared in a comic--a series called Tales From the Anniverse for those who are interested in a blast from the past. I learned my craft drawing comic pages. I have not done much in the way of graphic storytelling for quite a while, despite the fact that this is one of my favorite mediums. This is about to change. Click Here to go to Accommodations, a web comic based on the Dragon Storm universe. Although I have published this story before on the DS site, the current posting is a sign of things to come. I want add regular web comics to my site offerings and I have used this story as a test. Please have a look and let me know what you think. Your comments will have a large influence on what I do with comics in the future.

comic sample

Friday, September 19, 2008

New and Improved Web Page

Mark has just finished updating my web page and it looks great. Click on the link above to check it out. If there's something more you'd like to see on my page, please let me know. I am planning lots of new material in the future, so keep checking back for updates.

What DS Card is This?

Here's a piece I need help with, if DS players can lend a hand. This is a sketch for Devin and Beth, who commissioned it as a digital color piece. All of the fantasy creatures they wanted in this piece are Dragon Storm races, so, of course, I would like to use it as card art. Here's the question: What card should it be? I am very happy with this piece and I would like to use it on a cool card. The piece is not due to be colored for a couple of months so there is plenty of time to make suggestions. Let me know what you think.

devin_beth sketch

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tree Rose Kittens

I finished this new whimsical kitten piece over the summer and I wanted to post it here for you folks who may not have to seen it yet. I think the design of this one is especially nice and the colors are pleasing.

Tree Rose Kittens

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Flint Farmer's Market

This weekend through the end of September I will have an outdoor table at the Flint Farmer's Market. If you live near Flint, or if you are going to be near town during a Sunday in September, drop in and see me. For a map, click on the link below.

Flint Farmer's Market

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Magic Lesson Sketch

Here's step two in my painting process: The first complete sketch. I'm concentrating on shape and design here. Color, shading and background won't concern me much until later stages. In fact, I haven't yet decided if I am going to add much of a background.

If you enjoy Magic Lesson and are interested in purchasing a print of the final piece, drop me an email at

Magic Lesson

Magic Lesson Rough

If you have wondered what one of my paintings looks like before it becomes a painting, you're in luck. I'm going to display the first and second drafts of my new whimsical cat and dragon painting, Magic Lesson. I'm planning this as an acrylic painting, probably fairly small; I haven't decided on its final dimensions. At this point I only need to know that it's going to be sized to work as a 5"x7" and 8"x10" print and that it's going to be landscape style (longer than it is tall). With this in mind, I created this rough.
Note: I won't be including my the artist's thumb or the scrawled mutterings as part of the final work.

Magic Lesson Rough

Monday, September 1, 2008

Cat Nap

Among the black and white commissions I did this year was this piece for Shannon Conway. Its a portrait of two of her cats, based on a photo she provided for reference. I haven't met these two, but I suspect they are a couple of mellow kitties....