Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wedding Portrait

Here's a commission I finished recently for some wonderful friends. This portrait is the product of many pots of coffee, sore wrists and tons of reference. I had initially attempted to draw out the lace of her dress properly, but decided to simplify and go impressionistic with the fabric. Still, overall, I'm quite happy with how this turned out.


Illustrated in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

An Hommage to Dark Crystal and Labyrinth

This tattoo design was a recent commission for a friend of mine that adores Jim Henson's Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. The two films inspired generations with their awe-inspiring designs, fantastical storytelling, and are prime examples of puppet mastery. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this piece.



The final illustration was drawn, inked and colored in Adobe Photoshop, CS5.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Naughty Grog!

Here's some Critical Role fan-art I did based on a scene between the automaton Doty and the goliath barbarian GROG!




This was all drawn, inked and rendered in Adobe Photoshop CS5.
 Also, yes, there is a NSFW version, and, no, I will not be posting it here. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Study in Leyendecker and the trouble with Flake White


Above is roughly an hour-long oil study from Leyendecker's Men Reading; it was a heck-of-a-lesson in pigment application. I am not a particularly patient painter - with that being the case, I have learned ways to expedite the process with mineral spirits and walnut alkyd. These assets usually dry paint within in 24-48 hours. Apparently, Gamblin’s Flake White oil paint did not receive the memo... I went to add a save point, a varnish layer to paint over, and the flake white bled all over the place. Lesson learned! Otherwise, studying Leyendecker’s economical rendering techniques is an absolute joy. I intend to attempt this study and other pieces again soon.

Men Reading, an illustration for Arrow Collar advertisement. J. C. Leyendecker

Here's a bonus study:

Col-Erase and Conté on toned paper


Close-up of Charles Beach(?) "The Man in Long-underwear." by J. C. Leyendecker 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Minotaur vs Theseus


It's been a while since I've posted, but here's a piece I finished a half-hour ago. It's currently 1:25 a.m. I'll write more on this later. For now, I hope you enjoy my take on the minotaur (Asterion?) vs Theseus.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Taxi Dragon!

I was fortunate enough to be apart of this years Illustration Master Class (IMC). We were given a few topics to choose from alien w/ a human companion, a Macbeth cover, an anthropomorphic short story, or, what I chose, dragon and it's rider. I figured a this would be a popular choice, so I decided to take the story someplace different. I decided that within the world these characters live, dragons are so commonplace that they are treated as pets, pests or pack-mules. With that in mind, the taxi dragons just seemed like a logical development. Here it is:



Taxi Dragon, 18" X 24", Acrylic on Wood panel.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Testy Tentacles? Toilet Terrors? The Porcelain Plunge?

I'm having trouble coming up with a title for this one. It's a work in progress, but I think it's presentable. The thought behind this piece started off with a conversation about common childhood fears. In addition to monsters in the closet and boogie-men in the attic, giant beasties springing  from the u-bend to nab you by the gonads came to mind... anyhow, I want to add more props/ wreckage at a later date, but here it is: