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Monday, December 27, 2010

Ruma Rules

I do a lot of pretty art. It's fun to do and I welcome work of this sort but once in a while it is nice to do some not so pretty for a change. Enter Ruma, a Dragon Storm character who is not so pretty and then some! I did this for Debbie L, as a gift for Elizabeth L. It was a surprise gift, so I did not post it until Elizabeth kindly let me know she had gotten it and gave me permission to post it. I am absolutely in love with this character, who is a dwarf who turns into a pony sized unicorn. Thanks again, Debbie and Elizabeth!

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Ignatius Kreel

Here is a sharp piece I did for AJ some time ago that I want to share this week. AJ has well thought out story ideas and he hires me to do visuals of his character concepts as he develops plotlines. It's absorbing work, as the details of his characters Are fun to research and draw. Thanks again, AJ!

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Sasha, my Neighbor's Dog

Sasha is a lovely, 13 year old German Shepard who belongs to my neighbors, Mark and Jean. I did this pet portrait as a gift for them. I think it does a good job of capturing her gentle disposition.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Wizard Constable

Hi folks. Sorry for the lack of posts since mid November. Shows, holidays and the start of my December vacation conspired to delay me.

Below is a detail from a book cover I illustrated. The Author is Tom Van Natta and the book is Wizard Constable. It's a fun read. Have a look at:

Monday, November 15, 2010

Stealing Skippy's spotlight....

Swann commissioned this piece from me at FCN earlier this year. It shows his character building a mechanical squirrel assistant. Meanwhile, the necromancer Alkali fumes, as he thinks Swann is stealing his thunder. On his shoulder can be seen his undead familiar, Skippy the zombie squirrel. Thanks Swann for this very fun commission!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

For Del

We had a wonderful show at Pentacon on Fort Wayne last weekend. Thanks again to all the folks who came to see us, and thank you very much on the feedback on the V1.1 rules. In addition to gaming, Pentacon is a great show for doing commissions. Among the pieces I drew this year at this show is this digitally colored commission for Del, who came to Pentacon with his son and friend to reconnect and have a good time. It was great to see you again, Del. Thanks again for the commission!

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Experiment in Color for Devotion

I am always practicing new techniques to improve my art. Last week, this practice involved doing an experimental piece for the Devotion Project. I decided to make an IPad color sketch of Paladin. I am not sure if this will be his final colors, but I do like this look. Enjoy!


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Hallowwen!

I'm at Furfright, preparing to draw a commission. Between jobs, I wanted to share this piece commissioned by. Eonis, specifically for Halloween. It is his dragon Fursona transforming into a giant spider! Thank you Eonis, and happy Halloween to all.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Halloween Goth

Here's a bit of Halloween art this week. Mark P. hired me to do this piece as part of series featuring one of his characters. She's got a lovely, goth look and I had a blast with that costume. Thanks again Mark, and happy Halloween, everyone.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thursday comics update

Good Thursday, everyone! Time for another update on what I'm doing with the comics side of my work. This week I have a bit more information about Devotion, the cool new web comic/painting project I'm working on with Tim Batchelder. This week, I want to introduce the male lead of the story. Have a look at the link below to see him. I don't think it will surprise anyone to discover that he's a dragon, as Tim and I really like dragons....

The second link below leads to an important supporting character. He's an owl, which I find pleasing. I enjoy drawing bird anthros. I haven't done much with owls to date, so drawing him will give me an opportunity to learn.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Cejula and the Beast

I recently accepted a commission from AJ, who commissioned this piece. When I sent him an estimate, I asked if he would like me to go 'over the top' with this piece. Although it was more expensive, he generously agreed to the more detailed version I described. Here is a WIP of the artwork. I am quite pleased with how it is coming along. I'll post the colored version when it is done. Thanks again, AJ!

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Familiar Place Continues

I just finished my latest strips for Familiar Place and sent them off to Flint Comix for publication. These will be appearing on the My Online Comics site next year. I wanted to show a piece of art from this month's strip as a teaser. Have a look at the current Familiar Place strips at

Famiar Picture

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Wolfsinger Hunts

Here are the pencils for a piece I'm doing for Wolfsinger. He's going to be gray and brown when I digitally paint him. I'm considering elm trees in the background, as I think this would make good contrast with his colors. I'm happy with the look I got on his face; I can imagine him scenting his prey. Thanks again, Wolfsinger, for commissioning this piece!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

New Posting Time and New Project

Hi everyone. I've been posting regularly (all right, fairly regularly) on Mondays. I am adding a Thursday blog post to my schedule. If all goes as planned, my Thursday posts will concentrate on comic and game related projects, while Monday posts will continue to show commissions and print art projects. That, at least, is the plan...

With this in mind, I am introducing a new project today. It's name is Devotion. This is furry comic story set in a fantasy world. It will run for about a year, starting in 2011, and end in 2012. At the end of the comic story I will be finishing a painting based in the comic. I'll post a digital copy of the painting as the final page of the online comic.

Devotion is shaping up to be an exciting and original project. It's sponsored and written by Tim Batchelder. Thank you, Tim, for the chance to work on this intriguing new multimedia project. For a first look, I'm posting links to Tim's introduction to the story and to Desiree, the leading lady. The story and writing of Devotion is Copyright to Tim Batchelder and the art is Copyright to Susan Van Camp. Enjoy!

Intro Page


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Whimsey Time has come again!

This is the art from the D S card Called Companion. When I saw the finished piece, I just had to post it. Cats and dragons go well together.


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sofi in Color

I just finished coloring the Sofi Starwind commission for Amy T., and I must say that I really like how this one came out. If you want to compare the finished piece to the pencil sketch, check a couple of posts down. Thank you, Amy!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

DS wedding commission

Kevin D commissioned this lovely piece as a memento of his real life wedding. I am always tickled when I get commissions like this one. They are invariably an emotional upper to do. Thanks again to Kevin and his fiance and congratulations!

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More Familiar Place

I'm having a lot of fun doing Familiar Place. It's been a real treat to get back to doing comics on a regular basis. Have a look below to see a sample of the strip. You can find it at the link below, or as a monthly strip of Flint Comix, if you prefer to read it in a paper.
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sofi Starwind WIP

Amy T. has given me a wonderful trio of commissions, including this one of Sofi Starwind. Sophie is a tigrean princess who is not shy about displaying her status, in dress and in attitude. When Amy described her I suspected it was going to be fun to draw this character, and I was right. Sofi will be appearing again, after I have digitally painted this piece. Thanks again, Amy!

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This Place is getting Familiar

iF you haven't already heard, I'm doing a new web comic called Familiar Place. The third strip just went up. You can sneak a peek here.

Monday, September 6, 2010

On the back of a Magic Card

I drew this.

I think it came out quite nicely, despite how small the original image was (2.5" x 3.5"). I'm considering coloring it and making prints. This would be the first time I've made a 5"x7" print from an image this small.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Familiar Place

Good afternoon, everyone. I have a new project to announce today: Familiar Place, a web comic that will be running weekly on my site. To have a look, check out the first strip by clicking on the link below.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Goth Elf Clubbing

Hi folks! I had a great time at Gencon; in fact, I am still recovering from the show, which is why this posting is late. Among the very cool commissions I did at the show was this one, given to me by Michael H. This piece was a hoot to do. I especially like the orc in a suit. Thanks again Michael.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Better be a Fast Learner!

This is a fun commission that I did for AJ earlier this year. The young warrior is getting instructions from a war hardened veteran. I love to draw quirky looking characters once in a while and I think that the 'trainer' came out nicely (well, as nice as this individual can be).
Ugly Practice

Monday, July 26, 2010

Cheetah Taur Go

Here's a fun commission that I took at Anthrocon this year. I've done cheetahs before, but I think this one shows more motion than any previous cheetah illustration I've done. Many thanks to Whitefang Graytail for commissioning this piece. The image is posted small to prevent cropping; click on it to see it full size.

Cheetah taur go!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Character Story

This piece, a commission for Gordon N, has a nice sense of story to it. Gordon gave me a detailed character background to go with this one, and I think I was able to depict both the personality and the history of his character in an elegant fashion.

G Nichols

Monday, July 12, 2010

Henry the Cat, Painted

Not long ago, I posted the sketch for this piece. Today, I'm not just posing the finished piece, but two WIP shots showing early stages of the painting. The first shows the roughly painted cartoon, the second shows the refinements and details about half finished and the last is the completed work. It was done in acrylic on multimedia art board. Many thanks to Azreal, who commissioned this painting.

Henry the Cat Painting - 1

Henry the Cat Painting - 2

Henry the Cat Painting - 3

Monday, July 5, 2010

Back From Anthrocon and Origins

Hi people! I'm home, rested up from doing Athrocon and Origins on the same weekend and ready to post. Here is a piece I delivered at Athrocon; it's a digitally colored commission of Kale's dragon character. The print of his piece was 16"x20" and the colors came out beautifully. Thanks again, Kale, for this delightful commission.

To avoid cropping, I've posted this image in a small form. To see a larger image, click on the picture.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Henry the Cat

Happy Monday, folks. Here's a sketch for a painting I just finished. Henry the cat is being painted for a patron. He is planning to give the painting to his mother; Henry is aging, and he wants her to have a memento of him. I like how the sketch came out. It really captures the personality I saw in the reference photo of Henry. After I deliver this to my patron, I'll post the final painting here.

Henry the Cat

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

IPad Painting Evolution

As anyone who has been following my blog knows, I have been taking commissions and painting card art on my IPad. Today, I am showing a glimpse of how I've been using the IPad and my favorite art program, Brushes, to create art on this device. The sequence below takes this piece from rough sketch to finished drawing. I did a lot of layering to achieve these results, especially when painting highlights on the elementalist and the Earth Golem. Because there are multiple images here, I've posted everything small to speed up load time of this page. To see any image larger, click on it.






Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It's Whimsy Time Again

Looking over recent posts, I see it has been a while since I posted a whimsical image. To remedy this I give you "Bop". This piece was done on my IPad and it came out well enough that I will be making prints to sell at upcoming shows and on my Etsy shop. If you want more information on buying a print of Bop, email me at

To avoid cropping, I posted a smaller image. To see it larger, click on the picture.

This piece was commissioned by Lisa and Leo O. Thank you very much for your patronage.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Godzilla's offspring

Here's a really fun iPad commission that I did for Jeff A. While discussing he would like drawn, a question occurred to me. What would the child of a marriage between Godzilla and a dragon look like? It was a strange question that wanted a visual answer. Since Jeff was curious too, that's what he had me draw. Here is what resulted. Thanks again Jeff!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Spring Bonanza Part Two

Hi folks. We are back from Novi Comic Con and we're prepping for next week's show. In the midst of work, I am taking a bit of time to post some commission art from last weekend's show. There is quite a bit of it, so I figured I would do a second spring bonanza to cover as much as possible. Enjoy!

First up are the large color pictures that I delivered to the AROC gaming group at the show. I have been looking forward to showing these off here. Some of these are posted as small images to avoid cropping; to see them larger, click on the image.

Unicorn Avatar

Terrie in Color

Kay in Color


Next up are a couple of black and white commissions that I completed for AROC group members at the show.

Elethay Wedding

Untitled #105

Finally, here are three different IPad commissions that I did at Comic Con. The cat portrait was drawn by hand, scanned, then colored and finished on my IPad. The other two were done entirely on my IPad.

Cheryl Cats

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Thor Badge IPad Illo

My deepest thanks again to the patrons who helped make Comic Con a fun and profitable show.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

First look at Elementalism Art

I've been using my IPad to do DS card art and I think I am making pretty good progress. Here is Burst of Wind, which will appear in this Summer's upcoming elementalism set. It was done entirely on my IPad. I find my previous experience using a Wacom tablet is making it pretty easy to pick up IPad drawing skills.
Burst Of Wind

Monday, May 10, 2010

Spring Bonanza

Happy Monday, everyone. I've been a bit remiss in my posting duties lately, so I'm going to make up for earlier stinginess with a spring bonanza. Today I've got four new images to show off.

First up is a piece I did for Chris S., a generous and enthusiastic patron who I met at Pentacon in November of last year. Thanks again Chris! She plays the tigrean shown in this artwork in her local Dragon Storm campaign. Yes, both she and her elven friend have griffit familiars.


Next up is a piece called 'double 20's'. I posted this on Fur Affinity last week, but I like it so well I decided to show it here as well. It was commissioned by Dave W. It shows a scene from his gaming group that occurred last year. After preparing a detailed game adventure featuring a horrendously powerful enemy, he watched said enemy taken down early in the game by a player who rolled 2 natural 20's in a row. Anyone who has game mastered will appreciate his reaction to this turn of events.....


Finally, these two pieces are from the AROC project. Terrie and Kay are central characters in the AROC campaign and they have been through a lot. These pictures, which will be colored and printed as custom character cards, show the characters after years of adventuring. I love how they look as a set and I am going to see if I can do the backgrounds in similar colors. Thanks once more, guys!

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Hyena Cola

Happy Monday, folks. Me and Mark are on semi-vacation, resting up as we prepare for this summer's convention season. Last week, while relaxing, I did this piece as practice on my iPad. It turned out so well I decided to post it here. I don't know what Hyena Cola tastes like, but he sure looks like he could use a swig of something refreshing to me.