Wednesday, December 30, 2009

First Finished Winter Project

This is my first and maybe my only Winter break project. It's a D&D adventurer Using a belt of "Bull Strength". I have really started to fall behind on my posts. I had meant to post a few things when break started but my scanner was acting like a jerk, thanks Snow Leopard. Untill i get around to that, enjoy the new post.

I don't know if you can recognize him or not but Jordan Merchant was my reference model. Thanks man. I hope I made you angry enough.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

That Crazy Van Buren: Follow Up

The Final composition for the Presidential portrait for Payne's class. It's gonna be fairly limited pallet so I figured I would go ahead and post the rough with out color.

The icons at the bottom of the frame symbolize different things about Van Buren's life. The first is a windmill to show what I believe to be the embodiment of Holland (where his parents where from), the second is my homemade icon for his time in office, and the third icon is a new democratic emblem to represent his party. In case you were wondering...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Love Potion No.9: Updated

Ok, this isn't an official sketch, though I will say I got a bit carried away with this one and worked on it longer then I should have. The project is to design an illustration to capture the words of a song released in the 1960's (that is the love potion spilling out behind him). We also have to have an influence in mind when working on the piece. Can you guess who mine is? No guessing if you know already. That's cheating...

I still need to find another song to do roughs for by this Thursday. Tomorrow will be a late night.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

That Crazy Van Buren...

This is a little character study for a Presidential porterait I have been given as one of my new projects. The goal with this is just to secure a strong likness of which ever President I decided to do. After choosing Van Buren, I figured a sketch to try to capture his "look" would be the best place to start.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

New Things Here and There

These are just a couple of things that I have been working on for classes. The pie was a painting technique exercise and the second was an in class assignment we had a list of words to combine and about 2.5 hours to do it in.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Ode To Bernie Fuchs

This was a "mini" assignment from C.F. Payne's class as a study of Bernie Fuchs technique. All I had to do was take a segment of one of his earlier pieces (right) and copy it as best I can (left) I used acrylics and guache, so it isn't quite his way of working... But I was still happy with how it turned out. It's due tomorrow, along with everything else under the sun. Thursday's are stress monsters.

The Final Dentist + Sketch-a-Day 9 and 10

The page layout had to have hand drawn type in it so the headline on that was all drawn and inked by hand.
Coming up probably this weekend will be a watercolor dump. I have been in a Watercolor Studio class all semester and have yet to post anything. Not all of it is good enough to make it up but I have a few favorites that I'll share.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Historical Cover Ideas...

My money is on the bottom Rasputin cover I think. It's a bit dark showing him drowning...BUT when nothing else will work. I am really feeling like the type is still kinda weak on all of them. Tweaking is a must, but I feel like they are going in a strong direction.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Well now that I am finally like, 80-100 somethin days behind everyone else, I think I'm gonna go ahead and commit to a sketch-a-day. Counting just the posts on this front page I'm gonna say I'm on day 7. Hey! week one down, I'm off to a good start. Haha. Keep an eye out.

Concepts and Sketches

Have you ever eaten calamari? Well what if the tables turned...That wasn't really the thought behind this first idea, but i guess you could take it there. I got a few planks of wood and have been trying to think of something good to put on them. Finally I decided to do a collection of things similar to this one here. I'll post them when I finish them.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Black Beard: The Legend of a Pirate

Behold my finished assignment for C.F. Payne. It's due tomorrow and I will be so glad to move on to the next project. I'm actually happy with this one though. For now.

On a worse note, I discovered what Payne really meant by "bad board" tonight. While doing his technique demo last Friday he talked about how the oil wash can horribly wrong when you have a board that will soak up and absorb the oils to the point that you can't pull it back up. Now that you understand the situation, lets say that I have a lot more work to do on my dentist piece for my other studio class. Wish me luck.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Dentist

Here is an update on the other stuff I've got going on. This is just the color study for the editorial project we got for professional practice. It will be traditional in the end done 11x14. I really need to get cracking on this one.

ALSO: A little Sketch page for you. Just a few sketches from last week from the Liberal Arts classes I'm in.

Work Space: Pirates in process

I thought I would take a snapshot in case anyone wondered what my "studio space" looked like. I know I always love seeing where others work. If you take a closer look that is the Pirate book cover in the works it's coming together nicely I have already done a bit more since the photo was taken. This thing should be finished and posted this evening or tomorrow.

For the record, I need to buy an easel... my printers aren't cutting it.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Mars Fungi Attack: In Color

This is just another sketch that I finally scanned and decided to try and spice it up a bit.

Sketchbook Dump & Project Update

Here is a little update of my Current project in Paynes Class the Blackbeard Book cover. This is just the value study but the painting is currently in the works.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Time for Some Pirate History:

Alright guys here are some Thumbs for my first assignment in C.F. Paynes class. He told me to do a historically accurate pirate book cover for any Real pirate in history. I picked Black beard! These are the thumbs that made the cut out of 23 total. Let me know which gets your vote. I think I am favoring the one with everyone in the captains quarters...That one would have moon light to the left and lamp light on the right. Sounds like fun to me...Those other two would be Black beard being epic up on the deck, and the fourth is the crew coming back from burying the loot. I may change that to being them leaving the ship to go to the island, I have yet to decide.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Little Doodle...

This is just something I drew and thought I would throw some color on. Normally when I work with paint it is Acrylics, so it would seem I got a bit trigger happy with the water. Some where along the line i thought this needed a wash over the whole thing and I ended up making the whole thing blurry... The good news is that I am in Watercolor class now so i should get the practice i need to not make any more stupid last minute mistakes. haha.

I really need some assignments from school to get things going again. I have been waiting for the homework to kick in so I have been holding off on starting anything for fun, so now I am just feeling bored. I need to get things started here! and I really need to start sketching more again.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Finished Knight

I will be the first to say that this is not really one of my best pieces. BUT I will say that I learned a bit about the technique I was attempting. I figured I would go ahead and post it anyway. A special thanks to Justin Gerard. I did this piece for fun after seeing an amazing piece he worked on last year. Though I totally failed haha. I feel like i have learned something.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Knight and His Steed

This is something that I have hatched after poring through my collection of pieces by my favorite illustrators. Something of a traveling knight trudging through the woods. If this ever gets developed further, It would be N.C. Wyeth influenced. One of my favorite artists of all the greats.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Foolish Monkey

This is just something done for fun. I got somethin cookin with thing little monkey, so that will most likely be comin up soon. Don't ask me what is sitting on, I don't know.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Lady of the Lake: The Final

Alright boys and girls, after all your patience It is finally finished haha. This took a bit longer then it would ever normally, but with no deadline sometimes its hard to make yourself get through something personal. I'm sure you guys know what I'm talking about. In the end this went into the digital realm, but I got the result i wanted so i'm not unhappy. I'v more cooking so I'll be sure to get on them tomorrow.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Lady of the Lake: Update of FInal

This is just an update of the piece so far. Although it's taking a bit longer then I would like, I am really happy with how it's looking so far. I plan to finish her skin and add some "wetness" to her clothing. It's almost there!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Lady of the Lake: The Underpainting

Update! This is just the underpainting. I still have a lot more to do but I rearly post progress so I figured I would go ahead, although I wish I had thought of it sooner and got a few more to post. Maybe next time.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Lady of the Lake: The Pencil

Behold! A Lady of the Lake true to the area and rough time of the story. I know you don't usually see a Celtic one-handed sword as Excalibur, but hey that's what makes it a bit more interesting.

Right now it is pencil on Reeves BFK, but it will be painted in acrylic. Updates will SOON follow!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Some Sketches

Just a little sketch dump. The Portrait is a thumbnail for a piece that should be started this week. Keep on checkin.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Sad Little Rhino

The newest addition to my collection. Let me know what you guys think. It's continuing in my random direction I have been heading in.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Job Hunt Continues...

Ok, so this may not really be my usual kinda thing. But I haven't really had time yet to really get goin this summer, so i thought I would just throw a little something together today for something to post up. I don't want to much time slippin by with nothin at all. Hope you like.